Summer 2017 Professional Staff

Sari Kahn (Camp Director) Sari Kahn is the director of Camp Maor and in elementary school developed a passion for the performing arts. As a mother of three young daughters and a son, she created a program where her own daughters’ creative talents will be allowed to flourish in a warm, collaborative, and frum environment. Ms. Kahn has taught drama to elementary school age children at Moshava, served as a division head in Morasha and was also the Executive Director of One Voice: Jewish Women for Israel, a coalition of 12 national Jewish women’s organizations. She is currently directing an original production for Shulamith Middle School in the Five Towns.

Each member of our faculty has achieved an advanced degree in an area of the performing arts and is currently working or teaching as a performing arts professional. They will inspire you to gain confidence and skills in your performance and you will see your passion mirrored in their own.
The master teachers for the majors, theater director, musical director, and head choreographer will be consistent throughout each session. While the elective instructors will vary throughout each session so that the campers can be exposed to varied instruction and art forms.

Your fun, dynamic, and responsible advisors, many of whom will be assisting you as part of the performing arts program, will also be there for all your activities and adventures and can serve as role models that each young woman can aspire to become.

Rena Rubin (Assistant Director) returns to Maor for the fourth summer with an extensive background in all things camp related. She has worked in a variety of day and sleep-away camps as a counselor, Morah, lifeguard, Drama Director, Head Counselor and Assistant Director, from the age of teenager until present.  At Camp Maor, Rena works tirelessly to ensure that each day and night is filled with incredible and meaningful activities that help our campers reach their goals.

Rena is passionate about the camp experience, especially when she can do all of the things she loves with an amazing group of girls: playing all sports, singing, acting, swimming, hiking and being involved in nature.

Not only did Rena play basketball and softball in High School, but she also has continued to play in all-women’s leagues as an adult. An avid swimmer, Rena holds Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor certifications. In her real life, Rena has been a middle-school teacher for the past 17 years. She has an excellent rapport with her students and is excited to bring that expertise to Camp Maor.

Rachel Klein (Director) is an NYC based director and choreographer, and Artistic Director of the Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble. Off Broadway: The Anthem; Around the World in 80 Days. Selected NYC Theater: Symphony of Shadows (Jerome Robbins Foundation Commission); The Tragedy of Maria Macabre (Tides Foundation Commission); Circus of Circus (Innovative Theater Awards nominee for Outstanding Director of a Play). Regional: Super (George Street Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Brunswick Shakespeare Festival). Miss Klein co-sponsored an internship program for the Department of Education with the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance and Talent Unlimited High School. Rachel holds a BA in theatrical directing from Columbia College, is an SDC Associate, and an alumnus of the International Directors Symposium in Spoleto, Italy.

Bethany Strulowitz (Rebbetzin, Teacher) is a Middle School Judaic Studies teacher at Yeshiva Beis Hillel (YBH-Passaic), has almost 20 years of experience in formal and informal Jewish education in the US, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Jewish Education and has attended Stern College, Barnard, MMY, and Breuers Seminary. She has served as a Rebbetzin for the past 13 years. Rebbetzin Strulowitz loves developing meaningful and inspiring Jewish programs and projects for her students in order to strengthen their connection to Torah, Hashem, Eretz Yisrael, and Am Yisrael. She and her husband, Rabbi Joshua Strulowitz, and their five children, recently moved to Passaic, NJ, this past summer.

Rhonda Malkin (Head Choreographer) was a professional dancer in Los Angeles and New York City for 17 exciting years. While attending UCLA as a Sociology major, Rhonda performed as a Los Angeles Laker Girl for 3 years and received a championshi[ rung for the 2000 inaugural season at Staples Cents. She was a Radio City Music Hall Rockette for 12 years and a Rockette Swing (memorizing 36 Rockette dance tracks) for 7 of those years. Some of Rhonda’s favorite credits include: “The Producers: The Movie Musical” dancing with Matthew Broderick, The Academy Awards dancing with Robin Williams, the MTV VMA’s performing with Panic at the Disco, MTV Movie Awards Irish Step dancing with Mike Myers, the film “Beautiful” with Minnie Driver, national commercials for Sears, Macy’s, CBS, and Westfield Shopping Towns, multiple live stage shows for Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and Hyperion Theatre at Disney’s California Adventure Park, The Today Show with Katie Couric, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Martha Stewart, Regis and Kelly, Suddenly Susan with Brooke Shields, Mad TV, and a special performance in the East Wing at the White House for President Obama.

