Camp is a special place for kids to grow, make friends, build community, and to develop independence. In the 21st century there are not enough spaces for youth to be free of worries, while building personal strength. Camp Pinebrook’s values of community, teamwork, respect, encouragement, and compassion guide our mission. We are given the sacred task of caring for our campers. We have focused our energies on building a place that cherishes each of our campers and recognizes their individuality and personal needs.
In that pursuit, campers will experience individualized attention from counselors, activity specialists, and swim instructors. It is our hope to help our campers become mensches (ethical and good natured human beings). We believe both camping and Jewish values create a wonderful roadmap for our youth.
Our entire staff strives for excellence, and wants to ensure that every kid has a great summer. Parents will enjoy daily updates and photos of life at camp. Our founding families will be a special part of shaping a camp experience with outstanding programming and infused with Jewish values. We look forward to welcoming you at Camp Pinebrook’s inaugural summer.
Biography of Jesse Gallop
Jesse believes camp should nourish a child and inspire our youth to grow in a safe and fun environment. 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. Prior to joining Camp Pinebrook, Jesse was a congregational rabbi for 9 years in Hudson Valley, NY; Richmond, VA; and Washington, DC. 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 a 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).