MEET OUR DIRECTORS
Director of JCC Camps
Genna Singer joined the staff at The JCC in Manhattan in June, 2002, assisting the day camp director during the first summer of camp. Genna grew up attending day camp and overnight camp, and worked as a staff member in overnight camp for 5 years. In September of 2002, Genna became the Director of After School Programs at the JCC, while maintaining an active role in the summer camps as well. In September of 2006, Genna became the Director of Camps. She developed our outdoor camp, the Day Camp @ Pearl River while also maintaining our programs at the JCC: the Day Camp @ the JCC, and Summer Stock Theater Camp. Genna is very excited to develop our newest camp, Camp Settoga, and bring all of the traditions and amazing programming from Pearl River to Pomona. She is excited to bring the energy and enthusiasm of the JCC Summer Camps to our new home. Genna combines a love of children, a passion for camp, and a desire to help families find their place at the JCC as she plans for the summer. Whether visiting the pool deck on the 6th floor, baking challah on the campfire, or wandering in and out of classrooms on the 2nd floor, Genna marvels as each child finds a new bit of his/herself at the JCC Summer Camps.
Director, Camp Settoga
Adam began working at JCC Manhattan 6 years ago as a floating teacher and a coach for after school sports. He was also a coach at the Day Camp @ Pearl River for 2 summers (2010 and 2011). He has spent most summers as a camper, counselor or specialist at various camps around the country and feel very much at home in the camp environment. He is currently a Head Teacher in the Nursery School and on the Leadership Team. He received his M.S.T. in Early Childhood General and Special Education from The Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. Adam believes that children are capable and creators of their own knowledge, and that community is at the heart of what we do both as Early Childhood Educators and members of a Day Camp Staff. Adam is excited to move our campers and staff to our new home at Camp Settoga.
Site Director, Day Camp @ the JCC
Sari began working at the JCC 6 summers ago at the JCC Day Camp in Manhattan. In previous summers, Sari worked as the art specialist. The last two summers, she has taken on the roll of snack specialist. Sari currently works as the Atelierista in the nursery school. In this role Sari helps to supply the children with a creative learning environment to further explore new and old materials in various ways. She received her masters degree in early childhood general education and special education from Fordham University. Sari is looking forward to spending the summer with you and your children!
Program Director, Camp Settoga
Nessa has an M.A. in Jewish Experiential Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. She graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in both Music History and Jewish Social Studies. In her Sophomore year of College she studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School. While in her M.A. program, she taught Hebrew language to 3rd and 5th graders at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue on the upper west side of Manhattan. Before coming to Camp Settoga, Nessa lived in Jerusalem, and worked for KIVUNIM as the Associate Director of Community Outreach and Alumni Engagement. Prior to that, Nessa worked as a Graduate student intern at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) writing a curriculum for their short-term college-age service learning trips around the world. Nessa went to Camp Ramah in Canada for seven summers, and then worked there as a counselor and unit head for seven summers. Nessa loves camp and is so excited to spend her summer at Camp Settoga!