Year Round Staff

Rabbi Joel Seltzer

Executive Director

Rabbi Joel Seltzer is originally from Philadelphia, PA and he himself is a home-grown product of Camp Ramah 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 (whom he met at Camp!), and their three daughters.

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Michelle Sugarman

Associate Director

Michelle is excited to spend her 26th  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,   Madrichah  (counselor),   Rosh Edah   (Division Head), and now her 10th year as the Associate  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 applyingbruce-lipton 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.

Leah Schatz

Program Director

Leah Schatz is so excited to be the Program Director at Camp Ramah in the Poconos! unnamed (1)She is an alumna of Ramah Day Camp in Philadelphia and Camp Ramah in the Poconos. A proud member of Gesher 2011, Leah worked as a madrichah (counselor) for four years and a Rosh Edah (Division Head) for two.   After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Elementary Educationin 2017, she has spent time teaching throughout the Jewish community of Philadelphia at Har Zion Temple and Beth Am Israel. Having spent the last 18 years living ten months for two, she is ecstatic to get to dedicate those other ten months of the year to her favorite place. Leah brings with her a love of camp, a lot of ruach (spirit), and a vast collection of Camp Ramah t-shirts.

Missy (Tick) Stein

Development Director

Machaneh Ramah has been part of Missy’s life since she was a camper at Ramah New 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.

Dr. Rachel Abel

Director of Camper Care

Rachel is a Brooklynite who grew up as a Ramah Berkshires camper.  She was thrilled to re-enter the Ramah community in 2013 when she became a Yoetzet at Poconos.  In 2016, she joined Poconos’ year round staff as the Director of Camper Care.  Throughout the year, Rachel continues outreach to Ramah families so that a successful summer is ensured for each and every camper.  She is also involved in programmatic improvements and works closely with the Associate Director to strengthen Camper Care each season.  Rachel holds a PsyD in School/Child Clinical Psychology from NYU and maintains a private practice specializing in work with children, adolescents and families in Brooklyn.  Her children, Orly, Ezra and Toby have attended camp with her each summer and her husband, Avi is a proud Ramah Poconos weekender. ​

Benjy Goldberg

Director of Retreats
Assistant Director of Operations

Benjy was born in Israel and grew up in the town of Rosh Ha’ayin, where he currently lives with his wife, Ella, and son, Eitan.  He has spent most of his summers in his home away from home — Camp Ramah in the Poconos, a sacred place for him and his family. Once becoming a summer staff member, Benjy held many logistical roles at camp, including kitchen supervisor, dining hall manager and head of security, before joining the year-round team in 2016. Benjy earned his ​B.A. in ​Sustainability and ​​Government from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center​ (IDC)​, and has worked at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, as a senior adviser to a Knesset member and ​as a ​regional campaign manager for the Yesh Atid party. He also traveled the world as an El Al flight attendant ​before his c​​ollege years and served as chief of staff to General Yair Golan during his army service.

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 Cherry Hill, NJ  with her husband, Adam Waxman (a long-time Ramahnik), and their daughter, Kira.

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.


Elana Rivel

Director, Ramah Day Camp

Elana has worked in the field of Jewish education for nearly thirty years. She has held a wide range of positions across the movements, across the country, and in both formal and informal settings.  As the Associate Director of Jewish ElanaLearning Venture in Melrose Park where she has worked for the past thirteen years, Elana managed, developed, and implemented initiatives that strengthen Jewish institutions and empower individuals to engage with the Jewish community. She consulted with educational institutions locally and nationally about systemic change processes, providing guidance and resources that helped them strategize and plan for strength. In May 2013, Elana was recognized with a Professional of Excellence, Change Agent award from the Tri-State Jewish Professionals Organization. She was also a member of the pilot cohort of the Jim Joseph Foundation Fellowship, delving into the use of text and technology for building online communities. Elana received her M.Ed from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) and a B.A. in Near East and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.

Eileen Graub

Assistant Director, Ramah Day Camp

Eileen Graub started her relationship with Ramah when her two daughters, Sarah and Allie, eileen headshotstarted at Machaneh  Ramah Yomi at TBI in  Blue  Bell.  Both girls continued their camper experience at  Camp Ramah in the Poconos and are excited to be returning as staff members. Eileen’s youngest, Josh, currently joins her at Ramah Day Camp. Eileen spent many years as a second grade teacher in the School District of Haverford Township, and earned a triple certification in education (early childhood, elementary and special education) from Temple University. Eileen also received her Master’s in Reading from Beaver College (now known as Arcadia).  Eileen has been a part of the Ramah Day Camp family for over eight years, both serving as a Rosh Edah and as a year-round Program Coordinator, and is excited to join full time as Assistant Director of Ramah Day Camp. Eileen lives in Elkins Park with her husband Rich, a Poconos alumnus, her daughter Allie, and son Josh. Sarah is a student at The University of Pittsburgh.