Paul Isserles (he/his) returned home to become the Director of URJ Eisner Camp in October of 2021. He brings to the role over 20 years of directing day camps, including Camp Jacobson and Buckley Day Camp. For Paul, there is no place that has been more influential in his life than camp, especially Eisner. He worked at Eisner from 1993-1997, as a counselor, songleader and unit head. Not only did his time at Eisner launch him into the world of camping and informal Jewish education, but he met his wife, Shari, there in 1994.
Paul is a product of the Reform Movement, spending his childhood and teen years in youth groups and on the board of LIFTY. He is a graduate of the University at Albany and earned a master’s degree in social work from Yeshiva University.
In his spare time, Paul loves sports, whether playing baseball or basketball himself, or coaching his son, Michael’s baseball teams. Paul, and his wife, Shari live in Port Washington, with their son, Michael and where Shari works as the Director of Congregational Education at The Community Synagogue.
Lauren "Lulu" Belferder
Lulu (she/her/hers) is a true camper at heart and is thrilled to be on the Eisner team as the Associate Director. She grew up attending Robin Hood Country Day Camp on Long Island, where she was a camper and staff member. During her time at Robin Hood, she realized her passion for working with children and teens and led her into a professional career working hands-on with this population.
For the past seven years, Lulu has been working at Temple Sinai of Roslyn, New York as the Director of Youth & Teen Engagement. During her tenure at Temple Sinai, Lulu led a successful department that served over 500 families annually. She is most proud of the relationships that she has developed with so many children, teens, and their families. She loved connecting with them and helping to create positive, Jewish experiences to engage them in.
Prior to her time at Temple Sinai, Lulu worked as the Director of Residential Services at Life’s WORC in Garden City, New York. Life’s WORC provides comprehensive services and support to people with intellectual disabilities and autism and their families. During her time at Life’s WORC, she provided supervision and support to residential managers and the people living in these residential homes throughout Long Island and Queens.
Lulu has two graduate degrees, including a Masters in School Counseling from Long Island University and a Masters in Jewish Educational Leadership from Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion. She currently lives on Long Island with her twin daughters, Isabella, and Eden.
Marisa (she/her/hers) was thrilled to join the URJ Northeast Camps team in February 2019 as the development associate! She is excited for her new role as assistant director where she can work closely with the campers, families and staff to create the most magical summers. She has over twelve years of experience as a synagogue educator and working in day and sleep away camps. Marisa graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelor’s in Judaic Studies and Education as well as from Gratz College with a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. Marisa is married to her childhood sweetheart, Matt, and has two beautiful boys, Emmet and Boaz, who are so happy to enjoy their summers in the Berkshires!
Adam (he/him/his) began working for Eisner Camp in 2013, and is so excited to be a part of the full time team as an Assistant Director. He started attending Eisner in 2004, when he was a K’tanim camper and made his way up through the units, participated in the Machon program, and then went on to become a counselor, songleader, and a unit head. Adam grew up in a small town in New Jersey called River Edge, and in 2018 he graduated from New York University, where he studied Music Business and took part in many different music clubs on campus. He previously worked for URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy East as the Program Administrator, and he continues to songlead at many different synagogues in the New York/New Jersey area. When he is not working, Adam loves to spend time with his family and friends, watch European soccer (go Liverpool!), and run around with his dog, Molly. He is thrilled that he will continue to get to spend his summers, and now his full year, working for Eisner Camp!
Eisner Camp has been a huge part of Lauren’s (she/her/hers) life as she had the unique experience growing up on the property as a child while her parents worked for the camp. After she graduated from Westfield State College she joined the Eisner and Crane Lake team as a full time employee working as one of the bookkeepers. She has done many different jobs at camp from Day Camp counselor to dishwasher and is now our Business Manager. Lauren is happy to be able to enjoy the beautiful Berkshires all year round where she lives with her husband (who she married on the Eisner Camp grounds) and two children.
Development Director, URJ Northeast Camps
Ray Kimmelblatt (she/her) joined the URJ Northeast Camps team in 2020. She brings to the role nearly 20 years of fundraising experience in higher education, healthcare, and community organizations. Ray began her career planning the 2001 URJ Biennial Convention and spent the last 10 years as a nonprofit executive director.
Ray is a product of the Reform Movement and URJ camps, attending Eisner (’87, ’94), Kutz (’93) and Greene Family Camp (’96, ’97). She is a graduate of the University at Albany and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College. Ray is an alumna of Project OTZMA (’00), a year-long fellowship in Israel.
In spare time, Ray enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and refinishing furniture. A native Long Islander, Ray met her husband Craig in Hebrew school in third grade. They live outside of Albany, NY with their sons Spencer and Jordan and their rambunctious pug, Ruby.
Retreat Center Manager
After working as a summer staff member in 2016, Meredith (she/her/hers) fell in love with both Eisner and the Berkshires. With a M.A. in Business Management from Lesley University and a history of interning and volunteering for non-profit organizations as well as event planning, she was excited to take on the role of Retreat Center Manager. Meredith and her husband, Hal, live on camp with their puppy Charlie. They take many hikes to Look-Out Point and enjoy testing out new recipes in Manor House kitchen.
Executive Director of URJ Northeast Camps and Youth
Debby Shriber(she/her) is proud to be the Executive Director of the URJ Northeast Camps. In this capacity she focuses on supporting the professional staff, development, and strategic vison of both Eisner and Crane Lake Camps. She’s been with URJ Camps since 2009, serving at the Crane Lake Camp Director for the past 12 years. Prior to the URJ, Debbie directed Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village, a JCC overnight camp in in Wayne County ,PA and was a day camp director.
Debby was raised in Worcester, MA. As a teen, she was a very active member of NFTY Northeast and her synagouge, Temple Emanuel. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Debby completed the JCC Association Lechu Lachem Senior Fellowship and also served as a mentor for the Foundation for Jewish Camp Yitro Fellowship. During the school year, Debby, her wife Nili, and their daughter Molly live in Fort Lee, NJ.