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Rabbi Erin Mason

Rabbi Erin Mason

Camp Director

Rabbi Erin Mason has been passionate about Jewish camp ever since her first summer as a camper at GFC age 10. She fully believes in the power of Jewish camp to inspire a love of Judaism, allow campers and staff alike to believe in themselves, and to become their best selves.

In addition to starting her career here at GFC as an assistant director and NFTY-TOR advisor, Rabbi Erin has also been part of the director teams at URJ Camp Newman in Northern California and Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu, California. Ordained from the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, she was in the first class of the Mandel Fellowship for rabbinic-education students, where she explored what it means to create, implement, and sustain Jewish institutional visioning and change. Rabbi Erin also earned a master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR. She holds an undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

 Rabbi Erin lives in her native Houston with her husband, Mike, three children, Zachary, Eliza, and Aviva, and their dog, Barney.

 

Larry Nathan

Larry Nathan

Director of Advancement

Larry Nathan is the Director of Advancement at URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas. He is a member of the camp’s senior leadership with primary responsibility for fundraising and institutional support. During the summer, Larry oversees Camp Care, a team of professionals dedicated to the mental, emotional, and social health of GFC’s campers and staff.

Prior to joining GFC, Larry served as Assistant Regional Director and Campaign Director of UJA-Federation of New York’s Westchester Division. He also worked as Campaign Director of the organization’s Wall Street and Financial Services Division. Larry began his career in the UAHC South West Regional Office as Regional Director of NFTY-Southern California.

Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Larry received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and master’s degrees in Jewish Communal Service and Social Work from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and the University of Southern California, respectively.

He is a former co-chair of SJCS Alumni Association and vice chair of the HUC-JIR Council of Alumni Association. Larry has also served on the boards of several Jewish organizations including the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, URJ Eisner Camp and the Jewish Communal Service Association.

Larry and his wife, Rabbi Mara Nathan, live in San Antonio with their children, Isaac, Solly and Miriam.

Linda Matthews

Linda Matthews

Business Manager

Linda Matthews is the Business Manager at Greene Family Camp. Linda joined Greene in 2017 and is based out of camp through out the year. She serves as registrar for summer and year-round programs , handles camp accounts, and financial administration.  Linda has worked in both education and finance and worked at a local accounting firm for several years before joining Greene.   Linda holds a business degree from the University of Louisiana. 

While not a camp, Linda enjoys time with her family and traveling around Texas trying new BBQ restaurants (she completed the Texas Monthly TOP 50 BBQ challenge).  She loves her time at camp and enjoys being part of Greene Family Camp!

Kachel Kohnhorst

Kachel Kohnhorst

Assistant Director - Family Retreats and Staff Engagement

Kachel is our Assistant Director, Family Retreats and Staff Engagement.During the year, she is based out of Dallas, even though she is a Houston girl at heart.For the past four years, Kachel has been a Texas public school teacher and looks forward to bringing her expertise in education to staff week at camp. Before joining the GFC Full-time Team, Kachel spent 7 years on Greene’s summer team as a counselor, unit head and staff engagement coordinator. Kachel loves the fun and friends of camp and can be found hanging out at the lake when she has time.Kachel has a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of North Texas and can’t wait to use it to speak with you about sending your child to camp or to speak with you about staffing camp!

Shira Karp

Shira Karp

Assistant Director

Shira Karp is an Assistant Director at URJ Greene Family Camp. Shira resides in Dallas, TX and is a member of Temple Emanu-El. Shira graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University in May 2021. She is currently in the process of earning her Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Prior to camp, Shira worked for Behavior Analysis Inc. as a Registered Behavior Therapist and most recently as a consultant for her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, where she has been able to travel and network with several different regions around the country. Before becoming full time staff, Shira spent 14 summers at Greene Family Camp as a camper and staff member. Most recently, she was a camp care specialist where she worked with the Kohanim and Shoftim units. Shira has always loved the community feeling that camp gives her and she cannot wait to be able to help form a community for future campers.

Morgan Ducar

Morgan Ducar

Assistant Director

Morgan Ducar is an Assistant Director at URJ Greene Family Camp. Raised in Denton, Texas, Morgan began working with Jewish youth as a Religious School Teacher at her home congregation, Congregation Kol Ami located in Flower Mound, Texas. Throughout her time in college, Morgan played an active part in Hillel as both a board member and service leader. In December of 2021, Morgan graduated cum laude from the University of North Texas with a degree in Religious Studies and Jewish and Israel Studies. Before working for the full-time team, Morgan worked with Temple Shalom in Dallas as the Youth Programming and Camp Partnership Intern, where she developed and led programs with the focus on engaging families and introducing them to camp. Morgan has been part of the GFC community since 2014, both as a camper and a staff member. In the Summer of 2021, Morgan had the privilege of being the Shoftim Unit Head, where she oversaw both campers and counselors throughout their summer experiences. Morgan’s favorite places on camp are wherever the singing is! Morgan fell in love with the communal singing culture at GFC and loves to share her passion of communal music moments with others.

Eli Cohn-Wein

Eli Cohn-Wein

Executive Chef and Rentals Business Manager

Eli Cohn-Wein spent eighteen worldview-shaping years as a camper, counselor, and senior staff member at Jewish summer camp in upstate New York, where Eli is originally from. He took inspiration from his experiences at camp and spent time early in his career as an educator and youth group advisor. 

About ten years ago Eli found his calling in building community through food and hospitality. Over the past decade, he helped to build and run multiple critically acclaimed restaurants in New York City and Dallas. Most recently, Eli was the Executive Chef and General Manager of the kosher kitchen at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center for ​the past three years and was named a “Dallas Hero” by D Magazine for his kitchen’s work to feed seniors in need during the first wave of the pandemic. 

When not at camp Eli lives in Dallas with his wife, Leslie and dog, Burt Macklin. 

Beau Moore

Beau Moore

Facility Manager

Beau Moore is originally from Porterville, CA. Beau is happily married to his wife Alysa, who he met TCMI seminary school in Los Angles.

Beau spent his formative years as part of the Royal Rangers. He earned the gold medal of achievement at age 13, a similar honor to becoming an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. Beau’s childhood was spent camping, hunting, fishing & backpacking. As Beau grew older, he spent time in both the construction industry and restaurants with his parents. Working alongside family in this way instilled in Beau the importance of hard work and gave him the well-rounded tools that helped him succeed in life.

Beau moved to Texas to work with Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston. With the onset of COVID-19, Beau came back to the construction trade and his mechanical engineering training by working in the HVACR industry.

Beau and Alysa’s passion is camping. This past summer, Alysa was part of the GFC food service team, opening the door their them to be at their happy place, camp, full time.