Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Camp Judaea Board Leadership

Our Board of Directors is an integral part of Camp Judaea’s success. It is a visionary Board that provides essential leadership and resources for the programs and organization, as well as being ambassadors for Camp Judaea and its mission.

Executive Board:

Sam Levy Board Chair (Dunwoody, GA)
Ari Kurtz Secretary (Atlanta, GA)
Daniel Malino Treasurer (Atlanta, GA)
Civia Gerber (Decatur, GA)
Danny Tuchman (Plantation, FL)

Michele Burger Past Chair (Miami Beach, FL)
Kathy Hess (Montgomery, AL)
Janna Zwerner (Atlanta, GA)
Marlene Pinsky Klein Governance Chair (Pembroke Pines, FL)
Tracy Cohn Finance Chair (Birmingham, AL)

Linda Goldstein (Aventura, FL)
Dorrie Kahn (Davie, FL)
Robin Mendelson (Davie, FL)
Toby Parker-White (Stone Mountain, GA)
Alex Solomiany (Miami, FL)


Camp Judaea Property Board

Our Camp Judaea Property Board of Directors, comprised of builders, architects and attorneys ensures that our spectacular property and facilities continue to offer a high quality environment for our camp experiences. These Camp Judaea leaders and ambassadors are constantly envisioning new and renovated facilities as well as ensuring that sufficient resources are available to bring them to realization.

Daniel Karchem President (Chevy Chase, MD)
Robert Steinberg (Charleston, SC)
Diane Taub (Aventura, FL)
Farlen Halikman CPA Treasurer (Casselberry, FL)
Lisa Synalovski (Plantation, FL)
Rachel Wein (Tampa, FL)


Key Staff

Walter Synalovski

, Executive Director
Walter returns to CJ with 25 years of experience in running camp and providing our campers with a phenomenal camp experience. Walter started his Camp Judaea journey as an eight-year-old camper and continued through his years as a staff member, even serving as Camp Director from 1992-1995. He worked for 14 years as the Director of Cedar Lake Camp and seven years as the Director of Camp Mah-Kee-Nac.

Walter was born in Puerto Rico and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International University. After attending Year Course and graduating from FIU, he worked in Miami as a Young Judaea Regional Director. He is fluent in English and Spanish and has two daughters, Lizzy and Rachel.

Leah Zigmond

, Associate Director
Leah Zigmond is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She and her family moved to Atlanta about 2 and a half years ago from Kibbutz Lotan in Israel’s Southern Arava desert where they made their home for 13 years.

Leah has a passion for Experiential Jewish Education. While in Israel Leah was the Director of Education for Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology and the Associate Director of the Living Routes Semester Abroad program in Israel. Most recently Leah served as the Assistant Director at our neighboring Camp, Ramah Darom. Leah has her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Chatham University, a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University, and is nearing completion of her EdD in Jewish Educational Leadership at Hebrew College and Northeastern University.

Leah is married to Simon Chamberlain and they have two sons, Yaniv (12) and Amit (9) who are CJ campers.  They are active members of Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs. Leah is so excited to be continuing her professional career at Camp Judaea.

Elana Pollack

, Director of Communications and Alumni Engagement
Daughter of alumni, Elana began attending CJ her Offarim year, continuing through Bogrim. The summer of 2010 Elana studied and toured Israel on the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program. In 2011, Elana returned to CJ as a counselor, and the following summer as the Drama Madricha. Elana then worked as the Head of Performing Arts in 2013, and rejoined the CJ family in 2015 as the Summer Communications Director.

Elana grew up in the small town of Vero Beach, Florida where she taught Hebrew school in the small Jewish community.  Elana continued her involvement with Jewish youth as a Youth Group Advisor in Tallahassee, FL where she attended Florida State University. Graduating in May 2015 with a degree in Editing, Writing, and Media and a minor in Hospitality Management with concentration in Event Planning, Elana is excited to now be based in Atlanta with the Camp Judaea family.

Elana along with her friendly companion dog, Shirley, looks forward to seeing you at camp in one of her favorite places….the front gate on Opening Day!

Gayle Kaplan

, Office Administrator (ext 100)
Gayle Kaplan, our Office Administrator, works full-time for Camp Judaea. During the academic year, she runs the office in Atlanta and then moves to camp in Hendersonville, NC for the summer season. Gayle joined us with many years of experience, both as a camp-mom and as an office administrator. Organized, thorough, and personable, Gayle is a leader in her field. Her sunny disposition is well-known among campers, counselors, staff, and parents.

Gayle lives in Acworth, GA with her husband, Seth, and her two children. Originally from South Florida, she has been a part of the southern Jewish community her whole life. Gayle is eager to answer your questions and help each camp family get the most from their summers at Camp Judaea.

Ron Means

, Caretaker
Ron Means has been taking care of Camp Judaea since the summer of 2011. Ron has worked most of his life in maintenance and enjoys the variety of work at camp and the challenge of making things better than he found them.

Ron is originally from Michigan but now lives on camp year-round. He enjoys the scenery from his front porch and being up close and personal with the wildlife that occupies camp in the off-season. Ron and his late wife, Carole, have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.

, Assistant Caretaker
Robert Durmire is a native of Hendersonville NC. He and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Holly and Cassie, and two grandchildren, Jax Paul and Brynnline Alyssa.

, Bookkeeper

, Inclusion Coordinator
Becky Borak has over 16 years of teaching experience within the special education field. She has worked and continues to work with students in the Mild/Moderate/Severe Intellectual Range and serving a multitude of disabilities such as; Down Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Prader Willi Syndrome, Fragile X, Landau Kleffner Syndome, and many more.

Becky is a highly qualified and certified educator with an undergraduate degree in Intellectual Disabilities from The University of Georgia. She also has a Master’s degree in special education from Kennesaw State University. She has been practicing behavior therapy for three years.

Becky supports families and children with special needs and provides one-on-one behavior therapy services for individuals with special needs. She is a lifelong Judaean who began going to Camp Judaea in 1985 and has been a dedicated alumna since 2002. Her two children, Haiden(11) and Elissa(9), continue the love of CJ by joining Camp Judaea during the summer.

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