Since 2009, Yoni Stadlin has served as founding director of Eden Village Camp. He is a dynamic educator who finds that nature, music and play are a magic recipe for community. Together with his wife and co-founder, Vivian Lehrer, Yoni created Eden Village as a place where Jewish education is synonymous with fostering each child’s kindness, self-confidence, and social responsibility.
With locations in New York and California, Eden Village has expanded rapidly under Yoni’s watch. Yoni finds that his model of inclusivity is key to Eden Village’s unprecedented success – especially for an independent summer camp with no formal relationship with any movement, synagogue or parent organization. Yoni’s warmth and vision help people from diverse Jewish and social backgrounds find a home at Eden Village.
Yoni’s recognitions include the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize and Jewish Week’s “36 under 36”, and he holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Informal Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to founding Eden Village, Yoni traveled extensively as an environmental educator and activist. He worked for many Jewish organizations including American Jewish World Service, Birthright Israel, Teva, the 92nd Street Y, and six Jewish summer camps. As a formative experience of environmental activism, in his mid-20s, Yoni spent several months living aloft in ancient redwood trees that were slated to be cut.
Yoni lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children. He acknowledges the extensive privilege he has been given and aims to leverage it toward meaningful change.