Ruben Arquilevich serves as the Vice President for URJ Camps, NFTY, and Immersives, leading a team of stellar Camp and Youth professionals through North America and Israel who together mobilize over 20,000 youth, teens, parents, young adults and faculty to create a more just, compassionate, inclusive and sustainable world. From 1994-2018, Ruben served as the Executive Director of URJ Camp Newman, a year-round camp and retreat center serving communities in California, several Western States and Israel. In addition to over three decades of professional experience in Jewish Camping, youth work and leadership, he an MBA in non-profit management and a minor in Jewish studies from the American Jewish University; along with a BA in Psychology from The Colorado College. He is a Wexner Fellow and recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Jewish University, the JCRC Outstanding Community Partnership Award and the Jewish Family & Children Services Fammy Award for outstanding leadership.
Mr. Arquilevich has consulted on the development of new camps and retreat centers; has served as a consultant for Jewish and secular non-profits, and presents at a wide variety of conferences and seminars around the United States and Israel. He is also a mentor for Legacy giving at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, CA. He has witnessed generations of children, teens, young adults and older adults whose lives have been enriched by Jewish camping, youth work, Israel experiences – through a deep love and learning of Judaism that translates to greater Jewish identity; profound friendships; discovery and celebration of best selves and personal growth. He is a lifelong student, believing that we constantly learn from the people around us every day; and that much of the learning has come from those he has mentored over the years. He is passionate about the outdoors and the role that nature plays in creating community and a connection to Judaism, God.
A native of Cordoba, Argentina, Ruben lives in Northern California with his wife Vivien and children Jonah, Max and Maia.