Faces of Camp Pinebrook Feature: Introducing Jo

If you have picked up or dropped your child off at Camp Pinebrook, you’ve already met Jo, Unit Head and undeniably one of the friendliest and sweetest staff members at CP.  Working with our campers from early drop off through late pick up and all day long in between, here are some fun facts to know about one of your campers’ faves, Jo:


  1. You can find Jo during the rest of the year working with kids — she works at both the nursery and religious school nearby at Temple Israel Center in White Plains.

  2. When she’s not working with kids, she is busy as mom to Tal (14) and Ben (12) as well as their dogs, Bella and Mr. York.

  3. An avid camp goer herself, Jo was a camper at both day camps and sleepaways, and she has worked as a counselor and camp director at various places before joining the CP Team.

  4. While all the different theme days this summer have their own allure, Jo is particularly excited and enthusiastic about Tie Dye Day!

  5. If Jo had the opportunity, she’d undoubtedly choose Jerry Garcia as the musician (dead or alive) with whom she’d most like to share a meal.  She’d prefer sushi, but she suspects he’d pick something more “earthy crunchy.” Surely they could find a compromise!


Camp Pinebrook Core Value: Teamwork

As week four marches along, we at Camp Pinebrook have been focused on our weekly value: teamwork.  All week long counselors and staff have been emphasizing the importance of working together to achieve and accomplish, and campers have been seeing the value of partnership as they enjoy their daily activities, from cooking to buddy checks during swim sessions.  We are so proud of the tremendous cooperation our campers engage in every day, and we are looking forward to showcasing the value of teamwork in our weekly Values Olympics tomorrow afternoon!

A reminder about our special Friday afternoons at Camp Pinebrook:

After our whole camp participates in our weekly themed Olympics, taking part in activities ranging from incredibly silly to more athletic, we gather as a community for Oneg Shabbat.  This is one of the highlights every week for campers and staff, as we sit together as a community to welcome the Sabbath and make blessings for candles, challah, and grape juice with the clergy from Temple Israel of New Rochelle.  Rabbi Jesse shares a judaic story that thematically connects to the value explored during the week and everyone enjoys snacks and singing in the sunshine.  Shabbat Shalom!

Faces at Camp Pinebrook Feature: Introducing Janet

Camp Pinebrook’s Director of Programming, Janet is one of the first faces your campers will see every morning.  Always warm and smiling, Janet is full of creative ideas and energy. Here are five fun facts about Janet:

  1. During the rest of the year, you can catch Janet teaching Special Education at Westchester Day School. She teaches 4th grade Hebrew, Judaic Studies, and Language Arts.
  2. A proud former camper herself, Janet attended camp at Ethical Culture in Cooperstown, NY as a teenager.  
  3. Janet lived in Israel herself before and is proud to say that her son is almost finished with his army service for the IDF.
  4. A former cantor, Janet knew Temple Israel’s Cantor Epps when they were both in cantorial school.
  5. If Janet could have dinner with any musician — dead or alive — she’d choose healthy salads with Judy Collins.