Our Staff | Camp Ramah Northern California

Our Staff

Geoffrey Menkowitz, Camp Director

In his nearly two decades of experience as a Jewish camp professional, Geoff Menkowitz has garnered a reputation as a dynamic educator, program innovator, and compassionate leader. Born in Philadelphia, Geoff’s parents first shipped him off to summer camp at the age of 10 and he never looked back. It is there where he developed his passion for Jewish education and building community. He received a B.A. and M.A. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania followed by advanced coursework in Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Until recently, he served as the Director of Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia; among his noteworthy accomplishments during his thirteen-year tenure were the development of an award-winning visual arts program, a vibrant music and dance culture, and a community-wide infrastructure to support children and young adults with a wide range of disabilities. Geoff is a graduate of Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute and his coaching resume spans from Division I Collegiate Rowing to Under 6 JCC Soccer.

Alli Moses, Assistant Director

Alli considers herself to be a camp person through and through. Originally from New Jersey, she grew up attending Jewish summer camp and working at camp for many years. After 13 years of day school education, she attended Muhlenberg College where she received a B.A. in Psychology and Jewish Studies. Alli then went on to pursue her masters in Jewish Educational Leadership from the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where she currently lives. During her Junior year study abroad experience in Israel, Alli heard about Ramah Galim and was excited about the opportunity to embark on a new adventure to the beautiful shores of Monterey Bay. She has been spending her summers immersed in this incredible community ever since, first as a counselor and then as a Rosh Edah.  

Alli is now thrilled to be a member of the Ramah Galim team as the Assistant Director. Passionate about the role that Jewish summer camp plays in Jewish education, Alli is looking forward to continuing to grow our community through fun and dynamic programming and developing relationships with our campers, staff and families. She can’t wait for many more fun filled summers on our beach filled with laughter, memories, ruach and lots of rikud!   

Alex Rubin, Assistant Director of Ramah Sports Academy

A high school and college athlete with a passion for camping, Alex Rubin is an experienced educator, award-winning ultimate Frisbee coach, and avid hiker. Alex started at Camp Havaya nearly two decades ago and in a career spanning from the youngest eidah all the way to senior staff roles, he led Havaya’s education team, sports program, and the No’ar Hadash Leadership Experience at different points along the way. Prior to joining RSA, Alex worked in student life roles at de Toledo High School in Los Angeles, most notably coordinating international exchange programs, teaching in the Jewish studies department, and developing a tefillah leadership program for students. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Education and Social Policy and recently completed a master’s degree at University of Southern California in Social Entrepreneurship. Alex lives in Philadelphia, but can probably be found at the nearest local park or planning their next road trip.

Deret Musselman, Director of Community Care and Tikvah

Deret Musselman has been a part of the Ramah Galim community for the last five years. He started as a counselor in our Tikvah program in 2018 and has led the Community Care and Tikvah team since 2021. Born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, he developed a passion for the outdoors and grew up mountain biking, hiking, and camping in the wilderness of Arizona. Deret pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Arizona State University and was connected to Ramah Galim through a Tikvah family. He spent the school year interning, then working with K-12 populations in the public schools of the greater Phoenix area while obtaining his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Northern Arizona University. After completing his MSW, Deret continued working with a school-based non-profit, training new social workers until May 2021. He brings a wealth of experience as a social worker and professional working with populations of those with exceptional needs.

Branden Johnson, Operations Manager & Registrar

Branden Johnson joined the Ramah Galim community in 2018, starting as the Summer Director of Communications before joining as the year-round Program Director and Registrar in 2021. During Kayitz 2022, Branden took over as Operations Manager. Before relocating to the Bay Area, Branden spent more than five years living in Israel. Branden grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication from the University of Oregon. He has a master’s degree in Jewish Educational Leadership from the William Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and is also an alumnus of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. He lives in San Francisco, where he is a Young Leaders Fellow with Jewish Family and Children’s Services, active in the Mission Minyan community, continues to swim competitively, attends as many professional sports games as he can, and likes to explore the incredible sights and activities the Bay Area has to offer.