With two decades as a professional educator, Rabbi Harari is know far and wide in putting his students and soldiers first. Rabbi Harari has been involved with staffing camps since 1998. From Camp Gan Israel in Montreal, Canada and NY, to leading backpacking trips through the treacherous Carpathian Mountains, as well as head counselor of Camp Gan Israel in Yekaterinoslav, Ukraine. As a Wilderness EMT Rabbi Harari has volunteered on teams from Bravo Ambulance to Mountain Search & Rescue, currently he is Hatzalah of Miami-Dade active member. Rabbi Harari has continued to stand out as an extraordinary figure and pioneer of Jewish wilderness education.
Having grown up in The Bay Area at the foothills of Mt. Tamalpais, Yehudah was raised with a deep love for nature and all of its beauty. After a few years in YOA he was awarded the “Above and Beyond” for his positive can do attitude and unyielding desire to grow. As a licensed EMT, and NOLS graduate Yehudah has served as Jr staff, staff member, and a coordinator of all food and logistics. Whether on the high seas or a dessert valley he will make things happen.
His wilderness accomplishments are too numerous to record. We are blessed to have him.
For the past ten years Aharon has been an incredible asset to our program. As a loving father and husband his calm and collected under pressure demeanor complimented with his sagely wisdom make him a natural teacher and leader. His passion for education and the outdoors makes him a great addition to our YOA family. Aharon has the unique ability to inspire and instill love of life and yiddishkeit in the boys with a deep spiritual intuition. Aharon's practical hands on skills have contributed a lot to our program, we look forward to another summer with him.
Shim joined Yoa in 2016 our first real summer at sea aboard the 200 Ton Tallship Exy Johnson. Despite being constantly sea sick, Shim out preformed his peers and always kept a smile on his face. As he advanced to Jr. Watch Officer he showing his natural leadership skills. Over the nevt few years and continued to impress everone around him.
IDF SOF Medic, Wilderness Guide, World traveler and walking inspiration.
Yossi first came to Yoa in 2017
A great staff can make a boy’s summer. A boy away from home needs to trust the staff and sense their compassion and competence. Camp YOA staff members are hand picked for their caring and dedication. They sincerely want to see the campers enjoy a fun and very meaningful summer. The strong bond that develops with the campers often extends well past the summer’s end. Our staff is especially trained in techniques for self improvement and developing social skills. The one-on-one relationship formed with our staff members provides a strong backbone in character development.