Camps & NFTY

Camps & NFTY

Announcing Rabbi Erin Ellis Mason as the New Camp Director at GFC! 0

Announcing Rabbi Erin Ellis Mason as the New Camp Director at GFC!

Posted on Jan 30, 2020 in Camps & NFTY, Featured, From the Blog, Youth & Family

On behalf of the GFC directors and Camp Committee, we are excited to announce that Rabbi Erin Ellis Mason will be the new Director of URJ Greene Family Camp!   Erin will be joining the GFC team as our new Camp Director, working with Executive Director Loui Dobin through his retirement in December 2020. Most recently, Erin served as the Chief Program Officer of the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston. Prior to this role, Erin has had a long history within the URJ family as the former Camp Director at URJ Camp Newman and a former NFTY-TOR Regional Advisor and Assistant Director at Greene. Erin will be based out of Houston during the year, with her husband Mike (The Education Director at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism) and their three children- Zachary, Eliza, and Aviva. Erin will have an incredible impact on the future of our camp community. Please join us as we enthusiastically welcome Erin and her family back to the Greene camp family beginning in the first week of April. Welcome home...

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Thank you, Stefani Rozen! 0

Thank you, Stefani Rozen!

Posted on Nov 18, 2019 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Lifecycle, Uncategorized, Youth & Family

Dear Camp Community, With each new year, we are all faced with new celebrations and new beginnings. We look back on everything that we have experienced together, we appreciate the lessons that we have learned, and we look toward the future with the confidence that we have become better individuals because of the guidance and support that we have received from our leaders and from our friends. As we approach the end of the year, we have so much to be grateful for in our camp community. Most notably, we want to thank Stefani Rozen for everything that she has given to our Greene Camp family over the last 13 years on our full-time team. Stefani began her camp career as a camper and grew with camp as an assistant director then camp director. Beginning in January, Stefani will start a new professional journey as the Children, Youth and Camping Director for the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston. A staff search will begin in the coming weeks, and while I will be here through the year and the summer, I will so miss Stefani’s experience and wisdom. We are all sad to see Stefani depart her position at GFC, but we are all very happy that she...

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Celebrating Loui Dobin 0

Celebrating Loui Dobin

Posted on Nov 6, 2019 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Lifecycle, Youth & Family

Having just welcomed the Jewish year 5780, we know that the months ahead will bring opportunities for us to mark meaningful milestones and celebrations. Perhaps one of the most poignant will be to recognize Loui Dobin who, after 42 years, has announced his retirement as Executive Director of URJ Greene Family Camp. Loui will continue to oversee Greene this year and into next summer before formally stepping down in December 2020. Loui is synonymous with GFC, so his decision to retire, while not unexpected, is bittersweet. It’s hard to imagine a summer without him, but the legacy he will leave behind is truly breathtaking. We have seen firsthand how integral Loui’s leadership has been in fulfilling the dream of camp as a vibrant center of Jewish living and learning. His vision and creativity have also made Greene into a true year-round community that extends far beyond Smith Lane. And in moments of need, Loui’s compassion and commitment to our core Jewish values have time and again called GFC’s extended camp family into action to repair our world. A search for Loui’s successor will begin in the coming weeks. We look forward to having many joyous opportunities to recognize and celebrate Loui’s extraordinary leadership, including the camp’s 45th anniversary reunion this summer. On behalf...

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