Shalom with so much love! My name is Marissa Subar and I am beaming with excitement to be your Director of Camp Zehut. If you’ve ever been on a cruise, I like to think of Camp Zehut a bit like going on a cruise… so, think of me as your Cruise Director, sit back, relax, kick up your feet, and get ready to have a BLAST!
Let’s get to know each other! Here’s a bit about me: I grew up in Granada Hills, CA, and my childhood was enriched with Jewish learning and joy starting at the JCC, next at Heschel Day School, and finally at Milken Community High School. I received my BA in Child Psychology and Masters in Child Development & Family Studies, both from Indiana University at Bloomington (GO HOOSIERS!) I only recently moved back to Los Angeles after living in the Midwest (Indiana then Chicago) for a whole decade. I’ve been working in the field of Child Development for 15 years, and have always felt the most at-home and alive when I’m in the presence of giggling children while partnering with their families to ensure they succeed to their highest potential.
Most recently, I spent four years working with the Boys & Girls Club of America as their Education Director. After, I spent four years with Right At School, a company that partners with both public and private schools nationally and internationally in creating after-school, camp, and enrichment programs for kids of all ages. After a year as Program Director for an after-school program in Chicago, I helped to create my very own position as Engagement Manager, where I traveled across the United States and Canada every other week training after-school program staff and build new camps from the bottom up. Whenever someone asks me what my favorite city is that I got to explore from my professional travels, I always surprise them by saying a teeny tiny town called Bricktown in Oklahoma City, and Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. I fell in love with the unexpected charm! Other organizations that I’ve worked with include Stephen S. Wise Temple, College Mentors for Kids, and various public and private elementary and middle schools across the Chicagoland area.
When I’m not Camp Zehut-ing, you can find me taking photos on my beloved Nikon DSLR, exploring new coffee shops, at Book Club, writing/journaling (I collect journals!), and swimming in an ocean, pool, lake, or any other body of water. (My name, Marissa, means “born at sea.” Coincidence? I think not!)
My goal for this summer is to create an experience for not just your child, but for your whole family to cherish, remember, and adore as the years go by. “Zehut” means “Identity.” Whether your child is just learning to write his/her own name in our Kindergarten Readiness Program or finding his/her journey as a Jewish leader in our Camp Zehut MIT Program, my wish is that Camp Zehut will help them become comfortable, confident, and proud to be their Jewish, kind-hearted, talented, and beautifully authentic selves!