Meet Our Staff

Rachel Ruskin

Associate Director

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Rachel has deep roots with CYJ Midwest, where she spent her formative summers as a camper and a summer staff member. Rachel has over two decades of experience working in the Jewish community, including National Senior Advisor for Young Judaea, Director of the Summer Delegation for the Israel Scouts and Associate Director of Tamarack Camps. Most recently, she worked for Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit in their Human Resources department.  Rachel lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan and loves spending time with her niece and nephew (CYJ campers of course).


Kevin Friduss

Marketing & Communications Manager

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Kevin joined the Midwest team in 2018 as our Marketing & Communications Manager, after working for many years in the radio and entertainment industry. Kevin graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in communications and minor in Theater. Before CYJ Midwest, he worked as the Promotions Manager at WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 (Bears Radio) as well as 670 The Score (Cubs Radio). Kevin is a JUF 36 under 36 recipient and a former BBYO International AZA Advisor of the Year. Kevin, his wife Stacy and their three children live in Deerfield, IL.