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Introducing Your Summer 2019 Leadership Team!

We’re thrilled to introduce you to our fantastic, talented, and passionate Leadership Team who will be ensuring our campers and staff have a fun,  memorable, and safe summer. Joining Bobby, Amy, Lindsey, Molly, and the rest of the year-round team are incredible staff members who are multi-talented and bring many years of experience and passion to their positions:

diana headshotDiana Bloom, Head Counselor
Diana Bloom is originally from Rockville Centre, Long Island. She has a B.A in Judaic Studies from Binghamton University and a graduate degree in Medieval Sephardic History from New York University. During the year, Diana is a productivity and efficiency coach specializing in Jewish non-profits. She travels around the world teaching take-away, actionable systems to achieve higher productivity, and efficiency in all areas of an organization. Diana first worked at URJ Camp Coleman in the mid-90s as the Kochavim Unit Head. Diana came back to Coleman in 2010 again as the Kochavim Unit Head. She has served in the role of Head Counselor since 2011. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband Aaron Bloom, a former Coleman staff member, and their 15 year old twins, Gil and Eliana. Diana is excited about leading a wonderful team of Unit Heads this summer to provide all campers with a memorable, meaningful, Jewish camping experience.

Hanoch Greenberg, Specialist Supervisor
Hanoch Greenberg will be supervising the amazing specialists who are working in the different specialty areas at camp this summer. This is his 18th summer at camp and his 7th summer in this position. He was a Bonim counselor for 3 summers, a Unit Head for the Kochavim unit for another 6 summers (as well as the educator for Kochavim one summer), and the Solelim Unit Head in 2012, the first summer of Solelim. He also served as the head of the Israeli delegation in camp for 7 summers. Hanoch lives in Ma’ale Edumim, Israel, and works at The Jewish Agency for Israel at the Summer Shlichim Program. He is in charge of the screening and training process of thousands of Israelis applying to become Shlichim (emissaries) in Jewish summer camps across North America. Hanoch graduated from the Tel Aviv University graduate school in 2011 with a Masters in Diplomacy and Israel Security Studies. He also received his Bachelors at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzeliya, Israel, where he graduated in the field of Strategy and Counter-Terrorism studies in 2007. In October 2016 he began his Ph.D. studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the field of Conflict Resolution. As the Specialists Director, Hanoch is committed to create a professional, meaningful and positive experience in every specialty area for Camp Coleman’s campers. He is committed to implementing Camp Coleman’s 4 core values in every specialty area: Shalom (Peace), Chesed (Kindness), Kehilah (Community) and Kavod (Respect).

Danielle Steinhart, Camper Care Manager
Danielle Steinhart grew up in Orlando, Florida and has been calling Atlanta home for the last 10+ years. Danielle is returning for for 7th summer as Inclusion Coordinator/Social Worker at Camp Coleman after being a Unit Head at Coleman in 2006, 2007 & 2008. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her MSW from the University of Michigan and her BA from Florida State University. Danielle currently works as a School Counselor for grades 5-8. She has worked as a youth director and as an adolescent therapist. Danielle is passionate about working with both campers and staff to support them through their experience at Coleman.  Danielle is thrilled that she has the opportunity to continue to integrate her passion for camp with her career and is looking forward to working closely with staff and campers as they enjoy this incredible summer at Coleman

Kelly Kossar, Inclusion Coordinator
Kelly will graduate with an MA in Jewish Education and a concentration in Special Education in 2020 from Boston’s Hebrew College. She has spent the last 10 years working at different Jewish overnight camps including Ramah Darom, BCI, URJ Jacobs Camp and the URJ Kutz Camp in various capacities. She also worked for 4 years as a house parent and teacher at the American Hebrew Academy, a teenage Jewish boarding school. While at the Academy she received a Certificate in Jewish Education specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults from HUC-JIR. Prior to the Academy she received her BA in Judaic Studies from Binghamton University. Kelly currently teaches Kindergarten at Temple Israel of Boston. She is thrilled to be joining in the fun at Camp Coleman this summer as the inclusion specialist!

Josh Simon, Assistant Program Director
This is Josh’s 7th summer at Camp Coleman and his 4rd as assistant program director. He can’t wait to spend the summer at Camp Coleman. During the year Josh serves as the Youth Program Director at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation, He has been working as a youth professional for the past 24 years. Prior to moving to Florida Josh was a television sports reporter/photographer. Josh is looking forward to working with our programming team to help bring amazing programs to camp this summer.

