Meet the Overnight Camp Directors

Learn more about the leadership at our regional Jewish overnight camps. We also encourage you to contact directly the camps that interest you.

  • 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…...Read More

  • 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 .…...Read More

  • Danny Herz

    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,…...Read More

  • 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…...Read More

  • Walter Synalovski

    The Board of Directors of Camp Judaea is thrilled to announce that professional camping legend and CJ alumnus Walter Synalovski is returning to CJ as Executive Director effective August 21, 2017. After serving as the Director of Camp Judaea from 1992 to 1995, Walter was the director of Cedar Lake Camp in Pennsylvania for 14 years and will complete his…...Read More

  • 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…...Read More