Staff

Hiring the right staff is the key component to ensuring a wonderful camp experience for our campers. We are looking for staff members who LOVE kids and who are excited and passionate about spending their summer with our campers, enabling them to develop self-confidence and independence, forge lifelong friendships and create lifelong memories.

Being a strong staff member requires a tremendous amount of energy, spirit, caring, sensitivity and patience. Staff members will have an opportunity to have a significant positive impact on the growth and development of their campers. We expect our staff members to commit their best efforts to making camp an incredible experience for their campers and we will be there to support them in achieving this goal. Every staff member is required to participate in our pre- camp orientation and ongoing training throughout the summer. Our team of trained professionals provide our staff with the tools and insights necessary to make a powerful impact on our campers.

Now Accepting

Sports Staff Applications
Counselor Applications

Elana Nayowitz
Elana Nayowitz
Camp Director

Elana hails from Rockland County, New York where she grew up to be an educator. Having received degrees in Psychology and Sociology, Elana continued her schooling in Childhood Education before acquiring a position with The Moriah School in Englewood, N.J. where she taught for 10 years.

Elana is a long time Camp Lavi family member having begun her camping career as a Division Head and then later, Head of Girls Campus. In addition, Elana served as Camp Lavi's Assistant Director prior to her current role, Camp Director.

Elana resides in Teaneck, N.J with her husband Edan and their 4 boys. Elana's favorite ice cream flavor is cappuccino with colored sprinkles.

Rabbi Natan Schwartz
Rabbi Natan Schwartz
Assistant Director & Rabbinic Director

Natan grew up in Cleveland and thanks to his basketball skills, made a name for himself early on.  After he received a Masters in Social Work he made Aliyah and earned his Smicha. Upon the completion of service in the IDF, Natan joined Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh in Yerushalayim where he runs among other things, staff, administration, guidance, and recruitment.

Natan is no stranger to Camp Lavi as he was teen Division head for 6 years.

Natan lives in Efrat with his wife Danielle and their 4 children.

Rabbi Yair Menchel
Rabbi Yair Menchel
Director of Programming
R’ Tzvi Yaakov (Taco) Miretzky
R’ Tzvi Yaakov (Taco) Miretzky
Assistant to Programming / Chinuch
Cheryl Ernst
Cheryl Ernst
Head of Girls Campus

Cheryl has been in Camp Lavi since 1988! She was a camper and counselor and then returned as a Division Head of Upper Gurim (5th grade girls). Cheryl hails from Woodmere, NY (originally from Monsey, NY). She works full time as a Speech Language Pathologist in Oceanside High School (for the past 19 years). Cheryl cares for students with varying language disabilities from life skills students to higher functioning college bound students. She loves her job and takes pride in her responsibilities. Cheryl has many years of experience as counselor and head counselor prior to working in Lavi. Cheryl has been diligent in creating an environment at camp in which young girls will thrive as confident and independent young women.

Rabbi Gotch Yudin
Rabbi Gotch Yudin
Head of Boys Campus

Rabbi Yudin has been involved in camp in one way or another for most of his life. In addition to Camp Morasha, he has held positions at Camp Lavi, Camp Tagola, Camp Hillel, Camp Mesorah, and the NCSY TJJ Program. For many years, he has spent both the school year and his summers instilling students and campers with a love of Torah and a love of Israel. A true “camp person,” he knows that camp is a home away from home and a place where children can have fun, engage in sports, form bonds, grow and become more closely connected to their Jewish values.

Rabbi Yudin and his family made aliyah 12 years ago. He and his wife, Ruthie, live in Beit Shemesh. They have six lovely children and three beautiful granddaughters. We are so excited for Rabbi Yudin to bring his dynamic personality, energetic spirit and sense of humor to camp.

