Meet the Staff

Staff of 2018

Head Staff

Program Director:
Rebecca Starr


Hello Camp Kinneret families!

My name is Rebecca Starr and I am so excited to be returning as your Program Director for the 2018 season!! This will be my 13th summer in the CYJ movement and my 6th on the Camp Kinneret staff team. I first started at camp as a Gib/Gosh camper, when I was 10 years old. All I can tell you about that summer is that I went home angry that my parents didn’t send me earlier! (I still love them though).

This year, I will be graduating from Concordia University with my BA and Specialization in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. When I’m not teaching, I run JOLT Montreal with our LIT and Biluim Canada chanichim. During the weekends, I am the party coordinator for sports themed birthday parties and children’s events. Everything I learn throughout the year comes in handy when planning for the summer at camp!

Camp Kinneret is a very special place. In my years at camp I have learned more about myself as than I could have ever imagined. It has shaped and developed me into a leader and helped me understand the importance of camp; a place where each child has the opportunity to grow and learn new skills in an open and comfortable environment, all while having fun. Each summer is always so different because of the uniqueness that each madrich/a and chanich/a brings to our chevra. Our camp prides itself on being a family – whether you are the oldest camper, youngest camper, or a staff member, we all care and look out for each other. I’m so excited for our family to reunite and to welcome all the new faces at camp this summer.

If you have any questions, concerns or just want to say hi, please feel free to contact me at
Can’t wait to see you all soon! You can find me at the garden

Reb ★

Head of Programming:
Val Trojman

Hey Camp Kinneret Fam!

My name is Valerie Trojman and I am beyond excited to be back as your Head of Programming (or HOP as I like to call it). This is my 3rd summer as HOP and 10th summer in the CYJ system. I recently completed my undergraduate degree in software engineering, and now spend my time working and volunteering. Get pumped for an amazing summer filled with programs that will blow your socks off (which is why we always say to bring an extra sock to programs)! If I’m not running around camp getting ready for evening program, you can often find me in the lake asleep on a floaty, or chilling on Kinneret Hill. Summer ’18 is truly going to be the BSE and I hope you are all as excited as I am!!

LIT Unit Head:
Jessie Young


Hey there Camp Kinneret! My name is Jessie Young and I could not be more excited to be the LIT unit head for the summer of 2018! I started coming to Kinneret as a camper back in 2007, which feels like it was just yesterday. As my 12th summer approaches, I am counting down the days until I can get back to the spontaneous chadar sing-alongs, the chills on cabin porches, and the UNREAL brownies on Shabbat. 184 Rue Harrisson is truly my home, and it is the place where I met my best friends and shared my fondest memories. During the school year, I study Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University in Montreal. I spend my free time coaching high school basketball, volunteering at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and playing intramural dodge ball. Just thinking about camp puts the biggest smile on my face, and I can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces at the start of the 2018 BSE!

Kochot Unit Head:
Nikki Kitner


Helloooo Camp Kinneret! My name is Nikki, and I can’t wait to return as Kochot Unit Head for the summer of 2018! It is hard to believe that next summer will be my fourth summer as a staff member and my ninth at CKB. From cabin bonding to impromptu stargazing sessions, most of my favourite memories were made right on top of Kinneret Hill. It is no exaggeration when I say that camp is my second home. During the year, I study Computer Science at The University of British Columbia and work as a volunteer at BC Children’s Hospital. Despite living pretty far away, my heart is already up at Mont-Tremblant, getting ready for what is guaranteed to be a summer jam-packed with dance parties, pontoon rides, amazing programming… and maybe even a sardine or two. Hope everyone is excited for the BSE- I know I am!!!

Goshrim Unit Head:
Rennie Bimman


Hey Kinneret! My name is Rennie and I just can’t wait to start the BSE 2018— best summer ever! This summer will be my 4th year on the Kinneret staff team. I have been cabin staff in the Gib, Gosh and Kochot units, and was Giborim Unit Head in 2017. I am thrilled to return to camp as Goshrim Unit Head this summer! I first started going to camp when I was Goshy-aged, and remember the feelings of nervousness and excitement that led up to my first summer. Since then, camp has become one of the most meaningful parts of my life. Camp is where I have grown to feel confident being myself, have made some of my best friends, and have learned that it is possible to turn almost any activity into a song— especially stacking dishes in the Chadar!

When I’m not at Kinneret, I study social work at McGill. This year, I am a student intern with Camp Erin Montreal, a camp for children who are grieving the loss of someone close to them. I can’t wait to be back at camp, hanging out with the best chevra of campers and staff around. See you there!!!

Giborim Unit Head:
Zoe Young


Hey Camp Kinneret!!! I’m Zoe, and I can’t believe that after 11 summers of being part of the CYJ family, I will be going into my 12th as your Giborim Unit Head of 2018. While I spend the year working towards a degree in Psychology from Queen’s University, I am constantly adding new costumes to my trunk and dreaming about sitting in an inflatable tube in Lac Mericer. Never could I have imagined that from the first time I stepped off the bus as a Giborim camper, I would find myself forever calling Kinneret my home. This has become a place that not only brings out the best version of myself, but also one that has consecutively served the best hot dogs for cookout and has held the craziest rikud parties. Like everyone else on the staff team, I am anxiously counting down the days until I get to be back in my camp bed, knowing that I am waking up in my favourite place on Earth.

Waterfront Director:
Aliza Herzstein


Hey my fellow Camp Kinnereters! My name is Aliza Herzstein and I am so happy to come back again this year as your Head of Waterfront. This will be my 14th summer in the CYJ movement and 6th on the Camp Kinneret staff team. I started Camp Kinneret as a shy, quiet Gib/Gosh camper. After many years at camp, I have grown into the person I am today, my crazy, loud and excited self. I have met so many amazing people at camp who help make each summer the best it can be and CKB has become a place I always want to come back to.

While I am waiting for camp to start I am finishing my undergraduate
degree in psychology at Ryerson University. I am already counting down the days until the summer begins and I am back at Lac Mercier. I am so excited for the summer of 2018 and can’t wait to see you all jumping in the lake on those sunny days!!

Kinneret Staff


Jacob Grover (Rosh Avodah)
Evan Ullman (Assistant Head of Programming)
Rachel Alter
Shira Alter
Aaron Birbrager
Aaron Burke
Gilli Cohen
Li-elle Rapaport
Jordan Luden (Rosh Sports)
Erik Perez (Rosh Sports)
Naomi Salama (Rosh CIT)
Dylan Kaufman
Matthew Kis
Mira Korngold
Jacob Kreisman
Emma Kruger
Lisa Levitan
Carmel Avitzur (Rosh LIT Programming)
Dani Pearlston
Jordan Rosen
Michael Rosenberg
Shira Silver
Jonathan Smilovitch
Andie Young
Zoe Hazan
Lauren Ohayon


Waterfront Staff
Jonny Diamantstein
James Elman
Loucie Hartal
Brielle Small
Jonah Sofer
Eitan Gabbay (Head Tripper)
Greg Libman
Jeremy Schachter
Ori Bitton
Tomer Zalkiver

Raphael Cohen-Demers