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URJ Greene Family Camp
1192 Smith Lane
Bruceville, TX 76630
(254) 859-5411
Fax: (254) 859-5225 

gfc staff bios and directory

Our full-time team offers many diverse interests and specialties, but we all share a love for camp! Meet and/or contact the GFC full time staff.

Rent our facility

URJ Greene Family Camp Retreat Center is the perfect setting for your next corporate retreat, day meeting, congregational weekend, or family gathering.

Lay Leadership Resources

Our GFC Mentors

FOUNDERS:

Robert Rosow, San Antonio

Edward Greene, Dallas

Davna Brook, Houston

Swede Cersonsky, Houston

Harry Wood, Jr., Waco

Jake Gandler, Waco

Abbye Freed, Waco

Arnold Miller, Waco (joined in 1976)

 

DIRECTORS:

Rabbi Solomon Kaplan 1976

Rabbi Lawrence Jackofsky (Jake) 1977-78

Loui Dobin 1979-present

 

CAMP COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

Edward Greene, Dallas 1976-1983

Davna Brook, Houston 1976-1983

Arnold Miller, Waco 1983-2004

Michael Wolf, Beaumont 2004-2008

Michael Solka, Austin 2008-2012

Steve Donchin, Oklahoma City 2012-2016

Carol Margolis, Dallas 2016-2020

Mark Levine, Houston 2020-2024

Camp Committee members

Meet our Camp Committee!

Laura Barlow
Lou Barlow
Fran Cohen
Suzie Daum
Steve Daum
Todd Doctor
Steve Donchin
Susan Feldman
Alan Freedman
Graham Gadd
Andy Gamson
Michael Glazer
Julie Gothard
Ilene Greene
Scott Hertz
Doug Hoffman
Andrew Johnson
Jon Karp
Lori Karp
Lisa Kaufman
Kira Kerstine
Wendi Klatsky
Jean Kolovson
Andi Leone
Mark Levine
Harry Levy
Mary Levy
Janice Lovelace
Jan Luskey
Alisa Makler
Jason Makler
Carol Margolis
Brad Marion
Jan Marion
Jennifer Melrose
Arnold Miller
Yvonne Miller
Sheryl Nurenberg
Daniel Pesikoff
Michael Rosenberg
Susan Rosenberg
Jeff Ross
Michelle Lynn-Sachs
Steve Sachs
Sarah Shabot
Riana Sherman
Liz Solka
Michael Solka
Eric Spett
Neal Spielman
Jessica Starkschall
Amy Strickland
Morgan Warren
David Warren
Adam Weinstein
Emily Weinstein
Cynthia Wolf
Michael Wolf
Wendy Wormser

Emiritus
Pat Blum
Steve Brody
Davna Brook
Eddie Brook
Barry Bzostek

Camping movement glossary

As in all organizations, the Jewish Camping Movement has its share of acronyms and words that are camp specific.  Below are some of the more common words and acronyms that will help you understand both our history and current operations.

ACA– American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals working to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience.

Ambassadors – A group of lay leaders separate from the GFC Camp Committee who promote GFC at their home congregations.

Avi Chai Foundation– is a private foundation endowed by Zalman C. Bernstein that is committed to the perpetuation of the Jewish people, Judaism, and the centrality of the State of Israel to the Jewish people.

CC – Camp Committee: A group of lay leaders who provide guidance, fundraising assistance and support to GFC and its leadership.

FJC – Foundation for Jewish Camp – a public foundation dedicated solely to the Jewish overnight camp movement.  Provides training and guidance to camps and financial assistance for campers.

GFC – Greene Family Camp, a Reform Jewish summer camp, which serves the children of Texas and Oklahoma.

Harold Grinspoon Foundation– established in 1993, is a philanthropic organization deeply committed to charitable giving, primarily in the Jewish world.

NAC – North American Camping – NAC is a unit of the URJ (formerly UAHC) that oversees the Union’s 16 summer camps.  The NAC sets policies, provides funding for operational support and training for staff.  Locally, GFC receives guidance and support from the CC, Ambassadors, and Southern District. It also receives support from the FJC.

NCCI – National Commission of Camp Institutes which was the forerunner of the NAC, this organization loosely oversaw the UAHC camps.

NFTY – National Federation of Temple Youth which was established in 1939 to serve the youth in Reform Congregations.

NFTY-TOR– Texas-Oklahoma region of NFTY.

TOCC –Texas-Oklahoma Camp Committee – A non-profit organization that was created in the early 1970’s to oversee fundraising for the new UAHC camp in Texas that was yet to be named.

TOFTY – Texas-Oklahoma Federation of Temple Youth, the local NFTY region of Jewish youth served by GFC. (Now NFTY-TOR)

UAHC – Union of American Hebrew Congregations – established in 1873 as the umbrella group of Reform Congregations. (Now the URJ)

URJ – Union of Reform Judaism – the umbrella group of Reform Congregations.  Name changed from UAHC in 2003. Reform congregations throughout North America are members of the URJ.  The URJ is divided into four districts.  Texas and Oklahoma are part of the newly formed Southern District.  The District promotes GFC as well as other URJ camps in its district.