Meet Our Camp Committee (Board of Directors)
The Camp Galil community enjoys the support of our Camp Committee (Board of Directors) who looks out for the well being of Camp Galil outside of our summer season. The group is composed of Galil parents, alumni, and current ma'apilimot who all share a deep love and commitment to Galil's present and future.
We would love for you to get more involved in one of our board's subcommittees! If you are interested in governance, alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, building/grouds, or finance please contact board chair, Arielle Wernick, to learn more. If there is a way you would like to help out the Camp Galil community that isn't on the list above, reach out to Camp Galil's Community Engagement staff and who wil be sure to find the right fit!
Tom Benamram began attending Machaneh Galil in 2011 when a family friend and kvutza member said that Galil was her second home. From that Bogrim summer until he graduated from high school he knew that he was going to be on Workshop 64. Tom has worked in the mitbach, as a madrich, and as Kambatz for four summers.
Currently, Tom attends SUNY Geneseo, where he’s determining whether he wants to pursue and BA or a BS in Mathematics. In his spare time he’s a member of the Geneseo Men’s Ultimate team, Snail.
Lia BenYishay started attending Galil in 2008, her bonimot summer (post 8th grade), and continued through to Madatz (post 11th grade) 2011. After high school, she attended Habonim Dror’s Workshop program. After Workshop 62 she continued to help out in the Machaneh Galil and Habonim Dror communities as a local Ken leader throughout the year and in the summers as a madricha, on tzevet madatz and serving as the Rosh Machaneh in 2016.
She has been an active member of her national kvutzah and in the Eizor while earning a degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Penn State. Lia is super excited to continue Camp Galil leadership on the board!
Hannah Boroff started going to Habonim Dror Camp Galil for Amelim 2008. She has worked on tzevet (staff) for two summers so far, as a madricha and gan (garden) specialist. She went on workshop 66 and is a passionate movement member. She studies environmental science at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.
Brian Cohen began his time in the Habonim Dror Camp Galil community in 1998. Since then he has credited his experience there as a precursor to a lot of decisions in his life including (but not limited to): being very involved at the Hillel at UPenn, living in Moishe House Philadelphia, co-chairing LimmudPhilly, staffing multiple Israel trips, and becoming a teacher. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wonderful wife and works at Brooklyn Collaborative, a school espousing many of the same values as Galil.
Jeff Cohen began attending Habonim Dror Camp Galil in 1993 in Sayarim and didn't stop until he became Technical Director in 2004. In between, he was a member of Madatz 1998, Workshop 49, and a madrich to chanichim of all ages. He was a previous Camp Committee member until moving away in 2005, and is now a returning member having earned a law degree and having become a member of the bar. Jeff is an attorney who practices law in Philadelphia.
Dov Goldman began attending Habonim Dror Camp Galil in 1993 and continued as a mardirch for many chanichim until 2003. He currently works in IT at Thomas Jefferson Hospital
Shana Hart grew up in Wilmington Delaware in a conservative family. She spent four summers at Ramah overnight camp and a summer in Israel. When her son Isaac suggested overnight camp to her at the end of third grade, it was already too late for that summer. They attended an open house that summer and he was hooked with just one visit! He laid down in the middle of the field and didn't want to move. Shana knew at that moment Isaac had found a home within Galil. Isaac has spent the past five summers at Galil and every summer gets even better. He has more friends from camp that he see throughout the year at the Ken events and can't wait for the next one to happen. He loves to go to camp for spring and fall seminars and help out with the open houses. Shana works at University of Pennsylvania.
Dan Matthews is ma'apil (College age HDNA member) from Kvutzat 65. A sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Economics and Political Science, he has developed his Jewish identity and Israel engagement at Galil and hopes to help others do the same.
Joe Ross has been a member of the Galil Camp Committee since 2000, and has been associated with Camp Galil as a camper, parent and Board member for almost 50 years. He served as the Board Chair and President from 2011 to until 2014, and has also led efforts at strategic planning and master planning. He will be serving as the Chair of the Development Committee and also serves on the Building and Grounds Committee. Joe is an attorney practicing in Center City Philadelphia and resides in Bala Cynwyd.
Carol Shore was extremely lucky to marry into the Camp Galil community thanks to her husband Steve (Workshop 24). Now a second generation Galil family, all of Carol's kids Galil, the oldest of which held his wedding there and is raising Amelimot 2025 & 2027. Carol has witnessed the intensely positive, lifelong impact Galil has on youth into adulthood, instilling Jewish values of social justice, compassion and sensitivity, developing skills of teamwork, inclusivity and love of Israel.
Originally from Providence, RI, Carol studied political science at Rutgers and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, lived on Kibbutz Ruchama for five years, worked in various capacities in development and outreach in the Jewish community, as well as teaching Sunday school in San Francisco, Providence and Philadelphia. Carol feels honored to serve on the Galil board, supporting the youth leading youth model, and being a member of this board community committed to keeping Galil thriving into the future.
Arielle Wernick began attending Galil as a member of Chotrim '98. She loved camp so much that she continued as a camper and counselor for a total of 12 years. Arielle also participated in Workshop 55 before attending Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Arielle has been on the Camp Committee since 2010 and is currently serving as the board chair! Arielle is thrilled to be leading a strong and excited board who care deeply about the present and future of Galil. Arielle works at The Vanguard Group. If you are interested in getting involved in one of the board's subcommittees, please contact Arielle.
Barak Zimmerman started attending Camp Galil in the summer of 1984 and finished with KM Bet 1988. His first year as madriach was in 1990. He participated in Workshop 40 and was Rosh Mitbauch Summers 1996, 1997 and 1998. Barak was Hatzron summer of 98 and through till summer 1999. He has worked with Lou Doorhammer, Ron, Buzz, & Rich. He is currently the President at a small regional public information research and research management company.