Lisa returned to Camp Harlam as the Associate Director in April of 2014 and was promoted to be camp’s sixth Director in history in 2017. Lisa began her involvement with Camp Harlam as a camper in Arava Girls 1 in 1988, continuing through as a camper, CIT, staff member, Assistant Unit Head, and as the CIT Director in the summer of 2000. Her Harlam connections ran far deeper, as she met her husband Ben in the summer of 1988 as well, and has maintained connections to many of her counselors and campers, serving for a brief time as the Co-President of the Alumni Network as well.
Prior to this position, Lisa worked as Associate Director of Camping for the URJ, working with all of the camps in the URJ system on a range of different programmatic initiatives. She also served as the Director of KESHER, the College Department of the URJ, and as the Assistant Camp Director and Director of Teen Services and the Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey.
Lisa grew up in Bucks County, PA, and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1999 with a BS in Family Studies. In 2001 Lisa received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters of Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College.
Lisa is thrilled to be back at the camp that inspired her personal and professional path. Beyond the Machanayim scar still visible on her knee (Red Team, 2nd session, 1990), camp, and the inspiring leaders and peers she experienced it with, left an indelible mark on her identity as well – inspiring her to grow from a shy, quiet 1st time camper at 11 years old, to a Jewish camping professional working to provide a meaningful and fulfilling camp experience for many more Jewish youth.
In Lisa’s role as the Director, she oversees Harlam’s complete summer program and all operations.
Lisa currently lives in Mt Laurel, NJ with her husband, Rabbi Benjamin David, and their children Noa, Elijah and Sam, and is a member of Temple Adath Emanu-El.
Amy Kagan is thrilled to be returning to URJ Camp Harlam as the Associate Director, beginning in the spring of 2020. Amy began her involvement with Harlam as a camper in 1992, and subsequently served as a seasonal staff member, Assistant Unit Head, and as the Athletic Supervisor in 2000.
In Amy’s position, she focuses on the various operational areas of camp’s program including food and health services, security, transportation and hospitality, and the oversight and planning related to year-round retreat business on our Kunkletown, PA site.
Amy earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2001, and her Master of Social Work Degree from Dominican University in 2007. Prior to this position, Amy served as the Summer Assistant Director at the URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY for four years. In this role, she oversaw the camp’s Gibush program for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder and served as the director of the Wellness Team to support the social and emotional needs of teen participants. During the school year, Amy has worked as a School Social Worker for 13 years in New Jersey. Prior to her work as a School Social Worker, Amy also worked for the URJ (2001-05) as Regional Director for NFTY GER.
Amy and her husband, Jeffrey (a former counselor at Harlam) live in Westfield, NJ with their children, Sophie and Noah. She feels blessed to return home and to serve a community that has helped shape the adult and the Jew that she is today. She is excited about the opportunity to empower new generations of campers to find that same meaning and joy at Harlam.
Rachel Steinberg grew up in Goshen, NY (very close to URJ Camp Kutz) and was a member of her local NYFTY chapter.
Following high school graduation, Rachel attended Vanderbilt University and earned a BA in English Literature and Jewish Studies. While in college, Rachel was very active in Jewish life on campus and in the Nashville community and after graduation went to work for the Greater Miami Hillel Jewish Student Center as the County-wide Program Director. It was during her time at Hillel that she realized she was committed to building and strengthening the Jewish community and went on to pursue Masters Degrees in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service at the University of Pennsylvania and Gratz College, respectively.
After her graduations in 2001, Rachel began working as the Assistant Director of Pinemere Camp. It was the perfect opportunity for Rachel to fuse her love of camp and informal Jewish education! Rachel worked for Pinemere for nine years (eight of those with Aaron, our Executive Director) before shifting her focus to work as the Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College. Rachel returned to Jewish camp to help create a “culture of giving” for Camp Harlam as its Development Director and shifted to become an Assistant Director in 2017.
Rachel is a graduate of the Leadership Seminar of the Institute of Informal Education at Brandeis University and was selected to participate in the GIFT Program of the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy. She is an active member of the local Jewish community in Philadelphia including leadership roles at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and her synagogue.
