Our Staff

Rabbi Jill Levy, Director

Rabbi Jill Levy joined the Camp Ramah in New England staff in September 2019.  Rabbi Jill joined CRNE after five years as Rabbi at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC in Houston, where she also served as Director of their largest day camp, Camp Kaleidoscope.  Rabbi Jill spent three summers on staff at Ramah Darom and one summer on staff at Ramah Nyack.  Prior to her position at the Houston JCC, Rabbi Jill was Director of Congregational Learning at Herzl-Ner Tamid in Mercer Island, WA.  Rabbi Jill received her ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011.  While in rabbinical school, she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and served as student rabbi in several different congregations. In addition, she completed a summer of clinical pastoral education at St. Luke’s and Texas Children’s Hospitals in Houston. Rabbi Jill also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.  She currently lives in Silver Spring with her husband, Matt, and two daughters (and eager campers), Nava and Miri.  In her free time, you can find her running or bike riding on one of the many trails in the D.C. area.

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Sharon Rosenberg Safra, Assistant Director

A Bowie, Maryland native, Sharon Rosenberg Safra received her BA in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Jewish Education from the Davidson Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sharon worked as the yoetzet (parent liaison) at the Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington in its initial summer and served as the Family Education Director at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville from 2003 to 2016. Prior to 2003, Sharon worked as a Hillel professional, synagogue Program Director, and Regional USY Director. She and her husband, Rabbi Michael Safra, are the proud parents of three children and happy Ramahniks, Rebecca, Ethan, and Gila. Sharon believes strongly in the power of community and enjoys her work building a diverse summer kehillah each year.  When not at work or with her family, you can often find Sharon cooking or reading.

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Linor Shemesh, Registrar & Program Coordinator

Linor Shemesh is a recent graduate from the University of Hartford, where she majored in Communication Studies and Teacher Education. Linor grew up in Maryland, attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and spent summers at Camp Ramah in New England. Prior to joining Ramah Day Camp full time, Linor spent two summers working as the Communication and Logistics Coordinator. She also taught Hebrew School in the Hartford area. Linor enjoys traveling to Israel and visiting her friends and family there.

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Elisheva Layman, Tikvah Director

Elisheva Layman graduated from the University of Maryland with a Masters degree in Special Education and has worked as a special educator at a Jewish day school in New Jersey for the past six years. She is a longtime leader in the Camp Ramah in New England community, having served nine summers in the Tikvah Program at the Palmer overnight camp and one summer as a senior staff member here at our DC area day camp. In summer 2018, Elisheva worked on the camper care team in Palmer, supporting campers with various needs throughout the camp community. In her free time she enjoys seeing Broadway shows, cooking and spending time with her friends. A Maryland native, she now lives in New York City.

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Rabbi Ed Gelb, C.E.O., Ramah New England

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Billing & Financial Aid

Ed Pletman
Director of Finance and Operations, Ramah New England

Ken Milgram
Finance Associate, Ramah New England