The Camp Seneca Lake Staff Is:

Camp Seneca Lake takes pride in the quality staff that return year after year. Our division heads, Chinuch staff, Sports & specialty staff, waterfront directors, infirmary personnel and any other specialty area staff  all play an integral part in the day to day operation of the camp. We are one big family that cares for your children like our own. Camp Seneca Lake is home to approximately 450 campers and 150 staff.  Our counselor staff come to us from many of the main Yeshivahs in the New York Area as well as Florida, California and Israel. Working at Camp Seneca Lake is a very rewarding experience for both the staff members and the campers and ultimately, our goal is to have these experiences, friendships and memories stay with the campers and staff for the rest of their lives.

Interested in becoming part of our staff?

Irv Bader


In 2010 Irv was elected into the Jewish Basketball Hall of Fame

Irv Bader is the founder and Director of Camp Seneca Lake. He has been a camp Director for over 41 years, and hires all his staff members, and oversees the entire camp operation. He makes sure that all campers’ religious, social and athletic needs are met. Irv has been able to retain key staff members at camp for many years.

Irv is also the Chairman of the Physical Education Department and Athletic Director at Touro College in New York, NY. Prior heading up Touro College’s Athletic Department, he was the Athletic Director at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck, NY and Flatbush Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. He was also the Director of Adapted Physical Education for the New York City Department of Education for 28 years and a retired Professor of Physical Education at Brooklyn College for 26 years.

Camp Rabbeim And Chinuch Staff

Rabbi Jon Savage

Rabbi Jon Savage is extremely excited to return to Seneca. This is Rabbi Savage’s sixth summer at camp. Rabbi Savage grew up in Queens, and attended North Shore Hebrew Academy. He learned at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in Israel and attended the Lander College for Men. Rabbi Savage received his Smicha from Landers as well. During the year, Rabbi Savage is a Middle school and high school Rebbe at Columbus Torah Academy and the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Beth Jacob.
Rabbi Savage comes to camp with his wife Leah and his four children Dahlia, Hudi, Shua and Yael.

Rabbi Menachem and Naama Nagar

The Nagars: Menachem is a high school history teacher, and Naama is an English teacher in Israel. We live in Hadera, and we have four children and five grandchildren.We’ve been at camp Seneca for 17 years. We love working with the campers, and we are looking forward to next summer.


  • Ross ZuckermanAssistant director


  • Shalom BabayevDivision Head
  • Andrew LeibowitzSpecial Activities Coordinator
  • Meri RosenblattDivision Head
  • Karen HershkowitzDivision Head
  • Leslie-Ann fromenDivision Head
  • Robin ZuckermanDivision Head
  • Hannah LippmanDivision Head 
  • Aryeh damtiDivision Head
  • Amy KalterHead of Summer office
  • Deborah LeiferInfirmary manager
  • Beth PykusAccounts Payable
  • Judith RoseHead Nurse
  • Judy KahnInfirmary Manager
  • Tori SimonLake Director
  • Andrea RandolphPool Director
  • Mark WisemanAthletic Director
  • Chad DavisHead Tennis Director
  • Caitlyn MurphyDrama Director
  • Irene OkunArts & Crafts
  • Zeeva Sklarprogram director
  • David BenhamuHead Chef
  • Anat BestSpecialty Chef for diets/allergies
  • Eden AronoffHead of Baking Program
  • Nancy Newhousearts and crafts
  • Eliza Dachhead of summer office
  • Oded Karavanidivision head
  • Tehilla Karavanichinuch
  • Ariel Koriatdivision head
  • Michal WicentowskiHead of cooking program
  • Tali SeinfeldInfirmary staff
  • Becca GrossDivision Head
  • Robyn DweckDivision Head