The Camp Tavor Team

Meet our year-round staff and our summer leadership team!

Executive Director

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Danya Shapiro is a Tavor alum having spent many formative years as a chanichol (camper), madrichol (counselor), and a member of the Mazkirut (youth leadership) as Techni (technical director) and Rosh (director). Danya also worked at other Habonim Dror machanot (camps) in several different capacities and was the Gizbarit (treasurer) for the national Habonim Dror movement. Danya lived in Israel for 4 years and worked with workshop/shnat groups (gap year programs) from all the Habonim Dror English-speaking countries.

 

Prior to returning to Tavor as Executive Director, Danya worked at the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland as the Family Program Manager for jHUB. In that role, Danya helped provide interfaith and intercultural families a comfortable way to explore and personalize the meaning of Jewish culture and values in the modern world. 

 

To Danya, Tavor is a place of magic where the youth of all ages learn to embrace a values system, become leaders and  build community.  She is excited to help the next generations on their journeys. 

 

Danya has a B.A. in Environmental Education and Art from The Evergreen State College, a Master of Early Childhood Education from Arcadia University and is a graduate of M² Senior Educators Cohort for Experiential Jewish Education. 

Community Engagement Coordinator

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Randy Lubratich grew up in Westchester County, New York, but her summers were spent at Camp Dunmore in Salisbury, Vermont starting at age 8. She spent 15 joyous years going from camper to counselor.

She moved to Kalamazoo, MI in 2009 to complete the latter stages of a lengthy career in television media where she developed her communication and outreach skills which she is excited to contribute to the success of Camp Tavor.

In recent years, she has worked with Kalamazoo’s Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center, planning and executing numerous successful campaigns.

“I believe camp is where we set the foundation of the people we will become and I am so happy to share the gift of Tavor with as many families as I can!"

Randy@camptavor.org

Office Admin & Enrollment Coordinator

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Hello, nice to meet you! I’m Kit Shaw-Colorado, a native Michigander who has been living, growing my career and family in Colorado for the past 14 years.  In the summer of 2020 my family returned to Michigan to be closer to family, friends and the water. 

I am an Administration Executive with nearly 20 years of experience in management and administration. For the past eight years, I served as the Executive Director of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, CO. 

I am an idealist, collaborative leader, dreamer, and do-er. I’m a community leader, organizational motivator, organizer, and innovator.  I am deeply committed to social justice, equity, and sustainability.  

I adore my family, our big old (100 years old) house and thrifting for treasures to fill it. In my down time I can usually be found going on adventures with my wife and our daughter, playing fetch with our dog Hero, listening to music, googling Ruth Bader Ginsberg, learning about Judaism, doing art, or reading Harry Potter. 

Matthew Moser

Property Manager 

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Matthew Mosher has a unique combination of environmental, youth programming, and maintenance experience.

 

The bulk of his career has been spent performing environmental restoration and park maintenance with public agencies such as AmeriCorps, California Conservation Corps, MI DNR, and the City of Portage, MI.

 

His personal focus will be on the safety of campers, properly functioning facilities, preventative maintenance, and the beautification of camp while maintaining the “rustic” Camp Tavor feel.

 

“While working at Camp Tavor I have come to appreciate the beauty and charm of the camp. I truly think of Camp Tavor as a special place. The energy and enthusiasm displayed by the campers, counselors, and staff had a great deal of impact on me. I didn't realize how much I missed that optimistic, enthusiastic energy of young people.”

 

We're so pleased to have this new partnership with Matthew and look forward to our future years together.

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My name is Jordyn Schreiber and I’m so excited to join Tzedek Tzevet this year!

 

I’m 23 years old and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2020, majoring in Psychology. Right now in addition to working on Tzedek, I work as an assistant teacher in a first-grade classroom in Minneapolis. This past summer was my first summer at Tavor — I was on MBT Tzevet and LOVED it.

 

I’m thrilled to be a part of Tzedek to continue actualizing my passions for social justice and working with youth.

Year-Round Program Coordinator

Shoshana Grode 
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Year-Round Program Coordinator

Shosh has been spending summers at Tavor since 2006, and has held various roles on tzevet through the past few years, most recently Techni in 2018. 

 

Shosh graduated from Michigan State University in 2019 and has since been working in the Detroit area doing GIS (geographic information systems). 

 

Tavor has always been a meaningful and grounding space, that has helped build her connection to Judaism along with learning leadership and relationship building skills. She is excited to be back working with Tavor alongside Naomi as the Bonimot tzedek coordinator. 

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My name is Shana Olson and I am so excited to return to Tavor in a new role this summer.  I am a 3rd generation Habonim alum, following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather.  I spent summers at Tavor as a chanichol (camper), madrichol (counselor), Merakezet Chinuch (Education Director), and I was an MBI madrichol (Israel program counselor) in 2001. 

