Staff - the key element of camp life!
Stu Guttman - Camp Director
Stu Guttman is a recent Masters graduate in Professional Jewish Studies from Spertus College in Chicago and is currently perusing an MBA at the John Molson School of Business in Montreal. He has been a working professional in the Montreal Jewish Community all his life, having spent 5 years as the Assistant Director at another major Montreal Jewish Summer Camp. Stu is also the Youth Outreach Coordinator at Federation CJA West Island in Montreal and has been the Coordinator of the Diller Teen Fellows program, the Family Education Director at Congregation Beth Tikvah ASNH, a leader for several Birthright trips and chaperone for the March of the Living. As a Psychology graduate of Concordia University, Stu will be working closely with our staff and is eager to share his experience, programming excellence and unique ability to always be available or lend a hand. To Contact Stu, send him an email, email@example.com or give a call (514) 488-6610 - he loves talking about camp!
Bella Ratner-Benarroch - Office Administrator
Although it may feel as though she has been at camp forever, Bella came to Machaneh Massad for the first time in 2005. She began as staff for Tzameret Alef Banot and was promoted to the position of Rosh Tzevet (Head of Staff) in 2010. After a couple of summers away, Bella is thrilled to be back home at מסד. Bella graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Exercise Science. She also works during the year with Grade 1 students at Hebrew Academy Elementary School. More recently, she held the position of Assistant Coordinator at Cote Saint Luc Day Camp. Bella will be the familiar voice on the telephone who patiently handles the million and one questions parents have before the summer. She will also be a part of the camps senior leadership team during the summer, handling many operations in camp including overseeing food services, maintenance, transportation and security.
Daniel Cutler - Program Director
Daniel Cutler has called מסד מחנה his home away from home since 2002. He first came to camp as a camper in גזע ב and has been our Rosh Agam for 3 the past summers. This year, Daniel is thrilled to be back at מסד as our Program Director. Daniel recently returned to Montreal after participating in an international exchange program in China and has been spending countless nights staying up thinking of all the amazing programs he’s planning on implementing this summer at camp (we’re sure his studies in chemical engineering at McGill University are also on his mind.) He can’t wait to take his daily walks down by the Agam again this summer, watching the sun set from the Madregot and getting things organized for Grey Cup, Ma’apilim and Maccabiah! Daniel can be reached at RoshChinuch@campmassad.org
Bari Handelman - Head of Staff
Although Bari is the oldest of the four Handelmans at camp, she was the last to join the Massad family. After hearing about the wonderful and exciting camp stories from her brothers, Bari decided to give Massad a try four years ago and has loved it ever since. Bari truly enjoys the Jewish and Zionistic values that make her feel at home at camp. Back home in Toronto, she is completing her Bachelors in Health Sciences at York University. When Bari isn’t thinking about camp she spends her free time volunteering with children suffering from terminal illnesses at local non-profit organization and reminisces of the time she spent studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Bari’s willingness to listen and fun-loving attitude has made her the perfect candidate to be our Head of Staff this summer. She is always ready to lend a helping hand to campers and staff alike. Bari can’t wait for this summer and is counting down the days until she can be reunited with her mishpachat Massad! Bari can be reached at RoshTzevet@campmassad.org
Russell Handelman - Rosh Hadracha
Massad has become a second home for Russell – this will mark his 10th consecutive summer at camp. It is here as a Massadnick where he found many of his closest friends and developed his closest relationships. As a camper Russell found himself on the Migrash on a daily basis playing sports and hanging out with his friends. As a staff, he developed a love of the Agam and learnt how to perfect his “cannon ball” technique from the water trampoline. This year Russell will be overseeing both the Malam and Machon Alef programs in a newly created position of Rosh Hadracha – Head of Leadership. Some of his most cherished memories came when he was a Malam camper and he is thrilled to have the opportunity help train our future staff. Russell and his team of staff will do their best to ensure that every camper in the Hadracha program gets the same incredible experience that he remembers. He cannot wait to work with all the teens up at camp and has already begun programming for what is sure to be an amazing summer at Machane Massad! Russell can be reached at RoshHadracha@campmassad.org
