Year Round Staff

Meet our Directors

Rabbi Joel Seltzer

Executive Director

Rabbi Joel Seltzer is originally from Philadelphia, PA and he himself is a home-grown product of CampRamah in the Poconos. Whether as a camper, a counselor, a Rosh Edah (Division Head), or Rosh Drama (Head of Performing Arts), Rabbi Joel learned countless personal and professional life lessons from his time at camp. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Rabbi Joel served as a rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI for four years before returning to his spiritual home: Camp Ramah. Rabbi Joel lives in Philadelphia with his wife Eliana (whom he met at Camp!), and their daughters Ayelet, Talia, and Noa.

You Can Follow Rabbi Joel on twitter at: @joseltzer

Also, you can read his collection of monthly essays on by clicking here.

Michelle Sugarman

Assistant Director

Michelle is excited to spend her 21st summer at Camp Ramah in the Poconos! Originally from Scranton,Pennsylvania, Michelle relocated to Philadelphia and earned her BA in Jewish Studies and then a Masters in Social Work at Temple University. Through her roles as camper, babysitter, Madricha (counselor), Rosh Edah (Division Head), and now her 7th year as the Assistant Director, Michelle has developed a passion for camp and cannot picture her summers spent anywhere else.

Bruce I. Lipton

Director of Finance and Operations

Bruce I. Lipton came back to camp from the for-profit world in 1998 as Director of Finance & Operations applying his skill set to keep camp safe, secure and solvent.  Bruce worked as a counselor, Rosh Hadar/Rosh Shachal and Kitchen Steward in the 1970s and 1980s.  Bruce’s life experiences include higher and continuing education, army service in the IDF having lived in Israel as an Oleh for 10 years, and most importantly is a loving father to his two children Rachel and Avi and loving husband to his wife Meryl Sussman.

Missy (Tick) Stein

Development Director


Machaneh Ramah has been part of Missy’s life since she was a camper at RamahNew England in 1976. All four of her daughters have been campers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and some have even served as staff members at Ramah Day Camp and Ramah Poconos with Missy on the teaching staff on and off for the past 10 years. Her son, an alumnus of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, is also a Ramahnik through and through. Having worked in the field of public relations, communications and development for over 20 years, she feels lucky to be able to combine her passion for Ramah with her work as the Development Director. And for the record, she’s not ‘that Missy Stein.’ That Missy Stein lives in Israel. This Missy Stein lives and works in Philadelphia.

Michele Hasit

Communications Director

Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Michele spent summer after summer at Ramah as a camper and on staff, having worked in many different scopes of camp life (bunk counselor, teaching staff, office staff, to name a few).  Michele graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Public and Community Health, and then spent time working in public health both locally and abroad. Michele loves her role as Communications Director, where she is able to bring her energy and creativity to Ramah Poconos, her home away from home. Michele lives in Center City Philadelphia with her husband, Adam Waxman (a long-time Ramahnik), and their beloved dog, Rigby.

Orlee Krass

Tikvah Director

Orlee Krass is excited to join the Ramah Poconos team as the Tikvah Director. Originally from Rockland County, New York, Orlee grew up at Ramah Nyack, going from camper to counselor to Rosh Edah. As a life-long Ramahnik, parent of young children, and aunt of a child on the autism spectrum, Orlee is committed to creating and implementing opportunities for all children to participate in the Ramah camping movement.  A graduate of Jewish day school, the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Mercy College, Orlee holds bachelors and masters degrees in Judaic Studies and Education. Most recently Orlee has served as the Director of Education at Matan, the Director of Camper Care at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, and the Tikvah Network Coordinator for the National Ramah Commision. Orlee lives in New City, New York with her husband Matt, and their children Micah, Raya, and Gavi.