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.
Beth Kanofsky | Senior Assistant Director
Beth happily returned to Camp Harlam as Assistant Director at the beginning of 2010, and was promoted to the Senior Assistant Director role in 2013. Growing up in Marlboro, NJ she was very involved in NFTY and in many social justice projects. She started as a Galil camper at Harlam in 1997 and served as a counselor, assistant unit head and NFTY in Israel group leader. Because of the incredible experiences she had as a camper and staff member, Beth knew that a career in camping was what should come next.
After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Family Studies, Beth headed to California to be the Assistant Director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in Malibu, CA. After three summers enjoying camp and the California sunshine, Beth decided to head back east and fundraise for a great non-profit organization- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. While at ALSF, Beth worked with lemonade stand hosts all over the country and coordinated special events to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Beth was excited to return to Camp Harlam and looks forward to many more Friday nights on Chapel on the Hill, games of gaga, "yellow meals" (don't ask!) and most of all, working with all the incredible staff members, campers, and families that make up our camp community. Beth is currently working towards a Masters in Business Administration from Temple University.
Beth lives in Philadelphia, PA and enjoys spending time with friends, live music, baking cupcakes, and being outside.
Alex Gelman | Assistant Director
Alex joined the Camp Harlam professional staff as an Assistant Director in December of 2011, and began his role fulltime in the summer of 2012. Alex is a lifelong Harlamite, beginning his career at Harlam in 1995 as a very homesick camper in Carmel Boys 1. Thanks to some caring, fun-loving counselors, Alex had a fantastic first summer, and he hasn’t stopped coming to Harlam since. Alex has worked his way up the ranks at Camp Harlam as a CIT, counselor, unit head, and now Assistant Director.
Alex grew up in Summit, NJ and attended Wesleyan University, where he received a BA in Religious Studies in 2008. After graduating from Wesleyan, Alex went to work as an instructor for Nature’s Classroom, a New England-based environmental education organization. From there, Alex moved to New York, where he worked as a religious school teacher at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, and then as an associate teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School, a non-sectarian independent school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Over his three years at Berkeley Carroll, Alex taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Third Grade, and had the opportunity to bring some camp into the classroom – watching a “We Got Spirit” war happen in a Third Grade classroom is something he won’t soon forget. Currently, Alex is working towards completing a Master’s degree in General Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
Alex looks forward to summers of climbing the tower, Shabbat song sessions, grilled cheese, and machanayim. He relishes the unbridled excitement on campers’ faces as they drive through the gate on opening day, and seeing all the amazing work that our staff does throughout the summer. He's delighted to have the privilege of spending his year spreading the wonderful word on Camp Harlam to potential campers and families, and planning for future summers in Kunkletown.
Alex resides in Philadelphia, PA. Despite Alex’s love for his new home city, he will never, ever, ever, root for the Phillies.
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.
Eytan Graubart | Harlam Day Camp Director
Eytan Graubart is the director of Harlam Day Camp and is excited to be leading our community on this new adventure. Eytan has been involved with Jewish camping in one way or another for more than twenty years, beginning in Chicago (where he grew up) going to sports camps at the Bernard Horwich JCC and ten summers as a camper, counselor, and specialist at Camp Young Judaea in Wisconsin.
After living for one year in Israel, Eytan graduated from the University of Maryland where he studied Philosophy and Judaic Studies. After college, Eytan continued his education studying non-profit management at Virginia Commonwealth University. After a short break from camping, Eytan was hired as the Director of Camp Hilbert, part of the Weinstein JCC in Richmond, VA, and later became the Director of Camping services there where he managed all of the JCC’s camping and youth programs. While at the Weinstein JCC, he oversaw major renovations at Camp Hilbert and considerable growth in all camp programs. Eytan was a member of the sixth cohort of the JCC Association’s Merrin Professional Fellowship (which was run by Aaron Selkow, before he moved to become the Director of Camp Harlam), the first cohort of the JCFR Sisisky Global Engagement Fellowship, and served on the Board of Directors at Rudlin Torah Academy. Eytan also earned his Master’s Degree in Camp Administration and Leadership from Touro University last year.
Eytan lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Trish, and their pets, Scrappy and Aphrodite. His favorite part of camp is playing softball with the kids and he truly believes that Jewish education is best when taught during enthusiastic play or by the campfire.