 

My years at Tavor instilled in me a passion for social justice, compassion for children, and skills in leadership and team management that lead me to pursue an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.  Since obtaining my LMSW, my focus has been on improving the mental and behavioral health of children and adolescents.  I have held leadership positions in a variety of programs in juvenile justice, schools, and psychiatric hospital program. 

 

I currently work with adolescents, adults, and families struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, conflictual relationships, and coping with transitions in my own private practice.  I look forward to bringing my expertise to help make this summer a happy and healthy one for the entire Tavor community.

 

I am excited to share this summer at Tavor with my husband, Kevin, and 4 children.  Nina (12) will be in Bonimot, Eli (10) will be in Amelimot, Lilah(7) and Ezra (4) will be hanging out in the Bayit (Camp office building) and on the Kikar (central gathering area). 

Camper Care Partner

Donna Neumark
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Camp Nurse

Donna has been at Tavor since 1973 (not continuously!). First as a camper then as a counselor, parent of campers, and parent of counselors.

In 2011, she began her tenure as camp nurse, she works the rest of the year per diem as an RN in San Francisco

In addition to tending to the physical and emotional health of the chanichimot and tzevet, she loves her time at this very special place and is passionate about the connections to generations of campers. Donna loves that everyone now joins in on Friday night during the Madatz cheers to sing a song she brought back to camp from the 1970s!  (We’re the KM of Tavor…..)

2022 Summer Staff
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Rosh Tavor, Summer 2022

Hi! My name is Talia Yaari, and I am so excited to be taking on the role of Rosh Tavor 2022! 

I have been involved in the Tavor community my entire life, attending ken events with my older siblings before I was finally old enough for my first summer at camp in 2007. I have worn many hats during my 5 years on tzevet, taking on the roles of Madrichol, Mashatz, and Madatz Madrichol over the summers, as well as doing year-round work as a member of Ken tzevet, Bonimot Tzedek tzevet, and Camp Committee. 

 

I am originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan, but I live in Ann Arbor where I am working towards my degree in Sociology and Social Work at the University of Michigan. I owe so much of my personhood to Tavor and the truly special community we build together in Three Rivers. At Tavor we place great value upon learning and questioning, self-expression, and youth empowerment, and this has continued to inform who I am as I have grown into adulthood. I love Tavor so much, and I am so excited for another summer of dance parties, lake swims, and youth autonomy.

Hazel Sher-Kisch
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Rakezet Chincuh

(Director of Programming)

Hi everyone! I’m Hazel your summer 2022 Chinuch! I could not be more excited to take on this role and help build another amazing Camp Tavor summer. 

 

Growing up at Tavor has been absolutely formative in my life. My first summer was as a chanicha in 2010, Chotrimot Alef for me, and I was immediately enamored with the environment Tavor created. I remember feeling so lucky that first summer to have a space to talk and learn about the things that were important to me. Tavor instilled in me a sincere passion for education, feminism, and youth empowerment, which I am so honored to play a role in continuing for our chanichimot now. 

 

I’m from Ann Arbor and go to school in New York. I’m currently a senior, but I’ll be graduating in the Fall of 2022 with a degree in Social and Cultural Analysis, History, and Spanish. At school, I am involved in the Jewish center, and I participate in a student-run dance collective. 

 

I can’t wait for another summer full of creativity and joy! 

Itamar Steiner
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Team Techni

(Technical Coordinator)

Hi, I'm Itamar, member of kvutzah 68, and 1/2 of Team Techni for 2022!

 

I am finishing up my undergraduate studies in Political Science and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois this spring, and am eagerly looking forward to an amazing summer!

 

Besides working at Tavor for the past 4 years, I served on the camp committee for 3 years, and now support the strategic planning process of Tavor as the tzevet representative. In college I have been involved with J Street, Hillel, various part time jobs, and student groups.

 

A few hobbies of mine are running around, cooking, baking, reading, cleaning, bicycling, and hiking.

 

Tavor is the place that I feel the most happy and free, so I could not be more excited to help co-create another summer at Tavor! 

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Team Techni

(Technical Coordinator)

Hi! My name is Zach Harris (Zarris) and I am so excited to be one half of Team Techni 2022!

 

I first came to Tavor for Chotrimot Aleph 2010 and have been coming back ever since! I’ve spent five summers on tzevet as a madrich, chava specialist, and mashatz.  

 

I’m originally from Skokie Illinois and am currently studying Political Science at Brown University. Tavor has played a huge role in my personal development. It’s helped me explore my Jewish identity, grow my passion for social justice, and build life-long relationships. I’m so excited for another summer of growth, learning, and giving back to a community that I love so much.