Year-Round Staff and Board of Directors

 

Staff

Camp Ramah in the Berkshires is staffed year-round by our rabbis, educators, administrators and support staff.
 

Director

Rabbi Ethan Linden

Email: elinden@ramahberkshires.org

  Rabbi Ethan Linden, a product of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has had the pleasure of working at four different Ramah camps.  Earlier in his career, Ethan taught at Ramah in Canada, was a visiting rabbi at Ramah Darom and was the Assistant Director at Ramah in New England . A graduate of Cornell University,  he majored in International Relations and Ethics and received his Rabbinical Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2007. In 2009, Ethan  became the congregational rabbi of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation in Metairie, Louisiana where he led and helped rebuild a vibrant community until assuming the position of Director of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in 2016.  Ethan is thrilled to be back in the camping world, where he first found glory and acclaim as the champion in the 1987 World Foursquare Championships. (That is not a real thing, but shouldn’t it be?) 

He believes that camp should be a safe, fun and ultimately transformative experience for campers and staff and would be happy to hear from parents, staff, alumni or campers at elinden@ramahberskhires.org

Ethan currently resides in Riverdale, NY with his wife, Liba Kornfeld and their three children—Adin, Yona and Liav.

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Senior Engagement and Planning Director

Rabbi Paul Resnick

Email: rpr@ramahberkshires.org

Rabbi Paul Resnick received his BA from Binghamton University and MA and Rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Resnick attended Ramah New England and Ramah Canada as a camper, and came to Camp Ramah in the Berkshires as a junior counselor, for what he believed to be a one-summer experience. That summer experience turned into a lifetime connection with the Ramah Berkshires mishpacha.

Hired initially as the first assistant director of a Ramah camp in 1987, Rabbi Resnick served 27 years as director. Among his many priorities, he has championed the cause of making camp financially available to a broad spectrum of the Jewish community.

He met his wife Martha at Camp, and together with their children, they have spent over 123 summers in Wingdale. They feel privileged to have watched their three children grow up there as well.  

Assistant Director

Rabbi Ari Perten

Email: aperten@ramahberkshires.org

Rabbi Perten  is no stranger to CRB. Beginning in 1995 he has called Ramah Berkshires his home. Rabbi Perten is a member of Gesher 1997. He has been active at CRB as a madrich, rosh edah, and rosh machane bet. Prior to rejoining CRB Rabbi Perten served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Eitz Chaim in Monroe, NY for four years. He is a graduate of List College, the double degree program between the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University. He received an MA in informal Jewish education in 2008 and his rabbinic ordination from JTS in 2009.

Rabbi Perten's life has been immeasurably enriched through his Ramah experience. He very much values fulfilling his dream of being a member of the Ramah Berkshires year-round team! 

In his free time Rabbi Perten enjoys reading, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife Rebecca and their three children Maayan (Gesher 2024), Eyal (Gesher 2026) and Yair (Gesher 2029). 

Business Director

Amy Perle Rosuck

Email: arosuck@ramahberkshires.org

What do dinosaurs, professors and bankers have in common?  Business Director Amy Perle Rosuck! After 20 years of combined work experience at the American Museum of Natural History, TIAA-CREF, and Citi, Amy has turned in her pith helmet, construction hat, and suits for a view of Lake Ellis. Amy's extensive experience in building, designing, and managing lends itself perfectly to being a successful finance and operations manager for Camp.

With a degree in Anthropology from the University at Albany, SUNY, Amy loves the diversity that campers and staff bring to the Berkshires each summer. Her home in Westchester County is close enough to Wingdale for regular off-season visits and her son and daughter are often jealous of these quick trips to Camp.  However, during the summer, the entire Rosuck family including husband, Craig, have the opportunity to enjoy Camp.

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications
Karen Legman Segal


Email: ksegal@ramahberkshires.org

Karen earned her B.A. and M.S.W from New York University and holds a New York State secondary teaching certificate in English literature.  Prior to joining the Camp Ramah in the Berkshires year-round team, she served as founding president of KLS Associates. Karen has dedicated her volunteer and professional career to the Jewish community and proudly reveals that her first job, as an Educational Assistant, was at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Since then, she continued her relationship with CRB serving on the summer staff as an adviser and most recently as Interim Assistant Director.

