Camp Ramah in the Berkshires is staffed year-round by our rabbis, educators, administrators and support staff.
Rabbi Paul Resnick
Rabbi Paul Resnick received his BA from Binghamton University and MA and Rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Resnick attended Ramah New England and Ramah Canada as a camper, and came to Camp Ramah in the Berkshires as a junior counselor, for what he believed to be a one-summer experience. That summer experience turned into a lifetime connection with the Ramah Berkshires mishpacha.
Hired initially as the first assistant director of a Ramah camp in 1987, Rabbi Resnick has served 21 years as director. Among his many priorities, he has championed the cause of making camp financially available to a broad spectrum of the Jewish community.
He met his wife Martha at Camp, and together with their children, they have spent 123 summers in Wingdale. They feel privileged to have watched their three children grow up there as well. On any given Wednesday during the summer, you will see "RPR" pumping ketchup and chatting with campers as they enjoy the weekly barbecue!
Rabbi Ari Perten
Rabbi Perten is no stranger to CRB. Beginning in 1995 he has called Ramah Berkshires his home. Rabbi Perten is a member of Gesher 1997. He has been active at CRB as a madrich, rosh edah, and rosh machane bet. For the past three years Rabbi Perten has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Eitz Chaim in Monroe, NY. He is a graduate of List College, the double degree program between the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University. He received an MA in informal Jewish education in 2008 and his rabbinic ordination from JTS in 2009.
Rabbi Perten's life has been immeasurably enriched through his Ramah experience. He very much looks forward to fulfilling his dream of joining the Ramah Berkshires year-round team!
In his free time Rabbi Perten enjoys reading, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife Rebecca and their two children Maayan (Gesher 2024) and Eyal (Gesher 2026).
What do dinosaurs, professors and bankers have in common? Business Manager Amy Perle Rosuck! After 20 years of combined work experience at the American Museum of Natural History, TIAA-CREF, and Citi, Amy has turned in her pith helmet, construction hat, and suits for a view of Lake Ellis. Amy's extensive experience in building, designing, and managing lends itself perfectly to being a successful finance and operations manager for Camp.
With a degree in Anthropology from the University at Albany, SUNY, Amy loves the diversity that campers and staff bring to the Berkshires each summer. Her home in Westchester County is close enough to Wingdale for regular off-season visits and her son and daughter are often jealous of these quick trips to Camp. However, during the summer, the entire Rosuck family including husband, Craig, have the opportunity to enjoy Camp.
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications
Karen Legman Segal
Karen earned her B.A. and M.S.W from New York University and holds a New York State secondary teaching certificate in English literature. Prior to joining the Camp Ramah in the Berkshires year-round team, she served as founding president of KLS Associates. Karen has dedicated her volunteer and professional career to the Jewish community and proudly reveals that her first job, as an Educational Assistant, was at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Since then, she continued her relationship with CRB serving on the summer staff as an adviser and most recently as Interim Assistant Director.
As a lay volunteer, Karen has been actively involved on the boards and committees of her synagogue, Schechter, and Camp Ramah. Professionally, Karen served as director of admissions at Schechter Westchester and the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. Her career path includes work as a community consultant for the Schechter Institute, director of USY on Wheels and USY Israel Pilgrimage and director of the Y of Morris-Sussex.
Karen and her husband, Eric Segal, met at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and reside in Bergenfield, New Jersey. Their four children are Ramah alumni, all of whom have served on the CRB staff. Outside of the office, Karen enjoys spinning, speed walking, hiking, biking, cooking, reading, and spending time her family.
Eileen started as a camper at Ramah Day Camp, continued as a Nyack staff member and this summer represents her eighth summer as a Ramah Berkshires parent. Working at CRB feels like coming home!
With a degree from Brandeis University, Eileen has worked as the Director of Conferences & Special Events for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Director of the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, JCC MetroWest and most recently as the Development Officer at Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest . She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange, NJ. With 25 years experience as a Jewish communal professional, Eileen is thrilled to be combining her professional expertise and her personal passion for Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in her new role.
Relaxing at home with her husband Larry and teenage sons, usually watching sports events, is one of Eileen’s favorite pastimes, in addition to playing mahjong whenever she can. Her family also enjoys frolicking with their newly adopted dog, Princess, an adorable black Cockapoo.
Director of Breira B'Ramah
Leslie holds masters degrees from both Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, in social work and Judaic studies. She has over twenty years of experience working in school settings with students and their families in both Israel and the United States. Areas of specialty include staff supervision and individual and group counseling, focusing on social skills, communication, self esteem and bullying prevention. Prior to her work at Camp Ramah, Leslie served as a guidance counselor at the Golda Och Academy in West Orange and as Director of Student Life at the Gittelman Hebrew Day School in Rockland County. Currently, she also serves as a social worker at the Windsor Learning Center, a private school for students with special needs. Having worked as a yoetzet at camp for the past eight summers, Leslie is thrilled to be assuming this new role.
In her free time, Leslie loves to read, run and dance.
