Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Adam Norris

Adam Norris has worked as a family physician for the past 10 years, and recently went into private practice in Dundas, Ontario. He did his undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University in Neuroscience then went on to receive his medical degree from Ross University. Dr. Norris finished his Family Medicine residency at Northeastern University School of Medicine in Youngstown, Ohio. Dr. Norris works with medical students as Assistant Clinical Professor for Faculty of Family Medicine with McMaster University and acts as Associate Professor at the MGD Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

 Dr. Jacob Rosenberg

Dr. Rosenberg graduated from Sackler School of Medicine in 2000 and completed his Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Schneider Children’s Hospital at North Shore in Manhasset, New York in 2004. He practiced Pediatrics in New York for almost 6 years before moving to Toronto in April 2010 and joined the Vaughan Pediatric Clinic. Dr. Rosenberg is a returning doctor to Camp Ramah.

Dr. Jordan Pelc

Dr. Jordan Pelc works primarily as an academic hospitalist at Sinai Health in Toronto. He rotates between two campuses, providing acute medical care at the Mount Sinai site, and rehabilitative care at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital. He is the Hospital Medicine Director and Medical Informatics Lead for Bridgepoint, as well as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. For years, he also worked as an emergency and primary care physician in rural communities, including some not far from Camp Ramah. Having spent seven years at overnight camp, he is very excited to be a part of the Ramah community along with his wife Miri, a Ramah almuna, and their three daughters.

Dr. Sophie Gottesman

Dr. Sophie Gottesman is a Family Doctor who is joining the Ramah Care team for her first summer.  She graduated Medical school from Technion Institute in Israel and completed a residency in family medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She has since been practicing family medicine in Toronto. Sophie, her husband (a Ramah alumnus), and their 3 children, are very excited to be at camp this summer!

Dr. Laura Waltman

Dr. Laura Waltman is a General Pediatrician who is returning for her 5th summer as a doctor at Camp Ramah. She graduated from the University of Toronto’s Medical School and completed her Pediatric Residency at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and McMaster University. Laura is currently the Chief of Pediatrics at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington and a Consultant pediatrician in Hamilton. She brings expertise in supporting both the physical and mental health of children. Laura and her husband Ari have a deep love for camp and they are very excited for another summer along with their current and future Ramaniks – Max, Nora and Sadie.

 Dr. Tanya Wyman

Dr. Tanya Wyman is an alumni of Camp Ramah in Canada. She loved being a camper in the 80’s, staff in the 90’s and is now enjoying working as a camp doctor while her four kids are thriving as Ramah campers and staff. She is a family physician with a practice in Toronto, Ontario. She trained at the University of Toronto Medical School. Dr. Wyman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and is on staff at North York General Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She has been the Chair of the Medical Committee for the past 5 years. This is her eleventh summer as a family doctor at Ramah and is so excited to return.

Meet Our Nurses

Cheryl Bernknopf RN, BScN

Cheryl has been a camp nurse for the past 40+ years (day, residential and special needs programs) and a part of the Healthcare Committee in the Ontario Camping Association for many of those years. She just completed her 5th, 3-year term on the Association of Camp Nurse’s Board of Directors.  The board was given the opportunity to work on reopening camps for the summer of 2021 safely during the pandemic!

She has been a pediatric nurse and educator for the majority of her career, a professor of nursing in a BScN program and is currently teaching a community support worker program for the much needed assistance in patient care during this pandemic, for care in the home and in long term care facilities.

 Chanie Mandelbaum, RN, BScN

Chanie is excited to return for her second summer as one of the camp nurses. After being a camper and staff for many years, she felt there would be no better place to take her nursing career and family, than to Ramah for the summer. In Toronto, Chanie works as a Labour and Delivery nurse at North York General Hospital.

Meet Our Yoatzot

Naomi Dzaldov, MSW, RSW 

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Nitzanim (completing Grades 3 & 4)

Arazim (completing Grade 5)

A former camper, counselor and Rosh Edah, Naomi joined the Ramah Canada community in 1985. Naomi has worked as a Social Worker in New York City and Toronto over the last 19 years. Naomi returned to Camp Ramah as a Yoetzet and then as our Camper Care and Intake Coordinator 6 years ago. Naomi has four daughters, and she is thrilled that they love Camp Ramah as much as she always has!

