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Meet Our Summer 2018 Team!

INTRODUCING Our Amazing Summer 2018 Team Who Can’t Wait to Welcome You Home!!

Bios will be updated as they are received.

David Berkman, Director
David Berkman comes to Camp Kalsman with a wealth of camping experience. A product of URJ Camps, David was selected as Camp Kalsman’s first director for his expertise in informal Jewish education, his management expertise, and his love of camping. David is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel. David spent his first summer at camp when he was just 6 years old and hasn’t looked back since!

Max Weinberg, Senior Assistant Director
Max grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and as a member of North Shore Congregation Israel, developed his passion for Judaism. He attended Indiana University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and worked in Chicago Public Schools while completing his teacher certification. In his free time, Max loves to watch sports (Go Blackhawks!) and play music. Max is excited to share his love of camp with the Kalsman community and can’t wait for the summer!

Ilana Chernow-Mills, Summer Assistant Director

Heidi Love, Business Manager
Heidi has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years and has been with the URJ since 2005, starting as the registrar for Camp Atid, Camp Kalsman’s predecessor. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, dragon-boating, gardening, reading, learning, hiking, bicycling, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Terra Zicklin, Communication/Development Associate
Hi Everyone! My name is Terra and I am the full-time Communications and Development Associate for URJ Camp Kalsman. This summer, I will also take on the role of camp photographer and make sure the magic of camp is captured in everyday activities! This will be my fourth summer spent at Camp Kalsman. I am so excited about our brand new art center- especially the Digital Media Studio! See you all soon!!

Abbey Bell, Machon Director
Abbey is the NFTY-NW Regional Advisor and a full-time staff member of the URJ Camp Kalsman professional team. In the summers she is the Director of the Counselor in Training (Machon) Program. During the “school” year, Abbey works with teen leaders to build high quality Jewish programming for their peers through weekend retreats for 6th- 8th graders and for 9th-12th graders. These events create safe spaces for teens throughout the region to learn, continue to grow as leaders and as young Jews, and establish a community of their peers. This will be Abbey’s 6th summer at Kalsman! As a former art specialist, Abbey can’t wait to get into the brand new Art Center and start creating magic!

Steve Head, Head of Maintenance

Pat Runions, Food Service Manager

Jackie Kleinstein, Camper Care Coordinator

Jessica Brumer, Unit Head
Hi everyone! My name is Jessica and I will be the Kesher Unit Head this summer! This will be my 5th summer on staff and my 12th summer at camp! I’m going into my final year at the University of Washington Bothell majoring in educational studies. Some things to know about me are that I love sushi, being Jewish, spending time with friends and most importantly camp! I am also the youth group advisor at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue WA! I am super excited for this summer! Cannot wait to welcome you all home so soon!

Sarah Freedman, Unit Head
Hi my name is Sarah Freedman and I will be this year’s Nemerim/Nitzotzot Unit Head! I was born in Canada but call California home. I just graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in History, and plan to continue my education by getting my teaching credential. I love to travel, go sailing, swimming, skiing, playing with my dogs, making friendship bracelets, and of course, I love camp and cannot wait to welcome you all home this summer!

Sarah Rosemont, Unit Head
Hi everyone! I’m Sarah and I’m SO excited to be returning to camp this year as the Tzofim/Dubim Unit Head! This will be my 10th summer at Camp Kalsman, and I can’t wait to come back and spend another summer at my favorite place. 🙂 During the year, I spend my time studying Psychology and Communications at the University of Washington, and am going to be starting my Senior year in the fall (crazy!). While I am not busy with classes, my research lab, or my internship with UW Hillel, I spend my free time hiking, running, playing guitar, and baking yummy food with my friends! My favorite time at camp is Shabbat and my favorite thing to do on camp is canoe on the lake… so if you ever need another member for your boat, come find me!! Counting down the days until I get to meet you all and so excited for a fun summer! See you soon 🙂

Abby Merritt, Unit Head

Nemmie Stieha, Unit Head
Hi! I’m so excited to be returning to Kalsman for my second summer, this year as the Coogarim, Goorim, and Bonim unit head! I currently live in Boise, Idaho where I spend my days as the Music Educator and Millennial Outreach Coordinator for Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel. My original home is from Kentucky though, so my favorite shade of blue is a little more “wildcat” than “bronco”! When I’m not playing music and creating events for Jewish Adults I’m cooking, teaching dance lessons, learning how to play the dulcimer, or finding new hiking trails! Can’t wait to welcome you all home on opening day!

