Meet Our Staff

Leadership

Efraim Yudewitz, Camp Director

Efraim YudewitzEfraim 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 GoldmanBecca 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 thirteen 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 and worked for Camp Ramah in her first year-round camp role.  The 2017 season will be her sixth 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

Michelle Jackson, Program Director

Michelle joins our camp family and brings a huge amount of creativity, energy and fun! She comes to us from the Stoughton YMCA (previously the Striar JCC) after spending thirteen years with the organization. In her experiences she has overseen day camps, after school programming, aquatics, membership and family programming. She grew up in Marblehead where everyone she knew was connected to summer camps, and she cannot wait to have her own camp friends now! With a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Bowdoin, and her incredible experience, Michelle is a terrific asset to camp. Michelle is so excited to join our camp family and to share her experience with her own daughters, and wife (CTN alum!) Shanna Belenky. Michelle can’t wait to meet you!

Sharon Lasky, Director of Community Supporthead counselors

Our most tenured member of staff, Sharon has spent 47 summers on Sunset Lake and is always counting down to the next! Sharon is bubbly, fun and a wonderful resource for our campers, counselors, parents and everyone in between. 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.

Marriah Vengroff Butts, Staff Engagement Coordinator

marriahMarriah 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 2nd  summer at Tel Noar! She and her husband, Chris, have two kiddos Henry (4) and Norah (2) who are also 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 met 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 be back at camp with everyone!

robLee Krasnoo, Boys’ Head Counselor

Working with our male campers and counselors, and in close partnership with the other Head Counselors, 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!

Jayme Daniels, Head Counselor

We are SO excited to welcome Jayme Daniels back for another fantastic jaymeseven weeks, as a key member of our 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 two summers at CTN as Head of Waterfront, and is thrilled to be entering second summer as a Head Counselor. 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.

Sheri Leeds Louis, Head Counselor

After a very long hiatus, Sheri is returning to camp as Head Counselor for the 2nd session.  Sheri spent 7 years at Camp Tel Noar as a camper, CAT, and then a counselor.  Both of Sheri’s children are thrilled to be joining her this summer to experience camp for themselves.  Sheri currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Keith, and her two children, Noah & Emilia.  She teaches Mindful Parenting classes and mindfulness/social skills classes for children and is also the Director of Programs for the non-profit, Beyond Differences.  In her free time, Sheri enjoys traveling, exploring the Pacific NW, running, and hiking with her family. She is counting down the days!

Sharyn Wedge, Girls’ Head Counselorsharyn wedge

Sharyn will be returning to Camp Tel Noar for her 16th 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  in 2014 as a camper and it is obvious that CTN is in their blood. 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 she is always certain to make time to spend a free period on the waterfront. Welcome back Sharyn!

 

Jill Vetstein, Girls’ Head Counselor

Jill joins the CTN Head Counselor team with lots of excitement. This will be Jill’s 16th summer at the Cohen Camps (8 years as camper and 7 as counselor at Camp Pembroke).  Jill’s last summer at Pembroke was also the summer she started dating her husband at a social in 1997.  She has worked at other summer camps, enrichment programs, schools and non-profit organizations over the years. Jill has a Masters degree in Social Work and Bachelors in Education and Human Services. Jill lives in Ashland, MA with her husband and two children and is originally from Framingham. Jill keeps herself busy during the year with her own two kids and in her Framingham psychotherapy practice working with children and parents. Jill believes that a happy staff make happy campers and happy campers make happy parents.  She is looking forward to fostering that environment for the entire Camp Tel Noar family.

janieJanie Borozny, Head of Pool

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!

Brittani Rutherford

Brittani comes to us from Derry, NH – born and raised! Her background is filled with various experiences working with kids, whether she was teaching swim lessons, karate or dance, she loves the opportunity to spend time and get to know each child individually. She has been a certified Lifeguard for 8 years and a certified Swim Instructor for the past 4 years and was even a Disney cast member as a lifeguard! She believes in fun and exciting summers spent on a Lake and adored her past summers as a staff member at Camps Kenwood & Evergreen. Safety is her number one priority and she is currently in school to be a paramedic, with the end goal of being a flight medic for the Boston-area hospitals. She is extremely excited to be spending her first summer on Sunset Lake!

Jessica Cressionnie, Head of Drama

Jessica Cressionnie is so excited to be heading up the drama program for camp this summer. This will be her very first summer camp experience. Jessica teaches with Wingspan Arts, The Dalton School, and The Salk School of Science in New York City. Originally a Louisiana native, she has been working in theatre since her initial role at the age of three and has been directing and writing shows since junior high school. She has directed numerous shows professionally with non-profit theatres and schools, some of which include: “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Commedia Pinocchio,” and “Happy Days: A New Musical.” While in Louisiana, she founded Synergy Performing Arts, LLC; ran the drama department at St. Thomas Aquinas High School; created and ran a drama program at Harvest Christian Academy; and taught private piano/voice lessons. Jessica recently finished her master’s degree in Educational Theatre at NYU and can’t wait to share everything that she has learned with the Camp Tel Noar community!

Sara Haskin, Head of Arts & CraftsSara

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 fourth 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.

Ben Harris, Head of Shiraben h

We can’t wait to welcome Ben back for his third 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!

Nick Arroyo, Head of Athletics

Nick is excited to be joining the Camp Tel Noar staff as the new Head of Athletics.  He brings an extensive knowledge of a wide range of sports and activities and has been involved with athletics throughout his entire life.  Nick was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Keene State College with a B.S. in Physical Education.  He has taught physical education for the past 9 years and has coached many of the after school teams in a variety of sports.  Nick moved from Los Angeles, CA to New Hampshire two years ago with his wife Sara, who was raised in Hampstead, NH just down the street from Camp Tel Noar.  They recently welcomed their first daughter to the family in December, Nicholee Rose Arroyo.  An avid sports fan, Nick loves to play just about any sport and enjoys snowboarding in the winter, golfing when he can, and spending time at the beach with his family and friends.

Molly Winsten, Special Diets Coordinator

Molly Winsten is thrilled to be returning to Camp Tel Noar this summer. She started years ago as a camper and as a CIT and loved every second of it, and can’t wait to be able to bring her passion for special diets to a place she cares so much about. She is currently a graduate student at Boston University, getting her masters in nutrition and her dietitians license. After being diagnosed with multiple food allergies and sensitivities her freshman year in college, she chose to embrace the challenge and begin her journey with nutrition.  In her spare time she loves playing sports! She was a varsity athlete in undergrad and now plays rugby for BU, so fitness and health are also very important to her, and she understands the importance of making sure your kids have the calories and nutrition they need to enjoy every second at camp. She is so excited to meet everyone and begin the camp season!

Swimming LessonsSummer Staff

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.