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 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!
Deret came to us as a long-term staff member starting in our Tikvah program in prior years, and served as a Yoetz/community care staff member this year. Growing up in Flagstaff, Arizona he developed a passion for the outdoors. He 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 of 2021.
Deret now has the privilege of serving the Ramah Galim Community as the Director of Community Care, and is excited to spend his summers in Northern California while working with Ramah NorCal families and campers. He brings a wealth of experience as a social worker and professional working with populations of those with exceptional needs.
Branden spent several summers at Camp Ramah in Northern California as the Summer Program Director and is now returning to camp in the role of Year Round Program Director. 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. He is also an alumnus of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. He lives in Tel Aviv.