Justin Levy, Bonim Unit Head 1st session, Head Counselor 2nd Session
Justin Levy is joining Coleman for his 16th summer on staff. Throughout his time at Coleman he has had the privilege of working with every age group at camp. He was a counselor for 5 years, and this will be his 11th summer as a Unit Head. He is so excited to be working as a unit head 1st Session and serving as Head Counselor 2nd Session this summer.  In the past, Justin has worked as a youth advisor in Clearwater and grew up in NFTY. He currently lives in Miami, although after the summer is moving to Tampa with his wife Molly, who is Coleman’s Program Director, and his almost 3 year old son, Jonah.    He is really looking forward to this summer and can’t wait for the campers to arrive.

Sarah Cotler, Bonim Unit Head 2nd Session
Sarah Cotler has spent the last 5 summers on staff at Camp Coleman and  is excited to be joining the leadership team for her 2nd summer, this year as the Bonim unit head for summer 2019. Originally from Coral Springs, Florida, Sarah graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando with her bachelors in Event Management. For the last year, she has been living in Haifa, Israel as an elementary school English teacher! Sarah will be moving to Miami after camp to be the Experiential Education Director at Temple Judea and she can’t wait! Having been a camper, counselor, programmer, and unit head in past summers, Sarah is so excited to make new memories this summer with campers and staff!

Tommy Rosen, Kochavim Unit Head
Tommy Rosen is thrilled to be on the Camp Coleman leadership team this summer. This will be Tommy’s first year on staff at Camp Coleman, but he spent six summers at camp as a camper. Tommy graduated last year from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Government. Following graduation, he spent a year in Charlotte as a data analyst, and will be moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue opportunities in conservation policy after the summer. He is very excited for this new journey as a unit head.

Lily Mandell, Solelim Unit Head
Lily Mandell is psyched to be back for her 6th summer on staff and 1st as a unit head! Lily graduated in 2018 from Elon University with a double major in Media Analytics and Arts Administration and a minor in Theatre Arts. She is currently working as the Director of Youth Engagement at Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, NY, and spends her days cultivating the next generation of inspired, young Reform Jews. Lily cannot wait to be back at Coleman, her favorite place on earth.

Austin Rich, Tsofim Unit Head
Austin Rich is very excited to be a part of the leadership team this summer. He has been a Coleman staff member for 3 summers and has been a member of the camp community for 7. Austin had the privilege to work on staff as a counselor in Tsofim and Nachsonim, as well as in Machon unit as an advisor. He is delighted to return to camp this summer to serve as a Unit Head and will act as a positive resource to the staff, and a role model to the campers around him. Austin has also been a member of the Olim Fellowship, and frequently comes to camp during the off-season to assist with NFTY and other organizational events. During the year, Austin attends the University of North Georgia, where he is studying Business Marketing. Austin enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing, and helping the people around him during his spare time. He is looking forward to having another incredible summer and will use his time at camp to make a positive impact on the community around him.

Lauren Davis, Nachshonim Unit Head
Lauren is thrilled to be a Unit Head at camp for the first time this summer! Not only will it be her 5th year on staff at Coleman, but more importantly, she is extremely excited to be returning to her favorite place in the entire world. Lauren currently attends Florida State University with a major in Music and a minor in Child Development and will be graduating Spring 2020. Lauren grew up in South Florida and has been a part of the Camp Coleman community since she was 7-years-old. She is looking forward to taking on this role with enthusiasm, engaging with her peers, and helping to create the best summer possible for campers from all over the country.

Evan Taub, Kesher Unit Head
Evan Taub is originally from Ocala, FL. He will be spending his 2nd summer on Staff at Camp Coleman and is extremely excited to be the Kesher Unit Head this summer. Last year he was the General Sports Specialist working with the Chalutzim unit. He was a camper for 7 years at Coleman and even went on the NFTY Israel trip through camp. Evan recently graduated from Syracuse University in upstate New York with a B.S. in Education and will be working at Temple Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, FL as a part of the CLASP Fellowship program. He is looking forward the summer and is very excited to meet all of his campers.

Emilia Epstein, Chalutzim Unit Head
Emilia is the Chalutzim Unit Head at camp this summer. This is her sixth year on staff and her third year on the Leadership Team. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lived until the age of seven when she moved to Miami Beach, FL. She is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minors in Psychology and Design. 

 

