Professional Team


Meet Our Staff!


Camp Newman’s year-round and summer staff is comprised of a talented and terrific group of adults who share a strong passion for mentoring youth and for role modeling the values of friendships, community, and Judaism. Meet our team below!

To apply to join our team, click here.


Directors & Year-Round Staff


Ruben Arquilevich, Executive Director

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Ruben Arquilevich’s role as Executive Director encompasses Camp Newman summer programs, NFTY-CWR, and all new year-round programming. Working with our incredible leadership team, Ruben is strategically transforming and guiding Camp Newman into a center for year-round youth engagement—extending the magic of summer throughout the year!

Ruben has been a camp director since 1987, serving as the head camp director of URJ Camp Newman since 1994. Ruben has an MBA in non-profit management and a minor in Jewish studies from the University of Judaism. He has a BA in Psychology from The Colorado College and is a Wexner Fellow.

Ruben believes that Jewish camping enriches lives by securing Jewish identity, providing lifelong friendships and role models, and creating an environment for growth. He is passionate about the outdoors and the role that nature plays in creating community and inner peace. Ruben lives in Northern California with his wife Vivien and children Jonah, Max and Maia.

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Stewart Dalie, Facilities Director

While new to Camp Newman (I just started last May), I am a 27-year alum of another summer camp for children and families with Type I diabetes. As a former camper, CIT, counselor and administrator, I understand and appreciate the importance and purpose of camp life and am happy to be part of a new family at URJ Camp Newman. I have a BS in Environmental Science and Ecology and have worked as an environmental scientist and engineer for 11 of the past 20 years. I spent the past seven years living and working in the Lake Tahoe Basin at Fleur Du Lac Estates as the Facility & Operations Manager/Maintenance Supervisor of the historic Henry J. Kaiser, “Godfather” estate.

Send Stewart an email!

Rabbi Allie Fischman, Summer Camp Associate Director

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Rabbi Allie collaborates with Rabbi Erin Mason and Mikey Latner to plan and oversee Camp Newman’s summer daily operations.

Rabbi Allie joined the Camp Newman community in 2012 as a Rosh Eidah (Unit Head) and has since filled the roles of CIT Director and Staff Week Coordinator. She has been a songleader and teacher in the Chicago suburbs and the Los Angeles Reform Jewish communities since 2000. In 2012, Allie was awarded a Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained as Rabbi by HUC-JIR in May 2015.

Send Allie an email!

Lily Gottlieb, Assistant Director of Youth Engagement

Lily GottliebLily is a past camper, staff member and NFTY youth advisor. With a knack for creating accessible, meaningful, and fun activities, Lily has a long history of developing a variety of youth and arts education programs for our camp. And as of July 1, she’ll join our camp and NFTY professional team to begin developing Jewish programming and experiences year-round! Lily comes to us from Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas where she’s been the LoMPTY Youth Group Advisor. She’s also been an active member of the Los Angeles Jewish community and NFTY SoCal, and served as a Madricha for NFTY’s Israel Adventure teen tour in 2014. Lily has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts.

Send Lily an email!

Loal Isaacs, Director of New Initiatives and Retreats

Loal Isaacs flowerLoal is a life-long member of the Bay Area Jewish community, and one of the new members of the Camp Newman family. He received a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Religion, Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Missouri. Loal brings a great passion, expertise and history in working with youth, teens, and families in Jewish life. He has over 15 years of professional experience in this arena working at the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Contra Costa JCC, Jewish Federation of the East Bay, and Jewish Family and Children Services in San Francisco. Loal’s children, Sophia and Jonah, will be first time campers in Summer 2016 as well!

Send Isaac an email!

Tracey Klapow, Development Director

Tracey Klapow

Tracey Klapow has worked for Camp Newman for the past 8 years. In her current role is at Development Operations Director she is able to combine her knowledge and passion to help build and sustain our camp and year round programming. Tracey has a BS in Psychology from Dominican University. Tracey is passionate about camping and youth engagement. Tracey grew up going to overnight summer camp and met her husband at camp. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and sons Adam, Sam and Ze’ev.

Send Tracey an email!

Mikey Latner, Summer Camp Assistant Director

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Mikey collaborates with Rabbi Erin Mason and Rabbi Allie Fischman to plan and oversee Camp Newman’s summer daily operations.

Mikey joined the Camp Newman team during the 2014 Summer. From 2010 to 2013 Mikey worked as the full-time Program Director at Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village, a residential camp based in New York City. Mikey grew up as a camper, counselor, lifeguard, Ropes Course Director, Head Counselor, and CIT Director at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in Malibu, CA. Mikey graduated with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Wheaton College (MA) in 2010. An avid rock climber and skier, Mikey is excited to spend his summers under the Newman sun.

Send Mikey an email!

