Camp Leadership Team
Meet the team
- Head & Office Staff
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.
Yael Battash is originally from Panama City, Panama. Yael has worked with young children as well as middle school and high school students in the past in a variety of roles since she was 16. Most recently, she served as a Youth Leader at Lower Merion Synagogue creating and running Shabbat programming for children ages 4-9, for over 5 years, as well as an Inclusion Specialist and Middle School counselor at Kohelet Yeshiva Lab School. Currently she works as a Hebrew Preschool teacher at Perelman Jewish Day School. Yael loves working with children of all ages and is committed to and believes in the magic of experiential education. Yael is excited to bring all of her knowledge, experience and ruach to camp to build an atmosphere of fun and an unforgettable summer at Camp Moshava Ba'ir of Greater Philadelphia.
Rabbi Josh Freidman
Sgan Rosh Moshava
Rabbi Josh Friedman earned his Bachelor of Science from Yeshiva University, where he received both the Fleishaker Award for Excellence in Talmud and the YU Scholarship Wolf Campus Award. In 2014, Rabbi Friedman also earned an M.A. in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education & Administration. Rabbi Friedman has coached basketball at the Marsha Stern Academy High School for Boys and Kohelet Yeshiva in the past, and worked extensively as an advisor for NCSY, Bnei Akiva, and Camp Moshava Wildrose. Rabbi Friedman ran Main Line Summer Sports in Lower Merion for 5 summers. Last summer Rabbi Friedman ran the MBGP Bogrim program.
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!
Gavriel Chasky has lived in Lower Merion for his entire life, he regularly attended LMS and went to school in TA and Kohelet. He is now currently studying in Yeshivat Hakotel in the old city. Gavriel was a Madrich in Bnei Akiva for 3 years and Rosh Sniff for 1. Gavriel loves teaching but really overall enjoys learning from those he shares knowledge with.
Barbara Sasson is going to be Rosh Rikkud for part of the summer. She will be an upcoming junior and has taken dance classes for a couple years and loves to dance. She is a Bnei Akiva madricha and enjoys dancing, reading, playing sports and anything active.
Roni Crammer is an upcoming junior who learned in Kohelet yeshiva high school for the first 2 years of high-school. She will be moving to Israel, Modiin, during the summer. Before she leaves, she will be working at camp Moshave Bair to enjoy the summer and make sure the chanichim enjoy it too. She will work as a dance counselor after learning dance for 5 years in israel.
Rosh Chavaya Israeli
Basya Goldstein graduated from Lower Merion High School and is currently taking a gap year at the Israel Experience at Bar Ilan University. She plans to make Aliyah in the upcoming year and will volunteer in Sherut Leumi. Basya plans to attend university as a psychology major in the years following her national service. Last summer, Basya worked as a Madricha for middle school girls at Moshava Ba’Ir.
Rosh Melechet Yad
Emuna Dagan was born in Israel. She moved to Lower Merion with her husband and four children. In Israel, she worked as a Speech Therapist at Alyn Rehabilitation Hospital and at a special needs kindergarten in Jerusalem. She previously worked as an elementary school teacher and as a kindergarten principal. As part of her Sherut leumi Emuna participate in camp Moshava, Last year Emuna was a head of Rikud program at Moshava Ba'ir she is very excited to join the camp staff.
Eric Dolitsky has been around sports for most of his life. He has a passion for playing sports and enjoying the outdoors and looks to share that passion with others. He has played on the high school basketball team for four years and ran track for a year. Eric attended Kohelet Yeshiva High School and is currently Shana Alef in Yeshivat Sha'alvim.
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 worked with children and adults with a wide variety of abilities and needs as a social worker. 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. Margalit is currently pursuing her Master in Psychology at Purdue University.
Shira Stein got into photography in 9th grade by attending a club offered by her school, Kohelet Yeshiva High School. Since then she has been doing photography professionally and specializes in family and portrait photography. Shira Stein graduated from Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy and is currently Shana Alef in Midreshet Tehillah.
Moshe Badush is joint MBGP last summer as the camp photographer. This summer he will be teaching Photography to the campers. He got into photography during his youth and it has become a passionate hobby since. Moshe is graduating from the Mesivta High School in a mere few weeks and will be attending Yeshivat Reishit in the fall.
A graduate of the distinguished Kohelet Yeshiva High School, Yair Berzofsky is currently studying film at Brandeis University, training to one day fulfill his life-long dream of becoming Rosh Videographer for Moshava Ba'ir. Last summer Yair also served as Rosh Videographer, but this time he really means it.
Abner Gordan is a current senior at Kohelet Yeshiva High School and next year will be attending the Hartman Institute gap year program. He is rosh sniff of Bnei Akiva Lower Merion, worked at camp last year and cant wait for another amazing summer!
Rosie Gindoff is a certified Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor (WSI), and is certified in CPR and First Aid. She has worked at multiple camps as a lifeguard, swimming instructor, and first responder. Her motto is “Safety First” with an emphasis on providing a fun, positive swimming experience for campers of every swim level. Rosie has been an active participant in Bnei Akiva, having served as a Madricha and then Rosh Snif of Bnei Akiva of Philadelphia, lifeguarding at Camp Stone, and working at Moshava Bair of Greater Philadelphia. After graduating from Kohelet Yeshiva High School, she attended the Bnei Akiva Midrasha in Jerusalem, MTVA. She is now pursuing a Civil Engineering Degree in New York.
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.
Rabbi Akiva Weiss
Rabbi Akiva Dovid Weiss is a Judaics Studies Faculty teacher at the Barrack Hebrew Academy. He is the former Director of OU-JLIC at Binghamton University and Rutgers University and has almost 20 years experience working in Jewish summer camps, 10 of which spent with Bnei Akiva. He loves music, sports, ice hockey, and surfing, and when he isn't teaching Torah he is a volunteer firefighter with the Lower Merion Fire Department. He and his wife Nataly have five children and live locally near Bala Cynwyd.
Rabbi Dani Bauer
Rabbi Dani Bauer has been teaching for eight years in Kohelet Yeshiva High School and works in private practice doing family therapy. He loves to learn Torah and play sports, and cook, but his favorite thing to do is hang out with his family. He can't wait to do all the fun things in Moshava Ba'ir!
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
Ilana Gordon, or Morah Ilana as she is known these days, works at Kohelet Yeshiva Lab School. She lives with her husband Jonny and 4 awesome children in Bala Cynwyd. Ilana loves Bnei Akiva and is very excited to be working in Moshava Ba'ir this summer.