Aaron Selkow | Director
Aaron arrived at Camp Harlam in 2011 as its fifth Director. Coming to Camp Harlam – one of the most well-known and well-respected camps within the URJ camp system and beyond – was an opportunity that Aaron accepted with great pride.
Prior to coming to Harlam, Aaron oversaw Pinemere Camp's significant development during his 14 years as one of its leaders (including 9 as Executive Director). During that time, Aaron was selected for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s first Executive Leadership Institute fellowship, the Mandel Center for Jewish Education’s first Lekhu Lakhem Senior Fellowship for Jewish Educators, and was the recipient of numerous awards and recognition by organizations such as AJCP, JCC Association, the American Camp Association and others.
In 2008, Aaron became Vice President of Program Services at JCC Association in New York (the umbrella organization for 150 JCCs and Camps in North America), and was named the first Director of the Merrin Center for Teen Services. During his 2½ years at JCC Association, Aaron led the growth of services and initiatives for that movement’s 27 resident camps and 125 day camps, oversaw the acclaimed Merrin Fellowship for youth/teen professionals, directed partnerships and strategies with leading foundations and philanthropists, and managed the agency’s largest program areas (including the JCC Maccabi Games).
Aaron has worked as a consultant for over 75 organizational leaders and agencies in the United States, Canada and Israel, specializing in the development of programs and professional development geared towards today’s youth/teen populations with a particular focus on camping. Aaron has visited over 125 resident and day camps, and also initiated the first major impact study of Jewish day camping in 2010.
Aaron’s return to camping is a return home in many ways. Other than attending Connecticut College and living for two years in Ohio and Massachusetts after school, Aaron has spent his entire life in Philadelphia. Aaron, his wife, Ann, and their daughter, Lily (a Harlam camper starting in 2013), reside in the Overbrook Farms section of the city. The Selkow's are proud members of the Main Line Reform Temple community (where Aaron celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in 1983).
Lisa David | Associate Director Email Lisa!
Lisa returned to Camp Harlam as the Associate Director in April of 2014. Lisa began her involvement with Camp Harlam as a camper in Arava Girls 1 in 1988, continuing through as a camper, CIT, staff member, Assistant Unit Head and as the CIT Director in the summer of 2000. Her Harlam connections ran far deeper, as she met her husband Ben in the summer of 1988 as well, and has maintained connections to many of her counselors and campers, serving for a brief time as the Co-President of the Alumni Network as well.
Prior to this position, Lisa worked as Associate Director of Camping for the URJ, working with all of the camps in the URJ system on a range of different programmatic initiatives. She also served as the Director of KESHER, the College Department of the URJ, and as the Assistant Camp Director and Director of Teen Services and the Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey.
Lisa grew up in Bucks County, PA, and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1999 with a BS in Family Studies. In 2001 Lisa received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters of Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College.
Lisa is thrilled to be back at the camp that inspired her personal and professional path. Beyond the Machanayim scar still visible on her knee (Red Team, 2nd session, 1990), camp, and the inspiring leaders and peers she experienced it with, left an indelible mark on her identity as well – inspiring her to grow from a shy, quiet 1st time camper at 11 years old, to a Jewish camping professional working to provide a meaningful and fulfilling camp experience for many more Jewish youth.
Lisa currently lives in Mt Laurel, NJ with her husband, Rabbi Benjamin David, and their children Noa, Elijah and Sam, and is a member of Temple Adath Emanu-El.
Alyssa Kress | Assistant Director Email Alyssa!
Alyssa grew up in Abington, PA. Her career in camping began as a reluctant Sharon camper and NK (nurse's kid) at Camp Harlam in 2002. She came to love Jewish camping and continued to spend summers at Harlam through her CIT year, going on to become a cabin counselor both there and at URJ Kutz Camp. She was a regional board member in NFTY-PAR and served as the Membership and Communication Vice President on the NFTY North American Board. During this time, she provided training to NFTY leaders across the country.
