Jennafer Miller is a life-long Ramahnik, having attended Camp Ramah in the Berkshires as a camper, counselor, rosh edah, and Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure programs. Naffer graduated from Duke University with degrees in Judaic Studies, Education, and Spanish, and received her MA in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She served as a camp director at Congressional Camp, Falls Church, VA, and at Habonim Dror Camp Moshava in Street, MD.
In 2015, Jennafer began working for a consulting firm in the private sector, most recently facilitating team leadership and management consulting for the Federal Aviation Administration. She is an experienced high school basketball and softball coach, has run more than 8 marathons including ns (now training for her 9th), and has extensive experience as a trainer for CPR, ambulance driving, and emergency first aid. Her arrival at Ramah Sports Academy has fulfilled her lifelong dream of being a Ramah Director.
Alex Rubin joined the RSA team in 2022 as Assistant Director. A high school and college athlete with a passion for camping, Alex spent many years as a camper and counselor at Camp Havaya and was also a staff member at Capital Camps and Camp Ramah in California. Prior to joining the RSA, Alex worked in student life roles at de Toledo High School in Los Angeles, most recently coordinating international exchange programs. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Education and Social Policy and recently completed a master’s degree at University of Southern California in Social Entrepreneurship.
After playing various sports in high school, Alex spent four years on the Northwestern Ultimate Team, captaining the team during his senior season. Over the past decade he has coached middle school, high school, and college ultimate. He helped to found the team at de Toledo High School and in just four seasons, his team qualified for the state championships! Alex was named a runner up for the 2021 Coach of the Year in the college D-III division for his work coaching the men’s division team at the Claremont Colleges. Aside from camp, Alex enjoys hiking, baking soft pretzels, playing guitar, and long road trips.
Amy arrived at Ramah in 2010 after a career working for the American Museum of Natural History, TIAA and Citibank. She left the corporate world to manage all aspects of business, finance, and facilities at Ramah Berkshires until 2019. The formation of Ramah Sports was an exciting chance to blend both her love of all things camp with sports. After spending countless hours driving her children to their baseball, soccer, basketball and softball games, she became an avid proponent of the importance of having time in the summer for the fun of camp combined with quality sports instruction. As Business Director, Amy is responsible for RSA’s business, finance, facilities, registrar and summer operations.
Head Baseball Coach
Jim Irzyk has been an independent school teacher/coach for 38 years and is currently the Head Varsity Baseball Coach and Department Chair for the Center for Economics, Entrepreneurship and Finance at Wilbraham Monson Academy. He teaches various finance classes (Financial Planning, Portfolio Management and Stock Market Analysis) as well as Honors Geometry. A three-sport (football, basketball and baseball) high school athlete, Irzyk was captain and four-year starter on the baseball team at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. As a pitcher and infielder in college, Irzyk holds the highest fielding percentage (.998) at Holy Cross and holds multiple pitching records. He was awarded the Hop Riopel MVP award his senior year.
His coaching philosophy centers on helping players become students of the game and consummate teammates. Practicing hard, playing fair, competing and giving your best effort are trademarks of his teams. Irzyk has coached Division I, II and III college athletes. More importantly, he is looking forward to a great summer.
Head Tennis Coach
Mor Bulis, originally from Israel, served in the Israeli Defense Forces for 3 years. Mor represented the Israeli Davis Cup team, achieved a singles ATP ranking of 490 in the world, a national ranking of #1 in Israel, and won the gold medal in the 19th Maccabiah Championship.
Recently, Mor graduated from the University of Southern California in May 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Real Estate Finance. Mor was a scholarship student athlete on the Division 1 USC men’s tennis team. During his student athlete career, he achieved his highest national singles ranking of #9. He was part of the #1 ranked tennis team in the country in 2020, after winning the NCAA Indoor Championship. During his last year at USC, he was a student assistant coach and helped the head coach with daily coaching of the USC men’s tennis team.
Mor’s experience in coaching, both in Israel and in the US, with all different levels and ages of tennis players, from youth to adults, will add a tremendous opportunity for our campers to learn from him this summer. He is ready to transfer his passion, dedication, and experience to the Ramah Sports Academy.
Head Basketball Coach
Lior Reshit My name is Lior Reshit, and I’m very excited to join the RSA community this summer. Basketball has been part of my life for 15 years, and I’ve been a professional basketball player since 2014.
This season, 2021/22 I have been playing in Hapoel Majd Al-Kurum, which reached the final four games of the National League in Israel. I’ve also played and coached in many basketball clubs in Israel, including Maccabi Haifa, Ironi Netanya, Hapoel Emek-Yizrael, Hapoel Lev-Hasharon, Maccabi TelMond, Hapoel Emek-Hefer, and Hapoel Marnin-Tivon.
Since 2014, I’ve been coaching boys and girls of different ages, from preschool to 9th grade students. In the 2020/21 season, my 8-9th grade girls team reached the final National Cup of Israel.
This summer, I will graduate with a B.Ed from the Academic College at Wingate. This year, I was a Physical Education teacher in Rabin High School in Tel-Mond and had the privilege of teaching 11th- and 12th-grade students and a 10th-grade special education class.
I can’t wait for the summer to start, to meet everyone, to start working with campers on their basketball skills, and thereby help their personal growth, confidence, and self-efficacy development, and most importantly, to enjoy this summer experience.
Head Soccer Coach
Conor Woods joins RSA from the Millikin University’s Men’s Soccer staff, where he serves as an assistant coach. Conor was also a coach at Knaresborough Town AFC in the United Kingdom, where he most recently served as the assistant coach after graduating from Mount Aloysius College in December 2019.
While attending Mount Aloysius, Woods played soccer for two seasons before suffering an injury that led him to serve as a student assistant coach for three seasons. As an athlete for the Mounties, Woods played outside back and was a member of the 2015 Allegheny Mountain Conference Championship team.
In his three seasons as a student assistant coach, Conor led all of the team training sessions, assisted with planning offseason strength and conditioning programs, and conducted individual training sessions with student-athletes. Additionally he was the head goalkeeper coach and ran the scouting of all of the team’s opponents. During this time, Conor was also a lead coach for International Soccer Camps through Challenger Sports Camps.
We can’t wait for Conor to lead our program, and he is excited too! Conor says: “I am looking forward to my first summer with Ramah Sports Academy. Originally I am from Leeds, England, and have been coaching in the U.S for the past six years. Soccer has given me endless opportunities, and I am excited to contribute my experience and knowledge to the players attending RSA so that their love of the game can grow for the sport that I am so passionate about! I can’t wait to get started this summer and be a part of Ramah Sports Academy’s great program.”
Head Swim Coach
Shayna Plotnik is delighted to be returning to RSA as the Head Swim Coach this summer. She was a part of the inaugural staff during kayitz (summer) 2018, and cannot wait to be back at camp! Since then, Shayna has continued to coach swim, having worked on the coaching team for the Karishim Swim Team at the JCC of Greater Boston.
While working at the JCC, she coached three different practice groups, across levels and varying ages between 5-18. Outside of her time coaching, she also spent time teaching instructional swim and water safety to infants and toddlers. Shayna is a Schwinn Certified Spin Instructor, as well as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, and holds certifications as a Lifeguard and CPR/First Aid through the American Red Cross.