Our Team

Summer Team

Ramah in the Rockies hires an outstanding team of people who have extensive wilderness training and backgrounds in outdoor education. We pride ourselves on having an extraordinarily mature, experienced, and well-trained tzevet (staff) that is uniquely accomplished and is amongst the most highly regarded of any Jewish summer camp in the country. We know that safety is absolutely critical to the success of our program, and as such, ensure that every excursion that leaves our base camp is staffed with at least one madrich (counselor) who has been trained as a Wilderness First Responder.

Our madrichim also act as role models for our chalutzim. Through sharing Jewish values and traditions, teaching outdoor activities, and connecting personally with chalutzim, our summer staff serves as a fully mobilized support system for all campers. This supportive, non-competitive and friendly environment encourages chalutzim to move beyond their comfort zones to experience new, unexpected levels of confidence and personal achievement. To learn more or join our summer team click here.

Year-round Team

Rabbi Eliav Bock, Executive Director & Camp Director

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Eliav brings extensive experience in outdoor camping and leadership to Ramah in the Rockies. A native of the Boston area and former Boy Scout, he has spent 11 summers working in other Ramah camps in a variety of specialty areas, including five years as an outdoor adventure leader in Camp Ramah, Canada. Ordained as rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2009, Eliav is especially interested in helping youth connect to their Jewish souls through nature and the great outdoors. Prior to rabbinical school, Eliav worked in the finance industry in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Columbia University. In 2013, Eliav was awarded the Pomegranate Prize by the Covenant Foundation which is given annually to five Jewish professionals who are making a significant impact on the field of Jewish education. Eliav was recently selected to be a part of the Schusterman Fellowship program for Jewish professionals and leaders. Eliav’s wife, Dina Danon, and sons Matan and Yuval, love coming to camp with him each summer.

 

Matt Levitt, Chief Operating Officer

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Matt brings his passion and dedication to experiential Jewish education to Ramah in the Rockies. A native of Chicagoland, he participated in United Synagogue Youth’s College Leadership Program in Israel, Nativ. After studying in Israel, Matt attended Indiana University (Class 2011) where he double-majored in Jewish Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and minored in Hebrew and Education. Matt has been part of the Ramah in the Rockies team since the beginning, working during the summer months as a rock climbing instructor, counselor, and logistics coordinator for camp until joining the the year-round team in 2012 as the Program Director and then as the organization’s Assistant Director until 2016. Matt took a brief break to return to graduate school at Oklahoma State University to complete an MBA and certificate in non-profit management. Upon earning his Master’s degree, Matt joined our team once again in a development role and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Ramah in the Rockies and BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy. He lives with his wife, Sara, son Lior, and their two dogs in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

Julia Chatinover, Assistant Director

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Julia loves being able to combine her two major interests, geology and Judaism, in a warm, nurturing environment. Originally from Seattle, she spent many summers as a camper in Jewish summer camps, and joined Ramah in the Rockies as a madriacha in 2012, and later as Rosh Ofanayim (the head of our Mountain Biking program). She is a passionate cyclist, lover of vegetarian cooking, and avid explorer. Julia is thrilled to be moving to Denver and returning to the wide open spaces of the West after spending time in New York City, where she earned a BA in Earth Science from Columbia University, and a BA in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She also studied at Yeshivat Hadar in New York, and has experience teaching both Jewish studies and environmental science to learners of all ages.

Julia Chatinover, Assistant Director

juliac@ramahoutdoors.org

303-261-8214 x106

 

Julia loves being able to combine her two major interests, geology and Judaism, in a warm, nurturing environment. Originally from Seattle, she spent many summers as a camper in Jewish summer camps, and joined Ramah in the Rockies as a madriacha in 2012, and later as Rosh Ofanayim (the head of our Mountain Biking program). She is a passionate cyclist, lover of vegetarian cooking, and avid explorer. Julia is thrilled to be moving to Denver and returning to the wide open spaces of the West after spending time in New York City, where she earned a BA in Earth Science from Columbia University, and a BA in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She also studied at Yeshivat Hadar in New York, and has experience teaching both Jewish studies and environmental science to learners of all ages.

 

Moss Herberholz, Director of Inclusion

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Originally from California, Moss Herberholz has been in love with the wilderness ever since taking part in a 6-week backpacking education program through The Sierra Institute. Moss is thrilled to be serving as Director of Inclusion after three summers working as a counselor in the Tikvah program and then as an Inclusion Specialist after Ramah in the Rockies transitioned to a full inclusion model. In 2016, Moss spent 10 months in Israel as a Fellow in the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program, where he taught English as a volunteer in two schools in Beer Sheva. During the Fall of 2017, he lived at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center working as a Jewish Nature Educator for Teva, a program of Hazon. He has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz Moss is excited about expanding the Inclusion and Vocational Education programs at Ramah in the Rockies and continuing to foster a culture of inclusivity at camp!

 

Stacy Wasserman, Community Engagement Director

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Stacy is originally from Michigan, where she attend Tamarack Camps and fell in love with the combination of immersive Jewish experience and outdoor adventure. After graduating from Michigan State University, a love of hiking and camping brought her to Colorado. Stacy has spent her professional career working with children and their families across many aspects of Jewish life in Denver, including 17 years at the Hebrew Educational Alliance (HEA) as the Youth Director, Religious School Director, and most recently, the Preschool Director. It was at the HEA that Stacy first learned about Ramah in the Rockies, and has been a part of our camp community since the beginning. Stacy lives in Denver with her husband Scott and their kids Hannah and Reuben. She is so excited that both of her children are finally old enough to attend Ramah in the Rockies together!

