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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