Alex Bernstein, Board Co-Chair
Alex co-manages a private equity fund that invests in late stage private technology companies. Before starting the fund he spent 21 years working for boutique investment banks doing public offerings, private placements and mergers/acquisitions for companies around the globe, but primarily in the United States and in Israel. Alex has served on the Camp Ramah in California (Ojai) camp board and was formally the Chair of their Endowment Committee. He is also an active volunteer at his children’s schools, especially when he can get involved in science or math education issues. Alex and his wife, Sonia, attended family camp at Ramah Ojai for six straight years and all three of their children attend Ramah in the summer. He attended a variety of Jewish camps on the East Coast growing up. Alex enjoys running, traveling, computing and spending time with his family.
Craig D. Miller, Board Co-Chair
Craig has been an active Jewish community volunteer both in Los Angeles and in San Francisco, where he now resides with his wife Jackie, and his 3 sons, Aaron, Joshua and Ilan. He has served in various leadership capacities with the Jewish Federation, is the lay leader for Shabbat services for young children at Congregation Beth Sholom, is actively involved in volunteer activities at his sons’ school, The Brandeis School of San Francisco, and is a member of the Board of Directors of The San Francisco Humanities. Craig was both a camper and counselor at Camp Ramah California, has co-chaired weekend retreats at Ramah and has attended Ramah family camp. Since 1993, Craig has been an attorney with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and securities offerings. He co-chairs the firm’s Financial Services and Banking practice and has also been designated to serve as national co-chair of the firm’s pro bono program.
Loren Shalinsky, Board Co-Chair
Loren is a strategic marketing and planning professional. He has worked in the marketing field for high technology companies for the last 20 years. When stepping away from the office, Loren has performed many roles in the community, including chairing the Planning and Agency Services committee for the South Peninsula Council of the Jewish Community Federation, serving as Vice President of the Young Adults Division of the SFJCF, being a member of his synagogue board, tutoring 2nd graders as a Jewish Coalition for Literacy tutor, as well as 10 years of being a youth group advisor for kids ranging from ages 8 to 18. Loren possesses a love for immersive Jewish experiences, as he has many years of attending and working at overnight camps (Camp Herzl in Wisconsin and Camp Young Judaea in Texas, if you must know) and 2 1/2 years of living and working in Israel. Loren and his wife Robyn are trying to instill a love of Judaism to their 2 sons, Nadav and Zahav.
Deborah Hoffman Gonzalez, Vice President
Deborah is actively involved with Conservative Judaism. She served as the President of Mosaic Law Congregation (MLC) in Sacramento and is now on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region. She worked for more than seven years as a music specialist in various Sunday schools in the Bay Area, Chicago, and Sacramento, and continues as a bar/bat mitzvah tutor for MLC. She is a proud alumnus of Camp Arazim, having been both a camper and a staff member, and attributes her Jewish knowledge to camp and United Synagogue Youth. She and her husband Louis have sent their two children to Ramah in Ojai for the past 3 years. Professionally, Deborah is a Speech Pathologist, working with both adults in a medical setting, as well as children from birth to three years old who have oral feeding disorders. She is the founder and co-chair of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region’s Committee on Inclusion and Disabilities. In her spare time Deborah loves being outdoors, running or cycling along the American River Parkway.
Janis Sherman Popp, Vice President
A passion for Jewish education has directed Janis’ volunteer work in the local and national Jewish community for over 40 years. She was a Women’s League for Conservative Judaism National Vice President, National Consultant speaker and editor of the organization’s Outlook Magazine. She has contributed significantly, over many years, to the planning, allocations and priority setting of funds for education and culture within our JCF where she is currently a member of the Board of Governors and a member of the JCEF scholarship committee. She was president of the BJE, a member of the board at Hausner, Hillel at Stanford, the board of the “J”, and is presently on the Lehrhaus Judaica board. She has been a valuable consultant for many programs including the Friendship Circle, Jewish Study Network, the early childhood education programs, and Remember Us, a holocaust education program which she helped to develop. She is a trained Cordon Bleu chef. She enjoys entertaining, traveling, photography, and making jewelry. Janis and Richard just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. They are blessed with two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and five precious grandchildren.
Jay Reisbaum, Past Chair
Jay was the first Chair of the Ramah NorCal Board of Trustees, and now serves as the Past Chair. He began his love for all things Ramah in the summer of ’75 at age 11. Jay attended Ramah CA as a camper, staff member and division head until he finished UCLA in 1986. Jay met his wife Tara at camp and she worked in and later ran the Tikvah special needs program. Jay and Tara raised their 3 children spending each summer at camp. Jay joined the Ramah CA board in 1993 managing the alumni and later the real estate areas and he became board chair from 2002 through 2005. As board chair Jay was placed on the National Ramah Commission which oversees Ramah nationally. Jay remains on the NRC and the Ramah CA executive committees. In his day job Jay is Senior Vice President of Laemmle Theatres, a family owned and operated art, foreign and independent movie theater chain in the Los Angeles area.
