Rabbi Dave Levy
Dave was the International Director of USY from 2012-2017, overseeing all youth summer programs and year-round operations in North America, Europe and Israel. Prior to his time at USY, Dave served as the Director of Jewish Education for the Hillel at Syracuse University and as the Director of Jewish Life at Colgate University. Dave has also served as an Executive Coach for new Hillel directors.
For Dave, whose career working with children, teens and young adults is coupled with a lifelong passion for sports, RSA is the perfect fit, and he is currently pursuing his athletic coaching certification at SUNY Cortland. Dave received his rabbinic ordination in 2004 from JTS and his bachelor degrees from Columbia University and JTS in 1999.
Dave lives in New York City with his wife, Rabbi Rachel Ain, and their two sons, Jared and Zachary.
Yoni attended the University of Kansas, majoring in athletic training. There he worked with the varsity football, baseball, and women’s softball teams. Yoni’s sports education rose to a new level when Coach Roy Williams asked him to join the men’s basketball team as the student athletic trainer. Following college, Yoni continued his work as an athletic trainer with Nova Southeastern University.
Yoni’s passion for sports and working with children was nurtured during the 30 summers he spent at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. As a staff member, Yoni worked as a counselor, unit head, and basketball coach. Yoni has a master’s degree in Jewish education from the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Prior to becoming RSA Associate Director, he was a full-time Jewish educator, teaching at the Carmel Academy in Greenwich, CT, and most recently, at the Rockwern Academy in Cincinnati, OH.
Yoni and his wife, Michal Raucher, live in Cincinnati with their three kids, Naftali, Nessa, and Hadas, and dog Shoko.
Bonnie Schwartz Nolan
Business Manager & Head Swim Coach
Bonnie is the second Jewish woman to swim across the English Channel. She received her undergraduate degree in economics at Johns Hopkins University and her MBA from Columbia University. At Johns Hopkins, Bonnie was on the varsity swim team and was very involved with Hillel and Baltimore Jewish life.
Since 2001, Bonnie has worked at the JCC in Manhattan, where she has served in a variety of capacities including Financial Analyst and Director of Aquatics. She has spent the last four summers as the Aquatics Director at Camp Ramah in California.
Bonnie is an American Red Cross Authorized Provider, teaching CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding; a USA Swim Coach; and a Pose Method® Certified Sports Technique Specialist.
She lives with her husband, Gray, and their dog, Raven, in New York City.
David just finished his first season as the varsity basketball coach at Solomon Schechter School of Long Island. In addition to basketball, he has been coaching soccer since 2009 with Pro Soccer Kids.
A Solomon Schechter graduate, David was the captain of both the soccer and the basketball teams and was named the IPPSAL league MVP in 2010 for soccer. David served as assistant captain of the club soccer team at SUNY Albany before transferring and graduating from Indiana University.
David is also an alumnus of Camp Monroe where he was a camper from 2002-2008 and a staff member from 2009-2013, eventually becoming the assistant athletic director. David brings an enthusiasm and love of camp to this job and wants RSA campers to have as much fun as he did at sports camp.
David currently lives on Long Island in Merrick.
Head Basketball Coach
Jason, a local basketball legend in Westchester, New York, is the all-time leading scorer at Harrison High School. Jason played collegiately for #4 ranked University of Southern New Hampshire (D-II) and for Barry University in Miami, Florida.
Jason has a wealth of coaching experience. He served as the head coach at the MVP basketball camp for the past 14 summers and has spent six years coaching varsity high school basketball and the highly regarded AAU Hoop Strong Warriors. For the past 13 years, Jason has also been the head basketball coach for the 200 player-strong Westchester Jewish Basketball League.
Jason says, “I am thrilled to be at RSA during its inaugural summer. I can’t wait for our campers to arrive and look forward to helping them achieve their greatest potential as athletes while enjoying an amazing summer experience.”
Special Basketball Guest Coach
RSA is fortunate that Yariv Amiram, who plays professional basketball in Israel, will be joining us as a basketball coach for sessions 1 and 2. Yariv plays for Ironi Nahariya, a Division I Israel National League team. He has also played in Australia for the Israel National Team (under 18).
Yariv’s basketball skills, his passion for coaching children and his life-long experiences living in Israel make him a perfect fit for RSA.
Head Soccer Coach
Troy comes to RSA with extensive playing and coaching experience. As a player, Troy won national titles with Herkimer College, Briarcliffe College and the Greek Americans (CSL). He also earned all-city honors while winning three titles with Martin Luther King High School.
