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.



Dave Combs, Assistant Director  

Dave grew up at Camp Galil. He start in Amelim in 1997 and went all the way through Bogrim. Dave participated in the Workshop program (Workshop 55) in 2005-2006. After returning from Workshop, Dave worked at Machaneh (camp) during the summer while attending The University of Pittsburgh. While working at Machaneh Galil, Dave worked as a Madrich, Tiyul/Ropes Specialist, Techni, and was Rosh Machaneh (2010). He is thrilled to be joining the professional staff team of Machaneh Galil for the summer of 2017 so that he can help new families discover the excitement and power of Galil’s summer experience. He believes strongly in the importance of youth empowerment and creating a community of kindness. Dave graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Class of 2010. After working for several years Dave went on to earn his Masters Degree from Kutztown University in Psychology and School Counseling. Currently, Dave works as a high school Guidance Counselor.

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.