Casey believes that hands-on learning, farming, nature connection and good ol’ homemade music have the power to revitalize culture and build healthy communities. Casey aims to make sure each camper has an incredible summer experience, and to support them in discovering their unique gifts to share with their community and with the world. A seasoned educator and innovator, Casey served as Farm Program Director during Eden Village Camp’s pioneer summer in 2010. He went on to serve as founding director of Camp Urban Adamah in Berkeley, and most recently was program director at the Pearlstone Center, the Jewish retreat and environmental education center near Baltimore. Casey can often be found building mandolins, hiking, gardening, cooking, and inviting friends over for spirited, song-filled Shabbat meals together with his wife, Rivka (also an Eden Village 2010 pioneer summer staff member!). Casey is thrilled to carry the seeds of Eden Village Camp westward and nurture a new vibrant camp community.
Emma is an experiential educator and lifelong camper, and believes that camp is a microcosm of the world that could be, in addition to being an essential space for campers and staff to wrestle with their Judaism, develop meaningful interpersonal and land-based connections, and be a part of a sacred community that sees each and every member as important. A graduate of Brandeis University with degrees in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Sociology, she spent ten summers as a camper, staff member, and unit head at URJ Camp Newman, and found her passion for working in Jewish communal life as a result of this experience. When not at camp, Emma can be found hosting Shabbat dinners, baking challah, practicing yoga, or singing and playing guitar.
Nava is a Portland, Oregon resident who began her camp career as a counselor in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She is excited to be combining her passion for summer camp, the earth, and Judaism in California as part of the Eden Village West community! Nava has years of experience working at overnight camps and in the Jewish community. Most recently she was a Program Administrator at the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and lead office and operations at a large residential camp in Oregon. Outside of camp she is actively involved in sustainability and community projects and works to build bridges between people, organizations, and communities, with the firm belief that every person is vital and that we are all better together. Nava and her family love making art and music, exploring, creating, and learning as much as possible.