Aaron Selkow, Executive Director
Aaron arrived at Camp Harlam in 2011 as its fifth Camp Director since 1958, and became the Executive Director of Harlam in 2017. Coming to Camp Harlam – one of the most well-known and well-respected camps within the URJ camp system and beyond – was an opportunity that Aaron accepted with great pride.
Prior to coming to Harlam, Aaron oversaw Pinemere Camp’s significant development during his 14 years as one of its leaders (including 9 as Executive Director). During that time, Aaron was selected for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s first Executive Leadership Institute fellowship, the Mandel Center for Jewish Education’s first Lekhu Lakhem Senior Fellowship for Jewish Educators, and was the recipient of numerous awards and recognition by organizations such as AJCP, JCC Association, the American Camp Association and others.
In 2008, Aaron became Vice President of Program Services at JCC Association in New York (the umbrella organization for 150 JCCs and Camps in North America), and was named the first Director of the Merrin Center for Teen Services. During his 2½ years at JCC Association, Aaron led the growth of services and initiatives for that movement’s 27 resident camps and 125 day camps, oversaw the acclaimed Merrin Fellowship for youth/teen professionals, directed partnerships and strategies with leading foundations and philanthropists, and managed the agency’s largest program areas (including the JCC Maccabi Games).
Aaron has worked as a consultant for over 75 organizational leaders and agencies in the United States, Canada and Israel, specializing in the development of programs and professional development geared towards today’s youth/teen populations with a particular focus on camping. Aaron has visited over 125 resident and day camps, and also initiated the first major impact study of Jewish day camping in 2010.
In Aaron’s position, he tends to focus on institutional strategy, brand development and growth, as well as a deep investment in Harlam’s philanthropic work.
Aaron’s return to camping is a return home in many ways. Other than attending Connecticut College and living for two years in Ohio and Massachusetts after school, Aaron has spent his entire life in Philadelphia. Aaron, his wife, Ann, and their daughter, Lily, reside in the Overbrook Farms section of the city. They’re now joined by Xinping Xie, who is from China and has lived with the family during the academic year since 2015, as well as Apollo, the family dog. The Selkow’s are proud members of the Main Line Reform Temple community (where Aaron celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in 1983).
Lisa David, Director
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.
Alyssa Kress, Assistant Director
Alyssa grew up in Abington, PA. Her career in camping began as a reluctant Sharon camper and NK (nurse’s kid) at Camp Harlam in 2002. She came to love Jewish camping and continued to spend summers at Harlam through her CIT year, going on to become a cabin counselor both there and at URJ Kutz Camp. She was a regional board member in NFTY-PAR and served as the Membership and Communication Vice President on the NFTY North American Board. During this time, she provided training to NFTY leaders across the country.
Alyssa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Communication and Political Science. While at Penn, she worked for two years as the Youth Group Advisor at Temple Sholom in Broomall, PA. After graduation, she spent six weeks at Harlam assisting the directors, which made her realize how much she loved and missed being at camp. She came to Harlam after working in Washington, DC on digital fundraising efforts for leading non-profit organizations and political campaigns.
With three Assistant Directors (who all work directly with Lisa,) each has a unique focus. Alyssa is responsible for all of our Senior Camp areas (and their staff,) as well as all Harlam communications.
Alyssa’s favorite things about camp are Shabbat, stream hikes, and s’mores.
Rachel Steinberg, Assistant Director
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 recently selected to participate in the GIFT Program of the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy. Rachel is an active member of the local Jewish community in Philadelphia including leadership roles at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Jewish Learning Venture, and her synagogue.
With three Assistant Directors (who all 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 special Harlam outreach programs (like Rookie Day.)
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, Assistant Director
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 ten summers, she has had the opportunity to work with kids in a variety of units as a cabin counselor, assistant unit head, and as a 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. During her time in Miami and before returning to school, Ellie was fortunate to work as a youth group advisor in NFTY-STR and NFTY-PAR, teach religious school at a variety of synagogues, and nanny. It was these formative experiences that led Ellie to pursue Jewish education as a profession.
With three Assistant Directors (who all work directly with Lisa,) each has a unique focus. Ellie is responsible for all of our Junior Camp areas (and their staff,) as well as camp’s vast program, including all special activities and trips.
In her spare time, Ellie enjoys baking (especially chocolate chip cookies), rooting for the Miami Hurricanes, watching old ‘Friends’ episodes, and making friendship bracelets.
Jon Schulman, Operations Director
Jon grew up in Princeton Junction, NJ and started at Harlam as a Carmel camper in 1992. He was a camper, CIT and counselor at Harlam until 2002. Jon attended Indiana University and earned his degree in Secondary Education. In 2010, after working in the private sector in Chicago for five years, Jon returned to New Jersey to pursue a career in education. After spending a night at Harlam in the summer of 2010, he realized how much he missed camp and wanted to return.
