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Daryl Messinger & Jim Heeger


Daryl Messinger is the chair of the Camp Newman Advisory Board. For the last three decades, she has actively participated in the Bay Area Jewish community in a number of leadership roles. She is a member of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s Endowment Committee, Executive Grants Committee and Board of Governors. In the past, she was president of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, an officer of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and president of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. S Within the Reform Movement, Daryl chairs the Reform Pension Board and serves on the Union for Reform Judaism’s Oversight Committee with lay responsibility for the Campaign for Youth Engagement. Daryl retired in 2009 after a career that spanned investment management, investor relations and corporate communications. Daryl’s first involvement with URJ camps was over 40 years ago when she was a camper at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and then at Torah Corps at URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York, the following summer.

Jim Heeger, like his wife, Daryl, has been actively involved with the URJ camps for many years. Jim led the Master Plan Committee that developed the long-term vision for Camp Newman’s facilities and he now chairs the Facilities Renovation Committee for the first phases of major renovations. Jim is active in the Jewish community in the Bay Area and is a past president of Congregation Beth Am and of Hillel at Stanford. He currently serves on the boards of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, Moishe House and the San Francisco Jewish Federation. Jim has held a number of high tech senior management positions in Silicon Valley.  He was most recently President, CEO and Chairman of GreenRoad, an Israeli-founded technology company. Prior to GreenRoad he was President and CEO of PayCycle, held executive management positions at Adobe Systems and Intuit and was President and CEO of Fotiva. Jim Heeger grew up in Sioux City, Iowa and spent his summers at Congregation Emanuel’s Camp Shwayder in the Colorado Rockies.

Daryl and Jim’s two sons, Adam and Robert “Robbie,” are “bi-coastal” alumni of both URJ Camp Swig/Camp Newman (California) as well as URJ Camp Eisner (Massachusetts). Adam attended Camp Newman for five summers and Camp Swig for one, and Robbie attended URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, as a counselor and song leader. Daryl and Jim reside in Palo Alto and are both Charter members of the Camp Newman Legacy Society for Living Judaism.