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, 11 and Lilia, 9, two very happy day campers.
Assistant Director – Saifan Man
Meet Assistant Director Saifan Man! Saifan was born and raised in Kfar-Saba, Israel and has over 10 years of experience working with children both in formal and informal environments. She holds a Camp Counselor certificate from Tel Aviv University and worked both as a camp counselor and as a camp director in Israel. Saifan was an instructor for children at risk with WIZO, and served in the IDF in operations.After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood education from Beit Berl College, she moved to the U.S and worked as a teacher in Beit Rabban Day School. Currently Saifan and her son Sean live in Brooklyn.