Meet CRB’s Kayitz 2019 Rashei Anaf – Specialty Staff!
Rosh Al Hagova – Outdoor Education
Seth grew up at CRB, attending Solomon Schechter, Brandeis University and JTS along the way. After 11 years as the camp director at Berkshires Hills Emanuel Camps, Seth returned to CRB in 2013 to grow the Al Hagova program. This will be Seth’s 25th summer at CRB!
Seth enjoys helping the campers (and staff) connect to the natural world around them. He loves that they challenge themselves – mentally, physically, socially, academically – through the many experiences in the Al Hagova program, and discover new abilities and strength along the way.
In Kayitz 2019, Seth is looking forward to helping Ramah lessen its carbon footprint and to expanding the teva (nature) and farming programs to include more activities for campers of all ages.
Rosh Sport – Sport
Sari is West Coast born and raised, but has spent time in Jerusalem, Chicago, Philly and now Roslyn, NY. Sari is a mom, wife, music lover, arts and crafts guru, basketball fanatic (Go Wildcats!) and seeker of goodness.
Kayitz 2019 will be Sari’s first at CRB, but her Ramah roots run deep: she spent 4 summers and many USY conventions at Ramah California (Ojai).
Sari loves watching college basketball, playing shesh-besh, and is excited to amp up her ultimate frisbee skills this summer at CRB! She can’t wait for this kayitz to begin!
Rosh Tefilah – Prayer
Jessica is a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and will be ordained as a rabbi in May 2020. Originally from the Midwest, Jessica worked in experiential Jewish education in Chicago before starting rabbinical school.
Kayitz 2019 will be Jessica’s second summer at CRB and she is excited to be returning. Jessica loves to cook and bake, and last summer worked in CRB’s mitbachon (cooking) program. She looks forward to visiting the camp kitchens regularly this kayitz.
Jessica is looking forward to working with each edah as they re-imagine the tefilah experience at Camp.
Michele Fisher Gomez
Rosh Agam – Waterfront
Michele is excited to be returning to Camp for her 15th summer at camp, 10th summer on staff, and 7th summer as Rosh Agam. Michele has 2 kids who are both long-time and current campers at CRB.
Under Michele’s supervision as Rosh Agam, the CRB swimming program has become certified through Starfish Aquatics Institute Training Center. Over the past few years, Michele has also brought new additions in equipment and water toys to the agam (lake). And not only is Michele extremely knowledgeable on all things swimming and lifeguarding, but she is also a knitting guru!
One of Michele’s favorite things to do at CRB is jumping into the lake, and she is excited for her first big jump of Kayitz 2019!
Rosh Hofa’ah – Performing Arts
Miriam is a director, choreographer and educator whose critically acclaimed company MIRMDANCE performed in NYC and toured nationally. At CRB Miriam has developed the hofa’ah program into what it is today – a vibrant music, dance and theatre experience. This will be Miriam’s 13th summer on staff, and 8th summer as Rosh Hofa’ah.
Miriam’s Ramah roots run deep – her parents met at Ramah Wisconsin, she spent a summer as a camper at CRB, her four children spent many summers at CRB, and her oldest son lost his great-grandfather’s tefillin at Camp at the end of one summer (and thankfully found them two summers later!)
Miriam is looking forward to working with the wonderful staff and campers during Kayitz 2019 – “C’mon everybody – let’s put on a show!”
Rosh Omanut – Art
Laura is excited for her first summer at CRB! She is an artist, educator and problem-solver, who will be bringing her incredible talent to omanut (art) this summer.
Laura received her Master’s Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Laura is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Arts and Technology at Bloomfield College, and is the 2019 New York City Cultural Affairs Public Artist in Residence with the Department of the Aging. Laura’s art has been shown at national and international venues including The Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Substation Gallery in Johannesburg, South African and the National Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan.
During Kayitz 2019, Laura is looking forward to finding time to enjoy teva and is excited for the summer humidity! And a big yasher koach to Laura on completing a triathlon!
Rosh Chinuch – Jewish Learning
Abigail is a professor of education at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She completed her PhD in 2013 at New York University. At JTS Abigail teaches courses in pedagogic skills, curriculum, and staff development and supervision. Teaching at Camp allows Abigail to bring her love of both teaching and Camp into one place.
This will be Abigail and her family’s second summer at CRB, after three summers previously at Ramah Nyack, and countless summers at Ramah California as a camper and staff member (Abigail and her husband, Izzy Gordan, met at Ramah California!)
When she isn’t teaching, Abigail is looking forward to spending time in the agam (lake) and in omanut (art) during Kayitz 2019!