Head Staff

Administration Team

Head of Operations: Dora Scharf

Dora ScharfDora was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and began working at Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa in 2008. Dora worked as a staff on B Girls for two summers before becoming Head of the Junior and A Girl units, a position she held for three consecutive summers. In 2013, Dora began working with Westcoast Connection 360 Student Travel. In her first summer, she led a 40-day trip from New York to California, and spent the next two summers directing month-long travel programs. Dora is looking forward to being back for a second summer as Head of Operations. A self-designated “professional” list maker, Dora kept our 2017 records neat and organized. She is looking forward to alphabetizing camper lists and inundating you with helpful e-mails come Summer 2018.

Dora completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McGill University, a Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior Education from the University of Ottawa, and most recently, her Masters in Education in Social Justice at the University of Toronto. As of September 2017, Dora has been working at The Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto as a French teacher (you can take the girl out of Montreal, but you can’t take Montreal out of the girl).

Male Camper Care Supervisor: David Osterer

David has a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Carleton University, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, specializing in Primary/Junior education. David has extensive experience working with children of all ages and within many different capacities. In addition to his time with CBB and the OCDSB, his resume includes work with the Tamir Foundation and the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) with the City of Ottawa. He is looking forward to contributing to the Admin team at CBB, focusing on camper care and staff well-being. David’s goal is to put his experience to use at camp and support all members of the CBB family!

Female Camper Care Supervisor: Lianna Krantzberg

Lianna is from Ottawa, Ontario and currently works full time as a Teacher during the school year. Lianna works in Kindergarten at the Ottawa Jewish Community School from Monday to Friday and Kindergarten/Grade 1 on Sundays at the Ottawa Modern Jewish School. In Lianna’s free time, she works at her Synagogue, Machzikei Hadas, as the Youth Programming Coordinator and teaches dance at a studio in Barrhaven. Lianna has been attending CBB of Ottawa since 2002 as an A-girl, making this her 17th summer at camp. After many summers running the Dance program, one summer as Head of B-girls, one summer as Head of Senior girls, and one summer as Head of CITs and Staff Development, Lianna is very excited to be back at CBB in this new role of Female Camper Care Supervisor! With her extensive camp experience and her knowledge from working with children in an educational setting, Lianna is ready to jump into this new role and ensure that our campers’ health and wellbeing is properly taken care of. Lianna is looking forward to working with all of the staff and campers at CBB to make 2018 the best summer yet! Lianna is counting down the days, hours, and minutes until she can share her enthusiasm, excitement, and extremely loud voice with everyone at CBB!

Co-Heads of Waterfront and Programming Assistants: Josh (Cookie) Shore and Tommy Friedlich

Josh and Tommy are excited to be back at camp for their collective 23rd summer! Josh, known around camp as “Cookie”, is coming off his first summer as head of the Sail program after a 3-year stint as both a canoe and sail staff. Tommy has 4 years of experience as a staff and supervisor for the Waterski program under his belt. As Supervisors last summer, both Josh and Tommy took a keen interest in planning and organizing all camp special events. Having created new activities and improved upon existing ones, they are looking forward to their roles as co-assistant programmers and are excited to further share their creative programming ideas, both at the beach and all across camp. 23 years brings with it a lot of camp experience and a passion for giving the next generation of campers an experience similar, if not better than their own. Although they enjoy a fierce rivalry on the squash courts of Queen’s University where they study Kinesiology and Biochemical Engineering respectively, Josh and Tommy are nevertheless excited to work side by side in Summer 2018!

Head of Jewish Life and Staff Rec: Larry Ginsburg

Larry is thrilled to be back for another exciting summer at CBB of Ottawa! Born and raised in Albany, NY, Larry has been working in summer camps and Jewish educational settings for nearly a decade. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Larry made the move to New York City, where he is currently a graduate fellow in NYU’s dual degree program in Jewish Nonprofit Management. Larry was always drawn to the camping world because it naturally combines his love of Judaism and his love of spending time in nature; he finds it to be the most exciting and creative place to explore Judaism’s relevance in life. Along with heading up all things Jewish at camp, he’s also looking forward to heading up our Staff Recreation program! Larry’s counting down the days to more J-Bandanas, amazing Jewish exploration, and more CBB excitement!