Shonnie Benaroch – Rosh Emek
Shonnie is currently studying at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management. But this isn't about school - let's talk camp! As a third generation Massadnik, Machane Massad is one of Shonnie's greatest loves. Since first coming to camp as a shoresh camper in 2001, Shonnie has climbed all the way up the Massad ladder. Having spent summers as a dance specialist and Rosh Omanut (Creative Arts) the past two summer, she is both ready and extremely excited to take on her new role as Rosh Emek. In her free time, Shonnie loves dancing, snowboarding and volunteering. She is honoured to be co-chairing Federation CJA’s FedNext Outreach division this year. Shonnie, like the rest of us, is counting down the days until camp. She can't wait to see everyone at the busses, meet all the new campers and spend more time with familiar faces from previous summers! Shonnie can be reached at RoshEmek@campmassad.org
Laurent Elkrief – Rosh Galil
We are thrilled that Laurent will be joining us this summer as Rosh Galil. Last year, Laurent helped start our amazing Machon Aleph program as Seren “Anan”. Laurent prides himself in his programming skills and his unique ability to turn any camp activity into a goofy, fun learning experience. A current neuroscience student at McGill University in Montreal, Laurent is also very involved within the local Jewish Community sitting on a number of committees and even participating in a volunteer mission to Ethiopia last year. With all of his experience, Laurent is truly the right guy to ensure an amazingly fun summer for our Galil campers that they will remember forever! Laurent can be reached at RoshGalil@campmassad.org
Arieh Gomolin - Rosh Agam
Arieh Gomolin has been at Massad since 2005. He is currently studying health sciences at Marianopolis College, and is hoping to pursue a career in medicine. He has spent the last few summers as our Water-ski Specialist and Boat Driver. Over the years, Arieh has proven to not only be a knowledgeable swim instructor, but also as someone who prides himself on his ability to teach lessons in a fun way. We are thrilled that he is returning to camp this summer as Rosh Agam and are looking forward to seeing who his first “Ba Agam” target will be. Arieh can be reached at RoshAgam@campmassad.org
Jonah Osher - Rosh Sport
Jonah is currently a 2nd year undergraduate student at Western University in London, Ontario, majoring in Political Science. His first year at Camp Massad was in 2002 and he hasn’t missed a Grey Cup since. Camp Massad is like a second home to Jonah. Aside from honing his basketball skills, Jonah credits his home away from home for helping him develop his leadership ability, social skills, Jewish identity and create lifelong friendships. We are thrilled to have Jonah back at camp for his third summer as Rosh Sports and he is counting down the days until he can continue to pass on some of the important lessons and values he has learnt to the next generation of Massadniks. Jonah can be reached at RoshSports@campmassad.org
Dina Gang – Rosh Omanut
Dina has known that Massad was the place for her since her first summer in 2003 and has not missed a summer since - this marks her 11th year at camp! An accredited lifeguard and Bronze Med instructor, Dina was our trusted Sgan Agam this past summer. The majority of her free time last summer was spent helping the kids get ready for the play, banquet and dance. This year, we are thrilled that Dina will be returning to camp as Rosh Omanut. She’s counting down the days until she can leave Halifax (she’s a student at the University of King’s College) and come back home. She can’t wait to share her passion for arts with the campers, announce what the theme of this year’s play will be and get everyone excited for an amazing creative experience. Dina can be reached at RoshOmanut@campmassad.org
Eli Saleh – Seren Machon Alef
After spending his past two summers as a lifeguard on the Agam, Eli Saleh is eager to be returning to camp as our new Seren Machon Alef. Throughout the year, Eli loves playing hockey, tennis and studying for his Dawson Health Science exams. His favourite camp activities include Waterskiing, Grey Cup and Kabbalat Shabbat services. Eli is a responsible and creative guy who has proven throughout his time at camp that he is willing to do anything he can to make sure the kids are taken care of and having a blast. We’re sure he’s going to “wow” everyone with leadership programming he’ll have planned for the summer.