With two Assistant Directors (who both work directly with Lisa), each has a unique focus. Rachel is responsible for all of our daily programs and activity areas (and their staff), as well as summer visitor programs and future camper family experiences (like Rookie Day and Taste of Camp).
Rachel, her husband, Matt, and two children, Harrison and Liv, belong to Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, PA and live in Ft. Washington, PA.
Ellie Tepper Schulman
Ellie Tepper Schulman grew up in Rydal, PA and began her camp journey as a staff member in 2007 when all of her NFTY-PAR friends convinced her it would be the best summer job ever. Clearly, it was a wonderful summer! Over the past 14 summers, she has had the opportunity to work with kids in a variety of units as a cabin counselor, assistant unit head, and unit head. She became an Assistant Director in 2018 after serving as camp’s Program Director and the Director of Youth Engagement for the Mid-Atlantic Region of NFTY.
Ellie attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she earned her Masters in Religious Education (MARE) in 2015. She also attended the University of Miami, where she earned a degree in Music Education in 2010. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys baking (especially chocolate chip cookies), rooting for the Miami Hurricanes, watching old ‘Friends’ episodes, and making friendship bracelets.
With two Assistant Directors (who both work directly with Lisa), each has a unique focus. Ellie is responsible for Junior Camp and Senior Camp Campers (and their staff), Jewish Life, and camp’s vast program, including all special activities and trips.
Ellie currently lives in South Philadelphia with her husband, Jon Schulman, and their son Henry Tep!
Camper Care & Enrollment Manager
Cori excitedly joined the year-round Harlam team after two summers in Harlam’s Camper Care department. Cori was never a camper but quickly became passionate about all that Camp Harlam offered and easily recognized Harlam as a place where all kids could feel supported and everyone felt welcome. Cori is honored to be a part of the Harlam community.
Cori grew up in Northern New Jersey then attended Dickinson College. She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has resided in Pennsylvania since 1995. She has worked with children and families in many settings, including schools, counseling centers, and earlier on in a day camp setting. She has also worked with prospective adoptive families.
Cori manages our Camper Care department on a year-round basis, maintaining oversight of our team that works directly with campers, staff, and families. In addition, Cori is the point-person for our families when it comes to enrollment at Harlam.
Cori lives in Ambler with her husband, Mike, and two children. They attend Congregation Beth Or and her children both attend Harlam. She loves talking with families and welcomes families to reach out during the year, as well as during the summer with questions or concerns. Cori treasures time with family and friends, plays piano and tennis, enjoys making mosaics, and looks forward to continued summers in Kunkletown.
Becca Molberger is very excited to be coming home to URJ Camp Harlam as the Development Director. Becca has been connected to Harlam since she began as a Sharon camper in 1996, and continued as a camper, CIT, and staff member until 2005. Becca credits her experiences at Camp Harlam for her strong commitment to the Jewish community and Jewish communal work, as well as her own Jewish identity. She understands firsthand the magic of camp, and the impact of Camp Harlam in particular, and the role it plays in shaping the lives of campers, their families, and the broader Jewish community. She is honored to have the opportunity to play a role in ensuring a successful future for a place she cares about so deeply.
Becca earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Delaware in 2008. Prior to returning to Harlam in this role, Becca has been a Development Consultant in the Philadelphia area, working with Jewish organizations across the globe to meet their fundraising and other organizational goals.
Becca is the primary leader of Harlam’s extensive philanthropic portfolio and helps ensure that Harlam has the resources needed to provide exceptional experiences to our community.
Becca lives in Maple Glen, PA with her husband, Steven, their children, Emerson and Ezra, and their dog, Tugg. Her family attends Temple Sinai in Dresher, and both Emme and Ezra look forward to their days as campers at Camp Harlam in the not too distant future.
Jeremy came to camp as the new Bookkeeper in the summer of 2014 and became the Business Manager in 2017. Jeremy’s two children attended Camp Harlam for the first time in the summer of 2013, and after witnessing how camp charged their Jewish “ruach batteries” jumped at the opportunity to become part of the Camp Harlam team in a meaningful way.
