Camp Director – Elyssa Gaffin
Meet Camp Director, Elyssa Gaffin! Elyssa has over 15 years experience as a non-profit professional, is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Master of Public Administration in Non-profit Management from Baruch College. Elyssa has a deep connection with Jewish camping, dating back to her childhood and teen years, where she spent 6 years as a Jewish summer camper (including a magical summer in Israel) and then 2 years as a counselor at Jewish summer camp. As a Program Manager at the Foundation for Jewish Camp for 5 years, she managed fellowship programs for camp staff, hired and managed faculty, supervised curriculum development and organized and directed camp staff leadership training conferences. Additionally in her career, Elyssa has taught English to young children in the Canary Islands, and has worked for the noble causes of landmine removal, improved public health in NYC, and AIDS vaccine research. Currently, Elyssa and her husband, Bryan, live in Manhattan with their children, Zavier, 12 and Lilia, 10, two very happy day campers.
Assistant Director – Batya Weiss
Batya attended Jewish camp starting at the age of 5, eventually becoming a counselor, lifeguard, and canoe instructor as well as recreation director. For six year she worked at Camp HASC, a Jewish camp for children with special needs. Batya attended Yeshiva University and holds a BA in mathematical economics and an AA in Judaic Studies. After college, she moved to Israel and joined the IDF where she served as a commander for at-risk men. Batya is excited to share her love of Israel and Hebrew with Sprout Brooklyn campers!