Naomi Schapiro, Assistant Unit Head

Lou Griffel, Machon Advisor
Hi, my name is Lou Griffel and I am going to be a Machon Advisor this Summer! This will be my ninth Summer at a URJ camp, my seventh Summer at Kalsman, and my third here on staff. After working as an Art Specialist in the past I’m so excited to work with Machon and their journey as leaders in the camp community and beyond! I’m studying Digital Communication Arts with a minor in Applied Journalism at Oregon State University in Corvallis where I am finishing my term as the Hillel President, and love cooking, binging food tv, art, and design.

Lilly Quick, Female Counselor

Shira Lyss-Loren, Female Counselor
My name is Shira Lyss-Loren and I am beyond excited to return home for my tenth summer at URJ Camp Kalsman! This will be my first time on staff after almost a decade of being a camper. I love everything and anything outdoors: specifically backpacking and kayaking. My favorite Disney movie is Little Mermaid but I have a special place in my heart for Moana as well. I’m really excited to spend my summer hanging out with y’all and having fun in the sun (and rain)!

Rachel Gurevich, Female Counselor

Gaby Reichstein, Female Counselor

Anna Geffen, Female Counselor

Kayla Brumer, Female Counselor
My name is Kayla Brumer and this summer will be my first official year as a counselor but my eleventh summer at Camp Kalsman! In the fall, I will be starting my freshman year at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. I love to spend time with my friends, play volleyball, read, and eat good food. I am so excited to come home to Kalsman this summer and to welcome you all home as well!

Esther Litwack-Lang, Female Counselor

Molly Seielstad, Female Counselor

Abigail Moss, Female Counselor
Hello everyone! I’m Abby Moss and I’m 18 years old from San Francisco. I love to read books and play volleyball. This fall I will be starting school at Smith College. I’m looking forward to an awesome summer at camp!

Eliana Schuster, Female Counselor
Hi! I’m Eliana Schuster, and this will be my 9th summer at Kalsman and my first summer on staff! I’m from Kansas City, and I will be attending Muhlenberg College in the fall. I’m so excited for this summer at Kalsman! See you there!

Hannah Shernicoff, Female Counselor

Golda Glasser, Female Counselor

Jessica Gliner, Female Counselor

Joseph Van Tassel, Male Counselor

Gavin Torem, Male Counselor
Gavin Torem has been attending camp since its second year, and graduated from the Machon program last year. He has a wealth of experience volunteering at various day camps for hundreds of hours with age groups between 4th and 7th grade. He will be attending Purdue University next year to study Aerospace Engineering. In his free time he plays volleyball and soccer, reads a lot, and leads the youth group at his synagogue.

Elan Maxim, Male Counselor

David Torem, Male Counselor

Ari Goertzel, Male Counselor

Adam Flash, Male Counselor

River Wolf, Male Counselor

Idan Luftig, Male Counselor
Hi! My name is Idan Luftig. I’m 20 years old and I live in Israel! I’m a soldier in the intelligence corps. In my free time like to play volleyball, to travel anywhere – especially in Israel, to be with my friends and family, to volunteer at The Oncology Department at Schneider Children’s Medical Center. I also like to train at the gym, to swim, or to do paddleboarding in Tel Aviv or at the sea of gailie.
I’m good at making new friends and creating fast and great contact. I like to guide, to work with people. Also, I’m Zionist, I love my country and the people here. Can’t wait to meet you all!! See you guys in June

