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.
Reach out to Rabbi Isaac about supporting camp and to learn all about Havaya Summer Programs.
Julianne is honored to step into the role of Camp Director after two years as Assistant Director. Before moving to Los Angeles, Julianne served as a teaching artist and Camp Director at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. She 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. When not at camp, Julianne can be found teaching improv, connecting with families across the country, and partnering with Keshet and other organizations to help build joyous and inclusive Jewish spaces.
Reach out to Julianne about diversity and inclusion, camper care, summer staff, and affording camp.
Becca is a Chicago-based teaching artist, certified yoga instructor, stage manager, and longtime advocate and lover of all things overnight camp! Alongside her work at Havaya Arts, you can find Becca all around the country as a Company Stage Manager of "Potted Potter" or at home in Chicago practicing and teaching yoga, teaching theatre with Emerald City Theatre, or working hard at Strawdog Theatre Company (where she is also a proud ensemble member!). Before moving to Chicago, she earned a BFA in Stage Management from Western Michigan University. Becca can’t wait to bring all these skills together and work year-round to make each summer the best it can be for everyone in the Havaya Arts community!
Reach out to Becca about preparing for camp, summer program, and general camp questions.
Leenie is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her love of Jewish education and the arts to this loving and thoughtful camp community! When not doing exciting projects with Havaya Arts, she teaches Jewish, arts-based, and cooking curricula around Los Angeles to a wide range of students from kindergarten through high school seniors. She also writes and collaborates on theater projects. She received the Max K. Lerner Fellowship earlier this year to develop her play Genesis at Inkwell Theater. Currently, she is part of the NEXT Arts Council at the Jewish Women's Theater in Santa Monica on the Literary track.
Reach out to Leenie about year-round engagement and community partnerships.
Alex has been with us since our inaugural summer and is one of our most sought-after instructors. She 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, where she received a BA in Dance. From there, she went on to earn an MA from London Contemporary Dance School in the United Kingdom. Alex has had the opportunity to work with amazing teachers, choreographers, and dancers from across the US and UK and we're thrilled that she'll continue to bring her expertise -- and her incredible love of Jewish camp -- back to Havaya Arts 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.