Hello, my name is Adam Klein and I am an Etzim Educator. This is my second year at TBS and I am looking forward to another terrific year! My educational philosophy mirrors what philosophers John Dewey and Nel Noddings stood for in education, which is that every student should have equal success in the classroom, with the teacher responding accordingly to making conscious decisions best for their students skillsets. Along with that mindset, the teacher should balance the importance of learning in the classroom with building strong connections with every student. I am incredibly excited for this year with all the discovery, connections, and fun we will have here!
At the Boston University School of Education I learned that positive relationships are cornerstones of successful educational environments. My work at TBS, camp, and in other classroom settings have proved this theory to be true. Each class, BESTY event, and shabbaton I am a part of starts with the relationship first. It is only after a teen or pre-teen feels valued and connected that meaningful learning can occur.
My undergraduate degree is in English Education and Theater from Boston University. I have had the honor of working for two fabulous URJ summer camps--Eisner Camp and 6 Points Creative Arts Academy. I spend much of my time at TBS exploring my passion for blending Jewish Education and the Arts. When I am not at TBS, you can find me painting, practicing yoga, and perfecting my hair care routine. I am looking forward to another great year at TBS!
Jacob is an engineer and entrepreneur, who loves everything STEM and is passionate about creating learning environments that foster exploration and discovery, and making things explode (in a safe, controlled way, of course). He previously was a counselor and the Robotics Instructor at the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy for four summers, and now teaches STEM programs throughout the Boston area. Jacob also volunteers with FIRST Robotics, which he has been involved with for many years, in Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, and now here. He received his Bachelors’ in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and his Masters’ in Technical Entrepreneurship from the University of South Florida.
Aaron joined the full-time Crane Lake team in 2019 as Assistant Director. Aaron has been a part of the Northeast URJ Youth Community for many years. Most recently, Aaron served as the NFTY Northeast Regional Advisor, and spent several summers at URJ 6 Points Sci Tech Academy as member of the year-round leadership. Before that, Aaron was a camper, counselor, and unit head at Eisner Camp, a participant and staff member for NFTY in Israel, and spent three years as a Youth Engagement Professional at Temple Beth Shalom. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College.
I am so excited to continue my work at TBS this year as a Jewish Learning Guide! I have been involved in Jewish Education as long as I can remember, as a teacher, learner, tutor and mentor. I grew up at URJ Eisner camp, and continued working there for many years. I taught Hebrew school at the synagogue I grew up attending, and tutored many B'nei Mitzvah students. My love for Jewish Education set the foundation for me to pursue my teaching certifications, and brought me to TBS.
I believe that all children, no matter their age, thrive best in a space where they feel safe to explore, communicate, contribute, reflect, and build. I especially love learning and growing with upper elementary aged children. I am truly honored to be a part of the TBS team!