What is Nageela?
We're so glad you asked!
Nageela West Coast creates social and educational programs that excite Jewish children all over the region!
We specialize in elementary and middle school students, and our most popular events include after school social programs, Shabbaton weekend retreats, Bnei Mitzvah preparation, Hebrew School and holiday party bashes!
Why is Nageela important?
So many idea compete for attention in the life of a child or young adult. There's schoolwork, sports, family, friends, hobbies... where does Judaism fit in?
It can be difficult to develop happy, passionate Jewish adults. Frankly, most kids don't gain very much from sitting through a Synagogue service or reading the Bible.
Nageela creates a community of peers. Kids who are connected in their Judaism, and enjoy getting together, seeing each other at weekly programs, seasonal events and summer camp. Throw in energetic, caring mentors and volunteers, and you have a recipe for children who love being Jewish, want to learn and grow and are a part of a community.
Friends bonding at Bryce Canyon during our annual Winter Leadership Retreat
Lake Tahoe Jewish kids participating in our HannuCookoff
A 20 year veteran of the Nageela Jewish Experiences systemm, Rabbi Locker is the founder of Camp Nageela West and Nageela West Coast, and is an innovator who has developed brand new concepts like Selfie Torah, NageeLatte, Mitzpacha and Pickle Jews.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY where he developed his love for dill pickles, Rabbi Locker received his Rabbini ordination from Rabbinical Seminary of America, as well as achieving high scores at Hogwarts. He currently live in Las Vegas with his awesometastic family.
He loves playing music, art and occasionally, time travel.
Rabbi Locker heads up Nageela operations in Las Vegas and outlying cities, and oversees the overall regional program and Camp Nageela West.
Rabbi Dov Ber Smith
LA District Director
Rabbi Smith was spent his early childhood in Israel and moved to the United States as a young child. Growing up in North Miami Beach (after a stint in Costa Rica), he pursed his studies at various branches of the Rabbinical Seminary of America.
For the past four years, the Smiths have lived in Jerusalem, where Rabbi Smith taught in Yeshiva Or David, and received his Rabbinic ordination from Aish Hatorah.
Rabbi Dov Ber Smith has recently relocated to Tarzana, CA along with his wife and three children.
Rabbi Smith is known for his kind and caring personality, and genuine love of all people. He enjoys scuba diving very, very much.
He will be running extensive Nageela programs throughout the LA area, and joining Camp Nageela West for the summers.