After 10 Years, Yael Says L’hitraot to CYJ

posted by on Aug 23, 2017

Dear CYJ Family,

With mixed emotions, I want to let you know that after more than a decade on the CYJ team, Yael Twito will be moving on to new adventures at the end of August. The Twitos will be relocating to Dallas, where Yael will assume the role of Development Director at Levine Academy and Bar will continue as our Director of Operations working from Dallas.  We are sad for Yael to leave us, but we are excited for her new opportunity.  In Dallas, she returns to her hometown and will be close to family.  Her boys, Nadav and Matan, will follow in her footsteps and attend Levine Academy.

As you all know, Yael’s contributions to Camp have been invaluable over the last decade and she will definitely be missed.  Camp has grown in so many ways over those years and a great deal of our success can be attributed to Yael.  She has been the yin to my yang.  When I think pie-in-the-sky, she grounds me back to reality. We have been true partners, and together we have accomplished much more than we could have alone.  I have known Yael since she was 14 years old and watched her grow from a Chanicha to a Madricha to a Merakezet and finally, ten years ago, to full-time work at CYJ.  It has been a pleasure to watch her grow into her role as the Associate  Director.  She is loyal, caring, dedicated, determined, and capable – the best of the best.  I will miss Yael and I thank her for 10 years of friendship and working together.

Please join me in wishing Yael the very best as she starts her next chapter.  We know this is not goodbye, but l’hitraot see you soon.  We expect to see her at Camp in just a few years as a parent instead of staff, when she drops off the boys to begin their CYJ experience.


Frank Silberlicht

From Yael:

Dear CYJ Community,

Young Judaea has always been a significant part of my life and I have always considered CYJ my second home. Since my first summer as a Nitzanim camper at age 8, whether I was a camper, or later, staff member, at CYJ, TY, Machon, and eventually on Year Course, I have not spent a single summer doing anything else in 25 years. Over the last 10 years working full-time for Camp, my love and appreciation for this amazing place have grown deeper and stronger than I could have imagined.

Because I believe so deeply in the work that we do here, it is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know that the time has come for me to move on. At the beginning of September, I will be taking on the role of Director of Development at Levine Academy in Dallas. I am excited to embark on this new adventure, close to my extended family, but I am also very sad to leave the supportive and loving community that surrounds me here in Houston and at CYJ.

I would not be the Jewish professional I am today without this community and each of you. To all the Camp parents and board members, I would like to thank you for your partnership and support over the years. To all the campers, I have enjoyed watching you grow from year to year and will miss seeing your smiling faces during the summer. I would also like to recognize all the CYJ staff for your willingness to try new things, open your hearts and minds, and work your butts off to create a great camp experience for the kids each summer. Julia, Michael, Jennifer, Rachel and Tori, I will miss seeing you guys each day and have enjoyed our collaboration and teamwork. Thank you for your support and friendship every step of the way. I would like to offer a special thank you to Frank for being my mentor and boss for all these years and teaching me so much. I will forever be grateful to you for bringing me on board so many years ago and convincing me to make Camp my full-time job.

Instead of saying goodbye, I’ll say L’hitraot. Even though I will no longer be coming into the office every day, I know that my involvement with CYJ will never end. Thankfully, Bar will continue his work with Camp, so I know we will maintain our connection to the extended CYJ family. I look forward to seeing all of you at CYJ events and retreats throughout the year and especially look forward to watching my sons become campers and cherishing their own unique CYJ experiences someday.

CYJ is growing and improving each year and I am certain that it will continue to be a huge success for years to come. I know that 2018 will be the best summer yet and I will miss you all!

You can reach me at [email protected] starting in September- please keep in touch!

Toda Raba!
Yael Twito