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Staff & Board

Year Round Team

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Simone Lindenbaum Ziv

Camp Director
simone@edenvillagecamp.org

Simone (she/her) has been part of Eden Village’s leadership team since 2012. She is responsible for all Eden Village programming while simultaneously supervising all counselors and specialists who transform her ideas into action. During the past decade, Simone has visioned, developed and grown Eden Village’s one-of-a-kind programming to include innovative, age-appropriate opportunities unique to the community.

Simone led the teams that oversaw the creation and expansion of the flagship Food and Farm Road Trip, Pizza Trip, Farming Apprenticeship, farm-to-table curriculum, herbalism programming, scheita opportunity, Home(in)stead program – and the list goes on.

In short, if a camper did something cool at Eden Village, Simone created it. Her warmth, humor, creativity and fearless wisdom in the field of Jewish camping are a blessing to Eden Village, and she is the backbone upon which the camp runs.

After graduating from McGill University, Simone worked for a sustainability non-profit in the Philadelphia area. Simone grew up in camp and community, spending 13 years learning and educating with Habonim Dror, after which she worked in synagogues, community centers and after-school programs to facilitate creative Jewish experiential learning. Her spiritual and environmental practice was further shaped through living in a community at Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, participating in the ADAMAH farming fellowship, and working as a Jewish environmental educator with the TEVA Learning Alliance.

Simone is the mother of two awesome toddlers. She loves crafting and singing and playing with her family and community.

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Andrew (he/him) has led Eden Village’s operations, visioning, and strategy since our first summer. He has helped shape almost every aspect of our organization, including as the lead architect of our sustainability and food initiatives.

He brings a wealth of camp, non-profit, operational, and start-up experience, including helping launch the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, co-founding a technology start-up, and consulting for several new businesses and non-profits. He graduated from the University of California Berkeley.

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Andrew Gurwitz Ziv, Managing Director

Andrew Gurwitz Ziv

Managing Director
andrew@edenvillagecamp.org

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Johanna Press

Assistant Director
johanna@edenvillagecamp.org

Johanna (she/her) studied Environmental Science at Yale University and Jewish Studies at the Pardes Institute and Yeshivat Hadar, and was a Machar Fellow at Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. She loves to help young people harness the tools of Jewish tradition to craft meaningful lives, foster deep community, and change the world.

In 2018, she discovered that Eden Village Camp is the most magical place to do this work – while getting to sing and dance every day, snack on farm-fresh produce, and grow life-long friendships! During the year, Johanna works on camper recruitment, communications, and special programming. A native Philadelphian, she currently lives with her husband on Tonkawa land in Austin, Texas.

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Aliza (she/her) has been playing, growing, and building community at Eden Village since 2011. After four seasons as a summer staff member (with a long vacation in the middle), she joined the full-time leadership team in 2018. Aliza has supported the growth of Eden Village’s teen trips and programs, oversees summer staff hiring, and loves guiding the process of campers growing into inspiring summer staff members.

Aliza has a background in the non-profit environmental field, farm-based education, and building Jewish community. In the summer, when she’s not overseeing the daily running of the camp’s program, you can find Aliza milking the goats, making jam from the abundance of our fruit orchard, playing in the art room, or taking a hike deep in the forest of the Hudson Valley (aka our backyard!).

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Aliza Heeren

Assistant Director
aliza@edenvillagecamp.org

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Maggie shapiro haskett

Director of Community Care maggie@edenvillagecamp.org

Maggie (she/her) brings a diverse background to Eden Village as a Hillel Director, teacher, doula, day camp director, and more over the last 25 years of her career. Nurturing and weaving communities is the through-line of Maggie’s career. She joins Eden Village from her previous role as Hillel Director at Washington & Lee in Virginia and she recently completed her Masters of Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  

Originally from the Midwest, Maggie’s love of nurturing living things set seed in Wisconsin’s rich soil and has sustained her as she’s moved across the country and around the world.  

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Amanda Playford

Registrar & Office Manager (she/her)
amanda@edenvillagecamp.org

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Josh Jacobs

Director of Camper Magic (he/him)
josh@edenvillagecamp.org

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Brittany Dufresne

Communications Director (she/her)
brittany@edenvillagecamp.org

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Rabbi Pesach Stadlin

Director of Life Sustainability & Spirituality (he/him)
pesach@edenvillagecamp.org

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Mick Harrington

Caretaker (he/him)
mick@edenvillagecamp.org

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Lisa stein

Program Coordinator (she/her)
lisa@edenvillagecamp.org Schedule a Call

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Lin Silver

Operations Coordinator (he/him)
lin@edenvillagecamp.org

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Shelley Sloan, RN

Head Nurse (she/her)
healthcenter@edenvillagecamp.org

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Bobby Bauer

Facilities Manager (he/him)
bobby@edenvillagecamp.org

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Zoe Page

Camper Care Coordinator, LCSW (she/her)
guidance@edenvillagecamp.org

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Tom Hidas

Executive Chef (he/him)
tom@edenvillagecamp.org

Board of Directors

  • Lauren Wysmuller (Chair)
  • Amy Forseter
  • Richard Shuster
  • Peter Takiff
  • Julia Stalder
  • Robert Levitan
  • AJ Reisman
  • Mel Comerchero
  • Moshe Cohen
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Lauren Wysmuller
Chairperson

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Richard Shuster

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Peter Takiff

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Julia Stalder

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Robert Levitan

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AJ Reisman

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Mel Comerchero

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At Eden Village, our staff provide campers with an incredibly supportive experience. Our low camper to staff ratio ensures that your camper’s health, safety, and emotional well-being are cared for at all times. Our staff are professionals who are dedicated to the camper’s experience throughout all moments of the day. Staff are chosen for their experience, maturity, enthusiasm, and commitment to campers’ growth.

Being a staff member at Eden Village is hard work, and is one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. Our staff community is strong, supportive, kind, creative, and fun. We seek enthusiastic and mission-aligned staff members to work from mid-June to the beginning of August.

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