Boynton Beach Yeladim (Pre-School) 561-732-7620 • Boynton Beach Upper Camp 561-259-3000
The staff at Camp Shalom is the best around! There's no question that there is a direct correlation between the quality of our staff and the quality of the experience for the campers. Each staff member is highly screened by the Camp Director and must pass a background check prior to being hired. All staff members go through a week long intensive staff orientation, weekly staff meetings and staff evaluations throughout the summer. All senior counselors, unit heads, and specialists are professionals who have the experience and maturity to make camp fun while keeping Camp Shalom both emotionally and physically safe.
Camp Shalom Director
Wendy Stahl has over 20 years of Jewish communal experience. Wendy has spent over a decade in the JCC field in Sarasota, FL, Orange County, California & Memphis Tennessee. For 7 years, she held the position of the Director of the Jewish Teen Initiative at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Wendy and her husband Geoff have spent the last 8 years making a home in Boynton Beach with their 3 daughters - Madison, Mackenzie & Sydney. In her free time, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family and friends and staying involved in our Jewish community.
Assistant Camp Director
Amy Gordon graduated with a Degree in Education from the University of Central Florida. With over 10 years of experience teaching elementary school, she has created unique and fun activities with all of her students. Since becoming a mother, Amy has utilized that experience by creating activity-based toddler playgroups and an informational blog/mommy forum called Wonder Mommy where parents can exchange ideas about toddler activities and share information about infant growth and development. Amy has enjoyed inspiring children’s imaginations and creativity while teaching Mommy and Me at the JCC. She has a passion for investing her time in the community to benefit the children and enhance environment as they grow. Amy lives in Boynton Beach with her husband and two childen.
Yeladim Camp Director
Amy Nelson is the Glantz Early Childhood Learning Center Director at the Mandel JCC. She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the Bank Street School of Education and has been working as a Director of Early Childhood for 12 years. Prior to working at the Mandel JCC, Amy worked as the Early Childhood Director at JCC MetroWest in West Orange, New Jersey. When Amy is not teaching, exploring, and discovering with our preschoolers you can find her on the water as she is a Master Captain and grew up boating. She also loves running, hiking, or walking on the beach.
Director of Sports & Recreation
Calvin has had a long standing history with basketball. Falling in love with the sport, he played in middle school all the way through college. Additionally, after graduating college at University of Delaware with an athletic scholarship, he attended Camp Weequahic in Upstate New York where he was the Sports League Director. This was when Calvin realized he wanted pursue his love of basketball and working with children sports camp programs. For multiple years, Calvin has worked in the Palm Beach School District as a coach, administrative assistant, and working with various sports programs such as Volleyball, Football, Basketball and Soccer. He is excited to share his knowledge and passion for athletics with Camp Shalom. He loves being able to watch children gain self-confidence and skill development through practices, drills and games.
Special Needs Director
Boynton Beach & Palm Beach Gardens
Mindi Markovitz is the newest member of the Camp Shalom team. She and her family moved from New Jersey about two years ago and she began working at the Mandel JCC in October 2016. Receiving both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Elementary and Special education, she taught for 13 years, both in the classroom and out. She also ran and developed a variety of afterschool programs and tutored individual students. Most recently, Mindi taught in Boca Raton, Florida. This is her fifteenth year as a professional in the Special Needs community and she is as excited today as she was in her first year.
Her ultimate goal for an effective camp for those with special needs is for participants to have a sense of belonging. Mindi hopes that she and the JCC family are able to provide meaningful connections and opportunities for those with special needs, their families, and the community as a whole.