Meet Our Staff

Robin Anderson

Executive Director

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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.


Rachel Ruskin

Camp Life 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.


Jeffrey Harris

Operations Director

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Jeffrey is a classically trained chef, a veteran, and has worked for five years within the Jewish camping movement, including as a chef at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and most recently as the Logistics and Food Service Director for Ramah in the Rockies. Jeffrey lives in Kansas City with his four children, his partner Melannie, and their dog Serra.