Our Team

 Melissa Leifer

Reshet Ramah Alumni Relations Manager

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!

 Alexa Dysch

Coordinator | Atlanta

Originally from South Florida, Alexa attended Ramah Darom as a camper for three summers, where she developed her love of Krav Maga and the Blue Ridge Mountains. She studied English and Psychology at Elon University, and went on to work in development for a variety of nonprofits. Recently, Alexa returned home to the Ramah Darom family to serve as the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Coordinator. She is thrilled to be a part of Reshet Ramah to create opportunities for Ramah alumni to connect in Atlanta. Email Alexa at adysch@ramahdarom.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.

 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.

 Elana Tennenbaum

Coordinator | Chicago

Elana was born and raised in the Suburbs of Chicago and spent 8 summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, 6 as a camper and 2 staff. She currently sits on the Ramah Day Camp Advisory board, and sends her 3 kids to the Ramah Day Camp and Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. Elana has extensive experience organizing fundraisers and planning events that bring Jewish families together for Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago. Elana has a B.A. in Hospitality Business from at Michigan State University and lives in Chicago with her husband Jason, and 3 children, Noah, Sydney and Nathan. She is excited to bring her expertise in event planning to creating programs for Ramah Alumni and their families. Contact Elana at etennenbaum@ramahwisconsin.com.