As a lay volunteer, Karen has been actively involved on the boards and committees of her synagogue, Schechter, and Camp Ramah.  Professionally, Karen served as director of admissions at Schechter Westchester and the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County.  Her career path includes work as a community consultant for the Schechter Institute, director of USY on Wheels and USY Israel Pilgrimage and director of the Y of Morris-Sussex. 

Karen and her husband, Eric Segal, met at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and reside in Bergenfield, New Jersey. Their four children are Ramah alumni, all of whom have served on the CRB staff.  Outside of the office, Karen enjoys spinning, speed walking, hiking, biking, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.
 

Development Director
Jane-Rachel Schonbrun


Email: jschonbrun@ramahberkshires.org

Jane-Rachel, a Baltimore native, holds a BA from the University of Maryland and earned an MSW from Columbia University and a MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Most recently, she served as Director of Foundation Relations at Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. Devoted to the Jewish community, Jane-Rachel has served in day schools, JCC's and social service agencies.

Jane-Rachel resides in Deal, New Jersey with her husband, Rabbi Aaron Schonbrun, and their four children. They are deeply connected to Ramah, as Aaron is a long-time veteran of Ramah California and  Jane-Rachel  spent a summer on staff there. For several summers they  have been connected to Ramah Poconos, as staff and parents. The Schonbrun family is looking forward to joining the Camp Ramah in the Berkshires community.

Director of Breira B'Ramah
Elizabeth Chipkin

Email: echipkin@ramahberkshires.org

Elizabeth, a Massachusetts native, attended the University of Maryland, earning a BA and MA in Special Education, while working summers as a counselor at Ramah in New England. She spent ten years as a coordinator of programs for campers with disabilities and is currently employed as a high school Special Education teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. Elizabeth’s passion about inclusion brings a reservoir of energy and creativity to her work at Camp.   When she is not thinking about CRB, you can often find Elizabeth reading, listening to podcasts, biking, buying tickets for a Broadway show or planning her next trip.

Assistant Business Manager

Adina Rothman


Email: arothman@ramahberkshires.org

A Ramah veteran of 20 summers, Adina has had a wealth of experiences, starting as a camper in Nitzanim '97. Following the summer of 2004 on Seminar and in Poland, Adina continued her career with Ramah as a counselor, Sgan Rosh, Rosh Solelim and, most recently, as Rosh Gesher. The campers and staff enjoy Adina's warmth and compassion; her leadership style is one that cultivates individual and team performance.

In 2007, Adina joined the CRB year-round staff as the Office Manager and now currently serves as the Assistant Business Manager. Adina enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, planning parties and keeping current with every tv show and movie known to man. 
 

Programming Director

Laura Hanft


Email: laurah@ramahberkshires.org

Laura, a native New Jerseyan from Livingston, served  as the Director of Youth and Camping at the New Orleans JCC from 2012-2016.  With an innovative spirit,  creative ideas and tremendous energy, she brings a wealth of experience and passion for camping.  As Programming Director, her focus is to develop and improve a variety of camp wide and edah programs.

Graduating in 2010 with a BA from Emory University in Psychology and Educational Studies, Laura also earned a Masters Degree  in Curriculum Development from Bar Ilan University in 2012.  While in Israel she taught English and helped manage CityKids, a growing Anglo community center for young families. Laura has been a camper, counselor, division leader and day camp director nearly every summer of her life. 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Zola.

Facilities Manager

Jason Smalley

Email: jsmalley@ramahberkshires.org

Jason began his career at Camp Ramah in 2006 as the assistant caretaker to Michael Kelly. In 2009 he became the facilities manager. Jason over sees three departments at camp, including maintenance, housekeeping and security.  

Jason grew up and attended school locally. He has been a supervisor for half of his 34 years of life.

Jason and his wife, Kristy have two daughters, Autumn and Sierra. He and his family live on the camp property and care for it year round. 

As a child, Jason had a tremendous passion for camping, hiking, fishing and most any outdoor recreation, and believes that this passion carries over into the work he does at Ramah. As if camp were not enough action for one person, in Jason's spare time he is a winning race car driver. Racing is a form of stress relief for him and it also fuels a tremendous fire of determination that Jason has to succeed at whatever endeavor he pursues.