Jon returned to camp in 2011 and spent three summers as a Unit Head. After a few years spent in the education world while also working at Harlam and as a Youth Group Advisor, Jon decided that he could have the biggest impact in the Jewish Professional world. In 2013, Jon entered into a shared position with Indiana University Hillel and Camp Harlam, where he served as the Program Director at Hillel and the Operations Director at Harlam in the summer of 2014.
Jon leads all of camp’s operational areas, including such things as food and health services, security, housing and housekeeping, and transportation.
Jon also holds a certificate in Special Education from Rutgers University and a Masters in Camp Administration and Leadership from Touro University. When not at camp, Jon loves to travel, spend time with his nieces and nephew, and root for his favorite teams, the Yankees, Jets, Rangers and the Indiana Hoosiers!
Cori Miller, 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.
Judith Friedman, Development Director
Judith is new to Harlam in 2017, but not to the camp world. She has great memories of her summers spent at day camp and overnight camp as a child, and as an adult, Judith realized what an incredible impact Jewish camp had on children’s character development, positive life outlook, and Jewish continuity. She is incredibly excited to help ensure the successful future of these essential ideals.
Prior to her position at Harlam, Judith was a Development Officer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It was at Mayo that Judith realized her zeal and unique skills for development and relationship building with those who were passionate about an organization and a cause. Judith’s love for children’s laughter and her commitment to the Jewish community led her to seek this role in development at Harlam.
Judith grew up in Jenkintown, PA, graduated from Penn State University with an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and continued to earn her Masters in Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
Judith is the primary leader of Harlam’s extensive philanthropic work, and works directly with her team and our Executive Director, Aaron, to help to ensure that Harlam has the resources needed to provide exceptional experiences to our community.
Judith lives with her husband and three children in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Her children attend Perelman Jewish Day School where Judith actively engages in numerous development and leadership roles and her family attend Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El (where Judith also volunteers her time).
Jeremy Wasserman, Business Manager
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.
Jackie Appel, Development Associate
Jackie was thrilled to join the Camp Harlam family as the first full-time Development Associate in Summer 2018. She brings a wealth of experience from her former sales role and training in best practices for nonprofit development. Although Jackie is new to Harlam, she grew up going to both Jewish Day Camp on Long Island, New York, and overnight camp in Upstate New York.
Jackie left a successful career at Bloomberg LP in New York City to pursue her Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Inspired by her volunteer work teaching children in urban food desserts to prepare nutritious meals and her May 2017 Honeymoon Israel trip, Jackie has rededicated her life to Jewish community service.
Jackie grew up in Great Neck, New York, where she was actively involved at Temple Beth-El and in New York City, where she still attends services with her dad and grandma at Sutton Place Synagogue. She holds a BA from Muhlenberg College, where she studied Economics and Mathematics, and an MS in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jackie works closely with Judith and Audrey, assisting with Harlam’s philanthropic and fundraising work to ensure that Harlam is in the position to provide an exceptional experience to all campers.
She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two dogs, Dewey Decimal and Lady Sansa of House Bark. As her family’s official holiday chef, Jackie enjoys perfecting Babka and brisket when she’s not biking, hiking, or reading.
Audrey Levin, Development & Alumni Associate
Audrey eagerly joined the Camp Harlam team in March 2015 as the Development & Alumni Associate. In 2010, her love of camp blossomed as her kids spent their first summer at Camp Harlam. Her two boys are currently enrolled and are counting down the days until the next season of camp starts.
Prior to her Camp Harlam position, Audrey held several leadership roles in the Jewish Community and has been involved as a volunteer in many other organizations as well. She served as the soccer commissioner and basketball commissioner and is currently a travel boys basketball coach. Audrey works part-time for the Upper Dublin School District as the business manager for the school plays.
Audrey grew up in Upper Dublin, PA and attended several Jewish overnight camps with her three siblings, including Camp Galil, Wohelo, and Arthur and Reeta, and traveled to Israel on a teen tour with B’nai Brith. Audrey received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and minored in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!). As a Junior in college, she studied abroad at Tel Aviv University. She worked for the Rouse Company in Owings Mills, MD and Korman Suites as a property manager.
Audrey works closely with Judith in various aspects of our fund development portfolio, and assists with alumni and other special camp activities.
Audrey, her husband, Barry, and their three children, Maxx, Joey, and David, along with their yellow lab, Chase, and cats, Remy and Dude, all live in Maple Glen, PA.
Lori Zlotoff, Inclusion Coordinator
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!