Get to know our Mechanchim &
Camp Lemala's Summer Goal
With more than two decades of camping under his belt and a wealth of hands-on classroom experience as a 7th grade Rebbe at Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Rabbi Spiegel refused to let the pandemic deprive his talmidim of their much needed summer vacation.
His vision for camp is a place where middos, learning, Hashkafa, sports, fun and Ruach come together. This was realized so successfully that parents and campers clamored for more. Camp Le'mala will be even bigger and better in 2022: a truly memorable program enhanced by a markedly improved campus.
Rabbi Eli Katz
With his warm, dynamic personality, Rabbi Eli Katz has a long history of inspiring both children and adults in the United States and in Eretz Yisroel as a rebbe and a maggid shiur.
An EMT who also has experience in the world of special ed, Rabbi Katz is currently a sixth grade rebbe at Yeshiva Darchei Torah, and he brings 15 years of camp management skills to his position in Camp Le’mala.
Rabbi Zvi Soroka
With a combined 25 years of experience in chinuch both in the classroom and in summer camp, Rabbi Soroka has seen for himself that a high quality summer experience is an integral part of a child’s chinuch.
A rebbe at Yeshiva Darchei Torah for the past eight years, Rabbi Soroka is also the director of a mentoring program for teens and gives a mental health course for rebbeim at Torah Umesorah.
Assistant Head Counselor
Rabbi Aaron Friedman
Rabbi Friedman brings ten years of experience to his position as senior division head at Camp Le’mala, where the summer experience is enhanced with an extra sense of adventure.
He is currently learning at Beis Medrash Govoha in Lakewood.
Junior Division Head
Rabbi Shalom Rosen
A fourth grade rebbe at Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Rabbi Rosen’s eleven years as a division head and exceptional personal warmth make him uniquely qualified to turn Camp Le’mala’s youngest kids into lifelong campers.
Rabbi Shmuel Witkin
Currently serving as the Rav and founder of Kehillas Bnei Hayeshivos in the Five Towns, Rabbi Shmuel Witkin brings a wealth of experience with him to his position as our camp’s Mara D’asra. Having spent multiple years learning in kollel in Eretz Yisroel, Rabbi Witkin gives several daily shiurim and is closely involved in the lives of his mispallelim and their families. He is also well known for his dikduk in halacha, dynamic and easygoing personality and compassion for every Yid.
Night Activity Director
Rabbi Yaakov Levine
As both a beloved fifth grade Rebbe and the afternoon mashgiach at Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe in Queens, Rabbi Yaakov Levine has had the opportunity to connect with talmidim on a variety of levels, with many older students coming back to visit his classroom in their spare time. With many years of experience in both the yeshiva and camp settings, he has mastered the unique balance of fun and growth, making him ideally suited to his joint positions as a Rebbe and night activity director.
Rabbi Yaakov Meir Halpern
A highly acclaimed sixth grade rebbe at Yeshiva of Spring Valley in Monsey for the past five years, Rabbi Yaakov Meir Halpern’s dedication extends far beyond the classroom. In addition to having been a learning rebbe at Camp Achim, Rabbi Halpern is closely involved with Bonai Chavivai, a division of the extremely successful Vhaarev Na chazara program, which caters specifically to bar mitzvah-age boys. His exceptional warmth and deep sense of caring for every talmid make him a valuable addition to our staff as both a learning rebbe and director of our extra-curricular learning program.
Assistant Learning Director
Rabbi Yitzchok Czermak
Rabbi Yitzchok Czermak brings years of camping experience in both the United States and the Ukraine to his position as learning director at Camp Le’Mala. He is currently the ninth grade rebbe at Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Toronto and has been using his warmth, enthusiasm and innovative techniques to inspire talmidim over the past eight years at both the elementary and high school levels.