Rhonda is a Professional Dance Coach in NYC where she trains and mentors pre-professional level dancers towards successful performing careers. She loves seeing her students from all over the world achieve success in the entertainment industry and beyond and is proud to have “bragging rights” where countless students have gone on to perform on Broadway, National tours, Cirque du Soliel, as Radio City Rockettes, NBA dance teams, Las Vegas stage shows, Beyonce music videos, and international cruise ship shows. In dance, Pilates, yoga, and massage into an incredible 1-hour workout. With this method, she was featured in SHAPE magazine and SHAPE.com with her beautiful entrepreneur client, Ivanka Trump. She recently taught at the prestigious FAME school, La Guardia High School of the Arts, in addition to being an Orthodox Jewish wife and mom to two daughters, ages 8 and 5 years, and is expecting a baby boy in June, iy”h.

Enny Wax (Musical Director, Vocal Coach) has been performing since she was a young child, appearing in productions and national choirs. She has worked with many renowned performers, writers and producers of popular music, including Grammy award winners. Being blessed with 14-year-old triplets, she nevertheless finds time to volunteer her musical services for charitable causes all over the country. She was a featured performer on the historic album “Voices for Israel: Keeping the Faith”, in solidarity with the people of Israel, and has performed for many other community and national events. Enny is currently performs and is working on several studio projects. She is the founder and owner of Sing It™, designing custom vocal coaching and recording experiences for children and young adults all over the country. Contact Enny @ 310-721-1814 or via email: nepooh1@aol.com

Rachelle Freedman (Theater Major Instructor) has directed, written and performed in theatrical productions across the country. She was a founding writer/director of The Miracle Project, a theatre program for Jewish children of all abilities which was featured in the award-winning documentary Autism: The Musical. She acted with and directed for The Jewish Women’s Repertory Company in Los Angeles, and taught the master acting class at Kol Neshama, an acting conservatory for girls in Los Angeles. She has also served as a teacher teaching artist in various schools and camps across the country. She has been the voice of medical software, training videos, a national commercial, internet spots, and even debutante balls. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Georgia State University, and her favorite role to date is raising her own little troupe of players at home.

Sydney Blair (Theater Major Instructor) is an actress, singer, dancer and teaching artist born and raised in Los Angeles. Sydney now lives and works in New York. She studied theatre at the University of Southern California, improv & sketch comedy at The Groundlings, and classical theatre at the British American Drama Academy in London. Sydney has been teaching, directing, and choreographing for over 12 years at acting and dance studios, community theatres, schools, summer programs, and more. When she is not teaching, Sydney works as a professional actress in Theatre and Television. “I truly believe theatre and theatre training has power beyond anything to do with talent or fame. It has everything to do with joy, confidence, fun, pride, unity, and empathy.”

