Leadership & Staff
Jesse believes camp should be a safe and fun environment that nourishes a child and inspires our youth to grow (not so different from our mission). Previously, he was the assistant director of a day camp in Minnesota, and has been a youth professional in Colorado, Florida, Israel, Washington D.C., Virginia, and New York. Jesse has also served as faculty at URJ’s 6 Points Sports Academy and Camp Harlam for 8 summers. Prior to joining Camp Pinebrook, Jesse was a congregational rabbi for 9 years. He has an ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and bachelor degree from the University of Denver. He is currently studying for an MBA at SUNY Oswego. Jesse enjoys cooking, sports, travel, and spending time with his husband, Rabbi Andrew Goodman, and their twin sons, Parker and Holden (who are excited to attend Camp Pinebrook).
This summer I am thrilled to be the Unit Head at Camp Pinebrook. I have been working as a teacher for twenty-six years and have taught two year olds through twelve year olds. Summers were spent working at camps as a director, counselor-liaison and counselor. I have two children of my own – Tal, who is fourteen, and Ben, who is twelve. Working with and being around children is amazing and no job is more fun than camp! I am thrilled to be part of the Camp Pinebrook family this summer!
Janet has many years of experience in education and Jewish camping. She has a master’s degree in special education and working in elementary programs, and has worked in both Jewish and secular schools for 30 years. Janet enjoys creative activities like art, music and drama. She is eager to lead these kinds of activities, and enjoys the spirited growth and development that campers experience throughout the summer. Janet lived in Israel for several years, and has a love of Hebrew and Jewish culture. Janet has two grown sons, one who lives locally and the other serving in the Israeli Defense Forces.