Meet Our Year Round Office Staff

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Meir Hoyzman

Executive Director, Ramah Israel
meir@ramah.co.il

Meir has extensive skills in organizational management and educational leadership, including 20 years of experience as a director in the fields of Jewish camping and Israel experiences for youth and young adults. Meir served as Director of The Israel Experience: Educational Tourism for English-Speaking Countries. He also spent many years as a director in the Young Judaea Zionist movement in different capacities, among them as the director of Camp Judaea in NC and Director of their national teen camp, Camp Tel Yehudah. Meir lives in Modiin, with his wife and their 3 children.

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Hudi Kfir

Administrative Director
hudi@ramah.co.il
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Rabbi Ed Snitkoff

Director of Ramah Israel Seminar
ed@ramah.co.il

Over the past 30 years Ed has served as a congregational rabbi, teacher, religious school principal, camp educator, and Israel tour educator/guide. Ed studied at Columbia University, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Hebrew University, Teacher’s College, and the Jordan Valley College. He has degrees in Anthropology and Jewish History, and advanced degrees in Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Education. Ed is also a licensed Israeli tour guide.

After being ordained at JTS he served for 6 years as a congregational rabbi and religious school principal in Harrisburg PA.  When they made Aliyah in 1992, Ed and his family settled on Kibbutz Lavi and lived there as members for 8 years.  After moving to Jerusalem in 2000, Ed served as the Educational Director of the Young Judaea Year Course, and Educational Coordinator for North America at the Department for Jewish Zionist Education of the Jewish Agency for Israel.   Ed’s relationship with Ramah began in 1983 when he was a Rosh Eida at Camp Ramah in California, and continued when he served as a teacher at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in the years before making Aliyah. Ed joined the staff of Seminar in 2007. He is married to Minda and has 4 children and a baby grandson (born in Jerusalem during the first Shabbat of Seminar 2010- the first Snitkoff Sabra in 2000 years!).

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Oria Goldenberg Caspi

Asst. Director of Ramah Israel Seminar
oria@ramah.co.il

Oria was born and raised in a proud Jerusalemite family. Oria holds an MA in Contemporary Judaism from The Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. She has worked as an educator since 2005 with various English-speaking programs and believes she currently has the best job in the world. Oria joined the staff of Seminar in 2015. She lives in Jerusalem (beside the historical home of King David) with her husband Matan and two adorable children.

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Jonathan Madoff

Director and Head of School, Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim
Jonathan@ramah.co.il

Jonathan holds an MSW and is a graduate of Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. He has an extensive background in social work and education both in North America and in Israel. Jonathan served as the Academic Advisor at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and most recently served for the past four years as the Academic Director of General Studies on TRY.

Jonathan has been part of the Ramah family for the past 22 years. He began his journey at Ramah Poconos as a camper and staff member and spent seven summers as a yoetz/guidance counselor for Ramah Israel Seminar. Jonathan is married and lives with his wife Roni and baby Yuval in Jerusalem.

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Director of General Studies, Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim

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Aliza Grabin

Asst. Director, Tichon Ramah Yerushalaim
aliza@ramah.co.il

Aliza holds an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, and a BSW from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She grew up in Israel and served in the Education Corps of the IDF. After completing her military service, Aliza worked as part of the mishlachat to Ramah Wisconsin during the course of two summers. Since 2001 she has been an integral part of the Ramah Israel staff, having been involved with both TRY / USY High and Seminar. Aliza has also worked extensively with youth and communities around the world, under the auspices of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

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Betsalel Steinhart

Director of Israel and Jewish Studies, Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim
betsalel@ramah.co.il

Betsalel was born in London, England, and made Aliyah as a teen with his family in 1986. After his army service, he earned a B.A. in Psychology from Bar Ilan University, and is currently studying towards an M.A. in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Betsalel has worked with a number of Israeli institutions involved in educating Diaspora youth, joining Ramah in 2000. He has worked in all of Ramah’s departments in many educational and logistical capacities, and is currently teaching the ICC (Israel Core Course) on TRY. He is blessed to live in Jerusalem with his wife and five sons.

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Moshe Gold

Director, Ramah Israel Institute (RII)
moshe@ramah.co.il

Moshe was born in the United States and made Aliya with his family when he was a year old. He grew up in a beautiful community (yishuv) in the Negev and today calls Jerusalem his home. Moshe received his M.A. in Contemporary Judaism from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has worked as an educator and tour guide (Israel and Poland) for Ramah since 1999 and was involved in Ramah Seminar, TRY/USY High, and short-term programs through the Ramah Israel Institute (RII).

