Board of Directors
It is an honor and a privilege to be the President of the Board of Directors of Camp Yavneh. For over 70 years, Camp Yavneh has instilled young people with strong Jewish identities and knowledge and provided them with fun and meaningful camp experiences. The generations of committed Jews and leaders who have come out of Yavneh fill me with pride and hope for the future.
As we continue to build on Yavneh’s past success and chart the course forward, I welcome your input and ideas. Please email me at any time.
Nanette Fridman, President of the Board of Directors
Nanette Fridman - President
Nanette Fridman first experienced Camp Yavneh when she came to Family Camp with her husband and then young children. Now she serves as President of the Board of Directors and is the mother of two campers. Professionally, Nanette is the founder and principal of Fridman Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, financial resource development and governance for nonprofits.
Russell Lightman - Treasurer
Russell, a former Yavneh camper, has served on the Board of directors as Treasurer and been part of the camp family for more than 25 years. He is a Partner in Marcum LLP, a national CPA firm, in the Needham, MA office, and has over 30 years of experience in public accounting. Russell lives in Newton, MA with his wife Nancy. Russell is active in the Newton Needham Chamber, and served on a number of other not-for-profit board of directors.
Aaron is the fourth generation of his family to support Yavneh’s mission. Aaron’s great grandparents and grandparents were early supporters of Hebrew College and Camp Yavneh. His mother and uncles attended Yavneh as campers and as counselors and were also supporters of Yavneh. Aaron is the fourth generation to lead his family business, Harodite Industries, in Taunton Massachusetts. Aaron currently serves on the AAFA (American Apparel & Footwear Assoc.) board of directors and served for almost 15 years on the board of Kehillat Schechter Academy. Aaron is currently serving on the finance committee of Ner Tamid Community Day School in Sharon.
Ruth lives and works in the Boston area. She and her family started attending Yavneh with Family Camp and now have two Camp Yavneh campers in the family. A librarian, Ruth grew up going to Henry S. Jacobs and Greene Family camps and graduated from Brandeis University. Ruth has lived and worked in Israel as part of Sherut L’am and served on the Ma’ayan board for a decade. The Bernsteins attend congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton.
Howie attended Camp Yavneh as a counselor in 1984 and has served on the Yavneh Board since 2011. His father, Maxwell, was a member of the Yavneh Board during the 1960s-1980s and served as Chairman of the Board of Hebrew College from 1982-84. Both his sons, Mitchell (Na’aleh), and Max (Ma’alot) are proud and loyal Yavneh campers. Howie is a fundraising professional with more than 18 years experience and presently serves The Rashi School as Director of Development. Prior to Rashi, Howie served as Director of Development with the Huntington theatre Company for 9 years and in several fundraising positions over 6 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Nicole Lieberman Gann is an attorney, licensed to practice in California and Massachusetts. Along with the Camp Yavneh Board, Nicole serves as a Trustee and Development Chair for the Jewish Community Day School. She is also a Nursing Mothers' Counselor. Nicole lives in Newton, MA with her husband, Joshua Gann, and their three children.
Shira Garber Strosberg
Shira attended Camp Yavneh from 1994-1997 and joins the board with a long (and still going!) family legacy of Yavneh campers and counselors in both the Garber and Strosberg families. Shira and her husband, Nathaniel Strosberg, live in Newton with their three boys. Nathaniel also worked as a counselor at Yavneh for three summers (1999-2001). Shira is the director of enrollment and marketing at Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton, MA.
Jesse Geller was a camper and staff member at Yavneh from 1973-1974 and 1976-1984 (Kerem 1977). He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Camp Yavneh since 1994, serving as the Building and Grounds Committee Chairman and as an officer of the Board. Jesse is the immediate past President of the Yavneh Board. He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife Pamela and son Levi (Kerem 2025).
Ruby Gelman is a pediatric dentist and has a private practice in Greenwich Village, NY. She lives in Manhattan with her husband Shimon Shkury and their two children, Ari (age 7) and Avital (age 4). Ruby attended Yavneh as a babysitter in the late 1980s and later served as a counselor and Rosh Ayda for many years. She credits her time at Yavneh with two very pivotal roles in her life: Yavneh helped Ruby to realize that she wanted a career where she could work with and help children; and more so than any other area of her religious life, Yavneh helped to form her as a committed and engaged Jew. Ruby has been involved with Yavneh the last several years, especially in areas of fundraising and scholarships. As a child who was not able to attend camp because of finances, Ruby is dedicated to helping Yavneh maintain a robust scholarship fund.
Scott is a Chestnut Hill based attorney concentrating in business litigation, construction law and Brookline zoning. Scott was a camper and then a counselor/waterfront/kitchen staff at Yavneh throughout the ‘80s. Scott’s three children have attended Yavneh with his youngest returning this summer. Scott is an officer at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill, a long-time Brookline Town Meeting Member, and founding President of Ma’or collaborative Religious School.
