Board of Directors
Matt has been on the Board of Camp Yavneh since 2006 and was President from 2007-2009. 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 was recently 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).
Suzanne Kling Langman
Dr. Deborah Platek
Julie Altman is an historian by training and is the Principal of Story Street Research, a qualitative market research and consumer insights consulting firm. She has served on the board of JCDS and is currently on the board of the FIDF. Julie attended Jewish camp for seven years. Her introduction to Yavneh was the JCDS Shabbaton. She and her husband, Alex Sagan, have four children who have all attended Camp Yavneh.
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.
Daniel Eisenstadt is the founder, CEO and Chairman of Terravet Real Estate Solutions (Terravet), which operates, develops and manages healthcare real estate with a specific focus on buildings leased to veterinary operators. Terravet currently owns more than 70 buildings which are located in more than 20 states. Terravet has more than $200 million of committed capital focused on veterinary and healthcare real estate. From 2009 to 2018, Daniel served as a co-founder, President and Chairman of Community Veterinary Partners (CVP). CVP is a veterinary services business that owns and operates approximately 90 veterinary hospitals located on the East Coast and Midwest. Prior to co-founding Terravet and CVP, Daniel was a managing director at CMS Companies, a private equity and real estate investment firm, where Daniel served on the firm’s investment committee and executive committee. Prior to CMS, Daniel worked as the co-founder and founding executive director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, a museum and visitor center located near the former concentration camp. Daniel began his career working as a corporate lawyer at Fulbright and Jaworski, L.L.P. Daniel has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Clark University. Daniel was also a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Daniel lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Sharon, and their daughters, Elena, Ariella and Rachel.
Nicole Lieberman Gann is an Attorney, licensed to practice in California and Massachusetts. Along with the Camp Yavneh Board, Nicole serves on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). She is also a Nursing Mothers' Counselor. Nicole lives in Newton, MA with her husband, Joshua Gann, and their three children, who are all current campers.
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 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 as a counselor. Scott is an officer at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill and a long-time Brookline Town Meeting Member.
Debbie Shapiro Katz is the former President of Camp Yavneh. Debbie works as a Senior Development Officer in Major Gifts at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. She was a camper at Yavneh for three years in the 80's while growing up in Brookline. Her years at Yavneh influenced her greatly! She currently lives in Needham with her two children and her husband Doug, a psychologist. They are members of Temple Emanuel and attend Family Camp at Yavneh.
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!
Suzanne Kling Langman
Suzanne Kling Langman has worked in Jewish nonprofits for much of her career, most recently at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education. She now consults with a number of national Jewish organizations. A native Bostonian, she lives in New York City with her husband, Barry Langman, and son, Elliott. Attending Camp Yavneh from 1979-1984 gave her a lifelong love of Hebrew and a model of Judaism without boundaries. She can still sing her Shir Aydah from Gurim ’79.
Laurel attended Camp Yavneh for nine years as a camper and counselor and spent two years staffing Family Camp. She has served on the Board since 2015. Her fondest memories of Yavneh include time on the basketball courts, ReliSh (Ruach Lifnei Shabbat), and that first-day-of-camp thrill when you turn onto Lower Deerfield Road. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Laurel spent eight years at digital marketing and design firms, specializing in consumer data insights and web analytics. She consults on the side for local companies on digital strategy and user experience. Laurel is currently pursuing her MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Marion Menzin is mother to two Yavneh campers (Eve and Isaac) and the spouse of a proud Yavneh alum (Abe). Her background is in history education, school administration, and general instructional design, and she is currently working as a consultant and curriculum specialist at two Boston Jewish Day Schools. She is a strong believer in the importance of Jewish education for ensuring a dynamic future for the Jewish people, and she's looking forward to supporting Yavneh in its mission.
Dr. Deborah Platek
Dr. Deborah Platek is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Boston, Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She received her medical degree from New York Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Deb and her husband, Marty Oppenheimer, are passionate supporters of inclusion in the Jewish community. They are members of the Newton Centre Minyan. They are the parents of three, two of whom are alumni - Joshua, Jonathan (K’13) and Rena (K’07)
Rebecca was a camper at Yavneh for eight summers in the 80’s, Kerem ’89 followed by two summers as a counselor. In addition to being a second generation Yavneh alum, Rebecca is also a Yavneh parent to three 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 Stober is a wife, mother of two Yavneh chanichim living #10for2, VP and Product Manager at Loomis Sayles & Company. A graduate of Brandeis University, Cheryl also holds an MBA from Boston University. She lives in Newton, MA, and is also a member of the Board of Directors at Temple Emanuel. Jewish overnight camp experiences had a profound impact on Cheryl, and she is thrilled to on the Board.
Erik and his family have been at Yavneh since 2005, when his wife Shani started working for Yavneh and his three children began as campers (his youngest was in Kerem in 2018). Erik was at camp for almost every Shabbat in session from the summer of 2005 until the summer of 2018 as a staff spouse. He and Shani also held two of their children’s b’nai mitzvot at camp during the off season, which was a blast! When not in camp, Erik is a Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C. a national management-side labor and employment law firm, where is he is the Co-Leader of the firm's Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition Practice Group. As an employment lawyer, Erik has helped camp extensively for years with legal advice regarding employment issues.
Micah works at Intuit as an User Experience Designer for digital products. 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.
- Margie Berkowitz**
- Howard Breslau
- David Decter*
- Tevy Dines
- Nanette Fridman*
- Adena Geller-Cohen
- Jonathan Golden
- Estelle Gomolka
- Nathan Kaitz*
- Amy Klein
- Peter Nathan*
- Jay Kroopnick
- Jordan Leff
- Dawna Levenson
- Bruce Micley
- Rabbi Carl Perkins
- Rabbi Benjamin Samuels
- Debra Sheldon
- Rabbi David Starr
- Debbie Sussman**
- David Wolf