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!
Harrison Bleiberg, Assistant Director
Harrison is a Jewish Educator with years of experience in URJ programs and Southern Jewry. Born in Dallas, TX, Harrison began his Jewish camping career at URJ Greene Family Camp. Upon moving to Birmingham, AL, Harrison began attending every URJ program he could, including Bay Area Mitzvah Corps, Kutz Camp, and the Olim Fellowship. As a staff member at Greene, he taught Journalism, Media – Video, and worked in the studio – recording music.
Harrison graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a BA in Jewish Studies and and a Minor in Mediterranean Archaeology. He did research and excavation on the site of Tel Halif and wrote his thesis on Women’s Education in Judaism. As an undergrad, Harrison worked as a substitute teacher for the Atlanta Jewish Academy, a Film and Media intern for JScreen, and an award-winning film editor and composer for short films. Following his graduation, he moved to Jackson, MS to pursue a two-year Fellowship with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life where he partnered with 12 religious schools all across the South, providing educational programming, training teachers, and supervising curriculum development.
When Harrison is not working on writing new lessons or making scary spreadsheets; he enjoys producing music, watching Youtube videos, travelling wherever he can, eating strange foods, and writing about his travels and experiences as a Jew in the South.
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