Meet Our Day Camp Staff
Abbey is counting down the seconds till J-Day Camps kicks off this summer! Previously, Abbey worked as an assistant day camp director at three other day camps including JCC of Southern Nevada and Siegel JCC in Wilmington, Delaware and Park Synagogue here in Cleveland. She has a Bachelor in Science of Education from Kent State.
Liza has been in the field of Early Care and Education for more than seven years. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor degree in Human Development and Family Science. She obtained her Master’s degree in Jewish Education from Siegal College of Judaic Studies. Liza also completed JECELI (Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute,) a two-year postgraduate program specifically designed to prepare talented teachers for Early Childhood leadership roles.
Bob joined the Mandel JCC family in May of 2019. He serves as the Children, Youth, and Teen Program Manger overseeing such programs as J-Kids Club and other related aspects regarding youth programming. Bob brings a wealth of multi-faceted programming experience and knowledge as well as educational expertise to The J.
Most recently Bob worked as a curriculum and instruction specialist for a non-profit organization responsible for serving Cleveland Metro Schools and the surrounding area districts. Prior to that, for the last 20 years Bob has worked as a teacher and administrator in both public and private school settings in both Ohio and Connecticut. He started his career working for the Jewish Community Center in Fairfield County, CT as the Youth Program Director. Bob has served as a lead/head teacher, an administrator/coordinator for school initiatives and programs. In addition, he was also a classroom teacher for grades kindergarten through seventh.
Rachel joined the Mandel JCC family in December of 2016 and in that time has raised the level of customer service, improved the operations experience for both staff and members and has played a key role in supporting our families in navigating the complexities of Day Camp, Kids Club and enrichment program registration. Rachel has built trust and wonderful relationships with her coworkers as well as with parents and children.
Prior to coming to work at the JCC Rachel spent 6 years of camp programming experience where she served several roles including Wilderness coordinator and as a naturalist. Her previous work also includes four years in an administrative role for a property management company.
Emma Miller is thrilled to be back at Performing Arts Camp, where she was previously a camper, counselor, supervisor & assistant director. Emma lives in New York City, where she runs a professional theater company called The Hearth. She is also the Theater Arts Director at B’nai Jeshurun NYC, the Teen Educator at HaZamir, and a consultant for synagogues and youth programs. Emma graduated from Kenyon College and The National Theater Institute.
Iris returns for her second summer overseeing the Hebrew Immersion program. She has been in the field of early childhood education since 2007, teaching at Gross Schechter Day School. She grew up in Israel, and loves being able to instill a bond and love for Israel and the Hebrew language in her students. Iris is married with four children, and enjoys baking, cooking, participating in sports and spending quality time with her family.