Meet the Staff

Moshava Ba’ir NJ Staff 

 

Director Shlomo Stern is a Bnei Akiva veteran and an experienced informal educator. A former Senior staff member at Moshava IO in Honesdale, PA, he was also the Regional Director for Bnei Akiva of NY and NJ. Shlomo, together with his wife, Temima, and their children, spent the last 4 years running Bnei Akiva activities in Houston and the Southern Region of the US as well as coordinate the student activtiies at the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston.  Shlomo completed his BS in Accounting at YU's Sy Sym School of Business.

 

 

 

Rosh Mosh (Head Counselor), Adir Pinchot, is born and bred in the Bnei Akiva family. Adir spent most of his summers at Moshava Wild Rose where he most recently worked as the Sgan Rosh Moshava. Adir is currentlty pursuing Semikha at the Rabbi Elchanan Theological Seminary, and also plans to earn a doctoral degree in psychology. Adir is ecstatic to be joining the Moshava Bair NJ team as Rosh Moshava and is counting the days until summer!

 

 

Sgan Rosh Mosh (Assistant Head Counselor), Yair Daar, is a professional educator (going on twelve years) who believes that camp can be just as impactful in our children's chinuch as school is. Currently a Tanakh and Gemara teacher at SAR high school, Yair prides himself in his ability to connect to his students in a down-to-Earth manner. A firm believer in open and honest communication, Yair is always open for discussion with parents and other staff members. He looks forward to getting to know the extended Moshava Bair family. He and his wife Mindy live in Bergenfield with their 4 girls.

 

 

Rakezet (Office Administrator) Tobi Rifkind is very excited to return to the Moshava Ba'ir family! Her three children are thrilled to be attending camp again this summer. A camper at heart, Tobi is determined to share her corporate administrative experience in the Moshava Ba'ir office.

 

Rosh Eidah Aleph, Naomi R. Nussbaum, has a masters in early childhood special education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and more than 10 years of experience teaching kindergarten. She is already enjoying her first experience with the Moshava community, and looking forward to a fabulous summer.

 

 

 

 

Rosh Eidah Bet, Hillary Edelson, lives in Riverdale, New York and teaches second grade at S.A.R Academy. She has a MST from Pace University in General and Special Early Childhood Education.  She has attended and worked in various summer camps and is excited to join the Moshava Ba'ir family in Summer 2017 as Rosh Eidah Bet! 

 

Rosh Eidah Gimmel, Etana Staiman, is from Teaneck, NJ and spent eight summers as a  camper and then a counselor at Moshava IO in Honesdale, PA. She was also a counselor in Eidah Daled at Moshava Bair NJ! Etana graduated Stern College with a BS in Psychology and is currently an assistant teacher at SAR in second grade. She plans to begin a masters program in Occupational Therapy in the Fall. Etana is excited to spend the summer at Moshava Bair NJ! 

 

 

Rosh Eidah Daled, Arianne Pinchot, grew up in Skokie, Illinois surrounded by Bnei Akiva's ideals of Torah v’Avodah. Arianne spent her summers at Moshava Wild Rose where she was most recently a Rosh Eidah, and as a madricha on Mach Hach Ba’aretz. She also recently served as Sganit Mazkir Artzi of Bnei Akiva of North America and as a member of the Hanhala Artzit (national board). Arianne is a first grade teacher at The Ramaz Lower School during the school year and she cannot wait to spend her summer at Moshava Bair NJ!

 

Rosh Eidah Hey, Atara Steinhart, has spent 7 summers as part of the Bnei Akiva family at Moshava IO. Atara graduated Stern with a BA in Jewish education and is pursuing a masters in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School. Atara is currently a fourth grade assistant teacher at SAR Academy and will be the fourth grade Judaic Studies teacher at WDS next year. Atara can't wait to be the Rosh Eidah Hey and have an amazing summer!

 

Roshei Chinuch Devora and Michael Rabinowitz are on shlichut from Israel teaching in Yeshivat Noam. They are excited to share their love of Eretz Yisrael through the summer curriculum which will focus on how the Jewish people remained connected to Torat Yisrael, Am Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael throughout the Galut.  The focus of our summer learning will be learning through experiences and having fun!  We will meet the Tannaim, Amoraim and Geonim who led Am Yisrael in Bavel. We will get to know our great Rishonim, including Rashi, Rambam, and Yehuda Halevi. We will travel back to Israel with the great Kabbalists of Tzfat. And we will join the Baal Shem Tov and his Chasidim! 

 

 

Nurse Toby Eizik received her nursing degree from Beth Israel in 1975 and has substantial clinical experience at Beth Israel Medical Center and Englewood Hospital, as well as over 20 years of school and camp nursing at the Moriah School in Englewood NJ and at Ma-Tov Day Camp. In addition to tending to the medial needs of our campers, Nurse Toby dabbles in theatrical performance, costume and scenery design, and much more! She is a proud mother of 3 and grandmother of 2.

 

 

Rosh Teva (Nature) Yosef Gillers spent 16 summers at Moshava IO as a staff kid, camper, then staff.  He also worked at Camp Yaalozu, Camp Stone, and Camp Tel Yehuda as a wilderness survival guide, glassblower, wilderness educator, and farmer. Yosef is passionate about learning torah in fun, engaging, and meaningful ways. Nature is my favorite classroom.  

 

 

 

 

 

Rosh Melechet Yad (Arts and Crafts Director) Pam Simchi is an arts and crafts specialist who has been running Jewish day camp art departments for over eight years. Pam is a fine artist who works in realistic watercolor and other media, and she paints Judaic themes as well as portraits, florals and landscapes. Pam is also a calligrapher who works in Hebrew as well as English. She has worked as a corporate art director, freelance art director, copywriter and graphic artist. Additionally, Pam is fluent in Hebrew and has been involved in chinuch in Hebrew schools, Yeshivot and Jewish community centers. Pamela Simchi is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts.

 

Music Director Randi Wartelsky has been teaching music since she was 15 years old, and has been singing and harmonizing since before she can remember. She has worked with children of all ages, from early childhood through high school, sharing her love of music as well as Jewish and Israeli culture, at various sleepaway and day camps. Randi is currently in her 12th year of teaching music at the Ramaz School in Manhattan. She lives in Teaneck with her husband Ari, and their four children, D.J., Charlotte, Sam, and Eliana.