Lotem Eilon, Machon Unit Head and Rosh Mishlachat (Head of the Israeli Delegation)
Lotem Eilon is so grateful to spend another summer at camp as the Machon unit head and Rosh Mishlachat (Head of the Israeli Delegation) this summer! She was first introduced to Coleman in the summer of 2013 as one of the Mishlachat members (Israeli staff) at camp. She fell in love with camp’s work and environment and kept coming back to her new found home at camp. In the past 6 summers Lotem has been a video specialist, a programmer, and this will be her 4th summer as a unit head (her 7th summer on staff). In the past two years she has been working on Coleman’s year-round team as the Israel Educator (Shlicha) for Coleman and NFTY in the Southeast, working on Israel engagement within NFTY SAR, NFTY STR, and the congregations in the region. She spent the two years prior to that as a Shlicha for Coleman and Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, FL. Lotem was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. She is looking forward to another meaningful and magical summer her home away from home – Camp Coleman!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdam Griff, Machon Director and NFTY SAR Regional Director
From Cleveland (Ohio) to Denver, Boulder to Atlanta, Adam Griff has worked to engage and inspire Jewish teens across the county. While in high school, he served as Treasurer and Programming Vice-President of YGOTS in NFTY-OV. During college, he began working at Shwayder Camp, a Reform camp owned by Temple Emanuel in Denver. He also began working with NFTY-MV as the Regional Songleader. After college, Adam moved to Denver, where he worked as the Assistant Director of Shwayder Camp, as an advisor and chaperone in NFTY-MV, and as the retreat director at Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder. For 8 years, Adam served as the founder and director of Adamah Adventures. During that time, he and his wife worked as the youth directors of Congregation Dor Tamid and Temple Beth Tikvah. In 2016, Adam left Adamah Adventures to begin working full-time for the URJ as the NFTY-SAR Regional Director of Youth Engagement and the Camp Coleman Machon Director. Adam earned an MBA from Georgia State University in 2013. His hobbies include traveling, cooking, hiking, skiing, and reading a good book. He and his wife Bobbee live in Roswell, GA with their sons Jonathan and Zachary.

Bobbee Griff, Yeladim Unit Head
Bobbee is the youth group director at Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell, GA. She also teaches the 8th & 9th grade religious school program at Temple Beth Tikvah. She and her husband, Adam, started and ran an outdoor adventure Jewish summer camp for teens. In all of these roles, Bobbee is able to draw on her years of experience as well as her master’s degree in child and family development from the University of Georgia. She and Adam are the parents to 2 boys and this will be her 3rd summer at Coleman. Bobbee enjoys going to the movies, reading a good book, and cooking.

LZ headshotLauren Zeichner, Etgar Specialist Coordinator
Lauren Zeichner has worked with the specialists at Coleman for 25 years. She created the Campscape program, which teaches organic gardening, garden crafts, and sustainability. Many gourd creations, Jewish star mobiles and herbal soap produced in Campscape grace Coleman camper homes. In the non-Coleman part of the year, Lauren is a registered Landscape Architect, who taught in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia in Athens. Lauren’s area of specialization is Green Building, Landscape Ecology, and Community-built design. Pottery and metal-crafting are her passions, as is kindling a love in those she teaches at Camp Coleman for Judaism, Israel, and its connections with the land.

Brian Jonas, Sports Specialist Coordinator
Brian Jonas has worked with the specialists at Coleman for 3 years as the sports director. Brian is a camp person at heart, and is thankful to share the wonderful camp experience with all campers and staff.  During the year, Brian teaches robotics in Tampa, FL.  Brian will be at camp this summer with his two daughters who are in Kochavim and Bonim.

 

Grace Sherman, Art Specialist Coordinator
Grace has been heading our Arts and Crafts Program for the past 27 years. Over the years, with her guidance, it grew into the Art Center we have today. Grace is a nationally recognized multi-media artist, who has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Grace is fluent in many media and techniques and their exploration stimulates her creative vision and fuels her passion to create with others. She grew up in New York City and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Philosophy from Barnard College. Grace is the Artist-in-residence/Art Director at URJ Camp Coleman,  Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach, and the URJ nationwide. Grace creates community art with diverse populations, and with her belief in their boundless imagination and limitless potential, Grace impacts lives.

Elin Waring, Tarbut Specialist Coordinator
Elin is so excited for her fourth summer at Camp Coleman! She recently graduated from UNC Greensboro with a BFA in Theatre Education and a minor in psychology, as well as a teaching license that certifies her to teach K-12 Drama. Elin spent the last three summers as one of the Drama Specialists, directing, music directing, and choreographing mutiple musicals and advocating for the inclusion of a Technical Theatre specialty. She is honored to return and take on the role of the Tarbut Specialist coordinator, a new position at camp. Elin hopes to expand and improve on the performing arts specialties available at camp, as well as to work with the amazing staff and campers!

Melissa Johnson, Waterfront Specialist Coordinator
Melissa Johnson is thrilled to return as the Waterfront Director for her fourth season in Summer 2019. Melissa has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, but has spent the last 8 years as a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of her three youngest girls, ages 11, 8 and 8, while working part time as an age group swim coach and Middle School swim coach. Melissa brings her three girls with her to camp each summer and enjoys seeing the relationships and friendships that form among the kids and staff every year. She is excited about leading a wonderful staff of aquatics specialists to create a fun-filled and meaningful summer for the campers and staff and to help the campers enjoy every moment while they are at Camp Coleman.