Our Staff

Gan Israel prides itself on its exceptional staff. All staff come with prior camp experience and a desire to work with kids. Bunk sizes are kept small and well staffed. Our camper to counselor ratio is about 1 to 4 campers, and this does not include our wonderful C.I.T.’s. Each special program or funshop is run by a professional instructor.

Our Camp Director has many years of day camp experience. She is the leader of our top staff and takes great pride in our on-going, comprehensive staff training program. Her extensive experience with preschoolers through teenagers makes her a valuable friend and administrator to our camp throughout the summer.

We take great pride in our commitment to recruiting, training and keeping the highest quality staff in the camping profession. Over the years, Camp Gan Israel of Silver Spring has always been dedicated to small groups with exceptional staff supervision. This ensures the best possible care, instruction and supervision for our campers. Our counselors are highly trained, dedicated, and experienced.


 2018 Gan Izzy Staff


0bb9cc91-8881-4c3e-9e99-6279f0822487.jpgMeyer and Chaya Rodal

Meyer Rodal- Grand Gan Boys Director
Chaya Rodal- Camp Secretary

They are the proud parents of five children and together they live in Brooklyn. Meyer was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and continued his education in France. Chaya was born and raised and completed her education in Brooklyn. They have both spent many summers as counselors, head counselors as well as head staff of various camps around the US. They look forward to joining the CGI Silver Spring Family for a great summer experience.

Victoria Rothenberg- Mini Gan Director 
I have been a Jewish educator for over 20 years, and have been living and working in the DC Metro area since 2003. I have degrees in education from Teachers College/Columbia University and am currently on staff at the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School during the school year. I am thrilled to be a part of Camp Gan Israel of Silver Spring.  My children have been attending CGI since 2010 when my oldest became a camper.  I joined the "Mini" Gan in 2016 and love working with our warm, knowledgeable staff of teachers to bring our youngest segment of campers an incredible summer filled with fun and Torah in a loving environment.

RuchelGreenPicture.jpgRuchel Green – Gan Division Head
Ruchel Green needs little introduction to many of you! Ruchel has been working in education for over 13 years and is currently the Media Center Director at Berman Hebrew Academy.  Ruchel is excited to join the Gan Izzy family as the Division Head for 6’s and 7’s this summer. Ruchel has a BA from the University of Missouri, St Louis and a M.Ed. from the University of Maryland. Ruchel and her husband Mayer are the proud parents of 5 children; all attendees or graduates of Gan Izzy!

Ayla Gilbert Burke- Gan Division Head

Having spent her summers working at CGI’s as a teenager, Ayla Gilbert Burke is
happy to return as a director. During the school year she was a 2
nd and 6 th grade teacher at the Ohr Chadash Academy in Baltimore. She really enjoys spending time with children, watching them play and discover. Ayla has taught in Jewish Day Schools throughout New York for the past 4 years and she is excited to spend time outside the big city in such a special camp.

Chani.JPGChani Bronstein- Grand Gan Girls Division Head
Chani Bronstein started her Gan Izzy experience as a seven-year-old camper in Camp Gan Israel of Sharon, Massachusetts. Since then, Chani has served as camp counselor, head counselor, and/or Director at Camp Gan Israels in Texas, Florida, Ukraine, and Maryland. Chani is excited to return as Director of the Grand Gan girls division in Camp Gan Israel of Silver Spring for her third summer. In addition to her beloved Gan Izzy roles, Chani has a Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. During the past twelve years, Chani has been active in youth and education programs including teaching high school and Hebrew school classes, leading Bat Mitzvah groups, and serving as a guidance counselor for high school

Miriam Kotek- Camp Nurse
Miriam Kotek is joining Camp Gan Israel again this summer as the camp nurse.  She graduated from Towson University in Baltimore with a BS in Nursing degree in 2006. She worked at Northwest Hospital in Baltimore for 5 years and then at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring for 2.5 years.  Miriam is currently the school nurse at Berman Hebrew Academy.  She, as well as her Mini Gan and Gan aged children, are very much looking forward to a great summer at camp this year! 

DSC_6106.jpgCaroline Friedman- Camp Administrator
Caroline Friedman will be working at Gan Izzy for the 5th year in 2018. She can't wait to see everyone back at camp this year! 




DSC_3532.jpg Jessica Marks- Camp Photographer
Jessica has worked for Gan Izzy over the past four years in many different capacities. This year she is excited to be the official camp and field trip photographer for all of Gan Izzy. She has a Bachelors in Allied Arts with an emphasis in Photography. She has successfully worked as a professional photographer for the past 14 years.