Meet the Camp Directors

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.

 

Allison Lazarus
Camp Director
Boynton Beach

Allison Lazarus is excited to assume her new role as the director at Camp Shalom! With over 25 years of experience in the camp industry, she is ful-filling her dream of “living 10 months for 2!” She served as a teacher and school administrator for the school district of Palm Beach County for over 15 years. Originally from New Jersey, Allison earned her master’s degree in both Special Education and Educational Leadership from Lynn University. She can’t wait to show her spirit by dressing up and leading camp special events. Allison’s goal is show families the potential that camp has for a child’s development. See you all at the carpool line!

 

Amy Gordon
Assistant Camp Director
Boynton Beach

With over ten years of teaching experience, as well as a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida, and two young kids of her own, Amy Gordon has spent over a decade preparing for this role. Entering her fifth summer at Camp Shalom, Amy can be found every morning dancing in the carpool line, wearing an over the top costume for dress up days or building camp spirit. Throughout the school year, Amy leads our family events, JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest and community outreach programs through the JCC Cares program. Her goal is to develop fun family programs that instill values, Jewish learning and the idea that the one act of kindness can make a difference!

 

Jodie Block
Yeladim Camp Director
Boynton Beach

The Glantz Early Childhood Learning Center has been fortunate to have Jodie Block as its Programming Director since the 2017/18 school year. Jodie was appointed to the position of Director of Camp Shalom in 2018. She has been an early childhood educator at the Boynton Beach JCC for the past 13 years working with infants up to pre-k age children in both preschool and camp. Her teaching experience, in addition to raising three sons, has given her the knowledge and insight into meeting the needs of young children. She has a BS Degree in Social Science from Stony Brook University where she specialized in Child Development.

Jodie has always been passionate about her work. She loves watching children learn and has been instrumental in motivating them through her creative talents. She has always exuded the warmth and love necessary for children to feel secure and be successful. Jodie has been bringing these attributes into her leadership role as Director of Programming and will be doing the same in her Director position this summer. Campers enrolled in the program can expect an exciting nine weeks of engaging activities and camp-wide presentations. Jodie is looking forward to making it a summer filled with lots of fun and adventure!

 

John Kabot
Special Needs Director
Palm Beach Gardens

John Kabot is the Director of Special Needs for the Mandel JCC. Before joining the JCC family, he oversaw the Broward County Public Schools Preschool department. John also served is the Director of Education for The Victory Center which provided services to children from 3-22 years old. He started his career at the Baudhuin Preschool of Nova Southeastern University where he served as a teacher, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and administrator. John has a forty year-old brother on the autism spectrum which is his driving passion in the field.

 

Vicki Ward
Special Needs Coordinator / Camp Logistics Coordinator
Boynton Beach

Vicki Ward graduated from SUNY Plattsburg with a degree in psychology. She is a mom to a baby girl. Vicki is a Children’s Coordinator who during the school year runs the JCC afterschool program, Club J. During the summer, she acts as the Camp Logistics Coordinator. She has been with Camp Shalom for the past six summers and this year will be Vicki’s 32nd summer spent at camp. Her passion for camp is unlike any other and she has an extensive sleepaway camp background that she brings to Camp Shalom to make camp feel like home away from home.

Vicki has a strong passion for working with our special needs campers. That passion and commitment has led her to assume her role as the Special Needs Coordinator for our Boynton Beach branch.

 

Pam Bernstein
Camp Administrative Assistant
Boynton Beach

Pam Bernstein holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and taught prek4 and kindergarten for 26 years. Having previously worked on Wall Street for a large corporate law firm, along with all of her teaching experience, Pam has been able to keep the Family and Youth Engagement office running smoothly for the past 2 years. Pam has been married for 36 years and is the mother of two grown sons, the oldest a foot and ankle surgeon practicing in Tampa, the other an attorney at a Naples law firm. Pam is looking forward to another great summer at Camp Shalom!

 

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