Year-Round Staff

Amy Skopp Cooper, Executive Director

Amy is now serving in her twentieth year as director of the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. She also serves as the associate director of the National Ramah Commission. Ramah Nyack is proud of the fact that Amy is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Previously, she worked as the education director of Congregation Bnai Israel in Millburn, NJ, and as assistant director of the Prozdor high school program at the Hebrew College in Boston. A graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Amy holds degrees in Jewish history and Jewish education, and received her master's degree from Brandeis University in Jewish education and communal service.

She is married to Rabbi Mark Cooper, spiritual leader of Oheb Shalom in South Orange, NJ and has five sons.

Contact Amy at amy@campramah.org.

Rabbi Ami Hersh, Camp Director

Ami has served as the associate director of Ramah Nyack since 2006, and has held various roles at camp since 2000. Ami was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2012 with a concentration in Jewish non-profit management. In 2013 he also received a master's degree in Jewish education from the Davidson School of Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary with a concentration in Israel education.  

Ami previously taught fourth grade at the Solomon Schechter School of Greater Hartford. A graduate of the University of Hartford, he holds degrees in Elementary Education and Judaic Studies. Ami was one of the winners of the 2012 Jewish Futures Competition. In addition, he is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and an iCenter Israel Education Fellow.

He is married to Loni Hersh and has four children.

Contact Ami at ami@campramah.org for more information regarding educational programming, working at camp and accommodation for special needs.

Michael Edelstein, Director of Finance and Operations

Michael brings to camp a wide range of business and management skills and is responsible for the finances and operations of the camp. As the founder of his own production and marketing company, Michael has worked at and organized events at venues such as Radio City Music Hall and the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Michael has an intimate knowledge of Ramah Nyack, where he began as a camper at age three. He is trained in cafeteria and food service management, pool operations, and overall facility management.

He is married to Amy Edelstein and has two children.

Contact Michael at michael@campramah.org for more information regarding rentals and retreats, construction and facilities, invoices, billing, and payments.

Andrew Topal, Associate Business Manager

Andrew holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from Binghamton University, where he was elected Hillel Student President and served as the student representative on Binghamton University's Council. He worked as a counselor and sgan rosh edah (assistant division head) at Ramah Nyack before serving as Special Projects Coordinator. Andrew is thrilled to be part of the year-round staff at Ramah Nyack as Operations Manager.

 

Contact Andrew at andrew@campramah.org.
 

Sarah Guthartz, Office and Recruitment Manager

Sarah has over 20 years of experience working in Jewish non-profits. Sarah has worked in a variety of roles in Jewish Community Centers, BBYO, synagogues including being a camp director at JCC camps in Florida and New York. She received her Bachelors Degree from Central Connecticut State University and her Masters of Social Work Degree from Yeshiva University - Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

Sarah enjoys crocheting, running, reading and dancing in the living room with her family. She lives in Washington Heights with her husband, Seth, their children (current campers), Jonah and Stella and their chocolate lab, Cocoa.

Contact Sarah at sarahg@campramah.org.

Dory Payne, Facility Manager

Dory has been on staff at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack for 15 years. She has had a variety of roles including housekeeping, pre and post camp set-up and facility maintenance. Prior to camp Dory worked at St. Agatha’s Home for Children where she worked with children and families.

Dory lives in Suffern, NY with her husband Derrick and kids (camp summer staff members) Shaquille, T’keyah, Derrick and Nikolas. She enjoys football, cook-outs, baking, reading and goofing off with her kids. She also has 2 furbabies, Buddy and Peanut and a bird named Jet. 

Contact Dory at dory@campramah.org.