 Jen Kaner Byrne, BA, B.ED

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Nachshonim (completing Grade 8)

Magshimim (completing Grade 9)



Jen Kaner-Byrne is excited to be returning to camp for her 5th summer as a yoetzet. She has attended Camp Ramah as a camper, counsellor, specialty staff, Rosh Edah, and Mador trainer. During the year, Jen works as an educator and lead teacher in the public school system. She is a mom of three children, who will all be attending camp this summer!

Shana Brandes, BA, BScN

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Garinim (completing Grade 1&2)

Alonim (completing Grade 10)

 

Shana has been a lifelong Ramanik.  She spent 6 wonderful years on staff, married Rosh Tripping and returned as a Yoetzet when her 3 boys were still in the Gan.  She loves everything about camp, especially the agam.  Shana is a registered nurse specializing in the area of women’s sexual and reproductive health.  During the pandemic she started her role as the School Nurse at The York School in midtown Toronto. Shana is thrilled to be returning as a yoetzet this kayitz!

 Casey Green, BA, B.ED & Adam Green, MSW, RSW

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(all Tikvah campers)

Adam’s deep connection to Camp Ramah began in the gan when his father was a camp doctor and has continued until today.  His passion for working with youth with developmental disabilities was ignited when the Tikvah program was brought to Ramah Canada in 1992 by Rabbi Mitch Cohen and Dr. Mitch Parker.  During the year Adam works with children and youth at NYGH’s mental health clinic. He previously spent nine years working with dually diagnosed youth at the Griffin Centre. Casey is a dedicated professional with experience in both educational and community services settings. Casey began her career working with young adults with Developmental Delay and Dual Diagnosis. During the year, she works as a Special Education and Inclusion Consultant with the Toronto District School Board. Together, Casey and Adam have been the Directors of the Tikvah Program for 13 years. They have 3 children who also love their summers at Ramah.

 

Rachel Hindel, MSW, RSW 

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Shorashim (completing Grade 2)

Kfirim (completing Grade 6)

Tzirim (completing Grade 7)

 

Rachel is excited to be joining the Yoetzet team for second session! She was introduced to Camp Ramah in Canada by her husband, Daniel Silverman, a long time camper and staff member.

Rachel has worked as a social worker for over 13 years with a passion for working in the Jewish community. Rachel is a mom of three, one current Ramahnik and two soon to be campers!

Danna Lieberman, BA, B.Ed 

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Danna
Lieberman is excited to be back for another year as a yoetzet at camp this kayitz! She has attended Camp Ramah in Canada since she was a baby in the gan – her first summer was 1984 as a two month old!  Her parents worked at camp in the 1980s, and then she attended as a camper and staff member in the 90s and early 2000s. Danna has been a yoetzet at camp since 2018 and she is looking forward to another great summer.  During the year, Danna teaches junior/intermediate students at a school in York Region District School Board.  She is a mom to two young kids, Theo and Annie, and an aunt to many Ramah campers!

Rachael Greenberg, MSc., S-LP (C) 

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Rachael Greenberg is thrilled to be returning to camp this summer! She has attended Camp Ramah in Canada as a camper, counsellor, and Rosh Edah, and now she is so excited to join the team of Yoetzot! Camp has been part of her life since 1995! During the year, Rachael is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the school board. She is a mom to two young kids, Max and Ava.



Meet Our Staff Trainer

Shara Lipson

Shara has been part of the Camp Ramah Community her life.  She was a camper from the time she was nine years old, a counselor for two summers, a rosh edah for 4 summers and then program director after her receiving her Law degree and Social Work degree.  Though she and her family live in NYC, she knew the importance of giving her daughter the Ramah Canada experience and returned to camp to work as a yoetzet from 2016-2019.  In 2020, Shara joined our year round team, in a part time capacity, to focus on Alumni Relations and now returns to camp this summer to develop and implement our new staff training program.  In her “free” time, Shara also works as the Director of High School Admissions for The Ramaz School in NYC.