About Tel Noar

Meet the Leadership + Staff

Educators, professionals, and mentors

Leadership

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Aaron Gurvis
Director

An enthusiastic and experienced Jewish educator, Aaron feels great enthusiasm and appreciation for this camp family. He came to CTN from his role as Assistant Director of URJ Crane Lake Camp, where he oversaw all camp programs, Jewish life and learning, staff training, and much more. He brings special experience in teen engagement and leadership programming, having served as NFTY Northeast Regional Advisor. He has worked with children and teens in numerous educator roles at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA. And he has held summer leadership roles at URJ 6 Points Sci Tech Academy and URJ Eisner Camp and as a Group Leader on Kesher Birthright and NFTY trips in Israel. Aaron holds a Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College and earned his BA in Linguistics with a Minor in Information Technology from UMass/Amherst.

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Danny Fier
Assistant Director: Operations

A lifelong “camp person,” Danny has been returning home to Tel Noar each year since 2007. Danny spent his formative years at CTN as both a camper and counselor, singing his heart out with the Shira Department every Shabbat. Danny is passionate about Jewish youth development and community building; he was an active participant in NFTY Northeast throughout high school and was Community Vice President for Tufts Hillel in college. In recent years, he has worked various professional roles in program development, publishing, and customer service which have given him a skill set well-suited for tackling operational challenges and fostering relationships. He holds a BA in English and Psychology from Tufts University.

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Samantha Goldenblatt
Assistant Director: Programming

Samantha has been part of Camp Tel Noar since 2018, as Assistant Program Director, then Program Director, and now on the camp’s leadership team. Her love of camp has grown each year! In her current role, she continues to provide new and exciting programs for the campers, including day and evening activities, trips, and special events. She also focuses on building an enriching experience for the staff, supporting their growth as leaders. Samantha holds a master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College and was a former math teacher and drama club director. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and her dog.

Marissa Brockman
Registrar

Calling in the off-season? Visiting in summer? Marissa can answer almost any question and will help make sure your child has an excellent, positive experience.

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Mindee Greenberg, LCSW
Director, Dor L'Dor Israel Programs

Mindee is an experienced, thoughtful Jewish educator who leads the Dor L’Dor Israel travel experience for our oldest campers. She previously served as Camp Tevya Director for 9 summers. Mindee says, “A personal connection to Israel is a pillar of a strong Jewish identity—a connection that resonates so achingly right now. I look forward to getting to know and reflect with every teen in the program as we share this journey together.”

Stacey Smalley, M.A.T.
Director, Leadership Development +
Kadima Teen Leadership

Stacey is the Director of our Kadima Teen Leadership program as well as cultivating leadership throughout our Cohen Camps organization. She holds a BA and MA in Teaching from Union College, with additional certifications in virtual and experiential Jewish education and in social emotional learning and character development.

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When you call to enroll or ask questions, you’ll likely speak with Sara first. Sara has joined Tel Noar’s year-round team in 2022. She brings with her a strong background in nonprofit administration and the arts, having worked at the Whitney Museum of Art and MoMA in New York. Sara holds an MA in Art, Education, & Community Practices from New York University and a BFA in Fine Arts from UMass Boston.

Our most tenured member of staff, Sharon has nurtured every camper and staffperson for 52 summers. The Sharon Lasky Scholarship Fund honors all that she means to CTN—and her commitment to camp families.

Sharon is a hug when you feel far from home, a wise friend when you want kindness and perspective, the smiling bringer-of-mail, and our unofficial camp historian and storyteller. She’s bubbly, fun, and a wonderful resource for our campers, staff, and community. 

Summer Staff

The team of Tel Noar staff takes its responsibility to nurture and care for our campers very seriously. Each team member works hard to serve as a role model and to make a positive impact each day. 

Tel Noar administrative and supervisory personnel are camping professionals and educators with many years of experience working with children. Many Tel Noar counselors were Tel Noar campers themselves, and many of those came through our Dor L’Dor Israel travel capstone program and our Kadima teen leadership training. Some of our counselors come from abroad, including a delegation from Israel, greatly enhancing the camp experience.

We select our staff for their experience, maturity, creativity, and sense of responsibility. Our summer staff attends a week-long Staff Orientation, in addition to individual specialty training to improve teaching skills. Ongoing training continues throughout the summer with seminars and mentoring.

Year-round Administration + Colleagues

The Leadership Team is supported by the staff of The Cohen Camps, the family of three Jewish overnight camps which also includes Camp Tel Noar and Camp Pembroke. The three camps share a year-round office and collaborate on a shared vision, pooling ideas and refining best practices to all of our campers’ great benefit.

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