Rabbi Isaac Saposnik

Executive Director

Isaac@CampHavaya.org / 267-635-0360

Rabbi Isaac joined Camp Havaya after its first summer and has spent the last 20 years helping build it into one of the premier Jewish overnight camps in North America. Under his leadership, Havaya has launched a capstone Israel experience for teens, built a multi-award-winning Eco-Village, participated in the inaugural cohort of Project Accelerate, completed a successful name change, and been called “the Jewish camp that takes inclusion seriously.” Rabbi Isaac is a graduate of Tufts University, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute. He has worked for NFTY and URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute; served on advisory committees for the Foundation for Jewish Camp and JCamp180; and led workshops for congregational educators, Federation staff members, and docents at the National Museum of American Jewish History. A long-time camper and youth worker, Rabbi Isaac is passionate about creating engaging, meaningful, and innovative Jewish experiences that celebrate kids in all their diversity and wonder. Rabbi Isaac is married to Jeanne Calloway, a teacher, whom he met at Camp Havaya; they live in Philadelphia with their son, Zev.

Sheira Director-Nowack

Camp Director

Sheira@CampHavaya.org / 267-635-0361

After attending The Ohio State University, Sheira received a Masters in Social Work and Certification in Jewish Communal Services from Yeshiva University. She has been in camping for over 20 years, working in Jewish residential camps as well as day camps. Most recently, Sheira served as the associate director for a Jewish camp for children who have learning issues and social skill disorders. Sheira is VERY excited to be part of the Camp Havaya staff. She is known for her sense of humor and outgoing personality. She has been married for the past ten years to Brian Nowack and together they adopted Madeline in 2005.

Joshua Sternburg

Director of Finance and Operations

Josh@CampHavaya.org / 267-635-0362

Joshua is a graduate of Colorado College, Brandeis University and several professional development programs in the camping field. With a strong passion for non-profit management, Jewish community and youth work, Joshua has truly loved his work at Havaya since early 2010. In particular, he loves managing all of the moving pieces necessary to make a memorable and transformative experience for the children and staff members at camp each summer. Originally from the Poconos himself, Joshua currently lives in Collegeville, PA with his wife Natalie (whom he met while working at Camp George in Ontario) and their two children Sophie and Jacob.

Jacob Oshins

Assistant Director

Jacob@CampHavaya.org / 267-635-0264

Jacob holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and Development from Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. He has been a member of the Camp Havaya community since 2007 and has held various positions on the Camp staff since 2008. This time spent as an integral part of Camp has led to his passion for working with children. Having a foundational knowledge in the development of the individual and group dynamics informs Jacob’s practice when working with all Camp participants and staff members. He is excited to join the year-round team as assistant director and to be back in Philadelphia.

Victoria Finnegan

Administrative Assistant

Victoria@CampHavaya.org / 267-635-0263

Victoria holds an A.S.in Business Management from Pierce College, and a B.A in Accounting from Holy Family University. Prior to joining Camp Havaya staff in 2017, she was employed for 30 years with the City of Philadelphia as a Contract Administrator in the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBH/IDS). DBH/IDS works with various agencies, families and communities to provide care and services for people with mental illness, people struggling with addictions and people with intellectual disabilities. Victoria resides in Philadelphia with her husband of 27 years, Kevin. They have two grown sons, Brian and Sean. She is happy to be a part-time member of the Camp Havaya team!

Sara Chernov

Director of Emotional Wellness and Support

Sara is excited to be back at Camp Havaya! Sara has been a part of the Havaya community since 2005 when she was a camper and held multiple staff positions. While working at Camp, Sara’s passion for supporting children through their social and emotional needs came to be. After graduating Goucher College and working at several Jewish organizations, she pursued a Master’s degree from New York University in School Counseling and Guidance. She currently works as a School Counselor in PA and is excited to join the team as a Mental Health Professional this summer.


Our Board

Amy Abrams

Jillian Best Adler

Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat

Carol Feder

Micah Fenner

Carol Hirsh Blechman

Marla Izbicky

Andy Kaplan

Andrea Konow

Brian Peters

Louis Plung

Steve Prince

Seth Rosen

Judy Spatz

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Camp Havaya is a truly extraordinary place—your kid will feel part of something bigger than themselves, and they’ll want to experience that magic year after year.