Matt has been on the Board of Camp Yavneh since 2005 and was President from 2006-2009. He is a Managing Director of LLM Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Matt has served on Boards of public and private companies in the U.S., Canada and Israel, and has served on and been Chair of Audit and Compensation & Governance Committees. He is Chair of the Newton School Committee. Matt received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1987) and a B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University (1981).
Debbie Shapiro Katz is Senior Development Officer in Major Gifts at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. She was a camper at Yavneh for three years while growing up in Brookline. Her years at Yavneh influenced her greatly! After spending ten years in New York City, she currently lives in Needham with her two young children and her husband Doug, a psychologist. They are members of Temple Emanuel.
Rabbi Daniel Klein was a camper and counselor at Camp Yavneh in the 1990s and a teacher in 2005. A passionate believer in pluralistic Jewish education, Daniel graduated from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2010 and currently works as the Director of Admissions and Director of Student Life for the school. He is also the Rabbi in Residence at The Boston Synagogue. Daniel grew up in Newton, MA and after living and working in Chicago, San Francisco and New York, now lives back in Newton with his wife Jen and their two kids, Micah and Nora.
Doron’s first summer at Camp Yavneh was in 1992 as a Gurim camper and continued on to Kerem ’98 and Na’aleh ’99. Doron returned to Yavneh as a counselor followed by Rosh Arayot in 2004. Doron married his high school sweetheart – both he and Elana Fein graduated in the first class of the The New Jewish High School/Gann Academy. After studying medicine at Tel Aviv University, Doron continued on to train in Emergency Medicine at UMass, and now works as an ER doctor in the Boston area. Doron spends a week or two every summer returning to Yavneh as a camp physician. His two daughters, Orly (age 4) and Meirav (4 months) can’t wait to go to Yavneh as campers!
Sara Lee was a professor of Jewish education and director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She grew up in Boston and worked at Camp Pembroke one of the Cohen Family Camps. Sara's children all attended Young Judaea camps, and her granddaughter Maya was both a camper and counselor at Camp Yavneh. In the course of her career in Jewish education she has consulted with and placed graduates of the program she directed in a variety of Jewish educational camps. Sara is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hebrew College.
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann is the eighth President of Hebrew College. He previously served as the founding Headmaster of Gann Academy - The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston and the Founding Director of BIMA – The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts. A graduate of Yeshiva University and its Rabbinical School, Rabbi Lehmann received the Covenant Foundation Award as well as the Benjamin Shevach Award from Hebrew College for his innovative leadership in Jewish education. He has both studied and taught at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the National Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL) in New York. Rabbi Lehmann has written numerous articles and chapters on Jewish education and interreligious learning, and has lectured widely to professional and communal audiences.
Laurel Marcus attended Camp Yavneh for 9 years as a camper and a counselor. She grew up in Needham, MA and attended Dartmouth College, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Digital Arts. Professionally, Laurel works at Digitas, a digital marketing company in downtown Boston, where she specializes in search engine optimization (SEO). On the side, she consults for small, local companies on digital strategy and maintains a personal blog on the intersection of creativity, technology and innovation (laureljmarcus.com). She is a participant in AJC’s Global Advocacy Fellowship program and serves on the Gann Academy alumni committee.
Harold is a devoted Yavneh booster, having spent seven summers there (1978-1984) and now with two sons attending. He resides in Brookline, MA with his wife, Linda, and his boys Aaron, Jacob and Ethan. He also tries to spend some time at work, assuming it does not conflict with his Yavneh responsibilities.
Rebecca was a camper at Yavneh for 8 summers in the 80’s, Kerem ’89 followed by 2 summers as a counselor. In addition to being a second generation Yavneh alum, Rebecca is also a Yavneh parent to 3 campers and a proud Legacy member. Rebecca is the Sr. Director of Marketing for National Amusements and has more than 20 years experience in marketing and public relations.
Cheryl is a wife, mother of two, VP and product manager at Loomis Sayles & Company, and longtime blogger at BusySinceBirth.com. A graduate of Brandeis University, Cheryl also holds an MBA from Boston University. Jewish overnight camp experiences had a profound impact on Cheryl, and she is thrilled to be on the Board of Camp Yavneh, where her daughter has completed three summers as a Gurim camper.
Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH is the mother of 3 boys (ages 10, 13, 15), has been a Yavneh parent for the past 6 years, and has been a member of the Camp Yavneh board since September 2014. Her enthusiastic support for Camp Yavneh derives from her sons’ collective passion for the camp as a place dedicated to nurturing lifelong friendships, ruach and personal and Jewish growth. Rochelle has spent several weekends at Yavneh during synagogue retreats and a week at Yavneh as the “camp doctor,” and has therefore experienced this passion first-hand.
Micah works at Intuit as an Experience Designer for software that helps people run and manage their businesses. He also has a side business creating Jewish calligraphic art, and co-created Solomon Schechter of Greater Boston’s first siddur, Halleli Nafshi. He and his family are members of the Newton Centre Minyan, where he holds various leadership positions. His two boys are enthusiastic Yavneh campers, and look forward to the next camp season from the moment the current one is over.
Board of Trustees
A special thanks to our Board of Trustees for their continued support as they act in an advisory role to Camp Yavneh.