Camp Leadership

Camp Director – Elyssa Gaffin

Meet Camp Director, Elyssa Gaffin! Elyssa has 18 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, 13 and Lilia, 11, two very happy day campers.

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Assistant Director – Rachel Bloom

Rachel graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Organizational and Community Leadership. Rachel first fell in love with camp as a 3 year old, attending day camp and continuing up through sleep away camp.  Never missing a summer, as a teenager she worked as a counselor at Elmwood Day Camp before becoming a unit head at URJ Eisner Camp. After college she worked at the UJA Federation of New York first in the development department, until she joined the learning department to plan and facilitate professional development opportunities for staff.

Since camping is her true passion, Rachel most recently held a role with a visa sponsor recruiting and interviewing international participants, and working alongside camp directors to connect them with the best counselors. When Rachel’s not at camp, you can find her running along the east river, on the field with her kickball team, abroad exploring a new city, or spending time with friends and family!

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