LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR SUMMER 2022!
Zara: CIT Director
Hi everyone my name is Zara and I am so excited to be the CIT director for summer 2022! This will be my 14th summer at camp and I am so looking forward to being back in the CIT unit for the first time since 2015 when I was a CIT. Being a CIT is one of the most special and unique summers that campers get to experience and I can’t wait to help all of the campers create amazing memories and have the best summer ever. At camp you can usually find me spending my time on the docks with all my friends and campers. Outside of camp, at the end of this semester I will graduate from my undergrad in sociology at York University and I will be going to teachers college in the fall. I can’t wait to be back on Maple Lake in just a few months for the best summer ever!
Jack: Barak Unit Head
I’m Jack Borins and I’m excited to be returning to camp this summer as Barak Unit Head! This will be my 13th summer at camp! I’ve gone from being a Nitzotzot camper to Barak counselor to Assistant Unit Head last summer. My favourite camp memory was getting up on skis for the first time as a camper. Looking forward to being back on the docks this summer! Outside of camp, I am a 3rd year Business Administration student at Western. During my free time, I love to watch the Leafs and Raptors with my friends. After finishing the semester in April, I’ll be travelling to Israel for 5 weeks to participate in the Onward Israel internship program, where I will work for Powerlinx, a tech startup based in Tel Aviv. Excited to experience Tel Aviv’s vibrant culture before returning home to spend the summer at camp!
Zach: Kochavim Unit Head
Hi everyone! My name is Zach, this is my ninth summer at camp, and I am super excited to be your Kochavim Unit Head for Summer 2022! My favourite camp memories have been tanning on the docks and making friends that’ll last forever! Camp has been my home these past summers, and am excited to make it yours as well! Outside of camp I am currently studying Political Science at Queens University, and am a huge sports fan! Go Leafs! I am looking forward to making new camp memories with all of you, and cannot wait to see your smiling faces back at Maple Lake in just a few months. I am stoked to be back at camp! Lets make Summer 2022 the best summer ever!!!!!
Ezra: Lehavot Unit Head
I’m Ezra and this summer I’ll be Rosh Lehavot! I spent 10 amazing summers at Camp George, and I can’t wait to finally come back for an 11th summer. My own camp journey started when I was in Lehavot, so I’m excited to be back in Lehavot as a unit head. I’m also really looking forward to swimming in Maple Lake again! Outside of camp, I’m just finishing up an undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Guelph, where I’ve been studying cancer development by modelling it in yeast. I also love reading, and going on walks to look for frogs and bugs! Something you might not know about me is that during the first year of the pandemic, I worked in a vaccine research lab to help develop a Covid vaccine.
Eve: Nitzotzot Unit Head
My name is Eve Haras and I am so excited to be the Nitzotzot Unit Head this year! I have been going to camp since I was in older Nitzotzot and this will be my 12th summer at camp. I am a third year social work student at Carleton University. I love spending time beading and listening to musicals. Camp George is my home away from home and there are so many amazing camp memories I have. One of my favorites is definitely the gnome scavenger hunt that I helped run as a nitzotzot counsellor. I am looking forward to meeting all of the new campers joining the unit this summer and getting to spend time with old and new friends. I can’t wait to see everyone this summer!
Danielle: Head Counselor
Hi everyone! My name is Danielle and I am very excited to be the Head Counsellor for summer 2022. This will be my 11th summer at camp and my 7th summer as a staff. This summer I am really looking forward to establishing this new role at camp and having the opportunity to mentor the unit heads as they grow as leaders. I am also looking forward to creating meaningful connections with all of the staff and helping to support them when challenges arise. Overall, my greatest goal is the help foster a love for working at camp in as many staff as possible! Outside of camp, I recently completed my psychology degree at Queen’s University and am currently working in the guidance department at TanenbaumCHAT. Something people may not know about me is that I love burn bracelets and wear them until they fall off. The oldest one that I currently have on is from 2016, and I am looking forward to adding to my collection this summer!
Ilyse: Dean of Jewish Living
Rabbi Ilyse Glickman (RIG) is elated to be returning to Camp George as our Dean of Jewish Life after a fantastic summer of 2021. Rabbi Ilyse‘s relationship with Camp George goes back to its first few years when she was a unit head and the Director of Education. Favourite ways to have fun or relax at camp include floating in Maple Lake, taking a canoe out, and dancing with the camp community. RIG looks forward to continuing to create camp memories with campers, staff, and faculty this summer!
