Gary Brandt – Executive Director

He started as the Director of the new Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative in September 2014 and will be implementing all things Jewish youth in the Boulder area!  He graduated in 2006 from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Middle Eastern History and Modern Politics.  Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gary has spent the past six years serving as the Senior Assistant Director of the URJ Jacobs Camp in Mississippi where he created meaningful community experiences focused on fun activities, personal growth, and skill building for the Deep South’s Jewish youth. Before working full time at Jacobs Gary was an ambulance driver, taught English in Japan, worked as a bicycle mechanic, and designed and constructed an ecological living area in Israel – a modern Renaissance man! Gary is dedicated to living a “slow” lifestyle; one that constructs time to enjoy food, friends, and our natural surroundings in healthy and sustainable ways. He brings his experience as an informal and experiential educator, Challenge Course Facilitator, and as an Eagle Scout to inspire and engage the teens in the greater Boulder area.

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Maya Osterman – Program Coordinator

Maya is thrilled to be a part of the Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative! She graduated from the University of Colorado – Boulder with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Previously she worked at the Durham JCC as the Program Director for Camp Shelanu and as the Program Specialist for the Arts & Culture department. She has grown up in the Jewish Day Camp and Overnight Camp world, first as a camper and then as a staff member since age 5. Holding dual citizenship to America and Israel, Maya visits her Israeli family often and lived on a kibbutz after college. Along with her work in the Jewish community she is also an Applied Theatre Practitioner, using theatre as a tool to engage in conversations about social justice themes. When she is not working Maya enjoys reading, eating great food, hiking with her dog Fern, dancing, and traveling.

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