Professional Staff

David Weiss, Executive Director

David Weiss, Executive Director

David joined Camp Galil in the Fall of 2014. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Director of Camp Judaea in North Carolina, and was previously a madrich, Rosh Sport, and the Program Director.

While new to Habonim Dror, David did grow up in Young Judaea, a Zionist youth movement, where he discovered his love and passion for Israel. David earned his graduate degree and undergraduate degrees at Florida State University. While at Florida State, David was the Director of the Jewish Student Union and Vice President of the Hillel.

David is a graduate of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's JCamp180 GIFT program. He has served as a Liaison with the Foundation for Jewish Camp's Launchpad and Cornerstone Fellowships. David also volunteers with the American Camp Association as a Visitor for the camp accreditation process.

 

Molly Wernick, Community Director 

Molly with MegaphoneIn Fall 2017 Molly returned home to Camp Galil but now on the professional team. Her 14 summers at Galil were as foundational in her growth as they were inspirational for her future. Molly is a member of the Madatz 2005/Workshop 56 kvutzah (group) and served as Co-Rosh Machaneh Galil (Camp Director) in 2011.

Molly has previously worked with the Jewish Federation of North America's Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence as the Manager of Talent Development and with Tribe 12, leading millennial engagement programming in the Philadelphia Jewish community. Over the past decade, Molly has delivered numerous speeches about the impact that Camp Galil and Jewish camping has had on her life. Her marque keynote, My 10,000 Hours at Camp, was published in the Jewish Education Project's textbook, Experience & Jewish Education, in 2014. In Summer 2019, Molly published the piece, Being a Jewish Summer Camp Counselor Taught Me Everything I need to Know in Lifein Alma

Molly holds a MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Speech Communication and Women's Studies from Ithaca College. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Andrew Davies, and dog Ducky (who loves Camp Galil as much as Molly does). 

For questions about camper recruitment, alumni engagement, organizational partnerships and getting everyone excited for camp, email molly@campgalil.org and at 215-832-0677

 

Shmulik Levi, Shaliach

Shmulik HeadshotJoining us from Sderot, Israel, Shmulik brings sixteen years in the field of leadership training and experiential education. He has worked with Habonim Dror's sister movement, HaNoar HaOved veHaLomed, to create several successful nation-wide programs, and expand organizational reach. Shmulik has pioneered programs to increase the number of Israeli youth centers (kenim) as well as student participants (chanichim). In recognizing the important role that a youth movement has in shaping the identity and future of its chanichim, as well as the Jewish future, and he hopes to bring his expertise to the Habonim Dror Camp Galil community and to highlight the unique opportunities and experiences it provides to Jewish American youth today.

With questions about our year round program or bringing some Camp Galil magic to your Jewish organization, email Shmulik or call (215) 380-2225



 

 

Jeff Smyth, Facilities Manager
 
Jeff Smyth, Facilities ManagerJeff is a full-time employee and lives on the property. Although new to the Galil family, Jeff brings with him twenty five years of camp experience. He was previously the Property Manager of a premiere day camp located in Lower Bucks County for twelve years then spent the past thirteen years as the Executive Director of that same camp. Along with participating in numerous American Camp Association training programs, Jeff is a Certified Pool Manager, Certified Pesticide Applicator and Certified Food Safety Handler. A Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader for twelve years, Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball certified coach for eight years, Jeff has worked with children and young adults for much of his adult life.