In just a few short days, 31 students will travel to Israel for the Fall 2016 semester of EIE. They will be met by our wonderful administrative staff and madrachim who are excited for the program to begin! Learn more about our faculty and staff below.
Rabbi Loren Sykes, Principal
Rabbi Sykes grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago where Temple Menorah played a significant role in his early Jewish experiences. Loren was a lifelong Jewish camper and active member in synagogue and youth group life. He holds BA degrees in both European History and in Talmud, as well as an MA in Jewish studies and rabbinic ordination.
Rabbi Sykes brings seventeen years of senior leadership in Jewish camping to his position as principal of EIE. He was the founding executive director of Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Georgia and was Director of Camp Ramah Wisconsin, as well. He created Camp Yofi: Family Camp for Jewish Families with Children with Autism, a groundbreaking program for which he received the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 2006. Rabbi Sykes has vast experience in not-for-profit leadership and management as well as years of volunteer service on the boards of directors of several Jewish day schools.
David Solomon, Assistant Principal
David has worked with NFTY in Israel and the EIE program for nearly 20 years. In addition to his own teaching responsibilities in the general studies program, he is also the general studies coordinator. David, known and loved for his special sense of humor, hails from Johannesburg, South Africa and made aliyah in 1985. After completing a B.A. in History and English Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, David gained certification as a secondary school teacher and has been teaching in some of the most prestigious high schools in Jerusalem ever since.
Scott Kuperberg, Academic Coordinator
In addition to his work as Academic Coordinator, Scott teaches social studies at NFTY-EIE. Before becoming a teacher, he was a practicing attorney in the United States for more than ten years. Scott received his BA in History from Brooklyn College, his JD from Syracuse University College of Law, and did graduate study in History at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Scott lives in Jerusalem with his wife and two children, having made aliyah in 2014 from Atlanta, Georgia.
Rachel Garber, M.A., Hebrew Ulpan Coordinator
Rachel Garber is a well-known and much sought after Hebrew language educator with extensive experience in supervising Hebrew language teachers working with new immigrant students and instructing soldier teachers in the IDF. Rachel is the author of the popular and user- friendly Hebrew text, “Hebrew on the Tip of the Tongue”, published by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997. Rachel has worked with EIE for many years in creating a most effective Hebrew language immersion program and supervising our Hebrew faculty. It is with pleasure that we welcome Rachel back to our faculty this semester.
Madrichot, Madrich and Director of Student Services:
My name is Hadar Golan. I am twenty-two years old, live in Mevasseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem, and very excited to be one of your counselors on EIE. In the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), I served in a tank unit and was part of the chief commander brigade. After my military service ended, I was a counselor for two summers at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI). Being on staff at OSRUI was one of the most amazing experiences ever! I am so excited to join you for all the new to experiences: from learning a new language to making new friends to seeing new places. I will be here for you this semester for whatever you need and always try to have a smile on my face. See you soon!!
Hello everyone! My name is Yuval, I was born in Israel, moved to the United States at the age of 3 and grew up in New Orleans, LA. My spring semester of 2010 was spent as an EIE student and am so excited to be back at Tzuba. Growing up, I spent 7 summers at Camp Barney Medintz in Cleveland Georgia. This past May I graduated from Indiana University during which I studied abroad at Tel Aviv University in the spring and summer of 2015. This summer has been spent working for the Israeli Mission to the United Nations in New York City. I love everything about Israel and cannot wait to explore the country with all of you!
Judy graduated with honors from Tel Hai College in Social Work and received her MSW in Clinical Social Work from Hebrew University. In her army service she served in the “Nachal” unit as an educational and recreational coordinator. She spent six years of hadracha as a youth counselor in the Noam youth movement. For the past seven years, Judy has been EIE’s Director of Student Services. In addition, she has been a counselor and educator for NFTY summer programs for seven years and works as a Camp Director for part of the NFTY in Israel summer programs.
The staff is looking forward to the arrival of the students. For more information and photos of the staff, please visit the NFTY-EIE FALL 2016 PARENTS Facebook group.