Registrar & Office Manager
Danielle Porwich

Email:

 dporwich@ramahberkshires.org

Danielle began her career at CRB in 2002 as an entering 5th grader. Little did she think then, that 15 years later she would be working at CRB as a year round staff member. Danielle joined the team back in the Fall of 2014 and has never looked back.

Danielle graduated from SUNY Albany in 2014 with  a bachelor’s degree in history and rhetoric & communications. After spending 12 summers combined  at Ramah Nyack and Berkshires  as a camper, her parents told her that she had to get a summer job closer to home.  Ramapo Country Day Camp seemed like a good option and Danielle worked there for two summers as a Day Camp Counselor. 

Danielle is an avid New York Rangers fan, who also likes experimenting with challah recipes and shopping for shoes. Danielle enjoys spending time with family and friends and one day hopes to own a dog. Danielle spends her summers at Camp and her favorite thing to do at camp is swim in the agam (lake).  

Bookkeeper

Jackie Stafford

Email:jstafford@ramahberkshires.org

Jackie has done Accounts Receivable work for the past 10 years. She grew up in Mahwah,NJ playing soccer and softball. Jackie has an adorable daughter, named Jayden. Jackie and her husband Jay, who is a marketing executive in NYC live in East Winsor, NJ. 

Jackie enjoys great vacations and time with her family most. A day spent at the beach with the people you love makes life worth living!

Development Assistant and Alumni Relations Coordinator

Dania Rothenberg

Email: drothenberg@ramahberkshires.org

Dania holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and a minor in Jewish American Studies from Montclair State University. As a passionate life-long camper, she summered and served on staff at Young Judaea camps. Dania, a former Hasbara fellow, attended Ramah Nyack and currently teaches Holocaust studies at Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ.  She is a food connoisseur who enjoys art and museums, listening to NPR, reading, and relaxing with friends and family.

Projects Coordinator
Bertha Braunfeld

Email: bbraunfeld@ramahberkshires.org

Bertha joined the CRB staff, as office manager of the Englewood office in October 2008.  She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a degree in mathematics. She is an ex-IBM’er, with training in both systems engineering and systems programming.

Bertha is married to Charlie (for 35 wonderful years!) and is the proud mother of Jessica and Daniel, both of them Ramah alumni, and the proud mother-in-law of Josh and Mara.  She and Charlie live in Tappan, New York and are life-long members of the Nanuet Hebrew Center.

Bertha’s favorite hobby is gardening, but she is most passionate about her family.  Her husband, Charlie, who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in January of 2010, is her hero!

 

Board of Directors & Advisory Council

Hugh Pollack, President*

Email: President@ramahberkshires.org

Executive Committee

 
Richard Friedman, Senior Vice President
Sue Och, Financial Vice President
Adina Avery-Grossman, Vice President
Eric Segal, Vice President
Harriet Shaiman, Vice President
Eric Weinstein, Vice President
Rick Atlas, Treasurer
Sarah Sokolic, Secretary
Rob Hirsch, Chair

Board of Trustees

   
Lee Podair
Shelly Handel
Ira Leiderman
Cliff Nerwen
Jay Steinberg
Adam Wallach
Ira Balsam
Marc Damsky
Amy Feilbogen
Steven Kauderer
Orlie Prince
Adi Rabinowitz
Atara Jacobson
Ben Mann
Steve Seiden
Jeff Shlefstein
Heidi Silverstone
Jeff Teitelbaum

 

 

 

 

Alumni Association Representative

Honorary Vice Presidents

Mark Covitt

 

Pat Davidson
James Schlesinger
Pauline Siegel z"l

 


 

Ex Officio

 
Steve Goldstein, Past President
Charles Mann, Past Chairman
Richard Skolnik, Past Chairman

 

   
Rabbi Ethan Linden, Director
Rabbi Jerry Abrams, Director Emeritus
Rebecca Kahn, Alumni Association President

Advisory Council

   
Brenda Deener
Moshe Horn
Adin Meir
Fred Miller
Alan Schall
Phil Sherill
Ari Berman
James Rothman
Dan Labovitz
Beth Lerman
Illana Margolis
Neil Schluger
Deanna Stecker
Joan Bucholtz
Marty Keltz
David Morris
Yoni Saposh
Leslie Teicher
Susan Werk
 

 

Alumni Association Representative

 
Marcia Kahnowitz