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.
Naomi Elyachar- Assistant Director
Naomi is thrilled to be the Assistant Director at Sprout! She brings with her a love of camp, learning, and the Jewish community. Before taking time off to start a family, Naomi was a teacher at private schools in Manhattan, where she also started and ran a summer enrichment program and worked as a private tutor. Naomi spent many summers as a camper and counselor at Jewish summer camps, and even spent two summers working at Camp Young Judaea Midwest. Naomi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in History and Business and received a Masters in Special and General Education from Touro College in New York City.
Originally from Minneapolis, Naomi lived in New York City for almost a decade before moving with her husband and three young children to Briarcliff Manor. She is excited to take on her new role as Assistant Director and become a part of the Sprout community.
Abigail Epprecht – Operations Manager
Abigail grew up in Illinois as part of a big family. Her summers were filled with Scout day camp, camping trips, learning all about nature and having fun. When Abigail moved to Virginia to work as a live-in nanny, she met her husband-to-be, Jake. They got married and moved to New York, where Abigail received her Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts and Film / Department of Design Technology / Focus in Stage Management, at SUNY Purchase. After working on- and off-Broadway, Abigail and Jake started their family of 3 boys and moved to Croton-on-Hudson. Abigail has put her construction skills to good use—she works with contractors and has even renovated her own home. She is thrilled to continue her good work and to beautify and enhance the Camp Sprout site.
Inbal Briskin-Pery – Program Director
Inbal is our Program Director during the summer, managing all of our camp activities, schedules and all specialty areas in camp. Inbal started working for Camp Sprout Lake in 2012, and moved over to her role at Sprout Westchester in 2018. During the school year, Inbal lives in Moshav Beit Yitzhak, Israel, With her husband Tal, and her three daughters, who were all Camp Sprout Lake campers! Inbal and Tal met at a day camp, they own a basketball camp in Israel, and have been going to camps as a family since 2003! Serving as a Isreaeli Shlicha to Jewish Summer camps in USA and Europe since 1998, Camp is in Inbal’s heart, and she absolutely loves getting to come spend her summers in America, and specifically at Sprout Westchester!
In addition to her role at camp, Inbal also is the Project Coordinator for “MekoRock,” an organization that helps youth create Rock music inspired by Jewish and Israeli sources around the world, as well as the Lead Parent for Children’s Beit Midrash, Mother-Daughter Bat Mitzvah Groups and local community entrepreneurial programs for Jewish-Israelis.
Inbal holds a B.A. in Special Education and General Studies from Tel Aviv University, an M.A. In American Jewish Studies from Haifa University, and is a graduate student in the “Amitim” program, Kolot pluralistic Beit Midrash, Sugiyot Chaim program of the Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem