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Shlomo Stern
Shlomo SternDirector
Director Shlomo Stern is a Bnei Akiva veteran and an experienced informal educator. Shlomo is entering his 5th year as Director of Moshava Ba’ir NJ. Prior to joining Moshava Ba’ir he held senior staff positions at Moshava IO in Honesdale, PA, he was also the Regional Director for Bnei Akiva of NY and NJ. Shlomo, together with his wife, Temima, and their children, spent 4 years on Shlichut in Houston, Texas coordinating Bnei Akiva activities in Houston and the Southern Region of the US. Shlomo completed his BS in Accounting at YU’s Sy Sym School of Business.
Joey Adler
Joey AdlerRosh Mosh (Head Counselor)
Rosh Mosh (Head Counselor), Joey Adler grew up at Camp Nesher, where he also served as a counselor for a number of years. Following his first year in Israel, Joey caught the Bnei Akiva bug and decided to attend Camp Stone, where he served as a Madrich, Rosh Eidah Aleph, and Rosh Eidah Daled. Joey is currently finishing his B.A. at Yale University in Judaic Studies, and plans on graduating this May. Following graduation, he will pursue Semikha at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and plans to earn a degree in education. He currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife Eliana (whom he met at Camp Stone!) and and is looking forward to moving to Washington Heights this summer! Joey is thrilled to join the Moshava Bair NJ family and can’t wait until camp starts!
Alyssa Hertzberg
Alyssa HertzbergSgan Rosh Mosh (Assistant Head Counselor)
Alyssa is excited to join the Moshava Ba’ir family! She is a school based pediatric occupational therapist during the school year who works with children of all ages. Alyssa has lots of summer camp experience in both day camps and sleepaway camp. She is the proud mom of 3 adorable children and can’t wait for camp!
Yair Daar
Yair DaarSgan Rosh Mosh
Sgan Rosh Mosh (Assistant Head Counselor), Yair Daar, is a professional educator (going on twelve years) who believes that camp can be just as impactful in our children’s chinuch as school is. Currently a Tanakh and Gemara teacher at SAR high school, Yair prides himself in his ability to connect to his students in a down-to-Earth manner. A firm believer in open and honest communication, Yair is always open for discussion with parents and other staff members. He looks forward to getting to know the extended Moshava Bair family. He and his wife Mindy live in Bergenfield with their 4 girls.
Tobi Rifkind
Tobi RifkindRakezet, Director of Operations
Tobi Rifkind is very excited to return to the Moshava Ba’ir family! Her three children are thrilled to be attending camp again this summer. A camper at heart, Tobi is determined to share her corporate administrative experience in the Moshava Ba’ir office.
Naomi R. Nussbaum
Naomi R. NussbaumRosh Eidah Aleph
Naomi R. Nussbaum has a masters in early childhood special education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and more than 10 years of experience teaching kindergarten. This will be Naomi’s fifth summer at Moshava Ba’ir, and is looking forward to another fabulous one!
Ilana Tachauer
Ilana TachauerRosh Eidah Bet
Ilana Tachauer has taught Hebrew for over a decade. She is Hebrew Curriculum, Special events coordinator and a Kindergarten teacher at Ben Porat Yosef. She is also a Kindergarten teacher at Congregation Ahavath Torah and a mother of three children. Ilana gre up in Maale Adumim, Israel and attended Bnei Akiva all her youth.
Amalia Hochman
Amalia HochmanRosh Eidah Gimmel
Amalia Hochman grew up in Camp Stone, where she worked as Tzevet and a Madricha for a number of years. Throughout high school, she continued her involvement in Bnei Akiva during the year at the weekly Bnei Akiva Snif in Silver Spring, MD, where she volunteered as a madricha and eventually Rosh Snif. During her time at Stern College, Amalia was involved in Bnei Akiva of NY and NJ, and attended various shabatonim around the country, one of which was at Camp Stone, where she met her husband Ariel.
Amalia graduated from Stern College in May 2018 with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and will be attending Touro’s graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology this coming year. She currently lives in Washington Heights with her husband Ariel. Amalia is so excited to be a part of Moshava Bair and can’t wait to have an awesome summer with Eidah Gimmel!
