URJ STAFF MEMBERS
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!
Lisa is the 6 Points Business Manager for all three 6 Points Specialty camps located on the East Coast: 6 Points Sports, 6 Points Creative Arts, and 6 Points Sci-Tech! During the summer Lisa is housed out of 6 Points Sports Academy, but helps all three camps year-round!
Lisa’s involvement with the 6 Points Camps began as a Camp Parent when her daughter fell in love with 6 Points Sports Academy a few years ago. The moment a position became available which matched her over 30 years of business, accounting, and management experience, Lisa jumped on it. She is excited to bring her love for and connection with Judaism and children together with her work.
Lisa’s professional career in management began with Flight Service at American Airlines, then on to Office Manager of a Pilates studio, Controller of an Architectural firm and most recently she wore a wide variety of hats at a three-person accounting firm. She is actively involved with the local Jewish Community through three congregations as well as the JCC.
Lisa is originally from Rochester, NY, and has lived in Israel, Greece, Chicago, NYC, and Philadelphia. She currently resides outside of Raleigh, NC with her husband, mother, adult stepson, son, 14 and daughter, 12, two cats, and her chocolate Lab, Lucy. Her passions include learning about other cultures, travel, reading, and hiking. She volunteers regularly and currently serves as the Treasurer for her children’s middle school PTA.
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