Merit-Based Grant and Internship Recipients
Former Interns and Grants-Award Winners
Each of these staff demonstrated a tremendous commitment to personal growth and professional development. We are honored to support and recognize their careers and personal goals.
Brandon Emalfarb, Merit-Based Grant Recipient for 3rd year+ Staff
Grant Application: Tuition Assistance
My name is Brandon Emalfarb, and I am currently a junior at Yeshiva University in New York City, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a minor in strategy and entrepreneurship, and an associate degree in Jewish Studies. I have been attending Beber Camp for the past 11 summers as a camper, counselor, and current leadership team member. Many people ask me why I still go back to camp if I’m pursuing a career in accounting. They think that I should be interning in an accounting firm because apparently summer camp and accounting have absolutely nothing to do with one another, but I beg to differ. Beber Camp recently awarded me a merit-based grant that will be applied toward my tuition. More than an academic reward, this grant affirms Beber’s belief in my professional and academic future.
I truly believe that overnight camp is crucial to the development of leadership skills of children, teenagers, and yes, even college students like me. These leadership skills translate into useful and relevant life and career skills. Camp is where I have learned to work with a team, to communicate effectively with supervisors and colleagues, and to plan, coordinate, and execute various types of programs and activities.
I am proud to announce that this summer, I will be the Kesher Division Leader where some of my tasks will include managing and supervising a division of staff and campers and ensuring that the staff, campers, and even parents have a successful summer. All of the leadership skills that I have gained during previous summers and the skills that I hope to gain this summer will clearly be useful to my future accounting career. Whether dealing with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and hopefully subordinates one day, I’ll have Beber to thank for the interpersonal skills that I have gained.
I honestly can’t think of a more productive and meaningful way for me to spend my summers. What can be better than gaining skills that I will use for the rest of my life and giving back to a place that has given me endless opportunities? Thank you, Beber Camp for being one of my biggest advocates by supporting my professional and academic endeavors by awarding me this grant.
Lindsay Robinson, Merit-Based Grant Recipient for 2nd Year Staff
Grant Application: Support for volunteer experience in Israel to teach English
I am ecstatic to have received the merit-based grant and will be applying it toward fees associated with the Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship I am participating in after camp. The fellowship is a 10-month program where I will be immersed in Israeli culture while teaching English to grade school children. Upon graduating college, I wanted to take a year off to travel or do some form of volunteer work, and the Masa program perfectly combines both of those desires. Funny enough, I discovered this program at Beber when a Masa representative came to camp to discuss opportunities to the campers. Working at Beber has influenced my decision to pursue this fellowship, showing me just how rewarding and impactful it is to work with children. I’m hoping to take the adaptability and patience I have learned from camp to Israel as I navigate this unfamiliar but exciting new adventure!
Sabrina Ginsburg, Medical Intern
My name is Sabrina Ginsburg and I am from Lake Worth, Florida. I am currently a second semester pre-med student at University of Miami (Go Canes!) and will be this summer’s Medical Intern. Others’ well-being truly defines me within human society. Giving back to everyone in my community is essential to me, especially the Beber community. My ultimate strength is to work hard toward my goal of spending my life making sick people well through medicine and, eventually, space exploration. I plan to obtain a medical degree as a general practitioner, while also studying the space environment to understand how it affects the human body. I believe that the Beber medical internship is an ideal educational next step for me. The one thing I look forward to most in the future is having my children attend Beber someday and volunteering at that time as a doctor, caring for the next generation of campers. Not only the people in the health center, but my counselors and administration, over my ten years of being at Beber have continually been there for me both physically and emotionally, ensuring my welfare every step of the way! I admired them greatly and cannot wait to help them care for our campers this summer! My camper and counselor experiences at Beber have absolutely contributed to my desire to pursue the medical field. As the medical intern, you can rely on me to be a caregiver as I spend my time assisting the medical professionals in the Health Center whenever and however I can! This summer medical internship will help me in advancing my exposure in the medical field. Clearly, pre-med students who are engaged during the summer months have an advantage during the medical school application process, which I potentially could be faced with in less than three years. Interning and giving back to my Beber family is going to truly be amazing. Honestly, more important than fulfilling a college requirement, is knowing I can assist in the care of our next generation of Beber campers and staff.
Zoey Melinger, Marketing Intern
Hi, my name is Zoey and this summer I will be working with the Beber administrative staff as a Marketing Intern. This summer I’ll be assisting the staff with branding certain programs, managing social media accounts, updating the website, and designing apparel for campers and staff members. As a camper, I always looked up to the leadership and administrative staff, and was eager to move up in the Beber world. I am very excited to be utilizing my skills in marketing and graphic design this summer while working for the Beber team. I am looking forward to learning more about how to market overnight camp and learning more about the camp world in general. I hope that this internship will help me advance my marketing skills and will be the start to a career in the marketing field as well as the Jewish world.