Meet the Staff

The Staff of 2016
Biluim Head Staff

Taryn Levy – Program Director (Biluim 2010)

Hey Chevra!

tarynMy name is Taryn Levy; your friendly neighbourhood Program Director. I have spent every summer at camp since you guys were around 3 years old. Over the last four years, I have had various positions at CKB from working on the waterfront and in a cabin at Camp Kinneret to being Rosh CIT and Head of Programming at Biluim. I have also been lucky enough to participate in some amazing year round CYJ programs. While I have done some other things since 2004 as well, I am who I am today due to the influence of camp and CYJ.

I have spent the last four years completing an Honours degree in Political Science at the university of Western Ontario; however, I spent the majority of my time there day dreaming about new programs and Shabbat mornings on the waterfront. I couldn’t imagine ending four years of studying without spending one more summer running around the Mahal (Biluim tent site)!

Camp Biluim is a one-of-a-kind program that fosters a unique community, leaving once strangers with new friendships, experiences, skills, and memories that last a lifetime. After 12 years at camp, I can confidently say that there is no place like Biluim and I can already tell from working with our amazing staff team over the past few months that this summer is going to top the rest.

If anyone has any questions, concerns, or just wants to reach out, feel free to contact me at

I can’t wait to meet everyone and witness the amazingness that Billy16 is going to bring!!


Amanda Benaim | Head of Hadracha (Biluim 2010)

Hey Billy 2016!  My name is Amanda Benaim and I will be returning for my second year asamanda the Head of Hadracha (leadership) this upcoming summer! I have been part of the Canadian Young Judaea system for 9 consecutive summers and am very excited to be returning for my 10th. From my first year as a waterfront staff to my third year as Head of A&C, I have been able to learn about the different aspects of camp from unique perspectives. As Head of Hadracha in 2015, I was able to experience camp and learn about each of our campers in a new way. I am thrilled to continue my position and contribute my abilities towards the incredible Hadracha program that serves as the foundation of Camp Biluim.

I have just completed an Honours Specialization Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario and I am looking forward to continuing my studies. Camp has been a huge part of my summers since I was a camper at Camp Shalom, and continued through the YJ system. No matter how far I have managed to travel throughout the world, somehow I always seem to find my way back to CKB for just one more summer! I can’t wait until camp and to meet all of you!


Matthew Rogers | Head of Programming (Biluim 2011)

MatthewHey everyone! My name is Matt Rogers and I’m your Head of Programming for the summer of 2016. When I’m not up at camp having a blast, you can find me in Montreal playing music, studying, hanging around, or probably biking somewhere! With the help of our incredible staff team, I’m super excited to bring Biluim the most incredible programs this summer. No doubt 2016 will be the BSE (Best Summer Ever)! 


Jessica Burdo | Female Tent Head (Biluim 2011)

Hey! My name is Jess and I will be your Female Tent Head this summer! I have been a part of the CYJ family since 2008 when I burdobegan attending Camp Shalom in Ontario. I didn’t know it at the time but camp would become an incredibly important part of my life. I am so grateful for all the friends and experiences camp has given me and I couldn’t be happier to give back with a leadership position. I am really looking forward to seeing all the amazing tent-parent and tent-kid relationships unfold this summer. I hope you grow to see me as someone you can come to and confide in, but also just hang with. In the words of Amy PoehIer : “I’m not like a regular mom…I’m a *cool* mom”.

When not at camp, I attend McGill University and am in the Honours Psychology Program. Currently, I am doing an exchange program in England that has been incredibly formative. The only thing getting me through the thought of it ending in a couple of months is camp with all of you! Can’t wait to see you soon.

Evan Sinclair | Male Tent Head (Biluim Israel 2012)

EvanHey Billy! My name is Evan and I am so excited to come back to camp this summer as your Male Tent Head! This is my 4th summer at CKB and 8th summer in the Young Judea system. After spending my first two summers as a staff at Kinneret and last summer as the Rosh Sports for Biluim, I know exactly what it takes to make this summer the BSE (Best Summer Eva)! When I am not at camp, I study Business at the University of Western Ontario. I am a huge sports fan and love to play all different types of sports. Coming back to CKB for another summer is a dream come true and I am counting down the days until camp starts! See you all soon!!


Biluim Canada Staff of 2016

Eliana Diamantstein (Rosh Avodah)

Gary Litwin (Rosh Sports)
Jessie Adessky (Rosh CIT)
Justin Birbrager
Katie Benitah
Erin Smiley
Jared Roboz
Ethan Soil
Daniel Witkowski
Yael Korngold
Robyn Berns
Josh Levine
Noah Karlin
Jonathan Greenspoon
Jordan Simon 
Maya Wattelman
Omri Segev
Itai Gibli (Shomer)
Specialty Staff
Aliza Herzstein (Waterfront Director)
Vicky Bornstein (Rosh A+C)
Ben Morris and Beky Seltzer (Trippers)
Amanda Noyek (Videographer)
Samantha Seltzer (Nurse’s Assistant)
Dan Lipworth (Driver)
Talia Herzstein (Office Assistant)
Dalia Witkowski (Office Manager)