Jewish Community Center Hires Youth Activities Director

Jewish Community Center Hires Youth Activities Director

Jewish Community Center of the Desert (JCC) recently hired Sharone Cohen, 25, to direct its youth activities.

Cohen, a Wisconsin native, recently moved to the Coachella Valley from Colorado. Her responsibilities include developing and managing a new day camp to be offered this summer; and developing and organizing activities for area youth. Examples of programs, designed for teens in the ninth through 12th grades, include weekend retreats, car-wash fund-raisers, movie nights and picnics.

“Finding Sharone was a wonderful stroke of luck,” said Linda Zweig, director of programs for JCC. “Her experience, energy and enthusiasm will allow us to quickly offer a variety of youth programs and launch a summer day camp this year.”

Cohen most recently was director of the Snowboard Alliance in Breckenridge, Colo., a weekly snowboarding program for at-risk youths.

Her varied and applicable experience includes coaching a sculling team for which she designed workouts; planning and facilitating fiveday wilderness courses for an outdoor education center; teaching biology, earth science, geography, physics/mechanics, and personal development to at-risk youths in South Carolina; and designing and leading after-school educational activities for first-through thirdgraders. Cohen also has international experience, having participated in a two-month development/education program with the Service Corps in Honduras and Israel, and volunteered at an agricultural kibbutz in Israel.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1999. Her scholastic/athletic awards include: three University of Wisconsin Scholar/Athlete Awards (1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99); two Bic, Ten Conference Scholar/Athlete Awards ( 1997-98 and 1998-99); the University of Wisconsin Athletic Board Scholar (1997-98); and the U.S. Rowing Academic All-American Award (1998-99).

Jewish Community Center of the Desert was founded in 2001 to provide educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building, and recreational programs to enhance the lives of not just Coachella Valley Jews, but people of all backgrounds and ages. The organization is a member of the JCC Association of North America, and a beneficiary of the Jewish Federation. Currently, the JCC is “without walls, ” but longrange plans include construction of a campus with activities open to any desert resident. For more information about JCC and its programs, call 760/323-7285.

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