Cheryl Lazar, Bookkeeper

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Cheryl Lazar, has loved Camp Newman well before she started working here in 2013, as both her children have been going to camp for several years. Cheryl has worked as a bookkeeper for over 20 years. She lives in San Rafael with her husband Bill, son Sam and daughter Sarah. Cheryl graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Accounting from UCLA.

Send Cheryl an email!

Samara Leader, Director of Teen Engagement

Samara is in her eighth year working for the URJ and has spent 18 summers at Camp Newman! Samara’s collaborative Camp Newman and NFTY role allows her to oversee the implementation of year-round teen programming. In this capacity, she meets with youth professionals, educators, and clergy, works to vision new and innovative teen experiences, and supports the NFTY Central West and NFTY SOCAL Regional Directors. She also oversees West Coast Party and serves in an integrated role onsite at Camp Newman during the summers.

Samara spent several summers at 6 Points Sports Academy in North Carolina and served as Youth Education Program Coordinator at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. She graduated from UCLA and earned a Certificate in Jewish Education specializing in adolescents and emerging adults from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Her favorite camp activities include Ultimate Frisbee, Israeli dance, and engaging in friendly competition with others to see who can take the most steps in a typical camp day.

Send Samara an email!

Rabbi Erin Mason, Camp Director

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Rabbi Erin oversees all of Camp Newman’s summer operations and directly supports Camp Newman’s Assistant and Associate Directors. She brings 15 years of experience as a Jewish professional to this position.

She was ordained as a rabbi in 2010 from the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also received master’s degrees in Jewish Education and Hebrew Letters. She is among the first class of the Mandel Fellowship for rabbinic-education students, an experience that allowed her to explore what it means to create, implement, and sustain Jewish institutional visioning and change.

During rabbinical school, Erin interned for three years at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. She also served as the student rabbi of Congregation Shaareth Israel in Lubbock, Texas and for Chaverim, an organization that serves developmentally disabled adults.

Erin has been passionate about Jewish camp ever since her first summer at URJ Greene Family Camp in 1987. After graduating from The University of Texas in 2000, she spent four great years as GFC’s assistant director and two years as NFTY Texas-Oklahoma’s regional director. Pursuing her love of camping, Erin directed Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu for three summers while in rabbinical school.

Rabbi Erin, her husband Michael, their son Zachary, and their daughters Eliza and Aviva Mia live in Belmont, California.

Send Erin an email!

Christine Reiter, Camp Newman Administrator; Director of Operations Camp Newman Retreat Center

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Christine Reiter has been with Camp Newman for 15 years. In addition to being our Administrator she is the Director of Operations for the Koret Retreat Center at Camp Newman year-round. Christine lives in San Francisco with her husband and has three daughters who are all Camp Newman alumni. She believes that “It takes a village to raise a child” and is happy that she was able to raise her daughters here at Camp Newman.

Send Christine an email!

Alaina Yoakum, Director of Marketing & Communications

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Alaina Yoakum drives the marketing and communications strategy for Camp Newman’s year-round and summer programming, and coordinates development projects. Alaina was formerly the Festival and Program Manager for the Center for Jewish Peoplehood at the Osher Marin JCC, where she planned and promoted events, such as Talmud classes, programs with up-and-coming visiting scholars, and large-scale community festivals. She has extensive experience in event production, marketing, and communications; she managed the social media campaign for Goodwill’s boutique store launch, planned events for Genentech and Hilton Hotels, and served as Marketing Director for Bay Area and New York firms.

Alaina received her B.A. in English from San Francisco State and her master’s in Journalism and Communications from the University of Oregon. She is a former board member of Congregation Kol Shofar. Alaina’s relationship with Camp Newman began in 2009 when they asked her to work in the camp office as a last-minute replacement. She agreed, enrolling her two daughters in Camp Katan and Bonim. The three were hooked instantly. Alaina went on to teach sculpture and mosaics as part of Camp Newman’s Hagigah program, before accepting this position in the summer of 2014.

Send Alaina an email!



Summer 2016 Team

Each summer, URJ Camp Newman hires, trains, mentors and supports up to 250 staff who are charged with making sure your child or teen has the very best Camp Newman experience possible. This caring, dedicated and specially-trained staff includes Israelis, camp alumni, doctors and nurses, rabbinical students, Jewish educators, and clergy.

We liken our Summer Camp staff to a tree – our Shoresh (the “roots”), Directors, Rabbis, Cantors and Educators support a team of Geza specialists and unit heads (the “stems”) who in turn support our campers, the leaves. We invite you to get to know them!


