Executive Director of Northeast Camps and Youth
Debby Shriber (she/her) is proud to be the director of Crane Lake Camp. 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.
Since 2009 Crane Lake has built new facilities, significantly upgraded existing facilities, and seen a growth in campers and an increased retention rate of staff. Debby’s favorite parts of her job are being out and around camp with the campers and staff during the summer and getting to know camp families during the school year.
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, and their daughter Molly live in Fort Lee, NJ.
Brett (he/him) is Crane Lake’s proud Associate Director. Since 2005, he has been a camper and a counselor and has had the privilege of working on the year-round team since 2014. He is a graduate of the Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellowship and the Foundation for Jewish Camp Yitro Leadership Fellowship, for resident Jewish summer camp assistant and associate directors. Outside of camp, Brett takes photographs for his small photography business, plays guitar, and volunteers for the Medical Reserve Corps. Brett holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During the school year, Brett lives in Boston, MA with his wife, Sarah (they met at Crane Lake!), and dog, Buddy.
Aaron (he/him) joined the full-time Crane Lake team in 2019 as Assistant Director. Aaron has been a part of the Northeast URJ Youth Community for many years. Most recently, Aaron served as the NFTY Northeast Regional Advisor, and spent several summers at URJ 6 Points Sci Tech Academy as a member of the year-round leadership. Before that, Aaron was a camper, counselor, and unit head at Eisner Camp, a participant and staff member for NFTY in Israel, and spent three years as a Youth Engagement Professional at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College.
Assistant Director, Camper Care and Enrollment
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.
Sarah (she/her) 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! She has been a NFTY in Israel participant, a Machon (counselor-in-training), a General Counselor, and a 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.
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.
Marisa (she/her) was thrilled to join the URJ Northeast Camps team in February 2019! She has over twelve years of experience as a synagogue educator and working in day and sleep away camps. Marisa graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelor’s in Judaic Studies and Education as well as from Gratz College with a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. Marisa is married to her childhood sweetheart, Matt, and has two beautiful boys, Emmet and Boaz, who are so happy to enjoy their summers in the Berkshires!
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.
Marketing & Communications - URJ Northeast Hub
Jenny Travis (she/her) is a new member of the Northeast Hub team, but has been with the URJ for three years working on marketing & communications – she is incredibly excited to be focusing more deeply on the URJ camps in the Northeast, including Crane Lake! Jenny holds a degree in communication studies with a minor in Jewish studies from Northeastern University. Prior to the URJ, she spent two years working in account services at an ad agency. Jenny lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and her dog.