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.
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.
Tyler Gorelick – Assistant Director
Tyler joined the Sprout Camps team in 2016 as our Assistant Director, after having been a lifelong camper and staff member in the Jewish camping world. Throughout the year, you’ll see Tyler at fairs and other camp events recruiting new campers into our family! Tyler graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science. Tyler was a fellow in the fourth cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Fellowship for assistant and associate camp directors.
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.
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