Nadine Azoulay (Dance Instructor) has danced since she was 3 and a half years of age. Her father is Israeli, and her mother is from the Netherlands. Nadine was born in Virginia and moved to England where her dance story began. She intensely studied Checcetti ballet technique for seven years at the; The School of Dance in Ottawa, Ontario. She performed in many gala performances celebrating the anniversary of Celia Franca and productions such as Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, and The Fairy Queen with the Royal Winnipeg ballet. She joined the Royal Netherlands Conservatory in The Hague for a year as a student and then joined a contemporary school for dance in Rotterdam; HAVO for Dance&Music. She returned to her birth land and trained in the Washington school of ballet’s Release Time Program. She performed productions such as; The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet with The Washington Ballet. She danced in Washington Ballet‘s artistic director Septime Webber’s The Nutcracker for four consecutive years. After finishing her high school years at Emerson she applied and was accepted to participate in achieving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance&Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. While dancing with VCU she was a company member with the Latin Ballet of Virginia. She has performed in El Dorado, Mujeres, Carnaval, NuYoRican, Baile y Rumba, and the Legend of the Poinsettia. She completed an internship in New York City, summer of 2009 with Monica Bill Barnes&Company, helping with lighting and costume malfunctions, in the production Suddenly Summer Somewhere at the Lincoln Center, and participated in Barnes’s workshops at Dance New Amsterdam. Nadine has performed in VCU DANCE NOW shows, MOVE, by Chris Burnside, a soloist in the STUDENT CONCERT, and many SALON showings. She has choreographed a solo danced by herself called Barre at the EN ROUT performance. Before her last semester, Azoulay completed a summer study abroad program in Tuscany, Italy, at the ACCADEMIA DELL’ARTE. For her senior project she choreographed amongst debris, in PASTISHE, her last shows as a senior at VCU. In New York City, Nadine performed her solo with Balasole Dance, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center with a solo deriving from her Senior Project and a few years later, a new solo called Loving You. Now she is pleased to join Silvertein’s ballet company, The Pink Tutu. Nadine worked as a telefundraiser for The American Ballet Theater, and embarking on her own project for NACHMO, to be presented at the Mark Morris Dance Center. This same choreography work called Harvest, was also selected to be showcased at The Wired Arts Festival. For two years in a row she has performed with New York City Dance Parade, and will be participating again this May. Azoulay danced for Jillian Davis Dance Project at the choreographer’s competition at Princeton University, and HATCH with Jennifer Muller.  Azoulay is participating in NACHMO again this year with her new work Escaping Alcatraz, and will dance and showcase this piece throughout venues. Now Azoulay is rehearsing and performing with Intersections Dance Collective, and had a performance early May called Moving Forward and the Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Azoulay has taught ballet for girls at the Jewish Community Center in Los Vegas, and preformed the Snow Queen variation in the Nutcracker with The Pink Tutu Ballet. In October 2016, Azoulay performed a duet in DUMBO for White Wave Dance festival, and RAW festival in Pittsburg with choreographer Davida Rae. Once again, Azoulay choreographed and danced for NACHMO at Mark Morris, with a new work titled, MASA. This summer Azoulay will perform at BAM in June for Marie-Christine Giordano.

Remy Zaken (Acting Instructor) Last seen as Anne Frank (Pittsburgh Public Theater). Broadway: Spring Awakening (OBC Thea). Off-Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Brooklynite, The Anthem, Freckleface Strawberry (Title role), Spring Awakening, Radiant Baby. Regional: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), A Little Princess. Selected workshops: Bright Star (Steve Martin musical), Some Lovers (Burt Bacharach musical). Film/TV: Pitching Tents, Sing Along (short), “Gossip Girl,” “Law and Order” “It Could Be Worse.” BA in psychology from Columbia University. www.remyzaken.com

Jacqueline Novikov (Voice Major Instructor) is a Boston-based voice teacher and concert artist. Jacqueline holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. A member of NATS (the National Association of Teachers of Singing), Jacqueline has been private voice teacher since 2006 and is on the faculty of Maestro Musician’s Academy in Watertown, MA. Her enthusiasm for entertaining and educating audiences is apparent in her unique approach to concert performance. Jacqueline’s annual concert series presents themed concerts of opera, Broadway and jazz music from Bach to Bernstein. Past themes include: Around the World in 45 Minutes, Say It With Music, What’s in a Name?, I Could Write a Book and Songs from Childhood. Jacqueline recently launched her new Songs for Seniors series, which pairs in-home benefit concerts with free concerts at senior centers.

Leah Gottfried (Film Major Instructor) started acting at an early age, appearing in various films, commercials and stage productions At age 17, she explored a newfound interest of working behind the scenes and wrote and directed her first short film. Since then Leah has produced the feature film Operation: Candlelight and founded Dignity Entertainment, a production company dedicated to creating meaningful visual content. She has directed four music videos for the popular Jewish singer Shaindel Antelis, casting some of her acting students in the most recent video. She loves passing on her passion for film-making and acting and has taught dozens of young girls across the country. Leah studied film and theatre arts at Stern College and cinematography at NYU.
www.dignity-entertainment.com