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.
Amy Kagan, Associate Director
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, 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 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 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 two Assistant Directors (who both 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.
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 portfolio 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.
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!
Amanda Wachstein, Senior Regional Director of Youth Engagement – Pennsylvania Area
Amanda Wachstein now works with her 18th Regional Board as the Senior Regional Director of Youth Engagement for NFTY-PAR.
Amanda manages our regional NFTY operations, supervising the NFTY-GER and NFTY-MAR staff, and serves as Harlam’s summer Program Director.
Amanda’s passion and commitment to youth emanated from her own NFTY/PAFTY and Camp Harlam experiences where she started as a camper at 8. She graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2001 with a BFA in Fine Arts and remains active in her local art community. Amanda is the Philadelphia Sales Manager and Vice President of Surface Restoration Service, LLC..
She is a member of Congregation Shaarai Shomayim in Lancaster, PA. Amanda, married 16 years to Ben (whom she met at Camp Harlam), resides in Lancaster, with their daughter Mila.
Jessa Cameron, Regional Director of Youth Engagement – Mid-Atlantic Region
Originally from Los Angeles, Jessa is an East Coast transplant and is learning to love humidity, snow, and everything in between. After graduating from the University of Washington, where she studied political science and sociology, Jessa worked at the University of Maryland Hillel. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering for the Seahawks, traveling, and finding the best mac and cheese in DC.
Barak Malkin, Senior Regional Director of Youth Engagement – Garden Empire Region
Barak is excited to return to his roots in NFTY-GER where his passion for being a Jewish Youth Professional began almost 20 years ago. Barak began his career working for synagogues in New Jersey part-time while maintaining his full-time accounting job. He spent those years collaborating with other synagogue professionals on events, professional development trainings, and as a guest educator for programs like Urban Mitzvah Corps.
After receiving his Certification in Jewish Education for Adolescent and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2012, Barak moved to the west coast, where he served as the Director of Community and Youth Engagement at Temple Sinai in Glendale, California. While in Los Angeles, Barak served on the advisory council of the Los Angeles Teen Initiative and presented at the URJ Biennial and NFTY Youth Engagement Conferences on topics related to helping youth professionals solidify their role within their synagogues. Barak found his way back to the east coast when he took on the role of Assistant Director at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy in 2016. He lives with his wife, Michelle W. Malkin, and their son, Gideon, in West Orange, NJ.