Shira Wein
Shira WeinRosh Eidah Daled
Shira Wein graduated from Stern College in 2017 with a degree in biology. This coming year, she will be attending graduate school to become a Physician Assistant. Shira is very passionate about Jewish education and leadership and has served as a madricha in numerous environments. After attending Camp Moshava IO as a camper for 4 summers and then Mach Hach Ba’Aretz, she was a Madricha in Moshava IO for three summers. Following her years in Moshava, she was a madricha for the NCSY Give Program for two summers, an advisor for the NCSY New York chapter for two years, and a madricha for MMY alumni in Stern College. Shira and her husband Avraham currently live in Washington Heights, New York. She can’t wait to have an incredible summer with Eidah Daled!
Jen van Amerongen
Jen van AmerongenRosh Eidah Hey
Jen is a long time Bnei Akivanik. She has spent the past 10 summers as a camper and staff member at Moshava IO and Mach Hach Baaretz. This past year, she wrote educational curricula for Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada as Merakezet Chinuch and worked as a Beit Midrash Fellow at SAR High School. Jen will continue learning Torah next year, pursuing her masters at YU’s GPATS. She can’t wait for her first summer at Moshava Ba’ir New Jersey and is looking forward to a ROCKIN’ summer with the campers of Eidah Hey!
Shaina GrossRosh Eidah Super Hey/Bogrim
Shaina Gross graduated from Rutgers University majoring in Communication and Sport Management and lives in Washington Heights with her husband. For the last 5 years, Shaina has been coaching girl’s basketball in two local yeshivas, Frisch and RYNJ. She works as a personal trainer, enjoys being active, and is excited to be back at Moshava Bair this summer as a Rosh Eidah. She previously held the position of head lifeguard at camp in 2015 and is looking forward to another great summer!
Toby Eizik
Toby EizikNurse
Toby Eizik received her nursing degree from Beth Israel in 1975 and has substantial clinical experience at Beth Israel Medical Center and Englewood Hospital, as well as over 20 years of school and camp nursing at the Moriah School in Englewood NJ and at Ma-Tov Day Camp. In addition to tending to the medial needs of our campers, Nurse Toby dabbles in theatrical performance, costume and scenery design, and much more! She is a proud mother of 3 and grandmother of 2.
Yael Lilienthal
Yael LilienthalRosh Chinuch
Yael is really excited to be at Moshava Ba’Ir for the first time as Rosh Chinuch! She loves hands-on education and has enjoyed the role of Rosh Chinuch at Camp Stone the past two summers. Yael grew up leading Children’s Programs in shul and worked to make that time more educational even for the little ones. She loves being goofy just as much as she loves teaching, so if you’re looking for some Torah or fun or both, you know where to find her. She is a senior at Princeton University studying linguistics, but has her heart set on Jewish education as a career.
Shira Sragow Lewis
Shira Sragow LewisRosh Trips / Special Events
Shira is so excited to return to Moshava Ba’ir for her second summer! She is a school based Speech Language Therapist during the school year working with elementary aged students. Shira is no stranger to the adventures of summer camp, working in many different camps and even running one of her own. She can’t wait to continue her role as Rosh Trips and coordinate the special events at camp.
Pam SimchiRosh Melechet Yad (Arts and Crafts Director)
Pam Simchi is an arts and crafts specialist who has been running Jewish day camp art departments for over eight years. Pam is a fine artist who works in realistic watercolor and other media, and she paints Judaic themes as well as portraits, florals and landscapes. Pam is also a calligrapher who works in Hebrew as well as English. She has worked as a corporate art director, freelance art director, copywriter and graphic artist. Additionally, Pam is fluent in Hebrew and has been involved in chinuch in Hebrew schools, Yeshivot and Jewish community centers. Pamela Simchi is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts.
Randi WartelskyMusic Director
Randi Wartelsky has been teaching music since she was 15 years old, and has been singing and harmonizing since before she can remember. She has worked with children of all ages, from early childhood through high school, sharing her love of music as well as Jewish and Israeli culture, at various sleepaway and day camps. Randi is currently in her 12th year of teaching music at the Ramaz School in Manhattan. She lives in Teaneck with her husband Ari, and their four children, D.J., Charlotte, Sam, and Eliana.