The Maayan Midwest team is comprised of multiple people with a shared passion for Jewish camping.
Find out more about our head staff below.
Rabbi Avi Schwartz, Camp Director
Rabbi Avi Schwartz, a Chicago native, is thrilled to be at the helm of Maayan Midwest. Rabbi Schwartz has over a decade of camp staff experience in a variety of roles. Most notably serving as the Head Counselor and then Assistant Program Director at Yeshivas Hakayitz in Skokie, IL. Recently, Rabbi Schwartz served as Assistant Program Director of Camp Nageela Midwest. During the year Rabbi Schwartz is a 7th grade rebbi and boys’ student council head at Arie Crown Hebrew Day School, and brings the same focus of enriching every students’ life to the campers at MM.
Mrs. Chaya Aviva Katz, Mechaneches
Driving the camper and staff life at Maayan Midwest, Chaya Aviva is thrilled to impart love, understanding, and a true sense of appreciation for Torah Values to each attendee of Maayan Midwest. With a BA in Special Education, MA in Education and Administration, Chaya Aviva works as a teacher and administrator for schools in Columbus, OH. Her 4 years at Camp Nageela Midwest as program director and 4 years as a JWRP Womens’ Israel Trip leader have provided the background and knowledge on how to best effect an incredibly warm and positive atmosphere at MM.
Mrs. Rivki Reiss, Head Counselor
Leading the fun at Maayan Midwest, Rivki’s positive, energetic, and caring nature will make her a magnet for campers and staff alike. Having attended as both camper and staff at a variety of camps such as Agudah, Maarava, Mishkan, and more, Rivki knows how to get everyone up and having a great time! Working as a fourth grade Judaic teacher throughout the year, Rivki’s passion for Torah comes through in all her lessons as she has each student engaged and leaving each day better than the day before.