Meet Our Staff

Robin Anderson



Robin Anderson began working full time for Camp Young Judaea Midwest in March 2006 as the associate director before assuming the position of director in December 2015. She has a BA in Jewish Studies and Sociology from Indiana University and an MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. Robin recently graduated from the Executive Leadership Institute for camp directors, funded by the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Robin is married to Michael, and they have three children, Yoni, Noah, and Lital.

Aaron Levine

Assistant Director


Aaron Levine started his journey at CYJ Midwest in 2005. During that summer and the five that followed, he worked as a madrich (counselor), merakez (unit head), and other positions in between, and also worked in the winter office in 2012. For the past six and a half years, Aaron has worked as Urban Agriculture Coordinator at the Gary Comer Youth Center, focusing on green career exploration and employment readiness programs for young people in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. He also has worked as Farm School Director and volunteered within the KAM Isaiah Israel Food Justice and Sustainability Program, growing food for hot meal programs in the Hyde Park, Kenwood, and Washington Park neighborhoods. Aaron holds a BS in Environmental Economics and Policy from Michigan State University, and is a certified Master Gardener Volunteer in Illinois. Aaron lives in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood and enjoys meeting up with family and friends for Shabbat dinner and walks to the ice cream store!


Kevin Friduss

Marketing & Communications Manager


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. 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 is married to Stacy and has three children, Lucy (2), and twins Jade and Emma (16 Months as of Sep 2020).

Michael Lalla

Maintenance Director
Portrait of Maintenance Director Michael Lalla


Originally from Minnesota, Michael went to college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he earned a degree in Business Management. Michael is also a Veteran and has traveled all around the USA and Belgium racing his bike at an elite level. Married to his lovely wife Jessie, he looks forward to his role maintaining and updating camp so that campers can have the best possible experience.