About Tel Noar

Meet the Leadership + Staff

Educators, professionals, and mentors

Acting Director

Amanda Charson

Amanda Charson

This is Amanda’s 7th summer in the leadership of Tel Noar. She has served as Assistant Director since 2019, immersed in all the planning, support, hiring, training, and management to create an excellent camping experience. 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!”

Sara-Rubenson

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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