Deborah Newbrun was the Director of Camp Tawonga for 24 years. Her career as a Jewish leader (particularly in Jewish environmental education) spans more than 35 years including 4 years as Hazon’s Bay Area Director, serving on the founding boards of Wilderness Torah, and Bay COJEL (Coalition for Jews and the Environment). Additionally, Deborah is a nationally recognized Jewish educator, she is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award. Her groundbreaking work as coauthor of Spirit In Nature/Teaching Judaism and Ecology on the Trail, paved the way for the early curriculum of the Teva Learning Center.
Deborah has served on the faculty of multiple fellowships for resident summer camp directors including for the Foundation for Jewish Camps. She co-founded JOLT (Jewish Outdoor Leadership Training) for staff working in Jewish summer camps across North America and she regularly mentors young Jewish professionals for local and national Jewish organizations.
Before entering the Jewish not-for-profit world, Deborah was a National Park Service Ranger. Deborah is known for being an engaging and creative Jewish educator and infusing deep spirit into her teachings