Efraim Yudewitz (he/him) joined the Crane Lake Camp team as Director in 2021 after having served the Northeast Jewish community for 15 years. Most recently, Efraim spent seven years as the Director of Camp Tel Noar in New Hampshire, and previously held leadership positions at Gann Academy, Greater Boston’s independent Jewish high school.
Efraim is a big believer in the transformative impact of Jewish camp! Camp has played a very special role in his life — he has been a camper, staff member, consultant, board member, and director. Efraim, his wife (who he met when they were both campers!), and their two kids live in Sharon, MA where their home is filled with tie dye, spontaneous dance parties, and snacks, and always has room for camp friends and extended family.
Executive Director: URJ Northeast Camps and Youth
Debby Shriber (she/her) is proud to be the Executive Director of the URJ Northeast Camps. She’s been with URJ Camps since 2009 and has worked in the camping field for over 20 years. For 9 years she directed Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village, a JCC overnight camp in Wayne County, PA. Prior to that Debby was a day camp director.
Debby was raised in Worcester MA. As a teen, she was a very active member of NFTY Northeast and her synagogue, Temple Emanuel. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Debby completed the JCC Association Lechu Lachem Senior Fellowship and also served as a mentor for the Foundation for Jewish Camp Yitro Fellowship. During the school year, Debby, her wife Nili, their daughter Molly, and their dog Bexley live in Fort Lee, NJ.
Ali (she/her) joined Crane Lake’s full-time staff as Bookkeeper in 2019. Ali began her Crane Lake Camp journey as a camper in 2006. Since then, she has participated in NFTY in Israel, the Machon (Counselor-in-Training) program, worked as a General Counselor, and served on staff as a Unit Head. She was also a participant in the Olim Fellowship and Cornerstone Fellowship Programs. Outside of camp, Ali plays tennis, likes to travel, and watches ocean documentaries in her free time. Ali holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Castleton University.
Assistant Director: Camper Care and Recruitment
Alyson (she/her) joined the full-time staff in 2019. She began working at Camp in 2001 as a General Counselor, and went on to serve as a Unit Head, and Assistant Programming Director. Her summers at camp prepared her to work with many different types of people, become more independent and explore Judaism in a different environment. Prior to returning to Crane Lake, Alyson worked as a youth professional in congregations in New Jersey, New York, and Florida. She also served as the NFTY STR Regional Board Advisor, as well as a hospital social worker in Miami, Florida. Alyson holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and Masters in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College. Alyson and her husband Rabbi Philip Bazeley met and got married at Crane Lake. They live in Highland Park with their sons Gavin and Matthew, and dog Toodles.
Summer Assistant Director
Barnett (he/him) joined the CLC community in 2016 after serving as as the Summer Assistant Director at Camp Laurelwood in Connecticut. During the year, Barnett teaches 4th grade in Westwood, NJ. Along with teaching, he coaches various sports and teaches in two Jewish High School programs. Although these are amazing jobs, his favorite is being a husband to Erika and father to Madilyn and Hunter!
Emily "waldo" Waldman
Assistant Director: Year-Round Programming and Alumni Engagement
Assistant Director: Staff Recruitment and Engagement
Rachel (she/they) joined the Crane Lake team in 2023 after spending two years as the Mental Health, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow at Foundation for Jewish Camp. Rachel began her Jewish camp journey in 2006 as a camper at Camp Laurelwood. She has spent the last nine summers working at NJY Camps, most recently as their Teen Camp Summer Assistant Director. In her free time Rachel loves jigsaw puzzles, ice skating, exploring her hometown of NYC and spending time with her pet bunny, Jasper.
Assistant Director: Operations and MarComm
Sarah (she/they) has been a part of the Crane Lake community since her first time as a camper in 2006 and hasn’t missed a summer since! Sarah was a former camper, counselor, and member of the Leadership Team before joining the full-time staff as an Assistant Director in 2021. Sarah was previously a Youth Professional at Temple Shalom of Newton, MA and then at Temple Israel of the City of New York. Both were shared positions with Crane Lake as part of the URJ CLASP (Camp Leader and Synagogue Professional) Fellowship. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Business, with a concentration in Culture, Commerce, and Communications, and Social-Cultural Anthropology from Brandeis University. During the year, Sarah lives in Brooklyn, NY with their fiancé Gillian and adorable cat Oliver.
Development Director: URJ Northeast Camps
Ray Kimmelblatt (she/her) joined the URJ Northeast Camps team in 2020. She brings to the role nearly 20 years of fundraising experience in higher education, healthcare, and community organizations. Ray began her career planning the 2001 URJ Biennial Convention and spent the last 10 years as a nonprofit executive director. Ray is a product of the Reform Movement and URJ camps, attending Eisner (’87, ’94), Kutz (’93) and Greene Family Camp (’96, ’97). She is a graduate of the University at Albany and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College. Ray is an alumna of Project OTZMA (’00), a year-long fellowship in Israel. In spare time, Ray enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and refinishing furniture. A native Long Islander, Ray met her husband Craig in Hebrew school in third grade. They live outside of Albany, NY with their sons Spencer and Jordan and their rambunctious pug, Ruby.