Anne Steirman, Treasurer
Anne is an active community volunteer and parent. She has served on a variety of boards and committees within the Jewish community, including board positions with the Jewish Community Federation, the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, and the Peninsula Jewish Community Center. In addition to volunteer work in the Jewish community, Anne has also been involved with My New Red Shoes, Women’s Recovery Association, the Peninsula Humane Society, and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Anne was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she had the good fortune to attend Camp Ramah on numerous occasions. Before having children, she worked for a public policy research firm, evaluating government-funded programs. Along with her husband, David, Anne’s main occupation is raising their daughter, Emily, and son, Evan, both of whom have been Ramah campers.
Miriam Wolf, Secretary
Miriam Wolf is a licensed clinical social worker who holds masters degrees in social work and special education. She has twenty five years of experience as a social worker, therapist and program director, with an expertise in child abuse. Since 1998, Miriam has had a consulting practice providing program consultant, forensic interviewing, training and curriculum development, and expert witness testimony. Miriam has served as an elected board member of the California Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CNCAC), and the California Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC). Within the Jewish community, Miriam has served on the boards of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and Shalom Bayit, and has been active with the youth committees of several synagogues. Miriam has a long, beloved history with Camp Ramah as a camper, counselor, rosh edah (division head) and yoetzet (parent liaison). In the 1980s, she served as the Director of the Tikvah Program, Camp Ramah in CA’s program for campers with special needs, and created its first vocational program for young adults and T.R.I.P. (Tikvah Ramah Israel Program). Miriam met her husband, Dani Moskowitz, at Ramah, and is the parent of two second generation Ramahniks, Yael and Rafi.
Mark has an MSEE, earned long enough ago that the information learned would be useless today — even if he could remember any of it. That applies also to the text book he co-authored. In 1969 he became a broker and served as a portfolio manager and investment adviser. His third career is”retirement,” which affords time to spend with friends, some of whom are well. He was a Camp Ramah Wisconsin camper in its first year of being – 1947. His wife, Adele, is a former Hebrew school principal, and was active in Camp Arazim, where their two daughters happily attended for several years.
Missy Sue Mastel
Missy Sue Mastel, CPA, CGMA, is a thought leader in financial forensics and an inspiration to young women entering STEM fields today. For the last 20 years, Ms. Mastel has redefined the practice of fraud recognition and investigative compliance in the telecommunications field, beginning with her seminal book on the topic, Telecom Audit, published by McGraw-Hill. She is a sought-after speaker and lecturer, appearing on NBC, CBS, and ABC news and as an expert witness in landmark cases in both Federal and International courts. In addition to redesigning telecom regulation, Ms. Mastel also actively participates in city school board politics, and serves on several boards and committees reflecting her commitment to justice and ethics, such as Hadassah, The Brandeis School of San Francisco, Lowell High School, the Pacific rowing club and Georgetown University, her alma mater.
Warren Mazer is a multi-year veteran of Camp Arazim and New Frontier USY. He first attended Arazim in 1979 and continued through the 1980s. In USY, Warren was New Frontier Regional President in 1989, International Communications Vice President in 1990, and a member of the Nativ Gap Year Program in Israel in 1990-1991. He recognizes many of those experiences as essential in forming the person that he is today, with his connection to Judaism, Israel, and the Jewish community. He is a strong believer in the power of youth activities to cement a strong connection to Jewish heritage, community, and observance for youngsters. The reemergence of a Conservative Movement camp in Northern California is a critical development in the long term maintenance of our community, and Ramah’s infrastructure is, by far, the best, platform upon which to build it. Warren is very excited at the prospect of participating in the oversite and development of this project.
Professionally, Warren began his career working for United Jewish Appeal as a field representative in the University Programs department. Subsequent to that experience, he has held a number of operational and consulting roles in the corporate world. After receiving his MBA from Columbia, Warren joined Bain and Company where he consulted to the executive leadership of numerous Fortune 500 companies on a range of projects. He was hired away by a client and has spent the last decade as an executive or entrepreneur in several different roles. He is currently the SVP of Finance and Administration for Aerion Corporation, an aerospace company developing the next generation of supersonic civil flight.
Warren lives in Oakland with his wife (also an Arazim alumnae) and three daughters (one of whom is of camp age and intends to participate this summer). They are active participants and members of Congregation Beth Jacob in Oakland and Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley.
Roberta grew up in Los Angeles and credits her strong Jewish identity to summer camp. Her family was very secular and she attended a reform synagogue where they never mentioned Israel or the Holocaust. At 15 she learned of Israel’s existence and at 19 she visited Israel and fell in love with the country. In addition, she has had a life-long keen interest in learning about the Holocaust. Dedication to Israel and the Jewish community has defined Roberta’s volunteer life. Roberta believes that Jewish camping is extremely important in forming and maintaining Jewish identity and, therefore, is a staunch advocate of Jewish camping and dedicated to making it available to as many children as possible.