Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Edana Appel was an active member of the Jewish community throughout her life and basically grew up at the JCC in El Paso from Preschool to the Assistant Coach of the Swim Team. She was a member of Young Judaea’s regional and National Board and completed Young Judaea’s Year Course in Israel before attending Brandeis University. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Hebrew. Upon graduating, Edana became the Assistant Director for Camp Young Judaea West and relocated to California. After her year in Los Angeles with Young Judaea, she moved to Cincinnati to become the Assistant Director of Camp Livingston for 3 years. During her time in Cincinnati, she participated in the Merrin Teen Professional Fellowship through JCCA and the Yitro Professional Development Program through the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
In 2013, Edana returned to Brandeis to complete her MBA in Non-Profit Management and MA in Jewish Professional Leadership in the Heller/Hornstein program. She was a JCCA Graduate Scholar and a Chizuk Fellow during her time in graduate school.
She is so happy to be back in Los Angeles and working with the great team at the Westside JCC.