President at Yam Management, Health Care
Over the course of his more than 15-year career, Yosef Meystel has held a variety of roles in the healthcare sector. From 2006 to 2014, he served as the president of YAM Management, a property management company that focused on the administration of nursing home facilities. In his capacity as president, Yosef Meystel grew the firm’s portfolio from 2 to 24 nursing homes. Throughout his eight years with the company, he directed locations across Illinois, Indiana, and Texas, providing oversight for human resources, compliance, and financial negotiations. He commands a strong track-record as an administrator, with the operation experiencing a 25 percent increase in its bottom line over 5 years.
Mr. Meystel draws on his experience as a property administrator with EMI/EKS Management, where he consistently increased annual revenue while managing a staff of 150. Additionally, he owned and managed four Chicago apartment buildings, gaining insight into the multi-unit residential market.
Since 2014, Mr. Meystel has focused on healthcare investments in the Midwest, as well as philanthropy, through which he supports a variety of causes. He works with numerous community-oriented organizations, including the Chicago Center for Torah and Chesed, and Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov, an elementary school located in Chicago. Yosef Meystel also supports Agudath Israel of Illinois, a Haredi Jewish communal organization, and the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, which features global and local news relevant to the Jewish community. In his free time, he follows Chicago’s professional sports teams.
Opportunities for Financial Aid through Camp Nageela Midwest
Yosef Meystel serves as a board member of Camp Nageela Midwest, a Jewish overnight camp that provides children with various camp experiences to build friendships, enjoy nature, and explore their Jewish identity. Camp Nageela Midwest is committed to making its camps affordable to all families through a wide range of financial aid opportunities.
Established in 2008, the Camp Nageela Scholarship Fund provides need-based awards on a first-come, first-served basis. Through a partnership with One Happy Camper, first-time campers are eligible for a $1,000 grant. Another program, sponsored by Partners in Torah (PIT), provides up to $500 for a family. For each parent who agrees to complete a PIT curriculum of at least 14 sessions, a camper will receive a $250 grant. If both parents choose to complete the program, they can do so together or separately.
In addition to the scholarship fund, the camp works closely with parents to identify other funding opportunities through city, state, and community sources. Local Jewish federations can also help find other sources of financial aid.
Chicago White Sox Club Prepares for New Season with Exciting Lineup
At the end of last season, Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox team captain and the face of the franchise, retired. During his last two seasons, the team saw only 136 wins, and attendance declined by 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, and another 7 percent the following season. Despite these setbacks, the club is well positioned for an amazing season with an exciting lineup.
The team’s real rising star is Jose Abreu, one of the most promising players from Cuba to enter the Major League Baseball scene since the loosened restrictions between that country and the United States. The Sox outbid 29 other teams to sign Abreu for a club-record amount. Last year, he had 36 homeruns, batted .317/.383/.581, and was unanimously selected as the American League Rookie of the Year.
Another player to watch is Adam Eaton, a center fielder who previously played in Arizona. In his first year with the Sox, he batted .300/.362/.401 and played impressive defense. One of the best leadoff hitters in the American League, Eaton is positioned to become a major asset to the team.
Excellent Skiing and Snow Sports at Mount Hermon in Israel
While people may not think of the Middle East as a major destination for winter sports, Mount Hermon offers some great opportunities for skiing and snowboarding during the winter months. Located in the northernmost tip of Israel, about three and a half hours from Tel Aviv, Mount Hermon attracts hundreds of thousands of Israelis and other tourists each year to enjoy the snow. The mountain boasts nearly 30 miles of ski runs, and two runs have earned distinction as Olympic-standard runs. Newcomers can receive instruction from a ski school, which also offers refresher courses for people of all skill levels. The resort even features a well-equipped ski accessory shop.
For people who do not like to ski or snowboard, Mount Hermon offers many other activities. Guests can rent toboggans and sleds or simply hike around the gorgeous trails and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
While the snow is at its peak in January and February, guests with a penchant for hiking will also find a visit to Mount Hermon worthwhile in the summer.
Engaging Clubs and Workshops at Camp Nageela Midwest
Camp Nageela Midwest aims to create an enriching environment for children in which they can explore their personal identity while forging lasting friendships. Most of the activities planned for campers occur in a group setting. However, campers also have time to explore their personal interests. The counselors at Camp Nageela Midwest encourage campers to try new things, and the camp offers a wide range of clubs and workshops to teach the children new skills.
Sports enthusiasts can participate in a basketball or tennis clinic. The camp also offers a tennis tournament for particularly devoted players. Some of the unique athletic opportunities include karate, archery, and rock climbing. Swimmers may want to take advantage of the camp’s scuba certification class. Adventurous campers can join the pioneering club to learn important wilderness skills, and children who enjoy playful strategizing can try out paintball. Camp Nageela Midwest also offers campers the opportunity to learn the basics of filmmaking and rolling sushi.
Every year, the camp offers new and exciting club options and educational clinics to keep children engaged.