Camp Kee Tov Director
It was widely believed that when Beckett walked off into the sunset on Family Night back in 2016 it was the last we would see of him. But oh were we wrong… the fuzzy milk, Eric Schoen song sessions and the chance to spend a couple more summers with all his amazing friends was just too much for him to pass up. He packed up his car with all his earthly possessions, said goodbye to Louisiana, and sped back to Berkeley as fast as legally allowed (80mph on the highway in Texas…).
Beckett is no stranger to CKT, having been introduced to the ruach as a little Habonimer back in 1998. He loved camp as a camper but found his true calling in 2007 when he joined the greatest group of camp counselors this universe has ever seen. In his eleven years on staff, including five years as a PD, Beckett has had the opportunity to work in Rishonim, Habonim, Mapilim and Gesher and cannot be more excited to begin his reign as Director.
So goodbye Baton Rouge, (kosher) gumbo and Mike the Tiger and hello office. Summer is right around the corner and as we always say at Camp Kee Tov, “Laissez les bon temps rouler”… “Let the good times roll”!
Camp Kee Tov Administrator
Gabi Pardee, known for such hits as the “Role Model Camper” award in Gesh 2010 and dancing to Brittany Spears in the infamous 2008 Chalutzim talent show, is ready to make her triumphant return to the Tov!
Gabi began her illustrious Kee Tov career as a wee Habonimer back in 2001 and never looked back. When her camper career ended after her aforementioned “Role Model Camper” summer, Gabi took her talents to the Kee Tov Staff. She had the pleasure of working in Giborim, Mapilim, Chalutzim, and Chaverim in her five years on staff.
After 2015, Gabi took a brief three year hiatus during which she revolutionized the retail game. She turned the once mom and pop shop, Anthropologie, into a national brand single handedly. When the position of Camp Kee Tov Administrator opened up, she knew she was perfect for the role. She said, “Forget this national success! It’s time to change the Kee Tov game.”
Gabi cannot wait to begin her first year in this new role and looks forward to making Kee Tov the best it’s ever been whilst re-getting to know the camp family.
Rishonim Program Director
After Family Night last summer when Tom finished his goodbyes with his Gesh campers he didn’t go very far. He is lucky enough to spend his “non-Kee Tov” months at the Beth El Nursery School, a mere 15 steps from the Kee Tov office. He loved working in Gesher with the oldest kids but has found his true calling with the little ones! Tom can’t wait to introduce some Gesh classics to the Rishonimers including, but not limited to, a Rishonim backpacking trip to Codornices.
Habonim Program Director
Rachel (or Ray-Kay, her Hebrew name) has been in the Kee Tov game for some time now...Starting as a 5 year-old Rishonim-er and continuing all the way through Gesher and now onto staff, it’s clear she is pretty obsessed with ruach, fuzzy milk, and Mississippi at Gillespie. After taking one-year off, she realized that life without the Tov just really isn’t the same and is thrilled to be back at the place she loves the most. Rachel can’t wait to take the leap into Habonim after being a Program Director in Rishonim, Mapilim, and Chalutzim. She can't wait for what the summer has in store!
Giborim Program Director
Sevrin is taking a break from tanning on the beach in Santa Barbara to come back and take over his dream job of Giborim Program Director. When he is not busy writing Gib cheers and studying up on new face painting techniques, Sevrin spends his days studying International Relations and working on sustainability projects on campus at UC Santa Barbara. After a short hiatus in Chalutzim and Gesher, Sevrin will be back in his happy place at Laurel with Giborimers. He is excited for his first chance to take on the Program Director role and hopes to continue Gib’s illustrious run in the ruach competition.
Mapilim Program Director
A long, long time ago, there was a young boy who dreamt of one day becoming Mapilim Program Director. As the years went by, and he outgrew his days as a camper and went on to counsel his way through many different programs, his heart always remained in Mapilim. Overtime, the young boy became a young man and today his dream has been realized. That young boy is none other than the great Eli Mizock. As a History major at Reed College, he was disappointed to discover he couldn’t have his concentration in the history of Mapilim. His friends delight in his one-man Map shows he puts on for classmates in Oregon. He is the proud captain of the champion intramural Gaga team at Reed and cannot wait to bring his enthusiasm back to camp this summer. Breakdown, breakdown, can he get a breakdown?
Chalutzim Program Director
As Simon and Garfunkel famously sang, “Hello Chalutzim, my old friend, Dave’s back with you again ”. In his sixth summer on staff, David takes on his best gig yet as Chalutzim Program Director. At UCLA, he studies Cognitive Science but when outside of the classroom, you can find him touring as a musician. Kee Tov, while his best work experience, is not his only. During the school year, he interns at Interscope Records. He can’t wait to pile Chalutzim into the tour bus on the way to Sunset State Beach, river rafting, and maybe even to 6 Flags.
Gesher Program Director
Rumor has it, the Price family has been roaming the halls of Beth El almost as long as Kee Tov has been around. After the last two summers as Habonim Program Director, Sasha felt it was only right to share her talents with other programs at camp. Now she finds herself leading the oldest campers as they begin a year of transition both to high school and to the Kee Tov staff. And to make it all even more L’dor Vador-able, Sasha has had the pleasure of counseling this years Gesher campers when they were in Habonim and Mapilim! Sasha cannot wait for an awesome summer spent backpacking, lounging on a catamaran on the San Francisco Bay and singing songs around a campfire!
Chaverim Program Director
Olivia’s summers have been full of ruach for as long as she can remember. She got a taste of Kee Tov as a wee little Rishonim-er and has been back every summer since! She just can’t get enough! After six summers working in Rishonim, Olivia decided to dip her toes in a new program: Chaverim, and it quickly stole her heart. She has been Program Director in both Rishonim and Chaverim and is so excited about sharing the magic of camp with kids of all ages in the special program of Chaverim! When Olivia is not at camp she is studying holistic healing modalities and training to be a doula.