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Mara Berde

Mara Berde is currently the Associate Director of JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, an overnight Jewish sports camp located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been with JCC Maccabi Sports Camp since its inaugural summer in 2014 and has enjoyed the challenge of building a camp from the ground up and watching it succeed.


It’s been a few years since she was last at Cornerstone, but starting in 2005 Mara worked as a Cornerstone intern for 2 years, a Liaison for Camp Wise for 3 years, and then as Faculty Educator for 1 year. She’s excited to be back this year as a Liaison for JCC Maccabi Sports Camp and teaching 2 sessions (an Elective and Eat.Pray.Invest) combining two of her passions: sports and Jewish education.   

Originally from the Northwest, Mara grew up at Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, WA and then spent 6 summers as a unit head and Jewish Program Director at Camp Wise, a JCC camp in Ohio. She has a BA from Columbia University and a MA in Experiential Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  When she’s not at camp Mara loves leading Birthright trips, cooking, cycling, hiking, and has a new-found love of running.