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.
Reuben comes to Havaya Arts from Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), where he was Director of Youth Engagement. Prior to his time in Boston, Reuben has made stops in: Washington, DC where he was the Jewish Education Fellow and Associate at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life; Mumbai, India where, with his wife, he served as a Jewish Service Corps volunteer with the Joint Distribution Committee; Manhattan where he was the development associate and project manager at the Jewish Education Project in New York. In addition to working for CJP while in Boston, Reuben also spent a year teaching first grade at the Atrium School in Watertown, MA. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, he received his Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University (where he double majored in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Psychology) and his Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Reuben currently lives with his wife, Leila, and daughters, Aria and Hadas, in Pasadena, CA.
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!
Rabbi Isaac is a graduate of Tufts University and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He has served as Assistant Director of Camp Havaya and as Director of No’ar Hadash; under his guidance JRF launched the successful No’ar Hadash Israel Experience. Rabbi Isaac is a long-time Jewish camper and youth worker, having worked previously for URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute and NFTY. He is a graduate of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute. Having grown up in the Reconstructionist movement, Rabbi Isaac is thrilled to share his passion for creative and engaging Judaism with a new generation of youth. Rabbi Isaac is married to Jeanne Calloway, a teacher, whom he met at Camp Havaya; they live in Philadelphia with their son, Zev.
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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.