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Robin Anderson

Director

Email: Robin@cyjmid.org

Robin Anderson began her work with Camp Young Judaea Midwest in June of 2000, following graduation from Indiana University.  Between 2002-2006, Robin stepped away from camp to complete her MA in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University and work in adult Jewish education at the Atlanta JCC. Robin came home in 2006 as CYJ’s Associate Director and took over as Camp Director in December 2015.  Robin is a graduate of Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro and Executive Leadership Institute programs, along with JCamp180’s GIFT Fundraiser’s Training. She is an active colleague among Young Judaea camp directors and the Midwest Jewish Camp Directors group.  Robin, her husband Michael and their three children live in Skokie, IL.

Aaron Levine

Assistant Director

Email: Aaron@cyjmid.org

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

Email: Kevin@cyjmid.org

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.

Michael Lalla

Maintenance Director
Portrait of Maintenance Director Michael Lalla

Email: Maintenance@cyjmid.org

Originally from Minnesota, Michael went to college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. As a scholarship rider, 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. He’s the Waupaca High School Curling coach, president of the “Paca Ping Pongers” and is looking forward to continuous growth.