Meet Our Staff

Leadership

Mindee Greenberg, Director

Mindee-Meltzer-Tevya-DirectorSince 2011, Mindee has led 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. Mindee decided last fall that Summer 2019 will be her last summer in this role. Through advance planning, Tevya is well-structured to make this transition smoothly over the next year. Associate Director Ben Portnoy (see below) will become Director in Fall 2019.

Before taking on the Director role, Mindee served as Tevya’s 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.

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Ben Portnoy, Associate Director

ben portnoyWhether 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, counselor, and leader in many camp roles!  Now entering his 17th Tevya summer for the 2019 Season, Ben will step into the role of Camp Director in Fall 2019.

Since 2012, when he came back to Tevya on the year-round team, Ben has served as Mindee’s “right-hand person,” working closely with her on all aspects of camp. He brings experience as Tevya’s Assistant Director, Assistant Program Director, Program Coordinator, and a Head Counselor. A camper and staff member at Camp Tevya from 1997-2005 (BTC 2003), Ben has completed the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s selective Yitro Leadership Program for Assistant Directors. He also holds a certificate in nonprofit management and is pursuing his MBA.

Ben says, “Jewish summer camps truly have the power and positive impact to change lives. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute even more to the growth, happiness, and well-being of our campers and staff, and I look forward to Mindee’s continued mentorship over this next year.”

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Summer 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 2017 Head Counselors and 2017 Programming Team, Support Staff, and Department Heads.

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.

“We feel so fortunate that we found a place like Camp Tevya for our children. The smiles and hearing, ‘I had the best summer ever!’ are more than enough for us! I’m so grateful to the staff for bringing the best out of my kids and accepting them for who they truly are as individuals!”
~Tevya Parent

“They had a blast while building leadership skills and confidence, which is the best of both worlds.”
~Tevya Parent

Year-round Staff

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.