Shoresh Team

Shoresh Team

Coordinator of Junior Camp – Nicole Berne

Coordinator of Teen Camp – Julie Bressler

Nefesh Coordinator – Rachel Dubowe

Avodah Coordinator – Michael Flyat

CIT Coordinator – Samara Leader

Program Coordinator (Assistant to the Assistant Director*) – Max Ruzi

Logistics Coordinator – Beto Salazar-Poss


Rabbis, Cantors & Educators

Rabbis, Cantors & Educators


June 20-July 3

Rabbi Steven Chester, Temple Sinai

Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff, Temple Israel

Rabbi Rick Winer, Temple Beth Israel

Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, Association of Reform Jewish Educators

Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik, Temple Ahavat Shalom

Rabbi Howard Laibson, Shir Chadash

Rabbi Daniel Feder, Peninsula Temple Sholom

Educator Philip Hankin, Temple Emanu-El

Educator Debi Rowe, Temple Beth El

Cantor Sara Hass, Temple Israel of Long Beach

Cantor Lizzie Weiss


July 4-July 17

Cantor Ilan Davidson, Temple Beth El

Cantor Paul Buch, Temple Beth Israel

Cantor Ross Wolman, Temple Chai

Educator Sharon Brown, Temple Israel

Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Congregation Bet Haverim

Rabbi Nancy Myers, Temple Beth David

Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein, Temple Beth El

Rabbi Nancy Wechsler, Congregation Berh Shalom

Educator Heather Erez, Congregation Emanu-El

Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin, Peninsula Temple Beth El

Rabbi Lisa Kingston, Peninsula Temple Beth El

Rabbi Joel Simonds, University Synagogue/HUC/RAC

Rabbi Dana Magat, Temple Emanu-El

Rabbi Julia Weisz, Congregation Or Ami


July 19-Aug 3

Cantor Jaime Shpall, Congregation Beth Am

Cantor Arik Luck, Emanu El

Rabbi Mona Alfi, Congregation B’nai Israel

Rabbi Ryan Bauer, Congregation Emanu-El

Rabbi Chuck Briskin, Temple Beth El

Rabbi Jim Kaufman, Temple Beth Hillel

Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz, Temple Beth Israel

Rabbi Karen Sherman, Temple Etz Rimon

Rabbi Morley Feinstein, University Synagogue

Rabbi Joshua Knobel, Stephen Wise Temple

Rabbi Lisa Berney

Educator Lisa Langer, URJ and HUC

Rabbi David Young, Congregation B’nai Tzedek

Cantor Natalie Young, Temple Beth El of South Orange County



Aug 3-14

Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro, University Synagogue

Educator Jessie Downey, University Synagogue

Rabbi Jim Kaufman, Temple Beth Hillel

Rabbi Jon Prosnit, Congregation Beth Am

Rabbi Malcom Cohen, Temple Sinai

Educator Sara Jean Lipman, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Rabbi Beth Singer, Temple Emanuel

Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Temple Emanuel

Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, Congregation Shomrei Torah

Rabbi Alan Henkin, CCAR


Medical & Nefesh Staff

Medical & Nefesh Staff

Medical Advisory Council Members

Roberta Bavin, DNP, CPNP (Fresno, CA)

Greg Hirsch, M.D. (San Diego, CA)


Summer 2016 Nefesh Staff

Dina Hankin, Ph.D., Child Psychologist (Oakland, CA)

Claire Chedekel

Robin Lewis, L.M.F.T. (Irvine, CA)

Ellen R Goldsmith, L.C.S.W. (Seal Beach, CA)

Joanne Cohen, M.A., D.T.R.-B.C. (San Francisco, CA)

Shelly Ball-Burack, L.C.S.W. (Berkeley, CA)

Holly Asher Drinen, M.D. (Phoenix, AZ)

Lisa Cohen Bennett, M.D. (Berkeley, CA)

Bill Cheney, Education Specialist (San Carlos, CA)

Deborah Burg-Schnirman, M.S.W. (Petaluma, CA)

Robin Lewis, L.M.F.T. (Irvine, CA)

Deanna Stillwell

Lori Riggio


Summer 2016 Medical & Nefesh Staff

Dr Mark Alson, Physician

Roberta Bavin, PNP

Dr. Jeff Burack, Physician

William Cohen, D.O.

Dr. Ofer Eibschutz, Physician

Dr. Daniel Glatt, Physician

Dr. Tamar Gottfried, Physician

Esther Greenburg, RN

Dr Greg Hirsch, Physician

Barbara Honiberg, Medical Staff

Lois Jacobs, Registered Nurse

Dr. Sharon Kaminker, Pediatrician

Carri Kapstrom, Registered Nurse

Dr. Barry Meskin, Physician

Dr. Poornima Mukerji, Physician

Dr Edward Nagel, Physician

Dana Paskowitz, Registered Nurse

Alissa Robinow, Medical Administrator

Dr. Joey Robinow, Physician

Diana Sherman, PNP

Carolyn Smith, Registered Nurse

Dr. Amy Solomon, Family Physician

Ann Soloway, Nurse, RN

Dr. Seth Stabinsky, Physician

Dr. Sharon Sternfeld, Pediatrician “Camp Doc”

