Jayme Dale Mallindine, Director
Jayme has spent her career and education poking at the intersections between technology and community. Before coming to the URJ, Jayme was, at various points, the education coordinator for Temple Beth Shalom, a Reform congregation in Austin, TX, an afterschool program coordinator and summer camp director at Rhode Island for Community & Justice, a high school teacher for the JCC of Greater Rhode Island, an ethnographer studying religious communities who used video games as part of their religious practice, and a site lead for Girls Make Games and Girls Who Code, summer camps that teach middle school and high school girls video game design and computer programming.
Jayme grew up in the Appalachian region of North Carolina, and dual-majored in Psychology and Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She then earned a Masters at the University of Texas at Austin after writing a dissertation on gender, environment, and communal memory in video games.
She also cultivates her own community of “broadbeans” on her website, GamingBroadly.com. There, she writes and podcasts about the ways people relate (or don’t relate) to games and the cultures surrounding them. She’s enthusiastic about sharing her love of technology and Judaism, and has presented her work at conferences ranging from South by South West and PAX East, to the URJ Biennial. She looks forward to sharing that enthusiasm with her new home at Sci-Tech Academy!
Rachel Frish, Assistant Director
Before becoming Assistant Director, Rachel spent two summers at Sci-Tech as a Unit Head, and this past summer as a member of the Camp Superhero volunteer team. Rachel brings to the team her expertise in communications, community-building, and Jewish education. In her previous professional life, Rachel served as the Director of Community Affairs for a local New Jersey politician and the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, NJ. Her previous URJ experiences include six summers as a camper at Greene Family Camp and one summer as a Machon Kaplan intern through the Religious Action Center.
Rachel studied Communications at The University of Kansas, where she was an intern for KU Hillel and an engaged member of the marching band. Outside of work, Rachel follows politics and can often be found engaging civically in her local community. Rachel also loves to explore, and you can often find her attending concerts, spending time connecting with friends and family, and going on food-motivated adventures to discover new restaurants!
Julie Levy, Camp Administrator
Julie got her first taste of URJ camping when she joined her husband during his first summer as a Faculty member at Eisner Camp in 2000. Since then, she and her family have been a part of the URJ camping family – her children have spent summers at Eisner Camp, Kutz Camp, and in the Urban Mitzvah Corps. After sending her children and husband to camp for many summers, Julie joined the Sci-Tech team during the 2014 Pioneer summer as the Camper Care Coordinator. She is thrilled to be joining the year-round staff as the Camp Administrator!
Julie graduated from Rutgers University School of Business with a degree in finance and also holds certification as a K-5 elementary educator. Prior to working at camp, Julie spent more than ten years teaching in elementary schools in Connecticut and New Jersey. Julie is also a certified yoga instructor and has loved bringing the gifts yoga to staff and campers during the summers. When not on her mat, she loves scouring beaches for shells and sea glass, reading, cooking, and spending time in museums and seeing shows in New York City. Julie currently lives in New Jersey with her husband.
The Camp Council is a group of dedicated volunteers who help steer the vision for the future of the camp and ensure its bright future.
Chairperson: Michael Marion
Vice Chairperson: Todd Shuster
Abby Fisher (Immediate Past Chair)
Rabbi David Levy
Rabbi Dan Medwin
Rabbi Geoff Mitelman