Sheri: Office Manager
Sheri joined the Camp George family in 2021. Sheri grew up at Northland B’nai B’rith so she feels connected to the power of Reform Jewish Camp. Sheri is not new to the Ontario Jewish camping community. She spent 3 years as the Office Manager of Camp Tamakwa and another 3 years as the Office Manager at Camp Arowhon. She is passionate about Jewish camp and the impact it has on our youth. She has a degree in Office Administraction from Centennial College. . Sheri and her husband, Erici, also a huge supporter of summer camp, live in Toronto with their 13 year old son, Kai, who will be a second year Kochavin camper this summer. Sheri loves working towards building the bright future of Camp George!
Josh: Program Director
Hey everyone, my name is Josh, and I’ve been part of the camp George community for the past 14 years, ever since my first summer as a Nitzotzot camper, when I first experienced the true joy of camp. Ever since then camp has been a part of me, and has been the place where I have made countless memories, friends, and found some of my favourite hobbies such as rock climbing, and camping. This year I am returning as the program director to help build amazing programs that will hopefully give all campers the amazing everlasting memories, friends, and experiences that my friends and I got when we were campers!
Tracie: Mini Mensch Director
Hello! My name is Tracie Fienman and I couldn’t be more excited to return to Camp George, this summer, as the Director of Mini Mensch! This will be my second summer at camp, returning after a “pandemic hiatus” – I first came to camp as faculty in the summer of 2019. I am from Michigan and spent 15 years as the Director of Programming at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield. My family and I LOVED experiencing camp for the first time 3 years ago, and my favorite memory was enjoying Shabbat while overlooking Maple Lake. I look forward to reconnecting with the wonderful staff and campers, while meeting some of our newest campers for the first time! I enjoy spending time with my family – my husband, Adam, and my 4 kids – Madelyn (11), Hannah (9), Blake (9) and Levi (9)…yes…triplets!!! We love spending time together outdoors – hiking, biking and exploring new places.
Hannah: Head of Arts
Hannah is so excited to return to camp in her new role as Rosh Arts. She was a member of the Drama staff team at CG in 2021 and she can’t wait to bring more creative opportunities to campers! Outside of camp, Hannah is originally from Dundas, Ontario, and is finishing up her third year of study at Western University in the Music Education program. Hannah can’t wait to spend another summer on Maple Lake!
Cherie: Head of Adventure
Hi everyone! I’m Cherie and I was working on the cooking program back in 2019 and I am super excited to return to Camp George this summer as the Rosh Anaf Adventure! My favourite thing about camp is seeing campers grow and develop over the summer (and of course, camp sunsets, camp fires, smores and so much more!). Outside of camp, I work full-time in the UK for Camp Canada on the recruitment team so my job is to literally talk about camp all day, every day!
Noah: Head of Waterfront
Hi I’m Noah Tolkin, This will be my 14th summer back on maple lake my home away from home. I’m excited to return back to camp George this summer as head of waterfront to create ever lasting memories by a lake, by a tree because that’s where you’ll find me summer 2022!
Lior: Rosh Mishlachat and Head of Communications
Hi, I’m Lior Shrem and I am from central Israel. I will be the Rosh Mishlachat and head of communication this summer! I am so excited to return to camp for my second summer to reunite with friends, be surrounded by nature at Maple Lake, and help our wonderful Mishlachat bring Israeli culture to campers. I also look forward to catch sunsets by the campfire and create memories that will stay with me forever. In 2020 I finished my military service in the intelligence corps in the IDF as a security investigator. After camp last summer I had the opportunity to travel across the United States and some countries in Central America where I completed a yoga teacher training course in Costa Rica. In my free time I study Spanish and Buddhism where I hope to elevate gratitude at camp and contribute an international perspective.
Michelle: Community Care Director – July
My name is Michelle, and I am the Community Care Director for First Session! Camp George has been my home for the past nine summers. At camp I love walking around every day to see so many smiling joyful faces loving and participating in camp activities! My favourite summer memory is whole camp singalongs around the campfire. With so many fantastic kids and staff that make up our Camp George family, I am looking forward to sharing incredible moments and supporting our Camp George family. I work as a guidance counsellor and a special education teacher outside of camp. I spend a lot of time with my family, which is one of my favourite things to do!
