Summer Camp 2024 | Staff Spotlights
Hey Schechter! I’m Maya Bellas and I am so excited to be the Program Director this summer! This year I’m wrapping up my Public Policy degree at the University of Maryland in May, then off to camp in June! The most fulfilling part of working at camp is watching my former campers grow into counselors and Gesherim. I cannot wait to collaborate with our phenomenal staff to put on the most fun chuggim, evening programs, and themed days ever! See you all this summer!
Jacques “JQ” Blumenzweig
Yo yo yo what’s up Camp Solomon Shechter, it’s JQ comin’ to you live! My hobbies include reading a good book, singing karaoke, and spending time with my friends, all in that order. I’ve been going to camp for about 9 or 10 years now, and my favorite things to do have always been the high ropes course and the zip line. My favorite camp meal? Matzo ball soup and brisket for sure, it can’t be beat. I can’t wait to spend this summer with you guys, we’re gonna have a blast!
Favorite camp memory? Going on campouts and making smores around the campfire. Also Havdalah. Most excited about? The small moments. the friendships formed, the memories made. Oh, and also becoming best friends with the whale in the lake. Favorite camp activity? Challenge course. I cannot wait to try out the zipline! Favorite camp meal? Grilled cheese and tomato soup. All day every day.
From canoeing Bar/Bat Mitzvah adventures, staff trainings, Jewish hiking and backpacking excursions, developing and writing curricula, and unique Bnai Mitzvah training, Josh continues to evolve and push his mission to lead Jewish groups outdoors around the country. Josh currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Tamar and their two daughters, Ayelet (a camper at Schechter and student at PJA) and Dov (a future camper at Schechter, as well as a current student at PJA), along with their dog, Stanley.
Josh brings more than a decade worth of professional camp experience with him, including three summers as the assistant director of Schechter (and a whopping total of sixteen summers at Schechter) and two years as the Camp Director at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Josh has an incredible ability to infuse all areas of camp with ruach (spirit) and values, and we are thrilled that he has agreed to join our staff as the Director of Innovation and Programming.
Laura “Lau” Rymberg
I love to draw, sing, travel, read, do Pilates, and cook.
Favorite thing about camp: 9 square and Havdallah
Favorite camp meal: Shabbat dinner
Zach Snyder (MA,LMHC), is a current resident of Seattle, a Proud product of Portland and a graduate of the mighty CSS gaga pits. He is passionate about Positive Youth Development, whimsy and a darn good snack. Zach wholeheartedly believes that Summer camp is the best place to experience profound Positive Youth Development. Perhaps most importantly, Zach’s greatest love of all is camp magic, and his favorite place is CSS