 

Sandra Yaron, Registrar

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Sandra grew up in Denver and was a member of the first class of the Theodor Herzl Jewish Day School (now Denver Jewish Day School). Her summers were spent participating in a wide variety of activities including Jewish summer camps in Colorado and Pennsylvania. While in high school, Sandra participated in the Israel Study Tour between her Junior and Senior years. She attended the University of Colorado and Mount Holyoke College and continued her studies at Haifa University and Tel Aviv University. She lived for twelve years in Israel and became fluent in Hebrew. Her Sabra husband Eyal insists that she speaks Hebrew like a native! Sandra has worked in the Jewish Community for the past eight years. During that period she was the BBYO Office Manager and the JCC Program Registrar. She has also been a teacher in the Temple Sinai Religious School. Sandra and Eyal have two children – Lior and Aviv.

Lisa Holstein, Development and Communications Manager

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Originally from Cleveland and coming to Colorado via Korea, Italy, and Germany, Lisa brings an enthusiasm for building connections and a passion for service to others. She was a youth ambassador with the American Mishlachat Program to Israel. Over 20 years of volunteer experience with American Red Cross, La Leche League International, and Boy Scouts have led her to use her International Affairs degree and minor in Judaic Studies in ways she never imagined, including cooking and holding a campfire seder on Normandy Beach. Lisa and her husband, Ralph, are the proud parents of four Ramahniks.

 

Ethan Weg, Digital Marketing Coordinator 

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What better role is there for someone with degrees in Media & Communications and Jewish Studies? Trick question, there is no better role, as this position is perfect for Ethan! Originally from suburban New Jersey, Ethan is a brand new transplant to Denver, Colorado. That being said, he may be new to Denver, but he is not new to Ramah in the Rockies, as he was a Media and Communications Specialist in the summer of 2016 and he was a JOLI (the Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute) madrich in 2017. Since graduating from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, he has held a number of positions in the Jewish non-profit education world: ranging from staffing Nativ – the Conservative Movement’s gap-year program in Israel – to staffing United Synagogue Youth (USY) summer and year-round programs. Ethan’s biggest passions include Jewish youth education and engagement, photography, videography, and ice hockey.

Matt Levitt, Chief Operating Officer

matt@ramahoutdoors.org

303-261-8214 x101

 

Matt brings his passion and dedication to experiential Jewish education to Ramah in the Rockies. A native of Chicagoland, he participated in United Synagogue Youth’s College Leadership Program in Israel, Nativ. After studying in Israel, Matt attended Indiana University (Class 2011) where he double-majored in Jewish Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and minored in Hebrew and Education. Matt has been part of the Ramah in the Rockies team since the beginning, working during the summer months as a rock climbing instructor, counselor, and logistics coordinator for camp until joining the the year-round team in 2012 as the Program Director and then as the organization’s Assistant Director until 2016. Matt took a brief break to return to graduate school at Oklahoma State University to complete an MBA and certificate in non-profit management. Upon earning his Master’s degree, Matt joined our team once again in a development role and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Ramah in the Rockies and BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy. He lives with his wife, Sara, son Lior, and their two dogs in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

Avram Pachter, Director of Operations

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Avram combines his love of sports and his passion for Judaism in Jewish camping and youth group activities. Following an education in Jewish Day Schools, Avram attended USY’s NATIV program, and has served in USY as a youth advisor, regional staff member, and basketball coach as well as staffing USY’s International Convention. Avram spent more than half his summers at Jewish camps – as a camper are Ramah Day Camp Jerusalem, Ramah Wisconsin, and Ramah Darom; as a counselor at Ramah Day Camp Chicago; and, most recently, as Food Service Director for Ramah in the Rockies (2013-2016). Avram was the Director of Hospitality and Catering Manager of Circle of Life Kosher Catering, a company he created, at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, in Highland Park, Illinois. While at culinary school, Avram interned under James Beard award-winning chef, Jeff Nathan. When not cooking, he enjoys playing sports, being active in the Jewish community, traveling, and the Michigan Wolverines. Avram looks forward to relocating to Denver and becoming part of its community.

 

Kevin Theobald, Ranch Manager

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Information coming soon!

BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, a program of Ramah in the Rockies, supports emerging adults who are struggling on their journey from adolescence to adulthood and serves at-risk young adults (18+) struggling with mild to moderate social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. Click here to learn more.

 

Jory Hanselman, Director of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy

joryh@BaMidbarTherapy.org

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Jory Hanselman has dedicated her personal and professional career to engaging youth and emerging adults in meaningful outdoor experiences and helping youth build personal resiliency and the skills necessary to grow and thrive in a complex world. Jory has experienced wilderness programs from the client and staff perspective, from the field and the office, in Jewish and secular settings, and in the private industry and the non-profit sector. She has spent 400 professional “field days” managing youth from 13-26 through organizations focused on education, recreation, therapy, and workforce development. Jory is extremely excited to be joining the Ramah in the Rockies’ team, and to help move the Jewish Wilderness Therapy program from theory to actuality.  Jory sees the wilderness therapy model as an extremely powerful environment, and believes that Ramah in the Rockies can help magnify that impact, and through Jewish learning provide a foundational tapestry for clients that builds Jewish identity and provides the framework for youth to experience meaningful transitions to independent and healthy adult lives.