Sharlene: Community Care Director – August
Hello, everyone! My name is Sharlene, and this will be my second summer as the Community Care Director for the second session. One of my favourite camp memories was Shabbat and the last day, when I witnessed all of the deep, deep emotions that had been displayed as a result of the profound relationships that had been formed. I’m looking forward to everything the summer has in store for me! I am the Executive Director of Blue Sky Family Care in St. John’s, Newfoundland, outside of camp. For fun, I enjoy exploring Newfoundland’s food scene with Lily, my dog, and Finn!
Marly: Community Care Assistant & Communications Supervisor
My name is Marly, and this will be my 11th summer at George! This summer, I will be the Community Care Assistant as well as the Communications Supervisor! My favourite camp memory was the first time everyone returned to camp after covid, when the staff put on an incredible camp fire and we sang our favourite songs. This summer, I’m looking forward to the Maple Lake sunsets as well as working with campers and staff on a daily basis! I am part of the full-time Camp George team, as the Community Development and Engagement Associate! Aside from that, I volunteer as a Crisis Counselor for the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, which has been a deeply meaningful experience. My hobbies include rock climbing, pottery, and photography!
ASSISTANT UNIT HEADS
Zack: CIT Assistant Unit head & Assistant Head of Waterfront
Hi everyone! My name is Zack, and I will be the Assistant Head of Waterfront and Assistant CIT Unit Head for Summer 2022! This will be my tenth summer returning to maple lake (I know crazy!) I am so excited to combine my love for the water with my passion for the CIT program.
With being a staff on the waterfront and being a CIT myself, I’m very excited to be coming back to camp in these positions! When I’m not in Seguin, I can be found at university studying Psychology. Mental health is very important to me and if I ever need any help, I know that Community Care always has my back! Can’t wait to see everyone on maple lake!
Samara: Barak Assistant Unit Head
Hi everyone, my name is Samara Brandes and I cannot wait to be the Assistant Head of Barak this summer! This will be my 8th summer at camp and I cannot wait to return home and see all of you! One of my favourite camp memories is leading a ‘paddle lunch’ for a couple of Barak cabins when I was a first year staff. I’m so excited to continue growing my relationships with campers and helping to make memories that will last a lifetime. When I’m not at camp, I can be found at Queen’s University completing my Concurrent Education and sociology degrees. I cannot wait to see you all soon
Jorey: Kochavim Assistant Unit Head
Hey everybody! My name is Jorey Zweig and I will be your Kochavim Assistant Unit Head for this upcoming summer. This will be 5th summer at camp, last year I was a paddlesports specialist. My favourite camp memory was going on trip during my older Barak summer, I think you all can tell how much I love canoeing! I currently studies business at Western University and love sports, movies and trivia. One thing some people may not know about me is that I can name every country in the world, and nearly every capital and flag. I can’t wait to meet and connect with all of the incoming Kochavim campers, I know we are going to make summer ’22 the best one yet.
Emma: Lehavot Assistant Unit Head
Hi Camp George! My name is Emma and I am so excited to be the lehavot assistant unit head for summer 2022! This will be my 12th summer at camp and I think it’s going to be the best summer yet! Growing up at camp I have made so many amazing memories, but my favourite was definitely CIT trip in 2018. This summer I am looking forward to building a connection with the lehavot campers and ensuring they have the best summer ever! When I am not at camp I spend my time at Western University and am a student in the Media, Information, and Techoculture program. A fun fact about me is that all my roomates are my best friends that I met at Camp George! I can’t wait to help my campers make life long friends just like I did! I look forward to seeing everyone on the lake soon!
Jessie: Nitzotzot Assistant Unit Head
Hi everyone! I’m Jessie and Im the Nitzozot Assistant Unit Head. This will be my 12th summer at camp and I can’t wait to return back and see all the familiar faces plus some new ones joining our community. Some of my favorite memories have been made at camp with my best friends during camping trips and colour wars! Outside of camp during the year, you can find me in Kingston, Ontario at Queens University. I’m currently studying to get my Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology. Can’t wait to see everyone on maple lake this summer!