Professional Staff

David Weiss, Executive Director

David joined Camp Galil in the Fall of 2014. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Director of Camp Judaea in North Carolina, and was previously a madrich, Rosh Sport, and the Program Director.

While new to Habonim Dror, David did grow up in Young Judaea, a Zionist youth movement, where he discovered his love and passion for Israel. David earned his graduate degree and undergraduate degrees at Florida State University. While at Florida State, David was the Director of the Jewish Student Union and Vice President of the Hillel.

David is a graduate of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's JCamp180 GIFT program. He has served as a Liaison with the Foundation for Jewish Camp's Launchpad and Cornerstone Fellowships. David also volunteers with the American Camp Association as a Visitor for the camp accreditation process.

 

 

Shiah IrgangLaden, Assistant Director  

Shiah grew up at Camp Galil. He started in Amelim 1998 and went all the way through Bogrim. Shiah participated in the Madatz program and worked several summers as a madrich, melaveh, and as Chinuch in the Galil Mazkirut. The social and ideological tenants of Galil shaped a great deal of his character. He is thrilled to be joining the professional staff team so that he can help new families discover the excitement and power of Galil's summer experience. 

Before joining the Galil Team, Shiah worked as a lead teacher at The Bolton Hill Nursery School in Baltimore. He believes strongly in the importance of youth empowerment, social justice, and creating a community of kindness. He aspires to discover super powers and start a super hero team but is quite content to encourage youth to feel like super heroes within their communities until then. 

Shiah attended Goucher College where he studied English and Creative Writing. He used to perform regularly with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. When he finds the time, he writes short fiction and collaborates on stage shows. 


Jeff Smyth, Facilities Manager 
 

 

 

Jeff is a full-time employee and lives on the property. Although new to the Galil family, Jeff brings with him twenty five years of camp experience. He was previously the Property Manager of a premiere day camp located in Lower Bucks County for twelve years then spent the past thirteen years as the Executive Director of that same camp. Along with participating in numerous American Camp Association training programs, Jeff is a Certified Pool Manager, Certified Pesticide Applicator and Certified Food Safety Handler. A Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader for twelve years, Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball certified coach for eight years, Jeff has worked with children and young adults for much of his adult life.