Camp Leadership Team
Meet the team
Matt Bar is the director of Bible Raps, a full-time nonprofit expanding its focus on co-leading a collaborative organization with other hip hop pedagogues called Rappers and Rabbis. Bible Raps has sold 2,500 albums and performed in stage shows and collaborative musical workshops for more than 125,000 youth in 75 cities in the U.S., U.K., and Israel including summer camps, conventions, and Jewish educational settings. Matt has studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Rebecca, and two boys, Micah and Jonah. Matt is so excited to inspire and educate the chanichim at MBGP this summer!
James Williams is a passionate Jewish Educator currently living in Efrat, Israel. Born and raised in Birmingham, United Kingdom, his passion for educating began early on and it has stayed with him ever since. James was involved in Snif in Birmingham as Chanich, Madriach & Rosh. James continued his involvement with Bnei Akiva working on the Mazkirut of Bnei Akiva UK and then after his aliyah worked for World Bnei Akiva overseeing British Hachshara. James and his family have completed two successful shlichuts through Bnei Akiva of the US & Canada in both Toronto and South Florida. James studied Jewish History & Informal Education at Jews College London and continued his studies at Yeshivat HaKotel Jerusalem. James is working on finalizing his Smicha through Rabbi Shmulowitz. James firmly believes in the power of informal and experiential Jewish education and aims to connect people to Judaism, whilst growing their potential and becoming future Jewish role models.
Rabbi Jonny Gordon
Rabbi Gordon received a B.A. in Jewish History from Yeshiva University, a M.A. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University, and semicha from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Before joining Kohelet in 2013, Rabbi Gordon lived in Israel, teaching Tanach, Gemara and Halacha at Yeshivat HaKotel and Midreshet Devora, while studying toward a B.Ed and Israeli Teaching Certificate from Herzog College. He has served in a variety of leadership positions for youth programming in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Rabbi Gordon grew up attending Moshevet Stone and continued as a member of Tzevet for many summers. Rabbi Gordon lives with his wife Ilana and four children in Lower Merion.
Zahava Bauer will be one of your lucky Roshei Chinuch this summer! While she spends the year teaching middle school students at CTA, her favorite kids are her two little boys, Yair and Shalev. Zahava enjoys learning Torah, teaching Torah, reading, hiking, biking, roasting marshmallows... really anything campy! She can’t wait for an awesome summer with YOU!
Barbara Sasson is a rising senior at Kohelet Yeshiva High School. She enjoys spending her time playing sports, hanging out with her friends, reading, and getting Starbucks. This is going to be her third year at Moshava Ba’ir, and she is excited to plan fun programs, and can’t wait for an amazing summer!
Adi Ciner loves camp. As a Bala Cynwyd native, Adi was actively involved in sniff and spent well over a decade of summers at Moshava IO. Adi volunteered as a lone soldier in the IDF, studied Psychology in YU and is a graduate student at the Azrieli School for Education and RIETS. Adi’s passion to learn from and understand people of all ages and backgrounds help him be a mindful, growth-oriented educator. Adi, with his wife Adina and their son David, live in Jerusalem and are loving every moment of being in MBGP this summer with the best campers and the greatest staff!
Rosh Chavaya Israelit
Elchanan Haber lives is Gush Etzion, Israel. He just finished high school at Derech Avot in Efrat. When he isn't saving lives volunteering for Mada, he likes playing baseball, working out, or jamming on his guitar. He also enjoys cooking and makes excellent stir fry! Fun fact, this past Purim he shaved his head just for a costume. Elchanan is very excited to bring you a taste of Israel at Chavaya Yisraelit this summer!
Rosh Social Media & Photography
Shirly Kolet, a Community Manager and Content Creator. Shirly got her MBA degree in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is passionate about communities & social networks and is doing so by capturing moments, connecting between people, and storytelling in Social Media groups. She was born in Israel and moved to Lower Merion with her husband and their two beautiful children. As Rosh Social Media at Moshava, she is excited to share with Kehilat Moshava Ba’ir all the great and fun insights from camp!
Dovid Weintraub graduated from Mesivta High School this year and is planning on going to Yeshivat Hakotel next year. Dovid is a certified Lifeguard and is certified in CPR and first aid. As a volunteer firefighter, keeping people safe has become part of his daily life and he plans to bring that mindset to camp as Rosh Breicha. Dovid looks forward to a safe and fun summer at MBGP!
Rosh Afiya & Bishul
Rav Yaakov, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, has Semikha from RIETS, a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education and Administration from Azrieli, as well as a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Creighton University. Rav Yaakov served as an Educator, Pastoral Services Coordinator, and Mashgiach Ruchani in Omaha, Nebraska. In those positions, he developed and promoted educational and social programs for youth and adults, implemented curricula for supplemental Jewish learning, and oversaw a wide range of services in the Jewish community from kashrut to conversions to pastoral care. Known for his sincere and compassionate nature, Rav Yaakov is passionate about Jewish education and experiences. Rav Yaakov believes that it is vital for children to enjoy their learning, and make connections to the material, their peers and their teachers. Rav Yaakov is excited to bring his experiences in summer camps and youth groups to Moshava Ba'Ir as he weaves Bishul, Afiya, and Talmud Torah into an exciting immersive hands on learning experience.