B'Hol Onah and Summer Program Coordinator
Andrew Belinfante is a longtime Ramahnick! He grew up as a camper and a staff member at Ramah California and has spent a total of thirteen summers at Ramah. Andrew participated in United Synagogue’s Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel and he graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in English. He has worked in both formal and informal Jewish education for over seven years, including having worked in various Religious Schools in Los Angeles and as the Associate Director of a Hebrew School in Tribeca, New York. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Education at Bankstreet College in Manhattan. He loves seeing movies, eating frozen yogurt, and spending time with his family! He is excited to be working full-time with Ramah Berkshires and welcomes the opportunity to learn and grow within the Ramah family.
A Ramah veteran of 13 summers, Adina has had a wealth of experiences, starting as a camper in Nitzanim '97. Following the summer of 2004 on Seminar and in Poland, Adina continued her career with Ramah as a counselor, Sgan Rosh, Rosh Solelim and, most recently, as Rosh Gesher. The campers and staff enjoy Adina's warmth and compassion; her leadership style is one that cultivates individual and team performance.
In 2007, Adina joined the CRB year-round staff as the Office Manager. For the past two years, Adina has functioned as the "jack of all trades," managing multiple projects and serving as a resource for all. In 2010 Adina transitioned to Office Administrator. Adina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and has a special love for her black standard poodle, Moses.
After many years of attending METNY Encampment’s at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, the camp grounds is not an unfamiliar territory to Ashley. She spent the past four years working for USY and continues to do so in the capacity of Youth Advisor at New City Jewish Center. Ashley received her BFA from the New York School of Interior Design in May of 2011 and has previously worked for a hotel designer based out of NYC. In her free time, she enjoys continuing her love for design as well as spending time with her friends and family.
Bertha joined the CRB staff, as office manager of the Englewood office in October 2008. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a degree in mathematics. She is an ex-IBM’er, with training in both systems engineering and systems programming.
Bertha is married to Charlie (for 35 wonderful years!) and is the proud mother of Jessica and Daniel, both of them Ramah alumni, and the proud mother-in-law of Josh and Mara. She and Charlie live in Tappan, New York and are life-long members of the Nanuet Hebrew Center.
Bertha’s favorite hobby is gardening, but she is most passionate about her family. Her husband, Charlie, who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in January of 2010, is her hero!
Shari was introduced to the world of Camp Ramah on a cold, blustery March afternoon in Nyack, New York. She decided to send her incoming second-grader to Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, but not without a tour. That day the camp was devoid of children, staff, music, or anything resembling the “true” Camp Ramah, but still, she was hooked. Her elder daughter, Dana, spent her first summer at Nyack and loved it. Shari and her younger daughter, Rachel, came to camp the following summer, and a decade later they are still there. Now Shari has two Ramah homes–one as registrar for Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for 10 months of the year and, entering her 10th summer in 2011, as office coordinator at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack.
Shari has a BA in Communications from Queens College. She spent a life-changing semester at Tel Aviv University. After college, the first of a three-part career began: Shari worked in the world of children’s book publishing then in an interior design firm in New York City; Part 2 (and ongoing), wife to Marc and mom to beautiful daughters, Dana and Rachel–two of the most enthusiastic Ramahniks you’ll ever meet. Part 3, year-round camper with Ramah!
Jackie has done Accounts Receivable work for the past 10 years. She grew up in Mahwah,NJ playing soccer and softball. Jackie has an adorable daughter, named Jayden who will be 2 years old in March. Jackie and her husband Jay, who is a marketing executive in NYC live in Dumont, NJ. She enjoys great vacations and time with her family most. A day spent at the beach with the people you love makes life worth living!
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, South America, Aby spent most of his childhood and teen age years in the Youth Zionist Movements. Before making Aliyah in 1977, Aby was sent on Shlichut to Quito Ecuador to create Youth Movements.
Aby lived in Kibbutz Gelil Yam for 12 years, working mostly in agriculture, during his service in Tzahal. Aby became a Combat Medics instructor and upon his release from Tzahal returned to the Kibbutz. After a while he started to work in the kitchen, and finally attended Tadmor Hotel school becoming a chef. Upon graduation, Aby took over the kitchen in the Kibbutz. He met his wife, Debbie in the Kibbutz and they ended up in New York were she lived. Aby started working for Kosher Caterers in NY and New Jersey. Aby also worked for Marriot, Sheraton and Ramada, then the Crown Plaza in Midtown Manhattan.
Aby's first year was with Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 1990 and then Camp Ramah in the Berkshires from 1991 to present.
Aby now lives in Boca Raton Florida and works at the Woodfield Country club. He also attends Lynn University, pursuing a Bachelors Degree majoring in Biology. Aby and Debbie have two sons, Victor a freshman at Lynn and Jake who was in Gesher 2012.
Jason began his career at Camp Ramah in 2006 as the assistant caretaker to Michael Kelly. In 2009 he became the facilities manager. Jason over sees three departments at camp, including maintenance, housekeeping and security.
Jason grew up and attended school locally. He has been a supervisor for half of his 34 years of life.
Jason and his wife, Kristy have two daughters, Autumn and Sierra. He and his family live on the camp property and care for it year round.
As a child, Jason had a tremendous passion for camping, hiking, fishing and most any outdoor recreation, and believes that this passion carries over into the work he does at Ramah. As if camp were not enough action for one person, in Jason's spare time he is a winning race car driver. Racing is a form of stress relief for him and it also fuels a tremendous fire of determination that Jason has to succeed at whatever endeavor he pursues.
Board of Directors & Advisory Council
Hugh Pollack, President*