Efraim Yudewitz, Camp Director
Efraim Yudewitz is the Director of Camp Tel Noar and is excited to plan for another fantastic summer in Hampstead. Efraim brings a deep background in camping and experiential education, along with a great deal of personal warmth. Prior to returning to his passion for overnight camp, Efraim spent seven years at Gann Academy, the independent Jewish high school, where he served first as Associate Director of Experiential Education and more recently as Co-Director of Admissions. As he’ll tell you, “I consider helping students shape their identities and passions to be an honor and awesome opportunity”, and he applies that same outlook to his time with campers and staff. Efraim developed his love for Judaism and Jewish education at Jewish summer camp, where he spent eleven summers as a camper and then a staff member. He has served on the faculty of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Fellowship program — where he engaged camp counselors in designing Jewish sports programming, among other projects — and of the Prozdor Hebrew High School of Hebrew College. Efraim graduated from Rutgers University in 2006 where he received the Maurice and Irma Meyer Award for excellence in Jewish Studies. He loves camp and loves sharing with the entire CTN community as well has his two daughters, Mia and Elana, and his wife, Jessica. View on LinkedIn – Email Efraim
Becca Goldman, Assistant Director
When you call to enroll or ask questions, you’ll likely speak with Becca first. You’re in good hands: Becca brings ten years in leadership roles at summer camps. She grew up at Camp Pembroke, the Cohen Camp for girls, spending 13 summers as a camper, CA and counselor. The 2015 season will be her fourth summer at Camp Tel Noar, and she can’t wait to return to the shores of Sunset Lake for another fantastic summer with the campers and staff. She holds a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Camp has been such an integral part of Becca’s life and she looks forward to continuing to provide valuable experiences to the next generation of campers. View On LinkedIn – Email Becca
Rob has been a part of our summer family for four summers as the Boys’ Head Counselor. During the school year Rob is a 1st grade teacher in Plymouth where he lives with his wife and 2 year-old twins Jack and Shaila. He is an avid sports fan and can always be found playing catch with the campers or delivering the most recent Red Sox scores during announcements at meals. Thinking about switching an elective? Want to talk through what’s coming up that week or just need a high-five? Rob is your guy! Campers love him because of his eagerness to get to know and spend time with them, and parents know he’s a dependable resource.
Working with our male campers and counselors, and in close partnership with Rob, we have the beloved Lee Krasnoo. Lee has been with us since 2013 and has found his second home at Tel Noar after spending many years at several other overnight camps. He is a High School Latin teacher and wrestling coach in Wayland. Camp Tel Noar wouldn’t be the same without his calm caring demeanor around camp and his Color War face paint and spirit. Lee is approachable, warm and your go-to guy if you want to laugh. Campers and staff know that Lee is always available if they need anything at all!
We are SO excited to welcome Jayme Daniels back for another fantastic seven weeks, and this summer she will be joining the head counselor team! Jayme began her camping career at Camp Pembroke, where she was a camper and counselor for 11 years and worked on Pool Staff. She’s spent the past two summers at CTN as Head of Waterfront, and is thrilled to be entering the wild world of Bunk Life for 2016. When not at camp, Jayme teaches 8th grade math at North Andover Middle School. Her favorite things at CTN are dancing at meals and free play, she prefers Raizels over Chortles, and she cheers for Negev.
Our most tenured member of staff, Sharon has spent 45 summers on Sunset Lake and is always counting down to the next! Sharon is bubbly, fun and a wonderful resource for our campers and counselors. Have a summer birthday? Sharon will be the first to lead the camp in singing Happy Birthday and the first to skip around the room! You can always find Sharon around camp sporting her sun hat and walkie-talkie, ready for anything. Sharon is a great source of knowledge about the traditions and history of camp and helps infuse the legacy of Tel Noar in all that she does.
Sharyn will be returning to Camp Tel Noar for her 14th summer! Sharyn grew up as a camper, counselor, and eventually Head Counselor before taking a hiatus from camp. Her daughter Madi started her own camp career last year as a camper in our youngest girls’ bunk. Sharyn is a speech pathologist in the Sharon public schools and she lives nearby in Stoughton, MA. She spent her previous years on staff as a member of the Boating and Canoeing Department so we are certain she will make time this summer to spend a free period on the waterfront. Welcome back Sharyn!
