A Word From Our Camp Gan Israel Directors
Our names are Aliza Friedman and Chayale Pinson and we will be joining y'all from the south - Atlanta GA! We are excited to be bringing years of experience directing Camp Gan Israels around the world including Dublin, Helsinki and most recently Swampscott MA.
We both attended the Hasten Hebrew Academy for many years and are looking forward to reconnecting with the Indianapolis community. We are excited to meet the wonderful families that make Indy such a special place.
We look forward to an exciting and inspirational summer of happiness, Judaism and lots of FUN!
Aliza Friedman and Chayale Pinson
Mini Gan Izzy
A Word from our Mini Gan Izzy Director
My husband Eddie and I have three beautiful daughters, Gabriella who is eight, and twins Olivia and Aubrie who recently turned six. I have been teaching in some capacity since 2005. After receiving my BA from Marian University, I began my career in Cincinnati as a kindergarten teacher in a traditional private school. Later, I became interested in Montessori philosophy and enrolled in the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education and began to work towards a Montessori Certification. Early in my career, I began teaching at Chai Tots, a Chabad Montessori school, where I later became the assistant director.
In 2012, my family moved back to Indiana to be near our families in Carmel and Columbus. I stayed home with my girls for several years but continued teaching as a tutor for children with learning disabilities. My twins headed to kindergarten at Towne Meadow last fall and it was the right time for me to get back in the classroom. I accepted a position at Orchard Park Elementary as a reading intervention teacher and I have been really excited to be back doing the work I love full time!
I am thrilled to once again be a part of this vibrant, caring Chabad community. I am really looking forward to spending my summer creating a fun, enriching environment for our young campers!
Mini Gan Izzy Teacher - Ms. Ellie Hersh
Hello everyone. My name is Ellie Hersh and this is my first summer working at Mini Gan Izzy. I love working with children and watching them grow and learn.
I am just finishing my second year teaching kindergarten at Hasten Hebrew Academy, my fourth year teaching kindergarten Sunday School at Beth El Zedeck, and I also teach swim lessons! I graduated from Butler in the spring of 2016.
In my free time I enjoy playing musical instruments (especially the oboe), coloring, and swimming. I cannot wait to have fun exploring with your child this summer!
Ms. Ellie Hersh
Mini Gan Izzy Teacher - Ms. Olga Povolotska
Hello! My name is Olga Povolotska.
I was born and grew up in Ukraine, where I got my MBA degree and worked as a Human Resources Manager for 7 years. My husband and I got married and moved to the US in 2008. Our first year we spent in Savannah, GA. Then we moved to West Lafayette, IN. We have two sweet kids: Samuel is 7 y.o. and Miriam is 5 y.o. They were students at Montessori School of Great Lafayette for 6 years. We became a part of Montessori community and it was naturally for me to start working there in March 2017. I work with kids 2-3 years old and 3-6 years old. I look forward to meeting your families and have a delightful time with your kids!
Ms. Olga Povolotska
Mini Gan Izzy Teacher - Ms. Kim Frazier
Hi, my name is Kim Frazier, and I'm really looking forward to being the assistant in the 3s and 4s class at Camp Gan Izzy this summer! I teach Katon (1-2 year olds) at Hasten Hebrew Academy, and I'm originally from Indiana and have recently moved back to Indianapolis. I've worked in Early Childhood since 2009, and have been enjoying my experience as part of the Hasten community since last August. I've learned so much, and am excited to see some new faces and stay connected with some HHAI kiddoes this summer. I look forward to creative play and fun in the sun!
Ms. Kim Frazier
Camp Gan Israel
Meet Our Loving Camp Counselors
Hey, my name is Chani Leeds. I'm from Pittsburgh, PA. I have 18 nieces and nephews so I have plenty of experience with kids :) I love camp spirit and spreading exciting energy everywhere! I'm energetic, chill, and a happy person.
Hi! My name is Kiki Fellig from Miami, FL and I'm 18 years old. I'm a fun, happy, outgoing girl who loves working with kids of all ages. I volunteer for a kids program in my Shul and I really enjoy it! I try to bring a positive attitude wherever I go!
Hey, my name is Sara Perel Citron and I live in Miami, FL. I'm from a family of 7 (the other 6 are boys!). I love traveling to work in different camps around the country. I hope to give your kids the summer of a lifetime!
Hi, my name is Bracha Shpigelman and I come from Montreal, Canada. I'm a mothers helper in my hometown and have tons of experience working with children. I absolutely love camp and am so excited for the most amazing summer EVER!