Dr Naomi Torgersen, Physician

Rita Weikal, Registered Nurse

Jennifer Wood, Registered Nurse





Hagigah Artists

Songleading: Dan Nichols

Papercutting: Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik

Storytelling: David Azen

Calligraphy: Sarah Edelstein

Print Making: Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Dance: Rebecca Hendel

Tallitot: Nancy Pechner

Cooking: Diana Zankowsky

Songleading: Steve Krause

Arts & Crafts: Elizabeth Kleinman

Photography: Josh Mason-Barkin

Art Journaling: Harriet Skelly

Needlepoint: Marty Lawson

Quilligraphy: Debbie Harris

Theater: Paul Prunty



Geza Team

Geza Team

Liora Alban

Rachel Altfeld

Amanda Beardsley

Aylon Cohen

Adi Dardikman

Jamie Edelman

Lane Fischman

Daniel Freedman

Cory Garcia

Matty Gaskin

Bekah Goldman

Lily Gottlieb

Jory Gwasdoff

Amit Hafner

Lehe Lederman

Liela Majedi

Ruby McCann

Malcolm McElheney

Jackson Mercer

Lev Reuven

Rebekah Sherman

Emma Silver

Rena Singer

Leah Sternberg

Maddy Winard


Specialists & General Counselors

Our In-Cabin Staff

Joshua Abahams

Mary Adler

Noah Allen

Justin Andell

Emily Arkin

Jonah Arquilevich

Joshua Arquilevich

Rebecca Asher

Ari Ball-Burack

Reuben Bank

Omri Bar-Oz

Kai Barshack

Emilia Bekkerman

Noah Bennett

Farah Bernard

Adam Blum

Austin Bodger

Oleg Borovizky

Rudy Brandt

Maggie Braunreuther

Stephanie Brooks

Eli Burg

Josh Burg

Ben Cady

Raizl Campbell

Brett Camper

Alea Chedekel

Samantha Cheney

Allegra ChristianScher

Lauren Cohen

Noam Cohen

Eli Cohen

Jacob Cohen

Hannah Cohen-Sidley

Rachel Dovek

Noa Eaton

Gabriella Edelman

Hannah Elbaz

Adar Englert

Kara Eppel

Georgie Escobedo

Andrew Ezersky

Kyla Feldman

Arie Finkelstein

Rachel Finkelstein

Kara Fleishhacker

Morgan Folger

Lindsay Frazin

Marissa Friduss

Rotem Galnor

Joshua Ganezer

Micaela Ganz

Or Gazal

Matt Ghan

Keren Givol

Ari Goldstein

Alana Green

Lucy Greenbaum

Reuben Grossman

Braydon Henry

Julia Hoffman

Emma Hollis

Shaul Holtzman

Annie Kaplan

Maya Kaplan

Joshua Katzki

Inbar Maoz Kerbelov

Noah Kipnes

Sam Klapow

Zoe Klawans

Devin Klein

Rachel Klein

Myles Klein

Michelle Kofman

Robin Kopf

Erica Kopf

Mitch Koumelis

Raphael Krigel

Nathan Kruger

Anna Kurzrock

Jordan Lee

Erica Leiserowitz

Sapir Levi

Devorah Levy-Pearlman

Raya Magat

Kelsey Mandell

Juliana Matz

Wechsler-Azen, Max

Rachel McKinnon

Josh Milenbach

Leah Milhander

Sapir Mizrahi

Peleg Mor

Evyatar Mordoch

Adva Moshkovitz

Itamar Nathan

Dorsha Nichols

Shai Ohayon

Shayna Ortega

Roey Paz-Priel

Lauren Perlmutter

Arinn Polinsky

Rachel Porter

Marisa Robinow

Anna Rosenfeld

Mackenzie Ross

Laura Russinsky

Idan Sabag

Raina Scherer

Sofia Schnur

Noah Schwartz-Casey

Abe Sculler

Noy Sharabi

Matan Shaumberg

Asya Shubinsky

Eldar Ben Shushan

Sophia Silver

Zachary Silverman

Liron Singer

Savannah Sinowitz

Rose Snitz

Jacob Snyder

Sara Solomon

Danni Sontag

Becca Speyer

Adam Sprintz

Dina Steinlauf

Milla Stern

Delaney Stock

Eitan Strauss-Cohn

Olivia Tandowsky

Amit Teva

Danielle Tishkoff-Chidester

Omer Toledo

Joshua Wasserman

Roei Weiner

David Wells

Natalie Wight

Max Winer

Danielle Ben Yedidia

Isabel Yeoh

Bar Youker

Talia Zankman

Daniel Zur

Arielle Zur