Staff

Get to know the people who make Camp Yachad special!

Mike Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer and Camp Co-Director

2015 will be "Mr. Mike's" 11th summer at Camp Yachad, and his 9th year as Camp Co-Director.  Before coming to the JCC, Mike worked in private day camps as a camp director/administrator.  Before that, Mike got his Masters in Musicology and then worked as a professional musician for several years.  Mike brings his passion for all things musical to Camp Yachad every Friday afternoon when he leads the Shabbatones, the Camp Yachad house band, in a "Rockin' Shabbat"-- one of the things that truly sets Camp Yachad apart from all other camps.  Mike believes that camp is a unique environment where values can be taught, human beings made better, and most importantly-- fun can be had in a safe place!  During the rest of the year, Mike is the JCC's Chief Operating Officer.  He lives in Fanwood with his wife and two daughters, both current Yachad campers.

 

 

Jodi Hotra, Camp Co-Director

Jodi has spent the last 14 years working at Camp Yachad. During the year she works as the Camp Co-Director and as the JCC’s Senior Program Director. When Jodi is not working in camp, she loves snowboarding, and to be outside playing with her 2 adorable young daughters. During camp, Jodi loves to see all of the campers smiling faces. She also loves the energy so much that she wishes she could have it all year long!

Mallory Saks Zipkin, Camp Associate Director
During the year, Mallory spends her time planning for a great summer at Camp Yachad in the hope that all the campers and staff will feel like they are at home. In total, Mallory has spent 12 summers at Camp Yachad and has met so many close friends who, are now, like family to her. In 2000, Mallory was the FIRST and ONLY Camp Yachad “underage and unpaid CIT.” Mallory has an adorable puppy named Dexter who she loves to spend time with when she isn’t at the J!

Cathy Pizzella, Camp Administrative Director
Cathy has been at Camp Yachad for 17 years. She started as a counselor, became an Assistant Unit Head in travel camp and is now the Camp Administrator.  Cathy has spent a lot of time working with children at the JCC, and as a result, she is a familiar face and beloved personality among Camp Yachad and JCC children.

Kim Koza, Aquatics Director
Kim is the JCC’s year-round Aquatics Director and is in her 6th summer leading Camp Yachad’s American Red Cross swim program. When it comes to the water, Kim does it all: she is a swimmer, lifeguard, swim coach and pool manager. Under Kim’s direction, the JCC’s Aquatics programs and swim lessons have become very highly regarded in the community.

Beth Kasper, Summer Academy for Performing Arts Director
Beth has been bringing music, acting and fun to the JCC for seven years as the Camp Yachad Music and Movement Specialist, Camp Yachad Unit Director and preschool Music Specialist. She has also been instrumental in building the JCC’s theater program. She has her Actors Equity Eligibility and has also directed and performed in many local theatrical productions.

 

Gary Schaefer, Maccabi Sports Camp Program Director
Gary has been at Camp Yachad for 18 years in a variety of roles. Again this summer Gary will be overseeing our Maccabi Sports Program for grades 1- 4. During the school year, Gary is a physical education teacher, basketball coach and baseball coach in the Greenbrook Township Public School district. He is also the JCC's Sports Leagues Director which includes overseeing all of the JCC's youth and men's league programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Countdown 'til Camp

Upcoming Events and Dates

April 1, 2015 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
April 6 - 9, 2015
April 12, 2015 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 12, 2015 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 13, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
April 13, 2015 | 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
April 14, 2015 | 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
April 15, 2015 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
April 19, 2015 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
April 19, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
April 19, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
April 21, 2015 | 10:15 am - 11:30 am
April 28, 2015 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
April 29, 2015 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
April 30, 2015 | 7:00 pm
May 2, 2015 | 7:00 pm
May 3, 2015 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
May 3, 2015 | 2:00 pm
May 5, 2015 | 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
May 11, 2015 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
May 14, 2015 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 17, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 17, 2015 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
May 18, 2015 | 7:30 pm
June 2, 2015 | 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
June 7, 2015 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
June 9, 2015 | 7:30 pm
June 11, 2015 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
June 15, 2015 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
June 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm
June 18, 2015 | 11:00 am
June 18, 2015 | 11:00 am

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