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Counsellors at Camp Gesher are known for their endless energy, passionate mentor-ship and continual drive to create the best environment possible for our campers. When hiring staff, we look for people who personify these qualities – leading by example, having diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of skills and knowledge that can be shared with campers.


Our Israeli counsellors are part of the “ShinShin” program. They are 18 year old emissaries sent by Jewish Agency for Israel to communities around North America to educate youth on Israel and Israeli culture. Our ShinShinim work at Jewish Day Schools in Toronto throughout the year.


Most importantly, our staff share their skills and knowledge with campers. Our goal is for campers to leave the summer with new abilities and the confidence to try new things. From water skiing, basketball and canoeing to music, arts & crafts, we hold our counsellors personally accountable for creating an environment that allows kids of all ages and expertise to thrive.


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Hey everyone! In a maybe not-so shocking turn of events.... I am SO excited to announce that I will be your Rosh of kayitz 2023!! I am so lucky that Gesher has been my happy place since 2010 and  has given me so many lifelong memories and friends. This upcoming summer I can't wait to give back to Gesher and its community by creating more of the machaneh magic that makes camp so special!!


Over the last four years I have gotten to fulfill varying leadership roles at machaneh such as Madatz Madricha and Rakezet Tiyul, and those experiences have given me so much perspective coming into this summer. Looking forward to another summer of the coolest campers, tzevet, and community around!

Amanada McCarthy
Rosh Machaneh

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Hi Gesher community!! I am so beyond excited to be able to introduce myself as Chinuch for Kayitz 2023!!! Over the past decade as both chanichol and madrichol, Gesher has been home for me, a teacher, a family. It has exposed me to a community of incredible people and has gifted me a space to learn about the world and grow into the person I am today. I am so ready and so excited to be part of continuing that magic this summer, alongside wonderful tzevet, chanichimot and community.


See you this summer!

Talia Wilk


Hello friends and community!

I could not be more excited to come back to Machaneh as our Melavol!! I have been coming to camp since 2010 and being the Melavol has always been a huge goal of mine. I am excited to share things I've learned, to learn more from everyone at Machaneh and to help make this summer amazing!!!

Can't wait to see you all soon!!!

Raffi Meyer-Wertman


You'll find Gesher staff at seminars and Ken events throughout the year, working together with the counsellors to ensure the Gesher community remains meaningful and magical.

Shoshana credits much of her own leadership and Jewish identity development to summers as a camper and counselor in the woods of Northern Arizona, and studying in Israel in high school, University and Graduate School.

Shoshi brings her years of experience in youth leadership programming as an educator, manager and camp director to Camp Gesher. Shoshi managed day-to-day camp operations of Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu and Camp Daisy and Harry Stein in Arizona. She has worked as an educator with all ages and engaged in experiential learning experiences. Shoshi has also worked with adults as an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher.

Shoshi has 3 boys, Jay, Noam (Bogrim 2020) and Yair (Bogrim 2023).  Her dogs Loki and Suki occasionally visit camp in the summer.

"I am committed to creating meaningful programming that will engage your child in the best camp experience possible. I work closely with our leadership to provide for the well being of our campers and staff, and am present during all Summer  Camp sessions and year round seminars.  I am eager to assist families in any way that they may need"

Shoshana Lipschultz

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Jewish summer camp has been always been a very important part of Matthew's life, as he has attended or worked at camp every summer since he was 1. Matthew credits Jewish summer camp for his personal development and the majority of his current friends.

Matthew joined the Gesher team in 2020 and has loved being a part of this fantastic community. Prior to joining the Gesher Team, Matthew worked as Site Coordinator at Nike Sports Camps Canada, Director of Youth Engagement at Congregation Har Shalom and Head of Judaic Programming at CBB Ottawa. Matthew also graduated from the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University with an MBA in Nonprofit Management and an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership.

Outside of his role at Gesher, Matthew works as a counselor for Camp Nai, Nai, Nai, is a second degree black belt in Karate and is a huge Buffalo Bills, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Blue Jays fan.

Matthew Jadd
Assistant Director

Year Round Staff


The Camp Gesher Board and its committees are comprised of highly dedicated alumni, parents of campers, Madrichim (counsellors) and friends of Gesher who volunteer their time, energy and support.

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