Leadership

Jonathan Cohen, President, The Cohen Camps

Jonathan-CohenJonathan’s grandparents founded The Cohen Camps, the non-profit family of three Jewish overnight camps which also includes Camp Pembroke and Camp Tevya. He has managed the organization for a decade, and is a recognized leader in the field of Jewish camping. To his love and knowledge of camp, he adds his 20 years of experience in the business world in product development, strategic planning and change management for financial and technology firms. Jonathan holds a BA in Philosophy from Brandeis University and an MBA from Cornell University.

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Ellen Felcher, Director of Camp Pembroke

meet-our-director-ellen-felcherPembroke Director since 2004, Ellen has been a member of the Pembroke family since 1999, starting as Program Director and then serving as Co-Director. Ellen brings a strong camping background along with fine leadership qualities, unlimited creativity, and a love of arts and crafts, nature activities and sailing. Her daughter came to Camp Pembroke for 13 summers, so she knows the camp deeply from all angles. Ellen taught first-grade Hebrew School for 15 years, taught Judaic pre-kindergarten for five years, was the K-1 teacher at the local Jewish day school, and is an active volunteer in her home community. She holds a BA in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University, an MS in Public Health from Harvard University, and an MBA from Columbia University.

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Mindee Greenberg, Director of Camp Tevya

mindee-meltzerMindee leads Camp Tevya with warmth and expertise; she has a passion for community building and commitment to working with children and families. Before taking on the Director role, she served as Associate Director and Program Director. A Licensed Social Worker (LSCW), she earned her BA from the University of Texas, her Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Masters in Education from Boston University. This year, the Avi Chai Foundation selected her for Chazon, a year-long, national professional development program, in which she is exploring and developing immersive Israel education experiences to benefit Tevya. Mindee also serves on the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Service of Metrowest.

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Efraim Yudewitz, Director, Camp Tel Noar

effieEfraim (pronounced F-ryam), newly appointed as Director of Camp Tel Noar, is an experienced and professional Jewish educator with a deep background in camping and experiential education. He comes to us from Gann Academy, the independent Jewish high school, as Associate Director of Experiential Education and then as Co-Director of Admissions. He has served on the faculty of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Fellowship program – passionate about sports, he engaged camp counselors in designing Jewish sports programming, among other projects – and of the Prozdor Hebrew High School of Hebrew College. Efraim holds a BA from Rutgers University. He grew up as a counselor and then staff member at a Jewish camp, which is also where he met his wife.

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Deb Kardon-Schwartz, Director of Dor L’ Dor, our Israel leadership programs

debbie-kardon-schwartzDebbie leads our five-week Dor L’Dor Israel and Leadership program for 110-120 teens annually, creating a transformative travel experience paired with personal growth as Counselors-in-Training upon their return. This year, she is launching two NEW programs: Dor L’Dor College Style, combining Israel internships with camp jobs for our college-age counselors, and our first-ever Dor L’Dor Adult Trip to Israel. Debbie brings to this role extensive experience in engaging young people with their Judaism: she served as Director of Family Education and Congregational Life for Congregation B’nai Torah in Sudbury, MA for nearly a decade. Debbie holds an MA from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York as well as a BA from Syracuse University.

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Barbara Stevens, Development Director

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An alum of Camp Tevya 1972-84, Barbara helps our families, alumni and donors connect with each other, to fantastic projects and programs, and to a wide range of ways to support the Camps’ communities and spirit. She has worked in entertainment (tour manager of KC & The Sunshine Band for 10 years!) and for NBA/NFL teams, and she rejoined The Cohen Camps in late 2013. “I made lifelong friends at Tevya,” Barbara notes. “Not high school or college. CAMP! I am so glad to be back and I look forward to catching up with Cohen Camps’ friends and families from all years.”

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