Margalit is passionate about delivering a high-quality experience for children. She works with children and adults with a wide variety of abilities and needs as a behavioral therapist. Margalit has a fundamental love for Israel and Am Israel. She was born in Israel and lived in Jerusalem. Her Sherut Leumi was centered on children with special needs. In Canada, Margalit was part of the team of a few Jewish programs. She worked at the Hebrew Hamilton Academy as a special education consultant to increase academic achievement among students with learning disabilities. As well, she helped to develop a new Israel advocacy curriculum in Beth Jacob synagogue, Hamilton, ON to bond young students with the love for Israel and the Jewish heritage. Margalit loves to dance and is so excited to teach chanichim dance moves as Rosh Rikkud!
Danielle Daitch has always loved camp and could not wait to be part of MBGF this summer! Danielle, her husband Zach and their four children have lived in Bala Cynwyd for 8 years. Danielle is a physical therapist at temple university hospital part time and a mom to Eliora, Kira, Yonatan, and Ariel full time. Danielle loves working with children and is looking forward to helping make this an amazing summer for all your little ones!
Shani Tauber moved from Israel to the Philadelphia area one year ago, with her husband and 2 children. She loves all things summer, long hikes and will eat chumus on almost anything. Originally from New Jersey, Shani has been involved in various camp, and both formal and informal learning environments through NCSY, camp HASC, Yeshivat Noam, and most recently acted as an Eim Bayit and teacher in Machon Maayan, a seminary located in the South of Israel. She is a Learning Support/ Orot teacher at Caskey Torah Academy during the school year, and looks forward to experiencing the magic of Moshava!
Tova Warburg Sinensky
Tova Warburg Sinensky comes to Moshava Ba'ir with over twenty years of experience lifeguarding, teaching swimming, and heading the waterfronts at Camp Morasha and Camp Moshava IO. She is a triathlete and enjoys swimming, biking, running and sharing her passion with children, and has worked in Jewish day schools for over fifteen years as an educator and mentor to new teachers. She is excited to return to camp for her second summer to run our unique Gadna program.
Liz Jacoby lives in Bala Cynwyd with her husband, Doug, sons, Andy and Matt, dog, parakeet and small flock of chickens. Her sons are students at the Jack M Barrack Hebrew Academy and her family is members of Adath Israel in Merion Station. Liz has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has experience working with children and teens of all ages and abilities. Liz is an avid gardener, long time chicken keeper and amateur naturalist. She maintains a large pollinator garden at home and volunteers with the Henry Foundation for Botanical Research. Liz is excited to share her love of the natural world with Moshava Ba'ir this summer.
Ofrit is a passionate and experienced Yoga teacher, specializing in kids programs. She is certified in Hatha Yoga (Yoga on Main, Manayunk), Kids Yoga (Karma Kids Yoga, NY), Yoga for Teens (karma Kids Yoga, NY), Yoga Mom Buddha Baby with Jyothi Larson, Brain Gym 101 with Mari Miyoshi, Yoga for Special Needs by Every Kid’s Yoga and FLYoga for kids by SiraFLY, Israel. Ofrit is also certified as a Kids Coach through Adventures in Wisdom and applies coaching concepts in her classes and interactions with her students. Her background is diverse and led her to find her true passion. She worked for many years as a statistician and a stock broker who transitioned into business development and project management. Following her family move from Canada to the US in 2012, she decided to focus on what she is truly passionate about- yoga and kids. Her mission is to share and encourage an early practice of yoga that can grow with children into adulthood and lead them on a path towards a calm and balanced mind and body.
Aliza Goldschlag is Rosh Bogrim at MBGP! She has worked at multiple Bnei Akiva camps as a lifeguard, Beit Midrash fellow, counselor, and Rosh Eidah. Aliza has been an active participant in Bnei Akiva, having gone to Bnei Akiva sleep away camp since 2nd grade, participating in her local Bnei Akiva snif in Silver Spring, MD, working as a Madricha and then Rosh Snif of Bnei Akiva Silver Spring. After graduating from Berman Hebrew Academy, she attended Midrashet Nishmat in Jerusalem. Aliza is now studying Jewish Education at Yeshiva University. Aliza spend this past semester studying abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the Nachshon Project, for students interested in working in Jewish professions.
As a registered nurse who works as a school nurse and camp nurse my main goal is to help keep children under my care safe and healthy. I achieve this goal through the most up to date nursing practice including but not limited to; one-on-one interventions, family and school/camp collaboration, and community need. I have been in the nursing field for over 6 years and can not imagine myself in any other