Sheera Menchel
Sheera Menchel
Boys Camp Mom
Shoshi Friedman
Shoshi Friedman
Assistant Head of Girls
Rabbi Jonny Friedman
Rabbi Jonny Friedman
Assistant Head of Boys
Devorah Eisenfeld
Devorah Eisenfeld
Lower Gurim Girls Division Head
Jenni Chuback
Jenni Chuback
Upper Gurim Girls Division Head
Miri Shein
Miri Shein
Lower Shachal Girls Division Head
Debra Rinn
Debra Rinn
Upper Shachal Girls Division Head
Zeva Epstein Adelsberg
Zeva Epstein Adelsberg
Teens Director - Girls
Tracy Spitz
Tracy Spitz
Upper and Lower Gurim Boys Division Head
Yair Sykes
Yair Sykes
Assistant Gurim Boys Division Head
Simon Italiaander
Simon Italiaander
Kfir Boys Division Head
Gila Burgida
Gila Burgida
Kfir Girls Division Head
Rabbi Moshe Nachbar
Rabbi Moshe Nachbar
Lower and Upper Shachal Boys Division Head
Yehuda Avner
Yehuda Avner
Teens Director - Boys
Raz Ben Chorin
Raz Ben Chorin
Gan / Day Camp
Limor Levy
Limor Levy
Gan / Day Camp Head
Rabbi David Beitler
Rabbi David Beitler
Director of Sports Programming
Mike Dube
Mike Dube
Athletic Director
Jackie From
Jackie From
Head of Waterfront
Timna Malkieli
Timna Malkieli
Rosh Mishlachat
Boaz Malkieli
Boaz Malkieli
Dune Buggies
Lisa Kops
Lisa Kops
Art Director
Yehuda Stone
Yehuda Stone
Paintball
Nadav Ben Eliezer
Nadav Ben Eliezer
Ropes
Ariel Nissanian
Ariel Nissanian
Ropes
Odeleya Nissanian
Odeleya Nissanian
Spin and Fitness
Rifka Miretzky
Rifka Miretzky
Gymnastics
Boaz Ben Chorin
Boaz Ben Chorin
Waterfront
Amanda Solomon
Amanda Solomon
Waterfront Assistant
Lauren Greene
Lauren Greene
Dance

Dance

Nitzan Lipschitz
Nitzan Lipschitz
Wilderness/Mountain Biking
Barbra Solomon
Barbra Solomon
Drama/Specialty Staff Coordinator
Geula Deykan
Geula Deykan
Baking
Michael Pelikow
Michael Pelikow
Head of Operations & Facilities
Alan Berger
Alan Berger
Director of Programming Operations
Lana Glatt
Lana Glatt
Office Administrator
Danielle Schwartz
Danielle Schwartz
Office
Laura Kudowitz
Laura Kudowitz
Office
Marissa Braunstein
Marissa Braunstein
Social Media
Raffi Spitzer
Raffi Spitzer
Photographer
Brooke Goldberg
Brooke Goldberg
Photographer
Mike Sinnreich
Mike Sinnreich
Videographer
Rachel Eisenberger
Rachel Eisenberger
Canteen
Laura Silberman
Laura Silberman
Canteen
Rabbi Eli Slomnicki
Rabbi Eli Slomnicki
Camp Rabbi and Head of Chinuch

Rabbi Slomnicki serves as Dean of Students at the Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan where he works with faculty and students in developing and enhancing the student experience at The Ramaz School.

Rabbi Slomnicki earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Yeshiva College, his M.A. in Jewish Secondary Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, and his semicha from Beit Medrash L’Talmud in Queens, NY. He is passionate about education, both in school and in camp. He served as a Lavi division head and head counselor, in addition to being the first member of the Lavi Kollel. He also held positions as the director of Beaver Lake Day Camp and NSHAma Day Camp of Great Neck. In addition, he created an innovative middle school travel program called Road Ruach. Rabbi Slomnicki aspires to embody the Biblical maxim of “חנוך לנער על פי דרכו“ - or, educate a child according to their way.

Rabbi Eli, as he was known in Lavi, attributes much of his personal growth as a child to his many years in sleep away camp; where he encountered wonderful role models. He hopes to pay that forward in his new role as Camp Rabbi and Head of Chinuch.

Rabbi Slomnicki lives in Great Neck with his wife, Elissa, and their five children; he looks forward to defending his staff basketball intramural championship from the summer of ’99.

R’ Tzvi Yaakov (Taco) Miretzky
R’ Tzvi Yaakov (Taco) Miretzky
Assistant to Programming / Chinuch
Rabbi Yonatan Hirschorn
Rabbi Yonatan Hirschorn
Chinuch
Avital Hirschorn
Avital Hirschorn
Chinuch
Yoav Cochav
Yoav Cochav
Chinuch
Shirli Cochav
Shirli Cochav
Chinuch
Yaakov Telis
Yaakov Telis
Chinuch
Arielle Telis
Arielle Telis
Chinuch
Dr. Scott Fisch
Dr. Scott Fisch
DO Pediatrics
Dr. Shlomo Morgenstern
Dr. Shlomo Morgenstern
Doctor
Dr. Michelle Slessinger
Dr. Michelle Slessinger
Doctor
Dr. Aliza Solomon
Dr. Aliza Solomon
Doctor
Judith Applebaum
Judith Applebaum
Head Nurse, RN
Dorna Rambod
Dorna Rambod
RN
Nanci Joszef
Nanci Joszef
RN
Tamar Avner
Tamar Avner
RN
Nechamie Goldberg
Nechamie Goldberg
Head Admin & EMT