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 14th 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 38 years as camper (K’85), counselor and she has held a variety of Rosh (head) positions.

Davida Amkraut
Girls Head Counselor

Davida is a graduate of Columbia University Teachers College and currently teaches at The Solomon Schechter Day School in Cleveland, Ohio where she lives with her husband Brian and 3 children.

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 39th summer at Yavneh (K’79).

Meir Deutsch
Boys Head Counselor

This is Meir’s 8th 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 to teach Kerem once again. Yehudah was an Assistant Director, Rosh Banim and a counselor in his many years on staff.

Marcello Marinof
Rosh Rikud

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

Rabbi Mordechai Rackover
Rosh Chinuch - Head of Education

Originally from Montreal, studied at McGill University, yeshivot in Israel and Hebrew University graduate school. He is ordained by Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and Rabbi Daniel Landes.

Benzi Thee
Rosh Musik

Benzi comes to Yavneh for his 9th 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/wedding band.