Head Staff

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Debbie Sussman
Rosh Machaneh/Camp Director

Debbie has been the director of Camp Yavneh since 1991. She attended Yavneh as a camper and counselor for four years, and was in Kerem '68.

Jeff Weener
Assistant Director, Operations

This is Jeff’s 13th summer at camp. He manages all operational aspects of the camp as well as camp technology and the website.

Lisa Rubins
Assistant Director, Director of Programming

Lisa has been coming to Yavneh for 37 years as camper (K’85), counselor and she has held a variety of Rosh (head) positions. During the school year Lisa teaches at the Heschel School in NYC.

Davida Amkraut
Girls Head Counselor

Davida Amkraut-Rosh Banot/Girls Head Counselor is a graduate of Columbia University Teachers College teaches at The Solomon Schechter Day School in Cleveland, Ohio where she lives with her husband Bri

Estelle Lajmer Gomolka
Rosh/Agam Waterfront Director

Estelle is a 5th grade teacher at The Greater Boston SSDS. She is a graduate of Maimonides. This is her 38th summer at Yavneh (K’79).

Meir Deutsch
Boys Head Counselor

This is Meir’s 7th summer as Rosh Banim. Meir grew up in Gush Etzion, Israel, and has served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Israeli Army in charge of 150 soldiers in the Givatti Brigade.

Rabbi Yehudah Potok
Camp Rabbi/Mashgiach Ruchani

Yehudah returns to Machanei Yavneh after a hiatus of 7 years! Prior to leaving he was an Assistant Director, Rosh Banim and a counselor in his many years on staff.

Rabbi Maccabee Avishur
Rosh Chinuch - Head of Education

Holds a BA from Brandeis University and Rabbinical ordination from Dayanim in Memphis TN.

Marcello Marinof
Rosh Rikud

Marcelo is the Israeli Dance Director of Maccabi in Cordoba Argentina, and the choreographer of our Leahaka "Sinapzia".

Benzi Thee
Rosh Musik

Benzi comes to Yavneh for his 8th summer from Israel with his wife Yonina, and 6 children. Benzi holds a B.A. in music and a masters in Music Therapy and plays in a simcha band.