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 camp’s educational and programmatic vision and partnering with local rabbis and leaders to make Ramah in Northern California a thriving and nurturing Jewish community for youth. Rabbi Sarah was ordained as a rabbi with dual Masters degrees in Education and Rabbinic Studies from American Jewish University 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 Foster City with her husband Nate and daughter Lielle.

Alana Tilman, Assistant Camp Director

Alana Tilman is thrilled to have joined the Camp Ramah in Northern California team! Alana is was previously the Program Director of the National Ramah Commission. In her work at NRC she oversaw and planned National Ramah programs including movement-wide leadership training, college programming, and the Ramah Service Corps Fellowship. Alana is a graduate of Brandeis University and holds an MA in Informal Jewish education from the William Davidson School of Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. She has been a Jewish educator in a variety of settings including Synagogues, youth programs, and Jewish Community Centers. Alana was recently selected by UJA Federation of New York as an inaugural fellow of the Ruskay institute for Jewish Professional Leadership.

As a lifelong Ramahnik, she has spent many summers as a camper, counselor, and senior leader at Ramah Poconos, Ramah Israel Seminar, Ramah Nyack, and Ramah Berkshires. Alana proudly believes in the incredible life-changing and identity building power of summers at Camp Ramah and is grateful for her experiences at Ramah in shaping her into the leader and educator she is today.  Originally from suburban Philadelphia and having spent the past 7 years living in New York City, Alana is looking forward to enjoying the California sunshine!

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 an EdD in Educational Leadership and Change.


Ari Friedman, Director of Communications and Registrar

Ari Friedman is excited to be a member of the Ramah Galim family in Northern California after spending 15 joyful years in the Ramah community as a camper and staff member. Ari grew up in New York, attending Camp Ramah in the Berkshires as a camper and Camp Ramah Day Camp in Nyack as a staff member. After high school, Ari attended the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel. Ari went on to study Sociology at SUNY Oneonta in upstate New York. While studying, he had the opportunity to participate in the Nachshon Project in Jerusalem. Upon his return from Israel, Ari brought a passion for Israel education and working with kids to Ramah Galim as a counselor and lifeguard. Ari now enjoys spending his summers on the beautiful beach of the Monterey Bay where he continues to make lasting memories. He is looking forward to contributing to the long-term success of Ramah Galim.