Troy played with the Olympic Development Program team for five years during which time he made two regional finals appearances. Troy has also trained with a number of professional teams, including the New York Cosmos, and competed in several tournaments overseas. Additionally, Troy has worked extensively with Wilmer Cabrera, the current coach of the MLS Houston Dynamo.
As a coach, Troy carries a USSF E and F license and has coached with the New York Red Bulls and the New York Cosmos youth teams. Troy has also coached at college showcases as well as college summer camps at Hofstra University.
Currently, Troy is a teacher and coach at Success Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, and we are delighted to have him on the field with us this summer.
Head Baseball Coach
Logan is a Baseball Instructor and Sales Manager at the world-renowned Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy in Stamford, Connecticut. Logan was a four-year varsity pitcher at sixth-ranked Ithaca College (Division III) in Ithaca, New York. During his high school baseball career, Logan was a two-time pitcher of the year for Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut before transferring to Suffield Academy for a post-graduate year, where he averaged 1.3 strikeouts per inning and held opponents to a .217 batting average.
Logan expresses his passion for baseball and for Ramah as follows: “I love baseball through and through — talking about it, coaching it, and playing it. I am very excited to be working with Camp Ramah for many reasons, first and foremost being that my brother has been a camper for almost 10 years now in the Tikvah program. I am grateful to Ramah for how they treat my brother, and now I am grateful for this opportunity to share my love of baseball with Jewish campers! Who knows, maybe we’ll find the next Sandy Koufax or Hank Greenberg!”
Head Tennis Coach
Marcy has been a fixture in Connecticut tennis for more than 20 years as both a professional tennis instructor and a competitive player. She is active at the national level with the United States Tennis Association in promoting the game of tennis and the instruction of young players – from preschool to high school.
In addition to founding her own tennis academy, highlights of Marcy’s tennis career include over a decade of coaching at the Yale Tennis Camp and competing in the 2017 World Maccabiah Games on the Masters team in Israel. Marcy, who has been honored by the Tennis Hall of Fame for her commitment to youth tennis, is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry as well as the United States Professional Tennis Association.
On joining the RSA team, Marcy said, “I feel privileged to be teaming up with RSA as the head tennis professional. It is my vision that the tennis courts will be bustling with players eager to have fun, learn and improve their tennis skills, manage their tournament play, and show great character on and off the tennis courts. Let’s have a ball!”
Bonnie Schwartz Nolan
Head Swim Coach
Bonnie has been involved with USA Swimming for over 30 years as both a highly accomplished swimmer and a widely sought-after coach. Her dedication to swimming has earned her national and international recognition.
Bonnie’s involvement in competitive swimming began at the age of six and led her to compete in the Maccabiah Youth Games in 1995 and 1996. Bonnie attended Johns Hopkins University where she competed at the varsity level in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. After graduation, Bonnie discovered open water swimming. She completed the 28.5-mile Manhattan Marathon Swim and earned the title of Long Distance All-American in the 10K. After a solo swim across the English Channel and a strong finish at 5K Nationals in 2006, she turned her attention to coaching.
As a coach, Bonnie has worked with children and adults of all levels and abilities. She was the assistant coach for the Columbia women’s team and has coached Masters teams at the YWCA-NYC, Asphalt Green and Team New York Aquatics. Bonnie served as head coach of the 10 and under group at the JCC in Manhattan for the 2012 to 2015 seasons and has led clinics in pools and open water around the country.
Bonnie’s coaching philosophy focuses on efficiency and enjoyment as well as preventing injury through proper technique. She is a Pose Method® Certified Sports Movement Technique Specialist. Pose is the leading methodology to improve athletic performance and reduce injuries and Bonnie has worked with Pose founder, Dr. Nicholas Romanov, to expand its principles into swimming.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Phil is an experienced personal trainer, certified by one of the most recognized names in personal training, the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is also certified as a Level 2 strength and conditioning coach by the International Sports Science Association.
Phil currently serves as the Athletic Director at Carmel Academy in Connecticut, where he has worked since 2010. Phil’s wide range of athletic talents and interests has helped shape his approach to sports training and conditioning. He was a football, baseball, wrestling, cross country, and track athlete in high school. In college, he played lacrosse at the University of New Haven (D-II) where he ranked #2 for saves as a goalie in his first season and was named the team’s captain the following year.
One of Phil’s goals at RSA “is to educate campers so they understand the physics behind their movements. The more they understand the more they can maximize their potential as strong and confident athletes. I’m looking forward to strengthening RSA campers physically and mentally, all in a fun and supportive environment.”