Meet the Leadership

Jonathan Cohen, President, The Cohen Camps

Jonathan’s grandparents founded The Cohen Camps, the nonprofit family of three Jewish overnight camps which includes Camp Pembroke, Camp Tel Noar, 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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Board of Directors

Etahn Cohen, Chair
Alison Clew
Jackie Croopnick
Gregg Darish
Lynne Delise
Renee Goldberg
Paul Greenberg
Carol Bolton Kappel
Daniella Levine
Jon Wasserman
Adina Cohen Ziegler
Sarah Ziegler
Jonathan Cohen, President

Amy Coran, Co-Director, Camp Pembroke

Amy is a second-generation Camp Pembroke alum, with 17 summers on Lake Oldham. Before returning to Pembroke in leadership roles, she directed residential services for adults with developmental disabilities for over a decade, partnering with families to create valuable experiences. She also volunteered in intensive roles with Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority: she is passionate about the power of sisterhood! Amy holds a BS from University of Delaware in Human Services, Education and Public Policy, with a minor in Disabilities Studies. She also has a Masters in Human Resources Management from Lasell College.

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Becca Goldman, Co-Director, Camp Pembroke

Becca is so excited about her 16th summer at Camp Pembroke! Becca returned to Pembroke last summer as Assistant Director, after 8 years serving as the Assistant Director at Camp Tel Noar, helping to strengthen programming, the staff experience and camper care. Becca holds a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has also completed the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program for Assistant Directors and is pursuing her MBA at Bentley University.

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Ben Portnoy, Director, Camp Tevya

Devoted to Camp Tevya since his camper days, Ben joined the year-round team in 2012. He leads by example with a hands-on, camper-first approach. By teaching and cultivating 21st century skills in an immersive environment, Ben believes Jewish summer camp changes lives. He holds a BA from the University of Vermont and a certificate in nonprofit management from Northeastern University; he’s pursuing his MBA at Bentley University. He also completed the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s selective Yitro Leadership Program for Assistant Directors.  Ben met his wife, Margo, at Tevya; they both love each summer on the shores of Lake Potanipo, shaping the next generation of Jewish leaders.

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Amanda Charson, Acting Director, Camp Tel Noar

Amanda Charson, Camp Tel NoarThis is Amanda’s 7th summer in the leadership of Tel Noar. She has served as Assistant Director since 2019, and she previously served as CTN’s Program Director for three years. Passionate about youth development, Amanda is an experienced educator with background as a K-12 synagogue educator, youth director, and high school teacher. Amanda holds a BA from the University of Florida and has attended law school. She says, “Growing up at summer camp taught me so much about friendship, independence, and the value of sleepaway camp for growth and confidence. I am so thrilled to create these kinds of experiences as part of the Camp Tel Noar family!”

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Barbara Stevens, Director of Development

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 love catching up with Cohen Camps’ friends and families from all years.”

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