Our Staff

Rabbi Ed Gelb – C.E.O.

Rabbi Ed Gelb (he/him) has served as director of Camp Ramah in New England since September of 2005, and C.E.O. since October of 2018. Ed joined CRNE after a successful five-year tenure as director of Camp Alonim, which is affiliated with the Brandeis Bardin Institute in California. Raised in Wyoming, Ed is a longtime Ramahnik, having served on the staffs of Ramah California and Ramah Canada for many years. Prior to becoming director of Camp Alonim, Ed was a teacher, administrator and basketball coach at Yeshiva University High School in Los Angeles. Ed received his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism and graduated from UCLA with a BA in History. He lives in Sharon, Massachusetts with his wife, Tami, and their children, Yoni, Emma, Tova and Zachary.

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Josh Edelglass – Assistant Director

staff-3Josh Edelglass (he/him) has been spending his summers at Camp Ramah in New England since 1987, and he began working on staff in the summer of 1995. Josh graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1999. He joined the year-round team in 2000, and has been the Assistant Director since the spring of 2011. Josh has worked on the faculty of Prozdor Hebrew High School, Temple Aliyah in Needham, Temple Israel in Natick, Tifereth Israel in Andover, Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill, and Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline. Somehow, on top of living and breathing Camp Ramah, Josh continues to work as a freelance illustrator, and to write about movies, TV shows, and lots more at his web-site:  www.MotionPicturesComics.com. He lives in Medfield, Massachusetts with his wife, Stephanie, and their children Tahlia and Reya.

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Michelle Sugarman – Assistant Director

Michelle Sugarman (she/her) is thrilled to be joining the Camp Ramah New England team. Originally from Scranton, PA, she was a long-time camper and staff member at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, spending 26 summers there, including 12 as the Assistant and then Associate Director. Prior to starting at Camp Ramah New England, Michelle was the Director of the North American Office of Academic Affairs of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She completed her BA in Jewish Studies and MSW at Temple University. Michelle brings with her a love of camp, a wealth of experience, and a plethora of innovative and creative ideas that will continue to make Ramah New England a leader in Jewish camping. When not watching the Eagles, Michelle is reading books, hanging out with family & friends, or watching The Office.

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Our Year-Round Staff


Ed Pletman
Director of Finance and Operations


Rhonda Parker
Development and Campaign Director


Talya Kalender
Director of Camper Care

Rabbi Jill Levy
Director, D.C. Day Camp

Sean Carey
Chef Manager

Josh Czik
Assistant Registrar


Mindy Goldstein
Director of Annual Campaign and Alumni Relations

Leora Kimmel Greene
Director, Boston Day Camp

Pamela Kekst
Program Director

David Kieval
Camper Support Specialist


Joe Libera
Site and Facility Manager


Ken Milgram
Finance Associate

Jackie Romito-Carey
Events Manager, Palmer

Sharon safra

Sharon Rosenberg Safra
Assistant Director, D.C. Day Camp


Bonnie Schwartz
Tikvah Director


Marggi Shechanah
Registrar/Office Manager

Lisa Zelermyer
Registrar & Operations Coordinator, D.C. Day Camp