Alyssa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Communication and Political Science. While at Penn, she worked for two years as the Youth Group Advisor at Temple Sholom in Broomall, PA. After graduation, she spent six weeks at Harlam assisting the directors, which made her realize how much she loved and missed being at camp. She returns to Harlam after working in Washington, DC on digital fundraising efforts for leading non-profit organizations and political campaigns.
Alyssa is excited to be returning to camp and looks forward to working with the amazing campers and staff that make up the Harlam family. She can’t wait for Shabbat, stream hikes, and s’mores.
Rachel Steinberg | Development Coordinator
Rachel Steinberg grew up in Goshen, NY (very close to URJ Camp Kutz) and was a member of her local NYFTY chapter.
Following high school graduation, Rachel attended Vanderbilt University and earned a BA in English Literature and Jewish Studies. While in college, Rachel was very active in Jewish life on campus and in the Nashville community and after graduation went to work for the Greater Miami Hillel Jewish Student Center as the County-wide Program Director. It was during her time at Hillel that she realized she was committed to building and strengthening the Jewish community and went on to pursue Masters Degrees in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service at the University of Pennsylvania and Gratz College, respectively.
After her graduations in 2001, Rachel began working as the Assistant Director of Pinemere Camp. It was the perfect opportunity for Rachel to fuse her love of camp and informal Jewish education! Rachel worked for Pinemere for nine years (eight of those with Aaron Selkow, now Camp Harlam's Director) before shifting her focus to work as the Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College. It is with great excitement that Rachel returns to Jewish camp to help create a "culture of giving" for Camp Harlam!
Rachel is a graduate of the Leadership Seminar ofthe Institute of Informal Education at Brandeis University and was recently selected to participate in the GIFT Program of the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy. Rachel is an active member of the local Jewish community in Philadelphia including leadership roles at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Jewish Learning Venture, and her synagogue.
Rachel, her husband, Matt, and two children, Harrison and Liv, belong to Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, PA and live in Ft. Washington, PA.
Cori Miller | Camp Enrollment & Administration Manager
Cori excitedly joined the year round Harlam team after two summers in Harlam’s Camper Care department. Cori was never a camper, but quickly became passionate about all that Camp Harlam offered and easily recognized Harlam as a place where all kids could feel supported and everyone felt welcome. Cori is honored to be a part of the Harlam community.
Cori grew up in Northern New Jersey then attended Dickinson College. She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has resided in Pennsylvania since 1995. She has worked with children and families in many settings, including schools, counseling centers, and earlier on in a day camp setting. She has also worked with prospective adoptive families.
Cori lives in Ambler with her husband, Mike, and two children. They attend Congregation Beth Or and her children both attend Harlam. She loves talking with families and welcomes families to reach out during the year, as well as during the summer with questions or concerns. Cori treasures time with family and friends, plays piano and tennis, enjoys making mosaics, and looks forward to continued summers in Kunkletown.
Jeremy Wasserman | Bookkeeper
Jeremy came to camp as the new Bookkeeper in the summer of 2014. Jeremy’s two children attended Camp Harlam for the first time in the summer of 2013, and after witnessing how camp charged their Jewish “ruach batteries” jumped at the opportunity to become part of the Camp Harlam team in a meaningful way.
Jeremy brings a variety of skills to Camp Harlam. Prior to joining the team, Jeremy worked in the Accounts Payable department for an international homeopathic medication manufacturer. He has also owned or been a partial owner of 2 businesses. On his own he manufactured and distributed handmade chocolate truffles and caramels. With his brother, he grew and managed a wholesale food distributing company in New Jersey.
Jeremy is a member of, and very active in, his congregation in King of Prussia PA. He has been a member of the Temple Brith Achim religious school advisory committee for the past three years, and this past summer (2014) his son became a Bar Mitzvah. Jeremy’s daughter just received the date of her Bat Mitzvah in 2017. Jeremy lives in Phoenixville, PA and has been elected to his homeowners’ association executive board (since 2009) and has had various roles including treasurer and vice president.