Our Team

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Meet Our Camp Staff

MY CHAI (LIFE)

There have been various mystical numerological speculations about the fact that, according to the system of gematria, the letters of chai add up to 18. For this reason, 18 is a spiritual number in Judaism.

Meet our camp staff

  • Carrie Sakin

    JCC Rockland Camps Director

  • Rachel Kurland

    JLand Program Director

  • Jordan Sakin

    Discover Program Director

  • Brooke Hershfield

    Discover Program Director

  • Lisa Murphy

    JCC Rockland Camps Office Manager and Registrar

  • Eric Goldstein

    Summer STEM Program Director

  • Kelli Kersh

    Assistant Director, Camper Care and Parent Communications

  • Adam Lubatkin

    CIT Program Director and J Teens

  • Jason Cannici

    Camps Operations Manager

  • Mark Greenbaum

    Director of Camp Programming and Special Events

Carrie Sakin

JCC Rockland Camps Director

  1. I have two children who I adore more then anything in the world; they are my life.
  2. I can get by with just eating nothing but cookies and cake.
  3. I love using GIFs and will always add them to my text messages.
  4. I am huge football fan and love watching games on Sundays in the fall.
  5. I just discovered AMAZON and online shopping!
  6. Being a Camp Director is the best job in the world.
  7. I am a positive and optimistic person. I believe that the glass is always half full; even in the most trying times.
  8. I hate ketchup.
  9. I am afraid of heights and would never hang glide, hot air balloon or sky dive.
  10. My real hair color is dark brown. (Oh and gray lol!)
  11. I love to vacation on the Cape; especially in late August.
  12. Summer is my favorite season. I love the sunshine, flip flops and the beach.
  13. I hate reptiles and spiders and any animals that drool.
  14. My entire wardrobe consists of clothes that are either black, grey or navy. I rarely wear bright colors.
  15. I love Reggae music.
  16. I hate to be late; I’m always on time or early.
  17. I love collecting motivational quotes and use them often.
  18. I would never swim in a public pool or in the ocean. Ewww…..

Rachel Kurland

JLand Program Director

  1. My husband (Adam) and three boys (Alex, Danny and Cooper) are my life.
  2. I’m convinced I got the first Covid puppy (Waffles) and started the trend–March 18th.
  3. My favorite foods are sushi, plain pasta with butter and parmesan cheese, and Carvel soft chocolate.
  4. I love to ski, hike, bike, go rock climbing, and have even gone paragliding!
  5. I love music and dancing.
  6. I lived in Belgium for two years when I was 10 and was fluent in French. (I may be able to converse with you-it just would take a looooong time)
  7. I have two older brothers who tortured me.
  8. I’m a big homebody and love being in a “cocoon” with my family.
  9. I love to travel, and wish I could visit every single country and learn every language.
  10. I love to laugh, cook, eat and garden.
  11. One of my favorite school plays I was in as a child was Free to Be You and Me.
  12. I used to go horseback riding (I think I’m too old now)
  13. I have no cavities, never had stitches, or ever broken a bone.
  14. When I was little I took gymnastics and ballet but still could never do a cartwheel.
  15. I hate peanut butter and mustard.
  16. I love the beach.
  17. I love to read and be curled up on the couch with a book.
  18. I wish I could be in school forever.
  19. I think I was meant to work at DKECC and Camp JLand.

Jordan Sakin

Discover Program Director

  1. I graduated SUNY Oneonta with a degree in History and LIU Hudson with a Master’s degree in Elementary Special Education.
  2. I am a two time”Wobble” champion on Norwegian Cruise Lines!
  3. I’ve been to Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift concerts.
  4. I would like to think I created the beverage Arnold Palmer.
  5. I am a HUGE New York Mets, New York Jets and Brooklyn Nets fan- although none of them have ever won championships in my lifetime.
  6. I love eating fruit, although I’m allergic to a majority of them.
  7. My favorite places in the world are Disney World and Citi Field.
  8. If I could wear basketball shorts 24/7, 365, I would.
  9. I can never say no to any form of Ice Cream.
  10. Jersey Shore and Survivor are two of my favorite reality TV shows.
  11. I had a solo in my 6th grade chorus concert- that’s the extent of my musical career!
  12. If I could have any job in the world, I would want to host a sports radio show on WFAN.
  13. My favorite meal that my mom makes is her chicken cutlets that she bakes in the oven.
  14. I’m a big WWE fan and make all my friends watch with me.
  15. One day when I’m older I want to install a Soda fountain in my house.
  16. If I could drive any car in the world it would be a Jeep Wrangler.
  17. I love visiting the Jersey Shore and enjoy all the sights, sounds and treats of the beach and boardwalk.
  18. I have been at camp for 22 summers as a camper or staff.