Camp Marketing Coordinator and Head Office Administrator: Abby Greenberg

Abby is from Ottawa, Ontario and has just completed her third year at Ryerson University where she is studying Marketing. Abby has been attending CBB of Ottawa since 2007 as an A Girl, making this her 11th summer at camp. She has previously worked as Junior Girl staff, Head of Juniors, and at the front desk. Abby is excited to be completing her first university co-op term at camp as the Camp Marketing Coordinator and Office Administrator. Abby can’t wait to be a part of the Administration team to help create a wonderful and memorable summer for all campers. Her goal is to encourage the same passion for camp that has kept her coming back for over a decade!

Specialties

Assistant Head of Waterski: Max Silverman

Max is from Ottawa originally, but is currently living in Kingston to study Sciences at Queen’s University. Max first attended CBB of Ottawa in 2011 as a B Boy, and this summer will mark his eighth spent with us! The Ski program has always played a significant role in Max’s summers spent at camp. As a camper for 4 years, the beach was his favourite place to be, especially when he could get behind a boat! After spending many weeks on Ski as a CIT, Max was thrilled to spend his next two summers working on the beach as a Ski staff. Max, working closely with the co-heads of the beach (Tommy and Josh), is extremely excited to be running the Waterski program this summer, and hopes to share his past experiences and knowledge with the Ski staff to create the best summer yet for the campers on the beach!

Assistant Head of Sail: Daniel Segal

Daniel Segal was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario and is currently studying Finance at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. Daniel’s first year at CBB of Ottawa was in 2007 as a Junior Boy, which makes this his 12th year attending camp! Since the first day Daniel stepped on to the beach, he knew he wanted to be a sail staff and one day dreamed about run the sailing program. As a camper, whenever there was a Waterfront period, Daniel would always want to go sailing. As a CIT, Daniel spent the majority of his summer on the beach, working on Sail. After Daniel’s CIT year, he was thrilled to work a Sail staff for the two years. This summer, Daniel is extremely excited to work closely with the co-heads of the beach (Tommy and Josh) and make his dream of running the Sail program come true, and hopes to create the best summer for the campers and staff!

Head of Canoe: Livvy Harpley

Livvy was born and raised in London, England and is currently in her final year of studying Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Dundee in Scotland. This will be Livvy’s second year at CBB of Ottawa. Last year, she was part of the Swim Staff, and completely fell in love with everything camp, from activities to traditions! Livvy is beyond excited to be joining the Waterfront this summer as Head of Canoe where she will bring creativity, excitement and joy to the water! Oh buoy, she can’t wait for summer 2018!

Head of Swim: Joelle Mandelzys

Joelle is from Montreal, Quebec and has just finished her first year studying Civil Engineering at McGill University. This will be Joelle’s third summer at CBB of Ottawa, having previously been a swim staff during the summers of 2015 and 2016. After having taught swimming at her community pool for the past several years, Joelle is looking forward to returning to camp this summer! Joelle is excited to bring her creativity and energy to the wonderful swim program, and to provide a fun and safe environment during the beautiful CBB summer days we’ve been looking forward to all year!

Head of Landsports & Tennis: Josh Silverman

Joshua, aka “J-Silvs”, is from DDO in Montreal. He is studying accounting at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. Joshua’s first year at CBB of Ottawa was in 2009 as a B Boy, making this his 10th summer at his favourite place in the world! During his 3 years of being a staff, he has gained a lot of experience on Juniors, A Boys, PCs, Tennis and Landsports. Josh is really looking forward to making the transition to being the Supervisor for both Tennis and Landsports! With Joshua’s passion for sports, teamwork and healthy competition, he can’t wait to work with his staff to teach everyone the fundies of ALL sports!

Head of Dance: Stefany Ruiz

Stefany (Stef) Ruiz is a 22-year-old Mexican girl, and she studies Innovation in Education at the UDLAP (Universidad De Las Américas Puebla). This will be her first year at CBB of Ottawa and she is so excited to meet everyone! This summer, she will be the Head of Dance, and her goal is to help let everyone’s artistic side out and free. Stefany has studied dance since she was 12, and has practiced ballet, jazz, and belly dance. She started to give classes at the age of 15. Now, she also practices capoeira (Brazilian martial art combined with dance and music). Stefany is so excited; she can’t wait to get to camp and see everyone expressing their themselves artistically!