Max Winthrop, Male Counselor

Lorenzo Rangel, Male Counselor

Zoie Utterback, Arts Supervisor

Mai Ashkinazi, Art Room Specialist

Emily Madow, Art Room Specialist

Naama Sanoi, Dance Specialist

Hi everyone! My name is Naama I am 20 years old. I live in a small village in northern Israel. I will be released from the IDF few days before I will come to camp. I love dancing, singing, watching movies, travel to new places and hang out with my friends. I am very excited to be the dance specialist this summer at camp Kalsman. Can’t wait till summer!

Ofir Poch, Culinary Specialist

Eian Snyder, Drama Specialist
Hey everybody! My name is Eian Snyder, and I’m going to be a drama specialist at Camp Kalsman this summer! This is my 2nd year on staff and my 8th summer at camp. I’m currently in school receiving my associates degree, and I plan on transferring to either Western Washington University or Washington State University to major in English studies. I can’t wait to be a part of the amazing art staff that we have for this summer! Can’t wait to see all of you!

Or Avigad, Drama Specialist

Omri Zemach, Digital Media Specialist

Jacob Glickman, Head Songleader

Myles Cohen, Music Specialist

Erica Snyder, Ropes Supervisor

Shani Ashkinazi, Ropes Specialist

Thai Shalev, Ropes Specialist

Conor Goodman, Ropes Specialist

Ciara Mullane, Ropes Specialist
Hi I’m Ciara Mullane and I’m from London, England! I go to Leeds Beckett University and hoping to become a PE teacher. In my spare time I love playing rugby and going to music festivals with my friends! I’m very excited to be spending my summer in America and look forward to meeting you all!

Scott Goldberg, Teva Supervisor

Lior Feinstein, Teva Specialist

Yam Weisser, Teva Specialist

Omri Reicher, Teva Specialist

Neve Levinson, Teva Specialist

Courtney Salzman, Waterfront/Sports Supervisor

Michael Fishman, Waterfront/Sports Specialist

Tal Tosiano, Waterfront/Sports Specialist

Or Landau, Waterfront/Sports Specialist

Sarah Lavin, Katan Counselor

Megan Stonehouse, Katan Counselor

Chelby McCutcheon, Katan Counselor
I’m from Scotland and I live with my mum and sister, we are all quite family orentated. I have been studying childcare for four years at my local college. This will be my first time away from home alone and the first time in the United States. I am really looking forward to meeting everybody and trying new things. So to summer 2018 the best adventure of my life 🙂

Hannah Wren, Katan Counselor
Hi everyone! My name is Hannah and I’m 21 years old. I’m from a tiny island in England called the Isle of Wight and I currently work in a pub. A fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin sister! In my spare time I enjoy spinning classes, hiking and photography. I absolutely love to travel and I am beyond excited to work at Camp Kalsman this summer. I can’t wait to meet all of you!

David Bonham, Office Manager

Jordan Williams, Procurement and Logistics Coordinator

Istvan Sagi, Kitchen Staff 

Gabor Orzsag, Kitchen Staff

Istvan Kiss, Kitchen Staff  
Hi Guys! My name is István, I’m from Esztergom, Hungary. I will be working in the kitchen staff. This will be my first time in America, so I’m super excited about it! I’m a really open-minded person, ready for new things and having new experiences. I play rugby since 2009, I love running, going to gym and playing other sports. So, I’m a sporty person. My other hobbies are photography and travelling. I’m looking forward to see all of you in Camp Kalsmann. I ‘m counting the days…

Katsiaryna Zhukovich, Kitchen Staff

Klara Capkova, Kitchen Staff

Michaela Dolezalova, Kitchen Staff

Frantiska Karizkova, Housekeeper

Maria Zapotocna, Housekeeper

Larina Lipics, Housekeeper

Adam Silpoch, Maintenance

Lukas Koci, Maintenance

Laszlo Szanzilo, Maintenance