David Berkman, Camp 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. Working within the URJ Camps system since 1997, he held Senior Assistant Director positions for URJ Camps in Texas and Pennsylvania before joining the national staff as the Associate Director of URJ Camping in 2005. He served with distinction as the project manager for Jacobs’ Ladder, a distribution center for hurricane relief supplies established by the Union for Reform Judaism near Jackson, MS that delivered more than 3 million pounds of supplies to those in need after Hurricane Katrina.
A Colorado native who grew up in Texas, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in management from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. 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 Camp Director
Max is thrilled to join the team as Senior Assistant Director at Camp Kalsman! Max comes to the Pacific Northwest from URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, the URJ’s Midwest regional camp, where he spent seven summers as a counselor, songleader, unit head, and the last two as Assistant Director. Max grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and as a member of North Shore Congregation Israel, developed his passion for Judaism. He has staffed and led numerous retreats for congregations in the Midwest. Max 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!
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.
She has many years of experience in camp and workshop registration, database management, bookkeeping, development assistance and volunteer coordination. Heidi has worked for non-profit groups such as Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia. 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, Communications and Development Associate
Terra is excited to be serving as URJ Camp Kalsman’s Communication and Development Associate! Terra moved from Los Angeles to study Public Relations and Business Administration at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!). With her time at the UO, she was highly involved in the Jewish community. She spent her years as Vice President of Communications and President for Oregon Hillel, and Vice President of Public Relations for her sorority, Sigma Mu Omega.
Additionally, she has experience in camp life as she attended Camp Alonim in Simi Valley, CA for five years, and was a counselor at Camp Kalsman in 2015. Terra is excited to be working with URJ Camp Kalsman and to be returning home!
Abbey Bell, NFTY-NW Regional Advisor
Moving her way on up the West Coast (Best Coast!) from Stockton, CA to Eugene, Oregon, Abbey couldn’t be more excited to join the NFTY team in Seattle, Washington as the NFTY North West Regional Advisor and Kalsman Machon Director! While in high school, she served many positions on her temple youth group board, STFY (Stockton Temple Federation of Youth), including Religious and Cultural Vice President and President. During college, Abbey became incredibly immersed in the Jewish Community by working at URJ Camp Kalsman every summer, teaching various age groups and subjects at multiple congregations, starting a middle school youth group in Eugene, OR, staffing NFTY events, and working as the Campus Engagement Intern at the Oregon Hillel Foundation for the University of Oregon campus. Graduating from the University of Oregon with a BA in Political Science has really taught her the importance social justice and relationship building necessary in the world.
With a huge love of theater, music, and baseball, and an obsession with both elephants and coffee, Abbey is thrilled to take on this position. She is beyond happy to return home to Camp Kalsman and feels North-Blessed to find home in this awesome region!
Steve Head, Caretaker