Learn more about the leadership at our regional Jewish overnight camps. We also encourage you to contact directly the camps that interest you.
URJ Camp Coleman
Director: Bobby Harris
A dedicated professional in the youth development field, Bobby Harris has been a Camp Director since 1986 and has served URJ Camp Coleman since the summer of 1992. Bobby has an MA in Education and is a Certified Camp Director from the American Camp Association as well as a graduate of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute . A passionate advocate for professional development of camp staff, Bobby helped to found the URJ’s Olim Fellowship program for 1st and 2nd year Bunk Counselors. As an ardent supporter for Jewish youth he also created the J-Jolt (Jewish Journey of a LifeTime) program—a unique mentoring program for Bar/Bat Mitzvah which is sponsored by URJ. He lives with his wife Ellen and 2 children (Max and Sophie) in Marietta, GA.
Director: Tom Rosenberg
Tom is a leader in the American camping movement. A past National Treasurer of the American Camp Association (ACA) as well as a past Board President and Treasurer of ACA Southeastern, Tom is a founding Board Member of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association.
Tom was awarded the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Camp Industry Leadership Award as well as the American Camp Association’s National Honor Award and ACA Southeastern’s Distinguished Service Award. Tom enjoys mentoring youth development professionals on a range of strategic and operational issues and presents educational sessions at national, regional and local conferences. Tom is married to Pam Sugarman of Atlanta, Georgia. Their six-year-old son, Daniel, loves all things Jewish and Camp — especially Shabbat and music!
Tom graduated with distinction with a Master’s in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a BS in Management from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He is also a graduate of the ACA’s Camp Director Institute.
Camp Barney Medintz
Director: Jim Mittenthal
Jim is committed to creating an exciting adventure in a loving Jewish environment where children can discover, play, and grow. His summer camping experience has spanned more than 30 years as camper, counselor, waterfront director, unit head (at Camp Barney!), program director, and six years as the director of another JCC summer camp in Colorado. Jim holds Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver. For more than a decade, Jim maintained a private practice specializing in Psychotherapy with children and families while also consulting to Children’s Museums throughout the United States. Jim has been the Director of Camp Barney Medintz since 1992.
Camp Ramah Darom
Director: Geoffrey Menkowitz
Geoffrey Menkowitz is passionate about Jewish education and building community. Geoff is entering his fifth season as Director of Camp Ramah Darom where he formerly served as the Assistant Director. Born in Philadelphia, Geoff grew up attending Camp Ramah in the Poconos. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his B.A. and a master’s degree in education and he has completed advanced coursework in Jewish education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition to Camp, Geoff has held positions on campus – working with Hillel at Rutgers and the University of Pennsylvania. He also directed the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Learning at Hillel’s International Headquarters in DC. When not at camp for the summer, Geoff lives with his wife and four children in Atlanta, GA.
Director: Billy Planer
Billy Planer is the founder and Director of Etgar 36. He developed Etgar 36 after 20 years of leading synagogue youth programs and educating Jewish young people. He has led numerous trips around America and abroad. Billy graduated with a degree in Psychology and Advertising from Syracuse University and received a Masters in Counseling from the school of Education at Georgia State University. He is from Atlanta.
URJ 6 Points Sports Academy
Director: Danny Hertz
Danny Herz has called URJ 6 Points Sports Academy his home since the inception of our camp in 2010. Danny’s passion for Jewish overnight camps grew significantly each summer at 6 Points as he personally saw the magic of 6 Points as camper after camper had their Jewish identity strengthened while receiving elite coaching at camp.
A native South African, Danny has been committed to Jewish sports since 1999 when he started volunteer coaching the JCC Maccabi Games, and has continued to be involved on both a local, national, and international level with the Games – including leading teams to medals in both Brazil and Israel. Danny’s involvement with Jewish sports then evolved into working with Jewish summer camps in 2002, when he started working at the JCC camp in Boca Raton, Florida.
Prior to his full time role at camp, Danny served on the senior administrative team at Jewish schools in Southern California and in South Florida. His full time duties in education include having worked as a teacher, coach, dean of students and athletic director since 2001.
Danny’s extensive coaching career includes being the first coach in Broward County, Florida to coach a McDonald’s All-American, coaching the first team from the state of Florida to play on ESPN, and over 20 of his former student athletes continued their educational pursuits while playing NCAA basketball.
Danny earned his bachelors degree from the University of Florida (home of his beloved Gators) and his masters degree from Ohio University. Danny is a certified camp director by the American Camp Association (ACA).
Danny’s goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for campers to continue their Jewish learning as well as their athletic and personal development.
Director: Rabbi Avichai Pepper
Rabbi Avichai Pepper is a graduate of the New England Rabbinical College. He is the Director of Student Programming for the Lower School at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, MD. Rabbi Pepper is also the Rabbi of the Teen and Youth Minyan at Young Israel Shomei Emuna. Prior to moving to the DC area, he served as veteran teacher at the Phoenix Hebrew Academy and before that, the Seattle Hebrew Academy. He also served as the school’s Student Activities Coordinator in both Seattle and Phoenix. As well, Rabbi Pepper was the Director of Synagogue Youth Programs for one of Seattle’s largest congregations, Bikur Cholim Congregation. Rabbi Pepper has been working in Jewish summer camps for many years. Before joining Camp Darom in 2008, he served as the Assistant Director of Camp Dora Golding.
Regional Day Camp Directors:
MJCCA Day Camps
Directors: Meryl Rindsberg and Lori Zeligman
As a camper, Meryl spent many summers at Camp Judaea and views her summer overnight camping experiences as the most influential in her life. She attended UGA and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. She worked as a corporate recruiter for four years and then worked as a real estate closing coordinator. Meryl began her tenure at the MJCCA in 2005 as the Camp Central Registrar and was promoted to Camp Central Director in 2007. In this role, she significantly enhanced the camp registration process and Camp Central structure. In 2010, Meryl was promoted to MJCCA Day Camps Director of Operations. Meryl and her husband Lenny have three wonderful children, Nathan, Zachary, and Emily, who are all avid Bulldog fans!
In the City Camp
Director: Eileen Snow Price
Eileen Snow Price is the Founder and Executive Director of In the City Camp.
As a former JCC day camper and Camp Barney Medintz camper and counselor, Eileen understands first-hand the positive impact a Jewish camping experience has on a child. When she was unable to find an intown Jewish day camp that provided the experience she wanted for her kids and got tired of spending her summer driving them across town, she decided to create a camp for all the intown Atlanta Jewish families who were in the same boat.
So in 2012, Eileen founded In the City Camp.
In its first year, camp served 65 children. Camp now provides a fun, safe, Jewish summer camp experience for 150 Jewish kids each week! During the summer of 2014, 335 kids attended In the City Camp during its eight-week run.
Eileen is intimately involved in every detail of making camp just right for the families she serves. She hand picks the staff, knows all of the campers, and is always available to speak with parents.
Following graduation from Emory University and prior to founding In the City Camp, Eileen consulted with non-profit organizations to help them operate efficiently and raise money strategically. She also streamlined Jewish programming across several organizations as a program manager with the Marcus Foundation and advised private foundations as an endowment associate with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.
Eileen is a native of Atlanta and lives intown with her husband and four children. She is most passionate about the Atlanta Jewish community, Israel, and her family.