Our Team

 Melissa Leifer

Reshet Ramah Associate

Melissa spent the last 16 years at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, starting as a young camper in 1999.  She was a rosh edah for 2 years and then worked at a financial consulting company before joining Reshet Ramah. She graduated from Binghamton University with a dual degree in math and business management, and a concentration in leadership. Melissa loves meeting new people and enjoys strengthening the Ramah alumni network – and she is always down for migrash dancing!

Karen Brier

Digital Marketing Specialist & Webmaster

In addition to working as Marketing and Communications Associate for the National Ramah Commission, Karen is responsible for all digital branding, web development, graphic design, and email marketing for Reshet Ramah. A veteran Ramah New England camper, counselor, and rosh edah, and TRY and Seminar alum, Karen joined Ramah’s year-round team after the summer of 2015. She studied Business and International & Global Studies at Brandeis University. Karen plays Ultimate Frisbee at (nearly) the Olympic level and still loves eating Cheez-Its with Oreos while playing with her camp friends.

 Seth Adelsberg

Coordinator | New York City

Seth Adelsberg is an alum of Brandeis University and Solomon Schechter Day School. He spent his formative years at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires where he developed his love for camping and the outdoors. After spending several years away directing other camps, Seth recently returned to the Ramah family where he currently serves as Rosh Al Hagova (director of Outdoor Education). Seth is looking forward to working with NYC Ramah alumni from all Ramah camps! Email Seth at seth@campramah.org.

 Ilana Gatoff

Coordinator | New York City

Ilana received her B.A. in History at Washington University in St. Louis and her M.S.Ed in TESOL at Long Island University. Ilana has spent 10 years working at Ramah Nyack as a madricha, rosh edah, and most recently as Program Director. When she’s not working at Ramah, Ilana teaches ESL and Social Studies at a high school in the Bronx. She is excited to jump into Reshet programming to create meaningful and exciting events for NYC alumni from all over the Ramah sphere! Email Ilana at igatoff@campramah.org.

 Michele Hasit

Coordinator | Baltimore, Philadelphia

Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Michele spent summer after summer at Ramah as a camper and on staff, having worked in many different scopes of camp life. Michele graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Public and Community Health, and then spent time working in public health both locally and abroad. Michele loves her role as Communications Director at Ramah Poconos and is now excited to begin engaging alumni as Reshet Coordinator in Philadelphia and Baltimore! Michele lives in Center City Philadelphia with her husband, Adam Waxman (a long-time Ramahnik), and their daughter, Kira. Email Michele at micheleh@ramahpoconos.org.

 Michal Kress

Coordinator | Los Angeles

Growing up in Los Angeles, Ca, Michal has spent most of her life attending Camp Ramah in California.  Beginning at a young age in the Gan, Michal has been involved with Ramah for over 20 years, including celebrating her wedding there in 2015.  Currently working full-time for Camp Ramah in California, Michal is very excited to plan fun and engaging events for Ramah alum in the Los Angeles area! Email Michal at michal@ramah.org.

 Maureen Krantz

Coordinator | San Francisco

Born in Israel, Maureen was raised in Los Angeles, where she attended Jewish day school and was very active in Far West USY. She started her Ramah career as a counselor and specialist for two summers at Camp Ramah in CA. Professionally, Maureen served as a legal career advisor for many years, after which she transitioned to working within the Jewish community in 2008. She has held development, programming and managerial positions. Maureen holds a B.A. from UC San Diego and a J.D. from UC Hastings. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband Derek (who was introduced to her by a Ramah friend) and can’t wait to return to Ramah Galim this summer with her three children Shai, Aya and Benny. Email Maureen at maureen@ramahnorcal.org.

 Daniel Shemesh

Coordinator | Washington, D.C.

A DC native, Daniel attended Ramah Palmer as a camper, and later worked as a specialist at Ramah Berkshires, where he began the farm program. After earning a B.A. from Binghamton University, he has returned to DC, where he works in a development position for a mission-based investment fund. He has maintained close ties to his Ramah community and looks forward to further connecting and engaging Ramah alumni in the District. Email Daniel at dshemesh@campramah.org.