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Ari lives his life for others, constantly contemplating ways to make his community--and the Jewish people overall--better and more productive. As the Director of Camp Nageela Midwest, he works with Jewish youth, helping them develop into inspired and committed community members. Through his leadership, he helped turn Nageela into a flourishing, successful, and innovative nonprofit organization.
In his spare time, Ari volunteers with many Jewish camps, schools, and other organizations to aid them with Jewish programming and administration. He organized the Chicago Ice Hockey Tournament for Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society and volunteers as a project manager for several events for Agudath Israel of Illinois.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ari coordinated large deliveries of supplies for the pre-Passover Maot Chitim distribution. He was on site to oversee the warehouse in a time when volunteers were scarce. He also helped with communicating and marketing the volunteer opportunity.
Ari's newest venture is co-hosting the 990Talk podcast, which looks to help nonprofits and professionals reach greater success.
Director of Camp Nageela Midwest
ON THE SIDE:
990Talk; a podcast highlighting the cooler side of nonprofit work
Happily married with five mostly well-behaved children
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS OR LESS:
Bearded camp director. Sub-par hockey player, above-par golfer, and average guitarist.
A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
Rabbi Moshe Kushner was the long-time Director of Camp Moshava in Wisconsin and was one of my biggest inspirations for getting involved in Jewish community work.
IF TIME AND MONEY WERE LIMITLESS, I WOULD:
Make the whole world a summer camp.