Mindee Greenberg, Director
Mindee leads Camp Tevya with warmth and expertise; she has a passion for community building and commitment to working with children and families. With a focus on leading by example, Mindee strives to help everybody reach their full potential. She has created a strong staff team who share her vision. Before taking on the Director role, she served as Associate Director and Program Director. A Licensed Social Worker (LSCW), she earned her BA from the University of Texas, her Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Masters in Education from Boston University. Mindee also serves on the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Service of Metrowest and Temple Beth Torah in Holliston, MA. In addition, Mindee is a Regional Director of Destination Imagination, a program that encourages creative and collaborative problem solving for children. Mindee recently participated in the Avi Chai Foundation’s Chazon, a year-long national professional development program, enabling her to explore and develop immersive Israel education experiences to benefit Tevya. Mindee is the parent of three Tevya alumni. She looks forward to returning to camp each summer where she can provide our next generation with opportunities to make Jewish connections and gain leadership skills as they thrive in our camp community.
Ben Portnoy, Assistant Director
Whether you call with questions in the off-season or meet him during the summer, you’ll find Ben a wonderful resource: he grew up as a Tevya camper, CIT and counselor! Now entering his 15th Tevya summer for the 2017 Season, Ben has experience as Tevya’s Assistant Program Director, Program Coordinator, and a Head Counselor. Ben earned his BA in English and Sociology from the University of Vermont and worked with children in after school programs prior to joining our professional leadership team. He received his graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University in 2016 and was selected to participate in the third cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program. Having gained invaluable life skills and life-long friendships at Tevya, Ben believes strongly in the power and positive impact of Jewish summer camps. Tevya has given Ben so much over the years and he is thrilled to be able to directly contribute to the happiness and well-being of our campers and staff.
The team of Tevya staff takes its responsibility to nurture and care for our campers very seriously. Each team member works hard to serve as a role model and to make a positive impact each day. Meet our 2016 Head Counselors and 2016 Programming and Department Team.
Tevya administrative and supervisory personnel are camping professionals and educators with many years of experience working with children. Many Tevya counselors were Tevya campers themselves, and each of those came through our Dor L’Dor capstone program which combines an Israel experience with counselor training. Some of our counselors come from abroad, including a delegation from Israel, greatly enhancing the camp experience.
We select our staff for their experience, maturity, creativity, and sense of responsibility. Our summer staff attends a week-long Staff Orientation, in addition to individual specialty training to improve teaching skills. Ongoing training continues throughout the summer with seminars and mentoring.
“I have seen my children develop a sense of independence and the ability to work out solutions with others without adult intervention.”
Mindee is supported by the staff of The Cohen Camps, the family of three Jewish overnight camps which also includes Camps Tel Noar and Pembroke. The three camps share a year-round office and collaborate on a shared vision, pooling ideas and refining best practices to all of our campers’ great benefit.