Brooke Hershfield

Discover Program Director

  1. I am 26 years old from Monroe, NY
  2. I have 2 human brothers & one doggy brother
  3. I have a bachelors in psychology from Binghamton University and a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Ithaca College
  4. My favorite sports teams are the New York Mets & New York Rangers - I’m waiting to see either team win a championship during my lifetime
  5. Some of my hobbies are listening to music, hiking with my dog, and reading
  6. I was on Taylor Swift’s Instagram once
  7. Colorado is my favorite travel destination, my dream is to see a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater
  8. I love Broadway shows, my favorite is Wicked
  9. I am famous for my Cookies & Cream cookies
  10. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and my favorite side dish is corn pudding
  11. I am afraid of heights but would love to go zip lining one day
  12. My Hogwarts house is Ravenclaw
  13. I love reality TV (I did a research project on The Bachelor in college), but my all time favorite TV show is The Office
  14. My favorite movie of all time is The Princess Diaries and Julie Andrews is one of my favorite people
  15. I can’t go underwater without holding my nose
  16. My favorite fruit are raspberries and my favorite vegetable are carrots
  17. I love anything that has to do with s’mores - s’mores flavored ice cream, candles, etc
  18. I was afraid of snakes until I met Cedella (nature bob’s snake), and now I look forward to seeing her and holding her everyday!

Lisa Murphy

JCC Rockland Camps Office Manager and Registrar

  1. I was born and raised in “Da Bronx”.
  2. My favorite color is blue.
  3. I have 3 children.
  4. I love the beach.
  5. I love watching my son play baseball. (he is on 3 teams).
  6. I have 2 Labrador Retrievers, Dakota (is yellow) and Sophie (is black).
  7. Sea Loins are my favorite animal.
  8. I love to go Jet Skiing.
  9. Diet Coke wakes me up in the morning.
  10. Spring is my favorite time of year.
  11. I have never gone to camp.
  12. I have one sister.
  13. My favorite show is Shark Tank.
  14. My family and I love to go on vacation.
  15. I love ice cream.
  16. My favorite restaurant is Mt. Fuji.
  17. I am very organized.
  18. My weakness is pretzels.

Eric Goldstein

Summer STEM Program Director

  1. Favorite saying “do what you love and love what you do”.
  2. Favorite movie quote “Aloha Mr. Hand” and “No shoes no shirt no dice!” Both from the same movie.
  3. My favorite band Van Halen (R.I.P. Eddie)
  4. I love to cook …and eat…that usually works out well.
  5. My favorite season is summer (I was born in July)
  6. I am a big fan of 90’s Seattle music.
  7. A Late 60’s convertible Mustang is my favorite car.
  8. When I retire, I would like to travel and see the great sites of the world
  9. I am a dog lover…I have 2 labs Emmy and Tony.
  10. As a science teacher, I must say science is my favorite school subject
  11. Netflix is great!
  12. I like when it’s quiet… As a middle school teacher for 28 years, I enjoy quiet time these days.
  13. I enjoy working out (What a great gym at the JCC).
  14. My favorite TV’s are all sitcoms…..Seinfled, Big Bang Theory etc…
  15. I graduated from University of Maryland.
  16. I love that my 3 children all worked at the JCC this past summer
  17. I enjoy movies about time travel or anything Marvel.
  18. I love being home with my wife and 3 children.

Kelli Kersh

Assistant Director, Camper Care and Parent Communications

  1. I’ve been married to my best friend for 20 years and we have two amazing daughters, Alexandra (18) and Amanda (15). Few things make me happier than chilling with them and my dogs.
  2. We have three dogs (2 golden retrievers and a black mix) that we are BEYOND obsessed with.
  3. My favorite color is blue.
  4. I’m not a fan of yellow, orange, or purple.
  5. I could eat sushi every day of the week.
  6. I have never seen the movie “the sound of music” which most people can’t believe.
  7. When I was younger I could recite the movie Grease, verbatim. And I was in love with Danny zuko.
  8. Winter is my favorite season. My motto is the colder the better! Oh, and I LOVE snow. I do like summer too, but towards the end, I’m always ready for the cooler weather.
  9. I love doing jigsaw puzzles, and frequently make my younger daughter do them with me. She’s reluctant at first, but then enjoys it.
  10. I’ve always wanted a big salad bar in my kitchen. One that I wouldn’t be in charge of maintaining of course.
  11. I’m a VERY fast drinker and will gladly challenge anyone to a water drinking contest. I don’t think anyone has ever been faster than me.
  12. Connect four and Tetris are two of my favorite games.
  13. Watching tv (so many shows) is my relaxation.
  14. I love being a teacher. I feel lucky that I look forward to getting to work and seeing my kids every morning on the way to work.
  15. Laughing is one of my favorite things in life. I love the kind of laugh where I can barely breathe.
  16. I took a one credit bowling class in college and was a REALIY good bowler for like five minutes. I once bowled a double turkey. Never again.
  17. I have my CDL and can drive a school bus.
  18. I feel blessed to have many wonderful people in my life, friends and family alike.

