Year Round Staff

Meet Our Staff

Elana Rivel

Director, Ramah Day Camp

Elana has worked in the field of Jewish education for nearly thirty years. She has held a wide range of positions across the movements, across the country, and in both formal and informal settings.  As the Associate Director of Jewish Learning Venture in Melrose Park where she has worked for the past thirteen years, Elana managed, developed, and implemented initiatives that strengthen Jewish institutions and empower individuals to engage with the Jewish community. She consulted with educational institutions locally and nationally about systemic change processes, providing guidance and resources that helped them strategize and plan for strength.

In May 2013, Elana was recognized with a Professional of Excellence, Change Agent award from the Tri-State Jewish Professionals Organization. She was also a member of the pilot cohort of the Jim Joseph Foundation Fellowship, delving into the use of text and technology for building online communities. Elana received her M.Ed from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) and a B.A. in Near East and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.

Rabbi Joel Seltzer

Executive Director, Camp Ramah in the Poconos

Rabbi Joel Seltzer is originally from Philadelphia, PA and he himself is a home-grown product of Camp Ramah in the Poconos. Whether as a camper, a counselor, a Rosh Edah (Division Head), or Rosh Drama (Head of Performing Arts), Rabbi Joel learned countless personal and professional life lessons from his time at camp. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Rabbi Joel served as a rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI for four years before returning to his spiritual home: Camp Ramah. Rabbi Joel lives in Philadelphia with his wife Eliana (whom he met at Camp!), and their daughters Ayelet, Talia, and Noa.

Bruce I. Lipton

Director of Finance and Operations

Bruce I. Lipton came back to camp from the for-profit world in 1998 as Director of Finance & Operations applying his skill set to keep camp safe, secure and solvent.  Bruce worked as a counselor, Rosh Hadar/Rosh Shachal and Kitchen Steward in the 1970s and 1980s.  Bruce’s life experiences include higher and continuing education, army service in the IDF having lived in Israel as an Oleh for 10 years, and most importantly is a loving father to his two children Rachel and Avi and loving husband to his wife Meryl Sussman.

Miryam Seid

Director of Institutional Advancement

Miryam was born in Mexico City and moved to San Diego, CA at the age of 4.  As a young girl, she enjoyed eight incredible summers at Ramah Ojai and always dreamed of making her way back “home” to camp (although now on a different coast). In addition to earning a BA in American History from Columbia University, Miryam also earned a BA in Jewish Studies from Albert A. List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary. During her time as a student at List College, Miryam obtained a work-study position in the Institutional Advancement Department of JTS, and credits that time for her passion and drive in development work.  After graduation, Miryam worked at a fundraising consulting firm and then returned to JTS’s department of Institutional Advancement as Assistant Director of the New York Region. While in New York, Miryam also spent time fundraising for Mount Sinai Hospital.  Since then, she has worked with many organizations of varying size, helping them reach their goals and accomplish their mission.  Most recently she served as Director of Institutional Advancement at Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania. Miryam currently lives in Center City with her husband, Adam, and two young children, Georgi and Daniel.

Orlee Krass

Tikvah  Director

Orlee Krass is excited to join the Ramah Poconos team as the Tikvah Director. Originally from Rockland County, New York, Orlee grew up at Ramah Nyack, going from camper to counselor to Rosh Edah. As a life-long Ramahnik, parent of young children, and aunt of a child on the autism spectrum, Orlee is committed to creating and implementing opportunities for all children to participate in the Ramah camping movement.  A graduate of Jewish day school, the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Mercy College, Orlee holds bachelors and masters degrees in Judaic Studies and Education. Most recently Orlee has served as the Director of Education at Matan, the Director of Camper Care at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, and the Tikvah Network Coordinator for the National Ramah Commision. Orlee lives in New City, New York with her husband Matt, and their children Micah, Raya, and Gavi.