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 (Young Judaea and USY). 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, who have both proudly attended Camp Ramah in Ojai, Camp Ramah in the Rockies, and Ramah Galim.
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 president-elect for the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region. She worked for more than seven years as a music specialist in variousSunday 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 since 2010. 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 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 (JLW), a member of the board at Hausner, Hillel at Stanford, and the board of the “J. 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 are blessed with two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and five precious grandchildren.
Warren Mazer, Treasurer
Warren 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. Professionally, Warren began his career at United Jewish Appeal. Subsequently, 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 has spent the last decade as an executive or entrepreneur in several different roles, ranging from CEO of an artificial flower company to CFO of a supersonic aircraft startup. Warren lives in Oakland with his wife (also an Arazim alumnae) and three daughters. They are active participants and members of Congregation Beth Jacob in Oakland and Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley.
Miriam Wolf, Secretary
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, Ramah 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 second generation Ramahniks, Yael and Rafi, who now work at Ramah CA. She has served on the boards of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Shalom Bayit and Congregation Kol Emeth, and as a youth advisor and commissioner for USY. Professionally, Miriam is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty five years of experience as a practitioner, program director, trainer and expert witness in the field of child maltreatment, and has served on two professional boards, Children’s Advocacy Centers of California (CACC) and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children – California Chapter (CAPSAC).
Alex Bernstein, Past Chair
Alex has been an active volunteer in the Jewish community since moving to San Franciso in 1994. In addition to his involvement with Jewish camping, Alex is also the Treasurer of the JCRC, helps out with his shul’s USY group and gets involved in his children’s schools, especially if it involves math or science issues. Alex first served on the Camp Ramah in California (Ojai) camp board nearly 10 years ago, and was formally the Chair of their Endowment Committee. 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 co-manages a private technology-focused equity fund and has been involved in mid and late stage investing for nearly 25 years, including several hundred public offerings for US, Asian and Israeli technology companies. Alex enjoys biking, traveling, computing and spending time with his family.
Jay’s love for Camp Ramah began 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 where she worked in and later ran the Tikvah Program. Jay and Tara live in Los Angeles where they raised their three children, Max, Ari and Dani, spending each summer at Ramah Ojai. Jay joined the Ramah CA board in 1993 managing first the alumni and later the real estate activities, serving as Chair from 2002 through 2005. The concept of growing a new Ramah camp in NorCal began as a project of the Ramah Ojai board during this time (a quick thanks to Rabbi Dan Greyber, Randy Michaels and Rabbi Joe Mensashe). Jay served as the founding Chair of the Ramah NorCal Board of Directors. As Ojai Board Chair, Jay also served on the National Ramah Commission which oversees all Ramah overnight, day and specialty camps in North America and Israel. Jay currently serves as Vice President of the NRC and as an Honorary Life Director of Ramah CA. 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. Jay and Tara are members of the Family Minyan at Sinai Temple. Jay could not be more proud of Ramah Galim and our professional / lay team and continues with great excitement to grow the impact of Ramah.
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 securities broker and served as a portfolio manager and investment adviser to a loyal client base. He was published in Barron’s and quoted in the WSJ. 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.
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.
Rabbi Susan Leider
Rabbi Leider is the spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA. She is passionate about the amazing work Ramah Galim is doing and is excited to partner with them. A Southern California native, Rabbi Leider received her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from the University of California at Irvine. At the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, she earned her Master of Rabbinic Studies degree in 2002 and rabbinic ordination in 2006. Since ordination, she has served as assistant rabbi and later as associate rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. Prior to attending rabbinical school, she served as principal at the Pressman Academy Religious School and held other positions in Jewish education at the Orange County Bureau of Jewish Education, Temple EmanuEl in San Jose, Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, Camp Ramah of California, Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, and the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Greater San Jose. She has been married to her husband, Jeff since 1990 and has three children: Jessie, Sarah and Talia.
Daniela is currently Yavneh’s Day School’s Director of Development. Previously, she served as a member of Yavneh’s Board of Trustees and as President of Yavneh’s Parents Association. With a background in career counseling, Daniela has worked in Human Resources and Childcare Advocacy. She has enjoyed serving on committees hosting multiple community events and fundraisers serving Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley and Yavneh Day School. Daniela enjoys spending time traveling to new places with her husband and two sons (both Yavneh students and Ramah Galim campers), hiking and visiting extended family on the East Coast.
Stephen grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and is proud of his roots in Southern Jewish hospitality (although immune from keeping a Southern drawl, he sound pretty authentic when he wants to). His next step was not too far as he ventured to Duke University, where he met his wonderful wife, Irene, on their first day of freshman orientation – meeting at the Hillel Ice Cream Social! Ultimately, Stephen graduated with a BS and a double major in Biology and History. He and Irene continued at Duke for medical school (officially tying the knot during their three week break between first and second years), never having missed a single Duke basketball game in their 8 years at Duke (and, to this day, still remain rabid fans). He and Irene both continued in residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD) in Pediatrics and Medicine, respectively. He did his Gastroenterology fellowship at UCSF, completing their pilgrimage to the West coast where they reunited with Irene’s sister and parents who also call the mid-Peninsula their home. Stephen and Irene both work as physicians for The Permanente Medical Group at Kaiser Santa Clara and have done so since 2005. At home, they are the extremely proud parents of two tweens. They are also active members at their synagogue in Foster City (Peninsula Sinai Congregation) where he has previously served on the Board for several years (including a stint as a Vice-President) and where Irene currently serves as Board President. Irene was also the Chair of their Rabbi Search Committee which brought the current Rabbi Corey Helfand to the pulpit. Their son, Yossi, spent two years at Ramah Ojai before spending the past two summers at Ramah Galim along with their daughter Galit, both who are now begging to spend even more weeks there this summer. In addition, Irene has served as Medical Director at Ramah Galim for its first two seasons. In Stephen’s “spare” time, he can be found on the basketball court and having recently trained for his now completed first half-marathon!
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Camp Ramah in Northern California operates under the educational guidance of the National Ramah Commission and is supported by an accelerator grant from the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Avi Chai Foundation. Camp Ramah in Northern California also receives financial support from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Camp Ramah in Northern California is a proud partner of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.