Welcome Eva! Our new Program Director! Eva is thrilled to be joining the Camp Tel Noar Community! Her passion for camping began as a camper at her childhood camp, where she progressed through the staff ranks as cabin counselor, athletics director, CIT Director, and a program coordinator. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Eva discovered that her favorite things about camp: community bonding, relationship building, skill development and playing outside didn’t need to stop in the summer months- as she taught outdoor experiential education throughout New England and continued on to be a year round assistant director of a private all-girls overnight camp in Maine. When not teaching others that camp is real world, Eva enjoys hiking, eating great food, playing board games, and listening to people’s stories. She can’t wait to meet you at camp!
Marriah Vengroff Butts, Staff Engagement Coordinator
Marriah is currently finishing up her first year as the Families with Young Children Associate at Temple Shalom in Newton and she can’t wait to start her first summer at Tel Noar! She and her husband, Chris, have two kiddos Henry (4) and Norah (2) who are both super excited to live at camp this summer. She grew up in Storrs, Connecticut and went to Wheaton College in Norton MA for undergrad. She received her Master’s in Education and taught for a few years before Henry was born. Marriah and Chris me playing volleyball and they both remain avid players! They love spending time outdoors, skiing, camping, running, binge watching tv shows and sports. She can’t wait for summer to start and to meet everyone!
Janie has worked at Tel Noar since 2010 as our Waterfront Head and now as our Pool Head. She lives in Westbury, NY with her husband John and her 3 kids. She loves working with the campers, counselors and spending her days overseeing the swim lessons and pool activities. She is a certified swim instructor and lifeguard instructor and also teaches and trains the future lifeguards of CTN (our oldest campers who sign up for Lifeguarding class). Outside of summer camp, her family enjoys spending their time camping, baking and making chocolates. She is counting down the days until she is back at the Tel Noar pool!
Rahel is coming to CTN for her second summer at camp. A graduate of Gann Academy, Rahel’s love of all things Jewish brings so much warmth our camp community. She has worked with children of many different ages and in various settings, both formal and informal. Rahel’s experiences working with kids at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham in Teen Engagement, to her time spent in Israel working with underprivileged youth, she has so much rich experience. She loves her time working with campers in small groups and is a fantastic support and mentor for the staff. On a hot day at camp, she can be found enjoying the waterfront, and she loves knitting and crocheting. We can’t wait for another great summer in Jewish Life and Learning!
Sara is currently a middle school art teacher at RJ Grey Jr. High in Acton, MA. Much of her life has revolved around camp and art and she spent 13 years as a camper and counselor at Camp Yavneh. Entering her third summer at Tel Noar she is looking forward to new and innovative projects and working on community art installations. She did her undergrad at the University of Vermont and her masters at the University of Wisconsin in Art Education. She comes to camp with her energetic, awesome boys, Jonah and Phin! They love camp as much as Sara and can’t wait to be back at their summer home.
We can’t wait to welcome Ben back for his second summer. Ben is our incredible Head of Shira. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Ben has spent the last few years in Boston. After graduating from BU with a degree in Vocal Performance, he has continued on his path and is now at Hebrew Union College in their cantorial program. He has been to a few different camps as a counselor and songleader but has truly found his home away from at Tel Noar. He has spent this past year in Israel as part of his program but is counting the seconds until he’s standing in front of the entire camp community on the first Shabbat. Welcome back, Ben!
The Tel Noar staff undertakes with great care its responsibility to nurture and care for our campers. Each staff member works hard to serve as a role model and to make a positive impact each day. Tel Noar administrative and supervisory personnel are camping professionals and educators with many years of experience working with children. Many Tel Noar counselors were Tel Noar campers themselves, and each of those came through our Dor L’Dor capstone program which combines an Israel experience with counselor training. Some of our counselors come from abroad, including a contingent from Israel, which greatly enhances the camp experience. We select our staff for their experience, maturity, creativity, and sense of responsibility. Our summer staff attends a week-long Staff Orientation, in addition to individual specialty training to improve teaching skills. Ongoing training continues throughout the summer with seminars and mentoring.