Casey believes that hands-on learning, farming, nature connection and good ol’ homemade music have the power to revitalize culture and build healthy communities. Casey aims to make sure each camper has an incredible summer experience, and to support them in discovering their unique gifts to share with their community and with the world. A seasoned educator and innovator, Casey served as Farm Program Director during Eden Village Camp’s pioneer summer in 2010. He went on to serve as founding director of Camp Urban Adamah in Berkeley, and most recently was program director at the Pearlstone Center, the Jewish retreat and environmental education center near Baltimore. Casey can often be found building mandolins, hiking, gardening, cooking, and inviting friends over for spirited, song-filled Shabbat meals together with his wife, Rivka (also an Eden Village 2010 pioneer summer staff member!). Casey is thrilled to carry the seeds of Eden Village Camp westward and nurture a new vibrant camp community.
Zachary brings a wealth of experience in camping and youth education to the Eden Village team. Raised in New England, he worked at a summer camp in New Hampshire for seven summers before teaching middle school science in New York City. He moved to California to complete the Urban Adamah Fellowship and most recently worked with Casey as Urban Adamah’s camp director and director of public programs. Zachary is excited to combine his enthusiasm for education, environmental stewardship, and Jewish spirituality at Eden Village West. Outside of camp, Zach can often be found singing and making music with friends, gardening, and planning long backpacking trips through the Sierras.
Nava is a Portland, Oregon resident who began her camp career as a counselor in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She is excited to be combining her passion for summer camp, the earth, and Judaism in California as part of the Eden Village West community! Nava has years of experience working at overnight camps and in the Jewish community. Most recently she was a Program Administrator at the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and lead office and operations at a large residential camp in Oregon. Outside of camp she is actively involved in sustainability and community projects and works to build bridges between people, organizations, and communities, with the firm belief that every person is vital and that we are all better together. Nava and her family love making art and music, exploring, creating, and learning as much as possible.