Helene Drobenare – Executive Director
Helene Drobenare, MSW, MA, holds a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University and Master of Administration in Organizational Change Management from the New School of Social Research. Helene has been working with youth for 20 years. She grew up in BBYO and went on to work in their leadership camp programs at Perlman and Beber camps. She has also served as the coordinator for the March of the Living program, and the director of programs for Masada Israel Summer Programs. Helene lived in Israel for four years where she worked for TRACKS Adventures as Director of Youth Programs & Marketing. Helene has spent years committed to improving the lives of children in Africa through her volunteer work in South Africa and Tanzania. Helene has served as the director of Young Judaea Sprout Camps since September 1999.
Alana Tilman – Camp Director
Alana holds an MA in Jewish Experiential Education from the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary and is a graduate of Brandeis University. She has spent many years as a program director, educator, and community builder in a variety of Jewish communal settings and is proud to have been a member of the first cohort of the UJA Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership. Originally from Philadelphia, Alana now lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
As a lifelong ‘camp person’, she has spent nearly every summer of her life attending Jewish Camp as camper, counselor, senior leader and assistant director; including 7 years full-time within the Ramah Camping Movement in both New York and Northern California, where she oversaw program development, camper recruitment, staff hiring & training, and year-round community engagement. Most recently, Alana worked on Special Events at Hazon, the Jewish Lab for Sustainability.
Assistant Director Sprout Brooklyn- Rachel Bloom
Rachel graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Organizational and Community Leadership. Rachel first fell in love with camp as a 3 year old, attending day camp and continuing up through sleep away camp. Never missing a summer, as a teenager she worked as a counselor at Elmwood Day Camp before becoming a unit head at URJ Eisner Camp. After college she worked at the UJA Federation of New York first in the development department, until she joined the learning department to plan and facilitate professional development opportunities for staff.
Since camping is her true passion, Rachel most recently held a role with a visa sponsor recruiting and interviewing international participants, and working alongside camp directors to connect them with the best counselors. When Rachel’s not at camp, you can find her running along the east river, on the field with her kickball team, abroad exploring a new city, or spending time with friends and family!
Talia Horan–Block – Associate Director
Talia Horan–Block, MSW, holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She went to CYJ Midwest and Tel Yehudah (91-98) as a camper and worked at CYJ Midwest, TY, and Sprout Lake (99-present). Talia went on Machon in 97 and Year Course 99-00.Before coming to Sprout Lake, Talia worked for Planned Parenthood in Detroit as a Health Educator. Talia has been the Associate Director of Sprout Lake since 2004.
Marta Nemesh – Rosh Machane/Engagement Coordinator
Marta came on her first Shlichut (delegation) from Israel to a Jewish Summer camp in 1998 and has worked at Camp Sprout Lake since 2010 as the Rosh Machane – “Head of Camp.” During the school year, Marta teaches young children while also helping prepare Sprout Lake for the the camp season. During the summer, she works with our counselors and unit leaders to ensure that camp is an amazing experience for every camper. Marta studied Early Childhood Education at the David Yalin College of Education in Jerusalem and has a BA in Liberal Studies-Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies from William Paterson University.
Renana Ben-Bassat – Registrar
Renana holds a Masters in Labor Relations from Baruch College and a BA from Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining CYJSL, Renana worked in Human Resources at several Israeli companies. Renana will ensure that your child’s registration process for Camp Sprout Lake is seamless.