Caryn is a Colorado native with a knack for outdoor adventure and a rejuvenated passion for Judaism. She graduated from Cornell College in 2015 and has since spent time working with youth in a variety of roles. She taught English in Peru, served at a queer resource youth center in Chicago, mentored high school students on a summer in Poland and Israel, worked at Teva as a Jewish environmental educator in Connecticut, and spent a summer at Ramah in the Rockies re-imagining the Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute for rising high school juniors. She has been the Tivnu Madrichol (Resident Advisor) since August 2018.
Caryn discovered her love for the intersection of Judaism and social justice when she served in Avodah Chicago, the Jewish service corps. She then rediscovered the soul food that Judaism gives her through her time at Teva. Her background in Non-Violent Communication and consensus building has influenced her outlook on group facilitation and she is SO excited to be a part of the Tivnu team building a better world!
Besides Jewish community and social equity, Caryn loves swing dancing, accountability, cheese, body positive education and clever puns.
Tivnu: Building Justice is optimistic that our 2020 - 21 Gap Year program will continue as planned, beginning on September 1. We are still accepting applicants, as space permits. Our staff is working remotely but with great excitement as we prepare for internships, learning, living, and enjoying the Pacific Northwest together. We will be implementing whatever modifications are needed to keep ourselves and the people we work with safe and healthy. Now, more than ever, we need to get to work, building a better world.