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 amy@campramah.org

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 ami@campramah.org

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 michael@campramah.org

Associate Business Manager
Jillian Mandell
Associate Business Manager

Jillian Mandell is the Associate Business Manager at Camp Ramah of Nyack, a place that has been her summer home since 2007. While on summer staff Jillian was a CIT, Counselor, Rosh Transportation and Rosh Chadar two summers in a row. Jillian has a BA in Urban Planning from Hunter College and before becoming full time staff, she was a Clinic Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Business Office Manager at The Endoscopy Center of New York. After her career in healthcare, her heart led her back to Ramah, to work full time for a place that introduced her to her best camp friend. Jillian met her husband while working at camp in the summer of 2007. She is married to Josh Mandell, and they live with their son Cameron, in South Orange, New Jersey.
Contact Jillian at jillian@campramah.org

Program Coordinator
Paul Horvath
Program Coordinator

Paul is excited to join the Ramah Nyack year-round team as the Program Coordinator, after having spent 17 summers at Camp Ramah! A New Yorker, Paul attended the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and spent a semester abroad participating in the Nachshon Project (a Jewish learning fellowship in Jerusalem). Most recently Paul has spent the past five summers working at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires as a counselor, rosh edah, and virtual rosh edah. He is thrilled to return to Ramah Nyack where he began as a camper at age 5. Paul can always be found wearing a camp t-shirt and talking about camp memories.
Contact Paul at paul@campramah.org

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 dory@campramah.org.