Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, Executive Director

Isaac@CampHavaya.org / 267-635-0360

Rabbi Isaac is executive director of Havaya Summer Programs – Camp Havaya, Havaya Arts, and Havaya Israel. He is a graduate of Tufts University, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute. A long-time camper and youth worker, he is passionate about creating engaging, meaningful, and innovative Jewish experiences that celebrate kids in all of 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.

Josh Sternburg, Director of Finance and Operations

Josh@CampHavaya.org / 267-635-0362

Originally from Honesdale, PA, Josh is a graduate of the Hornstein program at Brandeis University, where he completed an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and an MBA in Non-profit Management. He previously worked as an Assistant Director and Conference Coordinator at URJ Camp George in Toronto. His passion for informal Jewish education and camping has led him to Camp Havaya where he is excited about continuing his professional career in the field. Josh is married to Natalie Marcus, whom he met while working at Camp George.

Jacob Oshins, Assistant Director

JOshins@CampHavaya.org / 833-226-7428

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.

Rachael Burgess, Advancement Officer

rburgess@reconstructingjudaism.org / 215-576-0800 x141

Rachael managed the marketing department for an IT staffing firm before joining the Communications team at Reconstructing Judaism. She flourished working on fundraising events, leading webinars and educating the leaders of Reconstructionist communities about how to best market their congregations. In 2017, she was recruited onto the fundraising team at Reconstructing Judaism, where she continued to thrive as a major gifts officer. She is excited to help build meaningful relationships between Havaya Summer Programs and the incredible people who support their meaningful work. Rachael is an Arizona native living in Philadelphia with her partner, Michael, and their cat, Oreo. She holds a master’s degree in Public Relations from Rowan University.

Our Board

Amy Abrams

Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat

Carol Feder

Max Fischlowitz Roberts

Debra Fried Levin

Carol Hirsh Blechman

Andy Kaplan

Abby Knopp

Andrea Konow

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.

Camp JRF is now Camp Havaya.

Worry not! We have a new name but, deep down, we’re still the same incredibly diverse and welcoming community where kids explore Judaism in their own ways and become the best versions of themselves.

Learn more about why we chose this name or click through to visit our website. Either way, we can’t wait to welcome you to Camp Havaya this summer!