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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!
Before becoming Assistant Director, Rachel spent two summers at Sci-Tech as a Unit Head and then 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!
Meredith helps support Sci-Tech from the URJ Northeast Camps business office located in Great Barrington, MA! After working as a summer staff member for URJ Eisner Camp in 2016, Meredith fell in love with summer camps and the Berkshires. While Meredith works out of the Eisner Camp Great Barrington office year-round, she loves being a member of the Sci-Tech team as well! Meredith and her husband, Hal, live at Eisner with their puppy Charlie. They take many hikes to Look-Out Point and enjoy testing out new recipes in Manor House kitchen.
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: Michelle Metsch
Abby Fisher (Immediate Past Chair)
Rabbi David Levy
Rabbi Dan Medwin
Rabbi Geoff Mitelman
Cantor Irena Altshul