Head of Arts & Crafts: Rachel Kardish

Rachel is originally from Ottawa and is currently studying Behavioural Neuroscience at Concordia University in Montreal. She has been going to CBB of Ottawa since she was a Junior Girl in 2006, making Summer 2018 her 13th. She has been an A&C staff for the past 3 summers, during which she has learned some very important skills such as how to make gimp bracelets with her eyes closed and how to avoid accidentally tie-dyeing all of her clothes. Rachel is SO excited to finally take on the position of Head of A&C! She can’t wait to bring creative, new crafts to camp and to build upon some old favourites. She is already counting down the days until Summer 2018!

Head of Music: Jordan Winberg

Jordan* first attended CBB of Ottawa in 2009, started working as a staff on Music in 2012, and in 2016 became Head of the Music program. He is currently on the brink of completing a Science degree in Toxicology at the University of Guelph. Of all the excellent programs at camp, Jordan’s absolute favourite is – you guessed it – music. From songs before Shabbat to groovy jams in the studio, the music bunk is the place to be. Jordan’s music favourites include classical, classic rock, jazz, and funk, to name a few. He plays piano, guitar, drums, and anything else that can make sounds. Jordan can’t wait to see our awesome campers on stage performing this summer – he hopes that everyone will join him in making lots of noise! *[Jordan = Winberg]

Head of Drama: Jordan Freud

Jordan is extremely excited to be Head of Drama at CBB of Ottawa this summer. He can’t wait to get to know each and every camper and staff, to run some of the most fun drama/theatre activities, and to produce an incredible CBB of Ottawa play!

Jordan is from North London (UK). He attended JFS (the largest Jewish secondary school in Europe), and currently studies English and Comparative Literature at University of Leeds. At University, he has shadow-directed two plays, is currently the Networking Officer for Open Theatre, and was Jewish Society’s Education Officer. He is also the Philanthropy and Social Chair for Leeds’ AEPI chapter, something he is very proud of. In the future, Jordan hopes to be a script editor in Theatre or TV, and is very interested in literary agency (representing writers). 

Jordan has loved touring Israel with FZY (Federation Zionist Youth) and family multiple times, and he used to go to summer camp in Wales (UK) with an organization called Noam, where he met some of his oldest friends (and hopefullyyou will do the same at CBB of Ottawa this summer and beyond). Summer 2018 will be Jordan’s first time at CBB of Ottawa, and he is very much looking forward to it! 

Units

Head of Juniors: Jeremy (Fez) Galper

Jeremy, or Fez as everyone calls him, is from Toronto, Ontario and is currently at Ryerson University studying Finance. This will be Jeremy’s tenth year at CBB of Ottawa and is looking forward to another great summer. Jeremy was a Junior Boy staff in 2015 and, after taking a year off to be head of A Boys, is thrilled to be Head of Juniors for Summer 2018! Jeremy is looking forward to an amazing summer filled with fun activities such as Snatch the Ballon, Arts and Crafts and just about every sport imaginable! This summer is going to the best one yet and Fez is as excited as they come!

Head of A Girls: Romy Suliteanu

Romy is from Montreal, but currently lives in Vancouver, BC in order to study Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. When Romy was younger, she was a dedicated camper and happened to have started her camp journey at CBB of Ottawa! After discovering her love for the outdoors, Romy is thrilled to be returning to spend her summer back at camp with the awesome A Girls and A Girl staff. Romy can’t wait to get to know all the new (and returning!) campers, and is stoked to be Head of A Girls!

 

Head of A Boys: Ari Strub

Ari Strub is from Toronto and is studying Advertising and Graphic Design at Humber College. Ari has grown up at CBB of Ottawa, starting all the way back in 2009. He fell in love with this magical place as an A Boy and wanted to make it to the top of the ranks. He flew through 4 years as a camper, eager to finally be a CIT and eventually a counselor for the following two summers. With this year as supervisor on A Boys, Ari will make sure that this is the best summer for all campers and staff. There will be unforgettable programs, evening programs, rainy day bunk parties and so much more. Ari has an energetic, outgoing, and creative personality and will use it to make Summer 2018 the best summer yet. Hope you are all as excited as he is!