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Nicole Dror

Administrative Coordinator & Parent Liaison, Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim
nicoled@ramah.co.il

Nicole grew up in London, England, and made aliyah in January 1994. Just three months later she was employed as Ramah’s administrative assistant. Nicole worked for Ramah until the year 2000 and held various positions including Trip Coordinator for RII (Ramah Israel Institute), as well as working for the Israel Desk in the Ramah New York office. In the winter of 2008, Nicole returned to the Ramah family! Nicole has a rich background in administration and logistics and has worked at the Prime Minister’s Office, the World Zionist Organization, and most recently at the Jerusalem Foundation as a writer for Culture Affairs. Nicole is married and lives with her husband and two children in Jerusalem.

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Galia Dasberg

Hebrew Coordinator, Ramah Israel
galia@ramah.co.il
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Adin Rodman

RII Trip Coordinator
adin@ramah.co.il

Adin was born in the United States and made aliyah with his family at the age of three. He grew up in Jerusalem in a Masorti (Conservative) home, and spent many summers at Camp Ramah in New England. Following his discharge from the IDF, Adin worked in various positions at Ramah Israel. He has a BA in Archaeology from Hebrew University.

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Elinor Kaufman

RII Trip Coordinator
elinor@ramah.co.il

Elinor was born and raised in Montreal and moved to Israel in 2006.  She has a BSW from McGill University, and an MA in Non Profit Management from the Hebrew University.  Before coming to Ramah, Elinor was the Office Manager of PresenTense Israel, and also worked for a number of years as the Tourism and Development coordinator for World Emunah. Outside of the office, Elinor is an active member of the Jerusalem community theater world and lives in Jerusalem with her husband and son.

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Maya Freedman

Office Manager
maya@ramah.co.il

Maya Freedman grew up in the Ramah family, first at her home in Jerusalem, and then as a chanicha at the Ramah Jerusalem Day Camp. Maya has fulfilled many positions at Ramah Israel, including being a madricha at Day Camp and for Tikva’s first trip to Israel with RII in 2002.  She was a part of the team of the first Ramah Israel Bike Ride in 2011 and Logistics Coordinator for Ramah Seminar in 2013. We are happy to have Maya with us as Ramah Israel’s Office Manager.

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Limor Shimon

Logistics Coordinator
limor@ramah.co.il

Limor was born and raised on a Kibbutz and currently lives in Jerusalem. She has been the “Ramah Israel” Logistics Coordinator and Office Manager for all departments since 2007. Formerly she worked as a travel agent and a teacher in a special needs school. She holds a Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from David Yellin College.

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Edna Ayalon

Bookkeeper
Edna@ramah.co.il
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Yossi Dar

Supplies and Logistics
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Avi Mizrachi

Dorm Manager and Liaison with Goldstein Youth Village
Avi@ramah.co.il
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Miri Fraenkel

Social Media Coordinator
miri@ramah.co.il

Miri made aliyah from London with her family in 2003 and currently lives in Jerusalem where she recently completed her BA in Art History at the Hebrew University. She spent two years working at the Begin Center doing Recruitment, Marketing and Social Media with Masa’s Israel Government Fellows Program for her National Service. Additionally, she guided in the Begin Museum for three years and spent six months assisting in the Marketing Department at JerusalemU. In her spare time Miri performs in English-speaking musical theatre and spends the majority of her evenings at Crossfit Jerusalem.

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Judy Greene

Israel Program Coordinator, New York Office
ramahisrael@campramah.org

Judy Diamond Greene has an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University and received Certification as a Family Educator from Hebrew College, University of Hartford. Judy is the co-author of the new curriculum, “Sacred Choices”, published through the Union for Reform Judaism. She is also a Founder of Mayyim Hayyim, the Community Mikveh and Education Resource Center in Newton, MA. Judy lived in Massachusetts for 27 years before moving to New York. While in MA, she was Director of the Teen Initiative sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Outreach Coordinator for the New England Region of Conservative Judaism, teacher at Solomon Shechter Day School in Newton, and Gann Academy/New Jewish High School in Waltham. She also spent 16 years working at Camp Ramah in New England. Judy is married to Rabbi Gary Greene and has four sons; Amichai, Hillel, Roni, and Asaf. She is currently residing in Douglaston, NY.

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Toby Ayash

Recruitment and Marketing Coordinator, New York Office
toby@ramah.co.il

Toby was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA until she made aliyah in the mid 1980’s. Her first job in Israel was as a madricha (counselor) for the TRY program. She then went on to hold various positions at Ramah Israel, including Program Director of TRY and Associate Director of Ramah Israel Institute (RII). In the late 90’s, she was asked to return to the US to serve as the head of the North American office of Ramah Israel. From there, she became the Assistant Director of Camp Ramah in the Poconos, and finally, the Executive Director of Pinemere Camp. Toby earned an MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in family and child therapy, and a BS in Special Education. Toby and her husband, Meir, have three children – Matan, Noa and Or. They currently live in the Philadelphia area. Toby is thrilled to have made a full circle, returning to her roots at Ramah Israel.