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Yachad Summer Programs Spotlight
Yachad Getaway

Yachad runs nearly 30 different Summer Programs, spanning from the West Coast, to Middle America, up and down the NorthEast and Canada, and of course a handful in Israel too. Each week of the summer we will feature a program and highlight some of it’s staff.

 

Situated on the Grace Manor Resort just a few miles short of Albany NY, Yachad Getaway is a program for adult Yachad members to experience a break from their routine, day-to-day lives. Set in a rural, serene environment, campers enjoy a swimming pool, rec halls, activity rooms and spacious grassy grounds. The staff are lively, musical and each their own mini-energizer bunny. The lively air uplifts our members, ranging in age from upper 20’s & 30's to even 65+. Overlooking the main road in the center of the camp is a long and wide porch. Complete with old school sturdy wooden rocking chairs and a plethora of lawn furniture, the relaxing nature of this spot defines the culture of this one-of-a-kind summer getaway experience.

New York Yachad
Summer Bowling League in Brooklyn

Yachad is hosting a summer bowling league – and you’re invited to join!

Our league meets for 2 hours of bowling at Shell Lanes (near Gravesend, Brooklyn) every Sunday afternoon, now through the end of August. All advisors are welcome and encouraged to join in the bowling. Please let me know if you are interested in joining the bowling (free of charge to you) for one / some / all of the meetings. We’d love to have you.

Yachad Spotlight - Bryna Greenberg
Bryna Greenberg is a student at Stern College for Women, an Advisor for New York Yachad and a Counselor at Yachad Getaway.


Bryna: Bryna was interviewed yesterday on my visit to Getaway. Before we even started she began: Oh my gosh, this is a live interview?! I can't believe this is even happening!
I know all your tricks, you just add in those comments which make it sound more real, like - oh no, are you literally typing this right now as I'm saying it?!
No, get rid of it! Ok, let's just start. 

Avi Feder: What was your introduction to Yachad?

Bryna Greenberg: When I was growing up I used to see the Shabbatons taking place in the communities around me and I would peek in but I never got involved. Then in Israel all my friends - especially all the best ones - were all doing Yachad. They were great people and they told me to join them in applying to Yachad Getaway for camp that summer. I did and staffed Getaway in the summer between Shana Alef and Shana Bet, and it was the best. I did Shabbatons in the year following, loved it, and am now back at Getaway again. Its like Yachad's hidden secret. 

Avi: So what have you done with Yachad Summer?
Bryna: Getaway this year and last. 

Avi: What is your favorite part of Getaway?
Bryna: Oh my gosh, such a hard question. So many good things.
She then leaned back in her chair and kept repeating this over and over again. She leaned forward and saw I was writing this and said :You're making me look like a crazy person! 
The downtime in between in the programming is so nice. Whether I'm just chilling on the porch, in between activities / meals or hanging out at snack time, I find that whoever I get to sit next to and talk with is so interesting. Each person is so different. Really getting to know our members is so enriching.  

Avi: What is your favorite Shabbos food?
Bryna: Does Oneg Candy Count? 

Avi: What is your favorite Yachad swag item?
Bryna: The new sick Yachad Advisor hat which you brought up today! 

Avi: What’s something we wouldn’t have known but is a hidden talent of yours?
Bryna: I have really good taste in Crocs. I currently own platform rainbow Crocs.

Avi: Can you tell us about your personal highlight of Yachad involvement?
Bryna: I loved Family Shabbaton. I was blown away. It was one of the most incredible experiences. Seeing Family Shabbaton, I was able to understand how much Yachad impacts the entire community and how many people support it & are a part of it. It was just the coolest thing. 

Avi: Before we’re done, what’s one fun fact about you?
Bryna: Ohhhhh. I have a few. 
1. My biggest fear is spaghetti. 
2. My favorite color is pink, but I can't wear it b/c it clashes with my hair. 
3. I recently found out that pickle juice is so good. 
4. I also have a fun fact which is not about me. (Editors note: I was gonna disqualify it, but I allowed it cuz it blew my mind and ruined one of my favorite snacks). Baby carrots are just regular carrots shaved down in a factory. 
(Editors note: As I was reeling back in  disbelief over this, Bryna went back to talk more about how pickle juice is just the essence of a pickle ... She was explaining how you get the best part of it in a compact version, but the interview ended as the other staff were reveling in the fun of Bryna for going through with this interview in person.
Warning folks - you're next! :-)

Get a Job b'Yachad

Yachad has many opportunities for part time / internships & full time jobs. We have openings for summer work, and for the start of the academic year. Locations include Manhattan, Teaneck, Brooklyn, Long Island and more. If you are interested in working professionally for Yachad, please reach out.

Be sure to include your resume and if you are looking for full time, or if part time, what your availability will be.

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Be in touch with any questions, comments or just to say hi.

Best,
Avi F.


Avi Feder
Director of Advisor Engagement
Office: 212-613-8105
Cell: 347-802-7112
Email: FederA@ou.org

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