Head of B Girls: Lauren Suliteanu

Lauren is from Montreal, but recently moved to Nova Scotia to study Management and Leadership at the Schwartz School of Business at St. Francis Xavier University. This will be Lauren’s third summer at camp, having attended CBB of Ottawa in 2015 and 2016 as a B Girl and Senior Girl staff. From her experiences as a bunk staff, Lauren is ready to use her positive energy to have the best summer ever with the B Girls of 2018! She is excited to swim, dance, and be silly with the greatest girls at camp and cannot wait to see all of their smiling faces! Lauren is pumped to work with her awesome staff to give the B Girls the summer of a lifetime, and hopes that they’re as excited as she is

Head of B Boys: Izzy Posen

Izzy is super excited to be the Head of B Boys at CBB of Ottawa this summer! Throughout many years, Izzy has worked in several Jewish schools and synagogues, teaching and doing activities with children of all ages. As the eldest of many siblings, his home was always a bit like summer camp. He loves his many siblings and all kids remind him of them, which is why he loves working with children so much!

Izzy Posen was born and raised in the Jewish community of East London where he attended Jewish day schools and learned a lot about Judaism. As he grew older, he realized that there was more than one way to make the world a better place and to serve the Jewish community; so, when he completed his extensive Jewish studies, he began his journey towards going to university, where he is now a student at the University of Bristol in the South West of England. He is studying Physics and Philosophy – the physics is very hard, but he loves the philosophy. Ask him about the meaning of life; it drives him crazy because he doesn’t want to admit that he doesn’t know the answer! 

In his spare time, Izzy likes lying on the grass and reading books, or playing pool with friends (he isn’t particularly good at it though, ssshhh). He can’t wait for camp to meet lots of awesome people and have great fun together! 

 

Head of Senior Girls: Sabrina Schaefer

Sabrina is from Montreal, and studies at Concordia University in Human Relations. After 6 years as a camper, being a CIT, a staff on A Girls, B Girls, PCs, and being a Supervisor on Drama, Sabrina is really excited to take on a new position for her 12th summer as Head of Senior Girls! Camp has shaped her into who she is today and she cannot wait to share her love and excitement for CBB with the Senior Girls this summer. Whether it be having fun at all their favourite specialties, hanging in the bunks at night, or having fun at some awesome programs, Sabrina knows that this summer will be the best the Senior Girls have ever seen. She hopes that her Sensational Senior Staff and Stupendous Senior Girls are as excited and ready for the busses to roll in as she is!

Head of Senior Boys: Eric Buckshon

With summer 2018 quickly approaching, Eric is beyond excited to return to the place he calls his “home away from home.” He is currently taking a semester off from his studies at Carleton University to travel and enjoy a break from the books. Widely known at camp as Pino, Eric has been going to CBB of Ottawa for 8 years, and is looking forward to spending his 9th summer as Head of Senior Boys. After spending four summers as a camper, three as staff, and one as a Supervisor, Eric is more than ready to take on the job of Supervisor once again. He can’t wait to welcome the new faces to the CBB of Ottawa family, along with returning campers and staff. With great staff and amazing campers, Eric knows this will be another incredible summer for the Senior Boys of 2018!

Head of Pathfinder Girls: Kayla Eisenberg

Kayla is from Montreal and is studying Behavioural Neuroscience at Concordia University. Kayla’s first summer was in 2005, as a first year A Girl, making this her 13th summer at her home away from home. After spending the past 2 years as head of A Girls and the previous 3 summers as A Girl and B Girl staff, Kayla cannot wait to make the transition to being head of a Senior Camp unit, Head of Pathfinder Girls! With all of the traveling, in addition to creative programming ideas and her previous experience as a leader, she is looking forward to helping her staff and campers have a summer to remember!

Head of Pathfinder Boys: Josh Margles

Josh is from Toronto, Ontario and is completing his third year and Queens University in Kingston where he is studying Math and Statistics. Josh is very excited to return for his ninth summer at CBB of Ottawa. He was a B Boy staff for three summers and last summer made the jump to Head of B Boys. This summer he is moving up to be the Head of Pathfinder Boys. Josh’s favourite camp activities are Grey Cup, playing basketball and canoeing. Josh has many new ideas to bring to the table and is excited to make Summer 2018 the best ever!