Meet Our Directors
Our Administrative team is unlike any other. From the camp’s inception, they have shared the same vision of what the Camp Micah community should be. Each member of the team brings unique skills and experiences to our Micah family. Having known and worked with each other for more than ten years, our camp’s administrative staff is a strong, creative and cohesive unit that strives to continue to make Camp Micah the best Jewish camping experience available.
Mark Lipof, LICSW – Director/Co-Owner
Mark’s dream is the Camp Micah reality. With over 35 years of camping experience as a camper, counselor, head counselor and camp administrator, he is now the Co-Owner and Director of Camp Micah.
Mark graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and earned High School teacher certification. He then graduated from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work with an MSW and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.
Mark’s experience with youth is extensive and includes evaluation and counseling of at-risk youth and residential camp experience at most administrative levels. From 1990 – 2005, Mark held many positions at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA, including Synagogue Administrator, Counselor, and Youth Director. In 1995, he became the founding Director of the Ansin Religious School of Ohabei Shalom. Mark takes pride in the Camp Micah philosophy.
“Our mission is clear. We seek to provide a safe, secure, stimulating and challenging environment, infused with Jewish traditions, customs and values that foster self-esteem, social relationships and skill development. In order to celebrate the world’s diversity, we must first know who we are.” ~Mark
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Mike Churwin, LCSW – Assistant Director
Mike is one of four Assistant Directors at Camp Micah and a founding member of the Micah Administrative Team. With over 20 years of experience in camping, he has a long history of working with children both at camp and in many other settings.
Mike graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Social Thought and Political Economy. He earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Prior to Camp Micah’s existence, he worked as an administrative staff member at an adolescent group home as well as a counselor at a school for emotional disturbed and troubled youth. In addition, Mike has worked in several capacities at Ohabei Shalom, a Reform Synagogue in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he served as the Facility Manager, an educator and a member of the synagogue’s Youth Team.
Mike’s varied experience with children in different settings brings a unique perspective to his work with campers and staff at Micah. He attends camp with his wife, Shari and three daughters.
“A camp is only as good as its staff. At Camp Micah, our staff understands all that is involved in building a camper’s confidence and self-esteem. And, with a camper-staff ratio of 3:1, counselors have the opportunity to address the needs of each individual camper.” ~Mike
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Jodi Sokoloff – Assistant Director
Jodi has over 25 years of experience as a camper, counselor and administrator. She is a graduate of Emory University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and was Camp Micah’s Girls Head Counselor for eight years.
She has worked in a variety of camps, from day camps to camps for children with HIV/AIDS and brings with her a wide range of experience working with children. Jodi was an assistant elementary school teacher in a fifth grade classroom for two years before becoming a founding member of the Camp Micah administrative team. Along with being a Mom, an Assistant Director and former Girl’s Head Counselor of Camp Micah she has volunteered at Riverside Communities for at-risk teenagers and the Grow Clinic, a clinic for children diagnosed with failure to thrive.
Her patience, experience and counseling skills add much to the Camp Micah community. She spends her summer at camp with her husband, Rob and three sons, Jared, Eli, and Drew.
“Camp Micah will wrap its arms around each child allowing them to be themselves and feel accepted and special while instilling in them a confidence that will last well beyond the camping experience.” ~Jodi
E-mail Jodi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Monge – Assistant Director
Kate is right at home at camp with over 20 years of experience as a camper, counselor, and administrator. After being Micah’s Girls’ Head Counselor for six summers, Kate is now part of our Assistant Director team. Her leadership, programming, and administrative skills pale in comparison to her enthusiasm and love of children.
Before joining the year-round Micah team, Kate was on the staff at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA where she held many positions including Director of Informal Education and preschool teacher. She is a dedicated Jewish educator in preschool, primary, middle, and high school programs.
Kate grew up in Longmeadow, MA and graduated from Ithaca College. She has taught and worked closely with Jewish youth for over 15 years at congregations and summer camps in New York, Massachusetts, and Maine. She and her husband, Stephen(whom she met at Micah), have recently left busy Boston life to return to Longmeadow to raise their boys, Ethan and Isaac, closer to family.
“Camp Micah is a place where everyone feels comfortable being themselves and embracing their own individuality. We celebrate each person’s unique contributions to the Micah Community on a daily basis. Having a place where you can be your true self is what makes Micah each camper’s home away from home.” ~Kate
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Josh Seidman – Boys’ Head Counselor
Josh “Seidy” Seidman has been at camp for fourteen years as a Founder of Micah. He is excited to take on the role of Boys’ Head Counselor after spending the last six summers as a counselor and administrator. Josh grew up in Dover, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Villanova University where he received a degree in Finance and International Business. Josh’s deep connection with the staff and campers of the Boys’ Area helps strengthen the bonds of our Micah community. He is a creative and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about helping our campers successfully reach their goals. He is excited to help provide the best experience for all members of the Micah community this summer!
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Shari Idelson – Girls’ Head Counselor
Shari has fourteen years of extensive experience at Micah as a camper, counselor, and administrator. After earning her degree in Mathematics Education at Boston University, Shari currently teaches at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, MA. She is an intelligent, thoughtful, motivated young woman with a heart of gold. She is one of the most respected staff members at Micah and the only thing that trumps her love for children is the children’s love for her. Shari lives and breathes the Micah philosophy and we are thrilled to have her as Micah’s Girls’ Head Counselor.
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