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Ryan Peters | Director

Ryan is an alumnus of Camp Shalom, Camp Kadimah, Camp Biluim Canada, and Biluim Israel, and served on staff for seven years at Camp Kadimah, most recently as its Associate Director in Summer 2015. During the year, Ryan teaches English and Drama at the Leo Baeck Day School to middle school students. As a dynamic teacher he gets the opportunity to educate and connect with the Jewish community’s future leaders on a daily basis. Ryan is a graduate of McGill University where he majored in Drama/Theatre and Literature and received his Bachelor of Arts. As well, Ryan received his Bachelor of Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He is currently pursuing his masters in Adult Education and Community Development. Ryan has a passion for music, theatre, informal education and team-building. He is excited to return to Israel for another summer, and to continue combining all of these passions with his love for Israel and Canadian Young Judaea.

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Risa Epstein | Lead Poland educator 

Risa Epstein is the National Executive Director of Canadian Young Judaea. As an alumni of many CYJ camps, and the past Biluim Canada Program Director, and Camp Solelim Director from 2003 to 2015. Risa earned her Graduate Diploma in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Toronto’s OISE. As well, as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Risa has an invested interest in the continuation of Holocaust education and ensuring that the memory of those who were lost during the Holocaust and the stories of those who survived are preserved. Risa has been accompanied by her father, Phil Epstein, to Poland for 4 years and each year there is more to discover of the pre-war Polish Jewry, the Holocaust, and her father’s story and family history.