Rabbi Ed Snitkoff
Director of Ramah Israel Seminar
Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Ed now lives in Jerusalem. Over the past 39 years Ed has served as a congregational rabbi, teacher, religious school principal, camp educator, and Israel tour educator/guide. Ed studied at Columbia University, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Hebrew University, Teacher’s College, and the Jordan Valley College. He has university degrees in Anthropology and Jewish History, and advanced degrees in Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Education. Ed is also a licensed Israeli tour guide.
After being ordained at JTS in 1986, Ed served for 6 years as a congregational rabbi and religious school principal in Harrisburg PA. When they made Aliyah in 1992, Ed and his family settled on Kibbutz Lavi and lived there as members for 8 years (Yes, Ed is an expert Raftan/Dairy Farmer who has milked 300 cows, by himself, on many mornings).
After moving to Jerusalem in 2000, Ed served as the Educational Director of the Young Judaea Year Course (which he attended in 1975), and Educational Coordinator for North America at the Department for Jewish Zionist Education of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Ed’s relationship with Ramah began in 1983 when he was a Rosh Eida at Camp Ramah in California, and continued when he served as a teacher at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in the years before making Aliyah. Ed joined the staff of Seminar in 2007. He is married to Minda, a Community Health Nurse, and has 4 children and two grandchildren, all living in Israel.
Oria Goldenberg Caspi
Asst. Director of Ramah Israel Seminar
Oria was born and raised in a proud Jerusalemite family. Oria holds an MA in Contemporary Judaism from The Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. She has worked as an educator since 2005 with various English-speaking programs and believes she currently has the best job in the world. Oria joined the staff of Seminar in 2015. She lives in Jerusalem (beside the historical home of King David) with her husband Matan and two adorable children.
Executive Director, Ramah Israel
Meir has extensive skills in organizational management and educational leadership, including 17 years of experience as a director in the fields of Jewish camping and Israel experiences for youth and young adults. Meir recently served as Director of The Israel Experience: Educational Tourism for English-Speaking Countries. Meir spent many years as a director in the Young Judaea Zionist movement, in different capacities among them as the director of Camp Judaea in NC and Director of their national teen camp, Camp Tel Yehudah. Meir lives in Modiin, with his wife and their 3 children.
New York Staff
Israel Program Coordinator, National Office
Judy Diamond Greene has an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University and received Certification as a Family Educator from Hebrew College, University of Hartford. Judy is the co-author of the new curriculum, “Sacred Choices”, published through the Union for Reform Judaism. She is also a Founder of Mayyim Hayyim, the Community Mikveh and Education Resource Center in Newton, MA. Judy lived in Massachusetts for 27 years before moving to New York. While in MA, she was Director of the Teen Initiative sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Outreach Coordinator for the New England Region of Conservative Judaism, teacher at Solomon Shechter Day School in Newton, and Gann Academy/New Jewish High School in Waltham. She also spent 16 years working at Camp Ramah in New England. Judy is married to Rabbi Gary Greene and has four sons; Amichai, Hillel, Roni, and Asaf. She is currently residing in Douglaston, NY.