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.
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!
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!
Katy is thrilled to be joining the Havaya Arts team and is coming all the way from the Windy City of Chicago, where for the past 15 years she's been teaching, directing, writing and performing. She has worked with many esteemed theatre companies and education programs including Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Children's Theatre, Barrel of Monkeys, Raven Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, Keshet, and the Sign/Voice Performing Arts Program at Bell Elementary School. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Deaf/hearing youth theatre company, Neverbird Project. Before moving to Chicago, Katy received her BA in Theatre with a minor in Playwriting from Missouri State University.
Nathan is a singer/pianist based in Los Angeles. He’s a recent graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Jazz Piano and Voice. During his time at USC, he studied with legends like Patrice Rushen, Russell Ferrante, and Sara Gazarek. He also music directed his a cappella group, the SoCal VoCals, during their 2015 international championship win. He has had the opportunity to perform at places like the White House, the Hollywood Bowl, abroad in Hong Kong, and the Grammy Awards official nominees party.
Having grown up at Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, Gabby is a recent graduate of Brandeis University, where she majored in Psychology with minors in Theater Arts, Classical Studies, and Anthropology. At Brandeis, she served on the boards of both the Undergraduate Theater Collective and Brandeis Reconstructionist Organization, and spent her summers working as a camp counselor at Catalina Sea Camp in California. In her free time, Gabby enjoys rereading the Harry Potter series, scuba diving, befriending every dog she meets, and seeing how many times she can mention summer camp in any given conversation. She spent this year backpacking through Eastern and Central Europe, and can’t wait to meet and learn from even more incredible souls this summer at Havaya Arts!
Gina was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied at California State University Northridge, where she completed a BA in Child and Adolescent Development with minors in Art and Psychology, and a Masters in Educational Therapy. Additionally, she earned an Elementary Teaching Credential, Art Credential, and Special Education Credential. Gina has worked as a teacher in a variety of schools around LA and is currently overseeing the Special Education Department at a small charter school. She has spent her time after school and over summers working at religious schools and summer camps. In her free time, Gina enjoys going to the beach or finding the occasional winter moment in LA to get up to the mountains to go snowboarding.
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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.