Adam Lubatkin

CIT Program Director and J Teens

  1. My wife Carly and our dog Coco are my world.
  2. I'm a die-hard Mets, Islanders, and Jets fan...no championships builds character!
  3. I play trumpet and was in a ska band in high school called Bangin' On A Trash Can. We got to play at Starland Ballroom once!
  4. While in the University of Delaware Marching Band, I got to perform in the New Year's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
  5. When I went on Birthright in January 2013, it snowed 3 inches and everything closed!
  6. I fully believe there is a quote from The Office for most situations in life.
  7. Concerts are my happy place, whether it's at a venue or on the couch (thanks COVID).
  8. I have the most adorable niece and will have another in January!
  9. When I was little I wanted to be a rabbi, a baseball player, and/or Raffi.
  10. I'm a lifelong camper!
  11. The Sandlot is my all time favorite movie FOR-EV-ER.
  12. I "wrote" a book for my wife about our life during quarantine called "The Corona Chronicles."
  13. Despite being a winter baby, I HATE winter.
  14. I love to read - ranging from true crime to sports to sci-fi.
  15. I started a vinyl record collection a few years ago and it continues to grow!
  16. I've never broken/fractured a bone (knock on wood).
  17. Some of my best friends were made through NFTY.
  18. I started a business to help kids with remote learning last school year.

Jason Cannici

Camps Operations Manager

  1. My family is everything to me: My wife Suzi (is my rock, my love, my best friend in the world) my three children Noah, Ben, and Ava (my treasures in life)
  2. Put me on a fishing boat and I’m happy
  3. I hate snakes
  4. I love eating seafood
  5. I love coaching sports especially Baseball
  6. Teaching children was my call in life. I’m a high school Special Education Teacher in which I teach Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra/Trig
  7. I named my dog “Jasper” after the Manhattan College Jaspers where I attended school
  8. When I win the New York Lottery for millions of dollars, I will donate a large portion to Autism Research
  9. Long lines at stores, sitting in traffic annoys me
  10. I’m very superstitious
  11. I tore my Achilles tendon during a celebration after winning a state sectional state title in baseball #embarassing #longrecovery
  12. My mother and father are absolutely my heroes in life
  13. Midnight Run, Goodfellas, and Rounders are my top three favorite movies of all time
  14. I want to go to Oregon to hunt the mythical legendary beast by the name of Sasquatch
  15. My favorite teams are: NY Yankees, NY Rangers, NY Knicks, SF 49ers
  16. Dairy Queen blizzards are my weakness
  17. I always wanted to be John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever
  18. When I retire, I want a shore house by the water

Mark Greenbaum

Director of Camp Programming and Special Events

  1. There is nothing more important to me then FAMILY.
  2. My wife, Maria, and I will be celebrating 25 years of marriage in June.
  3. My proudest accomplishment: Being a DAD! My oldest children, Kyle and Kyra, are
  4. 22 year old twins and my youngest daughter, Skylar, is 18.
  5. I am a sports nut!!! I will watch and play any sport imaginable. Late, late, late night TV televises some really off-beat sports. I am a crazy Boston Celtics and New York Yankees fan. What can I say…I like winners!
  6. I have been zip-lining high in the trees in the Mexican Jungle and then went dune buggy riding on the Jungle floor.
  7. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to swim with dolphins – what an incredible experience!
  8. I have been teaching 5th and 6th grade for over 20 years. I teach in the district where I went to school as a kid.
  9. Big, big, HUGE fantasy sports fanatic. Baseball, football, basketball…oh my. Love stats and pretending to be a GM (general manager).
  10. Love any and all animals. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t own at least one dog. Currently have a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and a Yorki-Poo. (Hysterical combo – one is 125 lbs. – the other is 20 lbs.)
  11. Before I became a teacher I was a Veterinarian Assistant. Very cool experience – I got to assist during surgeries.
  12. I have been going to Day Camps my entire life. My summers would not be the same without camp. I am extremely excited to join the JCC Rockland Camp family.
  13. I think I might be addicted to Mt. Dew. I have tried every flavor they have and drink at least one every day. (Code Red, Pitch Black, Dew USA among my favorites)
  14. I am a big reality TV fan. Nothing beats real life. My daughter, Skylar, and I never miss an episode of Survivor. My oldest daughter, Kyra, has actually applied to get on…no luck yet.
  15. As a kid – loved, loved, loved roller coasters of all sizes, shapes, twists, and turns. Now, as an adult, I get motion sickness from swinging on a swing.
  16. When I retire, I want to build a “man-cave” treehouse to watch all my sports andreality TV.
  17. If I had to choose one meal it would be a perfectly cooked steak with a heaping side of garlic mashed potatoes.
  18. I am a candy junky – jelly beans, Mike & Ike’s, Chuckles, Skittles. It goes without saying…I have some pretty bad teeth.