Erin Lehrer – Rosh Misrad
Originally from Montreal and now living in Toronto, Erin Lehrer is returning to Massad after a four-year hiatus! She has recently completed an English degree at York University but missed camp so much that she was one of our Shabbat educators last year. This summer, Erin will not only be in charge of running our office, corresponding with parents and making sure photos get uploaded to the website, but she will also be working very closely with our team to make sure that programming maintain a standard of excellence. She can’t wait to taste the camp schnitzel and knows that this is going to be an amazing summer for everyone in camp! She also wants to not that although she currently resides in Toronto, she is also a diehard Montreal Canadiens fan. Erin can be reached at Misrad@campmassad.org
Nate Weisbrod - Rosh Teekshoret
Nate Weisbrod is thrilled to be back at Camp Massad for his 6th summer, taking on the role of Head of Communications. A current student at Ted Roger’s School of Management at Ryerson University, he is also a volunteer at his synagogue in Toronto as a youth leader at his synagogue. This summer, after being Sgan Sport last year, Nate will be helping to oversee many of the “behind the scene” details involved in making sure things run smoothly at camp. He will be following up with campers to make sure they are participating in the activities they want, speaking with parent to give them updates on how their kids are doing and really doing his best to ensure that everyone is having the best experience possible at camp. Nate also loves going for rides on the ski boat and is counting down the days until he’s able to enjoy the next sushi dinner in the Chadar! Nate can be reached at RoshTeekshoret@campmassad.org
David Wallach – Rosh Ruach
Back after spending a year studying in Israel, David Wallach is currently in his fourth year at York University studying Jewish Studies and Education. David will be joining us this summer tasked with helping to maintain the Massad standard for excellence and creativity in our Jewish programming. He has already begun thinking of creative ways to make sure that our tishs, davening and other programs are always innovative and fun while maintaining the traditions we all know and love. David can't wait to return and infuse our programming with so many new ideas that we are sure he will help bring our camp ruach to new levels! David can be reached at Ruach@campmassad.org
Dr. Paul - Rosh Teva
A Toronto native, Dr. Paul has been with Massad since 1997, spending most of his summers as either the camp doctor or a tripper. He graduated from UWO Medical School in 1994, and completed his family medicine residency at the Jewish General Hospital in 1996. That is where he saw a note posted by Jeff Bicher looking for a camp doctor. In 1999 he lived on a kibbutz in Israel milking cows. In 2001 he joined the IDF and was an army doctor until 2006. He currently works in remote Canadian towns, but comes back to Massad in the summers.
Cali Guttman, P.Dt - Camp Dietitian & Nutritionist
Although she will only be up at camp for parts of the summer, the majority of the work Cali will be doing for us will actually take place before camp begins. A recent graduate of McGill University, she’ll be working closely with Stu, George, the kitchen staff and the team of Roshes to make sure that our menu stays healthy, that we always have something good and nutritious for the kids to eat and that the picky eaters have food they like. Cali is no stranger to the world of camping either. With over 15 years experience as a camper and staff, she most recently led a three week grade 9 trip to Israel this past summer and volunteers regularly with the Bronfman Israel Experience Centers Camping Counsel. She’ll be an amazing resource to have around camp since she’s not only fluent in running staff training sessions on allergy awareness and eating habits but she also knows how to relate to staff, campers and the camping environment as a whole. Everyone in camp will love talking food with her! PS- She also happens to be Stu’s sister. If you have any questions, concerns of issues you’d like to talk about, she can be reached at Dietician@campmassad.org
Jonathan Niederhoffer - Marketing Director
After spending seven years at Massad as a camper, Jonathan is no stranger to Machane Massad. His nickname "Needles" can be seen all over the walls of the bunks and Chadar Ochel - maybe without permission, but that was a long time ago! He is now finishing his degree in Communication Studies at Concordia, and is working with camp to redesign their marketing strategies; including our newly-designed logos, this new website, social networking, as well as photography and videos while camp is in session. He is looking forward to many days up at camp this summer enjoying the great weather and delicious food - really! What other camp has sushi?
You can visit his portfolio here: www.jonathanhoffer.com. Jonathan can be reached at Massad@jonathanhoffer.com
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Joining the incredible team at Camp Massad may be right for you! If you are a team player, love working with children, and enjoy living in a beautiful camp environment, Camp Massad is where you will be calling your summer home!
Being a staff at Camp means that you will be making a big impact on the lives of your campers, so we trust that your enthusiasm, knowledge, and great attitude will only enrich the experience for the entire Mishpachat Massad.
We understand of course, that hiring a staff member goes both ways! We are always looking for the best staff members, but we also look for staff who will get the most out of the camping experience. Each potential staff member (or even returning ones), can submit an application and interview request with our Director via this page, and once again join us next summer up at Camp!
Once the summer session has begun, we expect our staff to be examples to the campers, and give 100% effort throughout the summer. Yes, working at camp is a demanding job - but we will make sure that you have the time you need to refresh yourself, and also provide lots of fun activities to do as staff throught the summer.