Year Round Staff

Executive Director
Amy Skopp Cooper
Executive Director

Amy became executive director of Ramah Nyack after serving twenty years as the camp director. 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 [email protected]

Camp Director
Rabbi Ami Hersh
Camp Director

Ami became the camp director after serving as the associate director for 10 years. 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 [email protected]

Director of Finance and Operations
Michael Edelstein
Director of Finance and Operations

Michael became the Director of Finance and Operations 10 years ago. Michael supervises all administrative aspects of the camp program including facility management, maintenance, building projects, medical protocol, security, commissary, and fiscal oversight. As the founder of his own production and marketing company in the late 1990’s, 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. Michael is certified as a ServSafe Food Service Manager and as a Certified Pool Operator. He is an American Camp Association Visitor and a licensed contractor in Rockland County. He is married to Amy Edelstein and has two children.
Contact Michael at [email protected]

Special Projects and Logistics Coordinator
Daniel Fischer
Special Projects and Logistics Coordinator

A lifelong Ramahnik, Daniel is excited to join the year-round team as our special projects and logistics coordinator. A New York native, Daniel attended the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and spent a year in Israel volunteering as an EMT with Magen David Adom through Young Judaea Year Course, both of which imbued in him a love of Judaism, Israel, and service. Daniel has held a number of jobs at camp including in the kitchen as rosh chadar, at the ropes course (his personal favorite), and most recently served as the Director of Specialty Camps. Daniel loves spending his summers at Ramah Nyack, and when he’s not there, he enjoys climbing, hiking, playing trivia, and walking his dog. Luckily, even though there are no dogs at camp, he can still participate in the first three.
Contact Daniel at [email protected]

Facilities Manager
Dory Payne
Facilities 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.
Contact Dory at [email protected] 

Our year-round team is working remotely to limit social exposure and create the safest possible environment for our staff and their families. Don't let that fact concern you - we are still hard at work preparing for Kayitz 2020! To reach us by phone, please call our summer office, 845-358-6240, and leave a voicemail. General questions can also be emailed to [email protected] All mail should be directed to our summer office: Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, P.O. Box 807, Nyack, NY 10960.Contact
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