Our staff members work hard to provide a safe and loving environment, so that young artists have nothing to worry about except deciding what’s the best part of every day. At Havaya Arts, there’s never a reason for campers to be anyone other than their true selves. No matter who you are, campers are both celebrated and challenged in ways that help you grow into amazing human beings. Our staff is proud to bring this commitment to life every day.
Rabbi Isaac is executive director of Havaya Summer Programs – Camp Havaya, Havaya Arts, and Havaya Israel. He is a graduate of Tufts University, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute. A long-time camper and youth worker, he is passionate about creating engaging, meaningful, and innovative Jewish experiences that celebrate kids in all of their diversity and wonder. Rabbi Isaac is married to Jeanne Calloway, a teacher, whom he met at Camp Havaya; they live in Philadelphia with their son, Zev.
Julianne Schwartz is a teaching artist, performer, writer and director originally from Dallas, Texas. Julianne earned a BFA in Theatre Studies with a concentration in Theater for Young Audiences from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Comically, she is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Comedy Studies programs and of the iO Training Center. In Chicago she has performed improv regularly on the iO harold team Golden Ticket and independently with Daaang Judi Dench. Her previous job was as the full-time camp director at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. Julianne has taught theater to kiddos at Greene Family Camp, OSRUI & Second City. Her office is full of s’mores, Band-aids and every Crayola marker!
Eva is an actor and writer from the east coast, who lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a BS from Emerson College, and spent most of her childhood summers at Jewish overnight camp in the Northeast. Eva's camp experience gave her lifelong friends and the chance to develop her artistic skills as the token theater nerd. She couldn't be happier about that, and about being part of the Havaya Arts community.
Alexandra is a performer, teaching artist, and choreographer who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Alexandra began her dance training at a young age in tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. She began her Contemporary/Modern Dance training at Franklin & Marshall College and, after graduating with her BA in Dance, went on to earn her MA from London Contemporary Dance School in the United Kingdom. Alexandra has had the opportunity to work with amazing teachers, choreographers and dancers from the US and UK and can’t wait to bring her experiences to Havaya Arts!
Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Cam received his bachelors in art education, with minors in drawing and art history, from the University of Northern Colorado. Since then, he has become a trained renderer in the classical atelier practice at the Loveland Atelier and is currently getting his Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Cam has exhibited his work all across the United States, working mostly in drawing media as well as painting and wood working. He has been a lead teaching artist at art studios, Jewish summer camps, and synagogues ... and now he looks forward to being a part of the creative community at Havaya Arts!
Claire Bergen is a credentialed educator with an M.A. in Teaching and 15 years of experience teaching music, art and other subjects in public schools and after-school programs in the Los Angeles area, including P.S. ARTS, YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA), and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A third-generation klezmer musician, Claire co-founded and led the Los Angeles band The Shpil from 2007-2013, and is trained in the Orff method of music and movement education. A Secular Jewish Vegvayzer/Leader/Madrich, Claire served as lead lerer (teacher), Curriculum Specialist, bas/bar mitsve mentor and officiant at the Sholem Community, and looks forward to bringing all of these experiences to teaching and building community at Havaya Arts this summer.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Lucy is thrilled to be returning to the west coast for the summer! A graduate from Seattle University, she holds degrees in both Theatre and Political Science. Lucy is based out of Chicago, IL, where she is a graduate of both the Second City comedy studies and Conservatory programs, and she has also trained and performed with iO theatre, CIC theatre, and the Neo Futurists. Lucy has taught in both theatre and Jewish educational programs, and is looking forward to combining the two this summer!
Welcome back Rabbi Jonathan! Jonathan lives in LA with his wife Becca and daughter Penny. He is a Judaic Studies teacher at DeToledo High School and an alum of the Jewish Emergent Network’s Rabbinic fellowship at The Kitchen. He can be found at camp eating giant vegan salads, playing guitar and leading Storahtelling. Can’t wait for Jonathan to be back at camp!
Jeremiah Adam Rush is a licensed Registered Nurse with over a decade’s experience providing skillful and compassionate care to adults and children in a variety of clinical environments and roles. Jeremiah currently works as the School Nurse at the Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School. He spent this past summer at the Shalom Institute in Malibu, where he worked as the camp nurse to over 700 children at Camp JCA Shalom. Jeremiah is passionate about holistic health and wellness, and has worked at many permaculture and naturopathic health centers throughout the world, including Hawaii, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and the Philippines. Jeremiah enjoys travel, yoga (he’s a certified teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa), cycling, hiking, reading, music composition (he plays the piano and guitar), and gourmet cooking. He’s excited to join the team at Havaya Arts, and considers it a tremendous honor to oversee the health, wellness, and safety of your children.
Becca is a Chicago based arts administrator, stage manager, and teaching artist. Throughout the year, you can find her all around the country as a Company Stage Manager of Potted Potter or at home in Chicago teaching with Emerald City Theatre, stage managing at Strawdog Theatre Company (where she is also a proud ensemble member!), and working at other fantastic theatre companies around the city. Before moving to Chicago, Becca earned a BFA in Stage Management from Western Michigan University. Becca can’t wait to bring her experiences to the Havaya Arts team this summer!
We’re looking for team players in college (and beyond!) who love creating art and helping others grow! Click here to see our open positions for this summer.
Havaya Arts is a truly extraordinary place—you will feel part of something bigger than yourself, and you’ll want to experience that magic year after year.