About BIG IDEA
At the BIG IDEA summer camps we believe that we need to invest in children and teens from Israel and abroad and give them the tools to develop their technological, creative and social skills. We do that by creating a community and a family that connects kids and teens from different countries, different languages and many different fields of interest. We also expose our teens to the success story of the Israeli high-tech industry and to the newest technologies.
Professionalism is one of our most important values! With an experienced and professional team specializing in international summer camps and very high standards, we know that each camper in BIG IDEA will have an enriching and empowering educational experience that they will never forget.
We strive to be the leading organization in Israel and in the Jewish communities around the world world in informal education in the fields of innovation, creativity, technology and science.
We wish to create strong connections and relationships between kids and teens from Israel and from Jewish communities around the world, through exciting summer camp experiences based on a variety of innovative contents and the ability for each camper to express themselves freely.
We select only excellent counselors! Our staff members are from Israel and many other countries around the world. The counselors lead the tech and media workshops during the day and the social age groups in the afternoon and evening. We have a great ratio of 1 staff member for every 5 campers, so we can give each and every child personal attention and a meaningful experience.
All our counselors are 18 years old or older. Our staff members are college students or graduates and alumni of tech units in the IDF that come from Israel and abroad. They have a rich experience working with kids and teens at summer camps and other educational programs. Our staff goes through a long and detailed recruitment and orientation process.
In addition to our amazing counselors, you’ll meet the unit heads, who are responsible for the educational programs, our tech team, that supervises the workshops and the computer network, the camp medic, logistics team, and the documentation team that takes photos and videos at camp everyday, so the parents can stay in touch and feel the excitement!
Our professional team works during the year to create the amazing summer experience:
Dotan Tamir, Founder and CEO – Dotan created eCamp in 2007 and later created BIG IDEA. The idea formed after his experience in leading technological summer camps in the USA. Before he started the first Jewish tech camp in Israel, Dotan served in a special tech unit in the IDF and worked in an Israeli start-up.
Erez Roll, Chairman – Holds an Executive MBA in Business Management from TAU. Erez is a board member in many Non-Profit Organizations such as “Variety”, and “Nahar-Hayrden-Youth-Village”. He is also a Business Mentor in IVN . In 1986, Erez founded “Lafayette” a Private Company Which imported many new kids and teen brands to the Israeli market (such as “Loony Toons”, “Disney”, “TMNT”, “Spider man” and more). With a lot of experience in marketing and branding for teens, Erez established the first commercial website for kids in Israel – “Cool toys”. Before creating BIG IDEA camps, Erez founded IN 2003, the first Israeli Summer Camp in Israel for Jewish teens from Israel and the Diaspora.
Nir Gad, VP – Nir has experience of 12 year in international summer camps in Israel and in the USA in a variety of roles, and in eCamp since 2010. Nir also served as the Jewish Agency Shaliach at the Jewish Federation of Kansas City. He have a BA in management in behavioral science from Ben Gurion University.
Yaara Reuveni, Rosh Camp Meir Shfeya – Yaara brings only good energies! Vast experience working with teens and kids with special needs and developing educational projects. She has a BA in special-ed and integrating education and arts. During the year, Yaara recruits the amazing summer staff and during the summer she is the Rosh camp and leads the educational programming.
Noa Alon, Enrollment & Customers Relations Manager – Noa came to Israel from Holland, and this is her 4th year at camp. Because of her true connection to BIG IDEA summer camp she comes every year. Noa has a BA in Psychology and Neuroscience and experience working with special populations, international life, languages and different cultures.
Renana Bashan, Rosh Camp Nir Haemek – Renana has a BA in Physical Education, a variety of Sport certificates and experience in summer camps in Israel and the USA. Renana started as an instructor in summer camp, continued as an unplugged coordinator, recruited staff during the year and this summer is going to manage the Nir Haemek summer camp.
Roni Livnat, BIG IDEA @ the JCC Camp Manager – Roni comes from the world of informal education and Jewish communities. At her last position as the Jewish Agency Shlicha in Australia, Roni directed the camps of a local youth movement. She has a BA in International Relations and East Asia studies from the Hebrew University.