Our exceptional staff will care for and nurture your child’s development, ensuring a summer of laughter, fulfillment, and memories to last a lifetime. Among our staff are specialists and professional educators, hand-picked to bring expertise that will catapult personal growth.

All groups have a mix of junior and senior counselors. Senior counselors are college students or older and junior counselors are high school upperclassmen. All 3 and 4-year-old, as well as kindergarten groups, have head counselors who are certified educators and/or have comparable classroom experience. Our Hebrew tracks are led by native/fluent Hebrew speaking counselors. Many of our staff members "grew up" at the J themselves! They are personally invested in your child’s experience.

"Meet" Our Year-Round Staff

Jennifer Lenkowsky, Director of Youth and Camping Engagement

Jennifer has spent close to two decades at camp, as both a camper and in various staff positions. Most recently, Jennifer launched and served as the Director of a local day camp in New Jersey. Prior to that, Jennifer was a recruiter for 17 years, helping some of the most prestigious companies in NYC with their staffing needs.

Jennifer currently serves on the board of USR Basketball and formerly served as the Co-President of the Jewish Community Organization (JCO) of Northern Bergen County, a local not-for-profit based in the Saddle River Valley. She has also served as the Director of Events for City at Peace (a national children’s charity); and actively supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jennifer has a master’s degree in advertising and marketing from Boston University’s College of Communication and a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University. She currently resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two daughters, ages 14 & 11. Believing that every child should experience camp, Jennifer is thrilled to join the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and looks forward to spending her time making memories with all the children of the JCC!

Leron Arev, Camp Program Manager

Leron, born and raised in Tenafly, NJ is a proud alum and staff of The Neil Klatskin Summer Camps. Leron studied psychology at both Bar Ilan University and NYU. Before taking on a position at NKDC in 2017, Leron was working as a behaviorist, implementing therapeutic services to children on the spectrum in both school and home settings. Leron started as a seasonal staff member in Summer 2017 as a Unit Head for Kadima and knew right away that The J and NKDC was where she wanted to be all year long. Since then, Leron stayed on board as a fulltime staff person and has worked as the Director of the Children's Dept, Program Director of Kadima and now holds the title of Camp Program Manager. Leron’s duties include year-round family and staff engagement, staff hiring and managing both year-round programs and NKDC.

Simeon Pearlstein, Afterschool Programs & Camp Logistics Manager

Simeon is thrilled to be a part of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades team since 2013. As Afterschool Programs and Camp Logistics Manager, Simeon oversees the school age afterschool programs as well as organizes the logistics of the JCC camps. He comes with over 20 years of experience in the Jewish youth and camping world having worked for organizations such as BBYO Inc., JCC Rockland and Suffolk Y JCC where he held roles in programming, youth and camping. With BBYO, one of his many roles was leadership staff for multiple summer programs in North Carolina and Wisconsin for Jewish teens across the country. At JCC Rockland and Suffolk Y JCC, Simeon held senior staff roles in camping and youth departments developing their summer programs, teen leadership initiatives and afterschool programs. Simeon attended The State University at Albany earning a BA in political science and lives in Mahwah with his wife and two sons who love going to camp with their dad!

Melissa Peters, Operations Director, Family & Youth Engagement

Melissa has been a member of the Neil Klatskin Day Camp team since 1998. She began her service as the Transportation Coordinator, then as the Assistant Director. Melissa has been a part of the JCC family in many other capacities as well. She served as the Assistant Children’s Services Director, Children’s Services Director, Assistant Games Director for the 2003 JCC Maccabi Games and the 2004 Delegation Head for the Kaplen Team Palisades.

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Contact us at [email protected] or 201-567-8963