Our Staff | Camp Ramah Northern California

Our Staff

Rabbi Sarah Shulman, Camp Director

Rabbi Sarah is a dynamic Jewish community leader with educational leadership and program experience, including a strong track record building Ramah Outdoor Adventure. In her role as Director, Rabbi Sarah is shaping our new camp’s educational and programmatic vision and partnering with local rabbis and community leaders to make Ramah in Northern California a reality. Rabbi Sarah was ordained as a rabbi from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in May of 2016. Rabbi Sarah is passionate about community transformation through Jewish educational experiences.

Originally from Seattle, Rabbi Sarah attended Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in Biology with studies in Environmental Health and Marine Biology. After college, Rabbi Sarah completed the Day School Leadership through Teaching (DeLeT) fellowship, and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for six years, teaching at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco. She also has an impressive athletic background, having competed in IRONMAN competitions and other ultra-endurance events as an accomplished swimmer, runner, and cyclist. Rabbi Sarah currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband whom she met at Ramah in the Rockies during the camp’s inaugural summer of 2010.

Nate Bankirer, Business Manager

As a Colorado native, Nate is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys backpacking, cycling, rock climbing, mountaineering, and scuba diving. However, when he cannot get out into nature, Nate also enjoys technology and website development. Growing up, Nate attended a variety of Jewish summer camps including Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and after college he worked at Ramah in the Rockies, helping to co-create JOLI, the Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute and their wilderness survival program.

Nate has created leadership programs for experiential educational outfits, focusing on skill building and self-development, run logistics for summer camps, developed marketing plans for educational institutions and ran operations for outdoor youth organizations. He has earned a Masters in Instructional Leadership, and is in the last stages of an EdD in Educational Leadership and Change.

Maureen Krantz, Community Engagement Director

Born in Israel, Maureen was raised in Los Angeles, where she attended Jewish day school and was very active in Far West USY. She started her Ramah career as a counselor and specialist for two summers at Camp Ramah in CA. Professionally, Maureen served as a legal career advisor for many years, after which she transitioned to working within the Jewish community in 2008. She has held development, programming and managerial positions, most recently as the senior synagogue administrator at Beth Jacob Congregation in Oakland, CA. Maureen holds a B.A. from UC San Diego and a J.D. from UC Hastings. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband Derek (who was introduced to her by a Ramah friend) and can’t wait to return to camp this summer with her three children Shai, Aya and Benny.

Ari Eisen, Director of Communications

After spending all of her childhood summers at Camp Ramah in Canada, Ari is thrilled to be a part of the creation of a new Ramah experience in the Bay area. She was the head of the Adventure Sports specialty track and the Farm Manager at camp this past summer, and serves as the Director of Communications year-round.

Last year, Ari worked as a farmer and environmental educator at Urban Adamah, a Jewish community farm in Berkeley, California. Prior to her work at Urban Adamah, Ari spent a year working as an intern coordinator for Jewish Women International.

Ari is passionate about experiential outdoor education as a tool for personal and collective growth. She is originally from Washington, D.C. and is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied global health and environmental studies. She hopes to fuse these areas of interest, as well as her love for camping, hiking, singing, meditation, and guitar, by using nature and outdoor immersive experiences as methods for physical and mental healing.

Wendy Askenas, Office Manager

Wendy has enjoyed being an active volunteer for years in the Jewish community of Silicon Valley, ranging from working on committees for fundraising events, to volunteering at her children’s day schools, to sitting on the boards of synagogues and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley’s Women’s Philanthropy board. Wendy has a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from UMass Amherst and an MBA from Western New England University in Springfield, MA. While working most recently at Tesla, she was approached to take over as the Office Manager for Camp Ramah in Northern California. After hearing years of positive feedback from friends involved in planning Ramah Galim, as well as a long personal history with Camp Ramah (her two daughters spent over 12 years each at Camp Ramah in Ojai), she happily accepted the position. Wendy loved getting to know the incredible staff during her first summer at camp and is thrilled to continue her work year-round.