Jeremy brings a variety of skills to Camp Harlam. Prior to joining the team, Jeremy worked in the Accounts Payable department for an international homeopathic medication manufacturer. He has also owned or been a partial owner of 2 businesses. On his own, he manufactured and distributed handmade chocolate truffles and caramels. With his brother, he grew and managed a wholesale food distributing company in New Jersey.
In Jeremy’s role, he attends to all areas related to camp’s accounts (payable and receivable), budgeting and staff payroll, and the coordination of various business activities.
Jeremy is a member of, and very active in, his congregation in King of Prussia, PA. He has been a member of the Temple Brith Achim religious school advisory committee for the past three years, and this past summer (2014) his son became a Bar Mitzvah. Jeremy’s daughter just received the date of her Bat Mitzvah in 2017. Jeremy lives in Phoenixville, PA and has been elected to his homeowners’ association executive board (since 2009) and has had various roles including treasurer and vice president.
Lori Zlotoff, LCSW, grew up in Merrick, NY and was an active member of NFTY throughout high school. She attended Kutz Camp as a camper and returned to URJ camping in 1997 for the inaugural year of Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA as a bunk counselor. It was there that she met her future husband, Jacob, who had also been NFTY President.
Lori received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and her MSW (Masters of Social Work) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in 2001. In addition, she participated in a dual program with Gratz College, receiving a graduate certificate in Jewish Education.
For the past 14 years, Lori has worked in New York as a licensed clinical social worker with a variety of clients, most recently children and adults who were victims of Hurricane Sandy. Her friendship with Aaron, Lisa, and Rachel (Lori attended graduate school with Lisa and Rachel!) paved the way for her to join the Camper Care team at Camp Harlam in the summers of 2012 and 2013. She was thrilled to join the year-round professional staff as the Inclusion Coordinator starting in 2015, and she and her children, Abigail and Liza, always look forward to wonderful summers at camp!
Lori is the point-person on Harlam’s inclusion efforts, including the direct support of campers and families prior to and during the camp season.
Lori currently lives with her family in Port Washington, NY, where they are members of Community Synagogue. She was recently appointed Executive Producer of the newly formed Community Synagogue Theater Company, which blends her love of musical theater, with her love of the Jewish community!
Julie Weitzman is excited to be a part of the Camp Harlam community as a member of the Pro Staff! Growing up in New Jersey, Julie was active in her temple youth group and JFTY (1982-86), which is where she first experienced the magic of Camp Harlam, on youth group and NFTY weekends.
After attending George Washington University and spending a year living and volunteering in Israel (1990-91), Julie returned to spend time working for Liberty Science Center and then joined NFTY as the NFTY-GER Regional Director (1994-97) and then Associate Director of NFTY (1997-98).
For the past 23 years, Julie worked for Samaritan, a healthcare and hospice organization in Southern New Jersey coordinating development activities and fundraising events.
Julie’s focus as Development Associate is to support the development and philanthropic portfolio, helping to ensure that Harlam has the resources to provide exceptional experiences at camp throughout the summer and all year long
While working for NFTY, Julie met Ian Weitzman, then an Assistant Director at Harlam. They married at camp in the Chapel in the Woods in 1998 and have spent many years enjoying camp by sending their boys in the summers and to NFTY-PAR events, as well as volunteering (Development Task Force & Camp Council) and helping camp wherever needed.
Julie and Ian live in Cherry Hill, NJ, and have two sons, Eli and Jake. They attend Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill and look forward to more camp activities and summers!
Marketing and Communications
Jenny Travis (she/her) is a new member of the Harlam team, but has been with the URJ for three years working on marketing & communications and now does marketing and communications work for Harlam as well as URJ Crane Lake Camp! Jenny holds a degree in communication studies with a minor in Jewish studies from Northeastern University. Prior to the URJ, she spent two years working in account services at an ad agency. Jenny lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and her dog.