STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Iryna Gubenko is the Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Areivim Philanthropic Group. Having grown up in Ukraine, Iryna has always found ways to be an active participant of the Jewish life. She started with working as an interpreter and a madricha for NCSY Jewish Oversees Leadership Training groups together with Israeli shlichim that conducted summer and winter camps for the members of the Orthodox Union Kharkov Jewish Community, and continued by working with the college students and organizing Shabbat dinners and Jewish holiday celebrations.
Iryna went to the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and obtained a Master’s Degree in History concentrating on World Jewish History. Upon moving to the United States, Iryna graduated from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, majoring in Jewish Community Organizing. Prior to joining the Areivim Philanthropic Group in 2016, Iryna was the Director of the BluePrint Fellowship at the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations and the Program Manager at the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation.
Iryna lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
national director, kayitz kef
Sharon Schoenfeld comes to the Areivim Philanthropic group as the National Director of Kayitz Kef/Hebrew at Camp after more than 20 years with Young Judaea, the Zionist Youth Movement. A product of its camps and programs in both the US and Israel, she held a variety of professional positions at Young Judaea in both programming and operations. Her love of the Hebrew language comes from her own experience as a camper and staff member at Jewish summer camps and spending time with amazing young Israelis excited to bring the Hebrew language and Israeli culture to American youth. Sharon completed her Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Theater at the University of Albany and studied for her Master’s in early childhood education at Queens College of the City of New York. Sharon’s experience in becoming proficient in Hebrew during her 11 years in Israel combined with her many years working with camps has prepared her to help Hebrew at Camp reach as many American Jewish children as possible. Sharon lives in New York with her partner Gary and their cats, Zelda and Lucy.
director of hebrew programming, kayitz kef
Shira serves as Areivim Hebrew at Camp’s Director of Hebrew Programming, in which role she oversees professional development and training for Hebrew at Camp project leaders and staff and works with camps to develop their individualized programs. Shira has dedicated herself to improving the field of Hebrew language instruction as a professional and a volunteer in both formal and informal settings. She is a member of the National Association of Hebrew Teachers (NAHET) and serves as IAC-DC co-chairperson to help Israelis in North America preserve their heritage language. Shira holds an MA in Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language from Middlebury College and is also a teacher and mentor for MA students in the School of Hebrew. She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her family.