Meet the Directors

Jeff Braverman


Jeff NJY Pic 2013Jeff Braverman has been the Director of Camp Nesher since its inaugural season in 1996. He also serves as an Assistant Executive Director of Camp Nesher’s parent organization, the New Jersey YM-YWHA (NJY) Camps.

Under Jeff’s leadership, Camp Nesher introduced Yachad B’Nesher, an inclusive program that mainstreams children with disabilities into daily camp life.  In recognition of the pioneering of such programs, he received the National Jewish Council for Disabilities’ Community Leadership award in 2003. In 2007, Jeff also created Magen Ba’Aretz Summer in Israel in partnership with the Koby Mandell Foundation, a program later duplicated by NJY’s Teen Camp.

Jeff is active in the West Orange, NJ community, serving for eight years as a board member and then for two years as President of Congregation AABJ&D. He also served for eight years on the Board of Education at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, NJ.

From an “artistic” standpoint, Jeff has recorded his own original Jewish music as part of the duo Shoresh and has been a featured artist on numerous other recordings. Jeff is also an associate partner and orchestra leader at Nafshenu Orchestra, a leading entertainment company in the tri-state area.

Jeff and his wife Susan currently live in West Orange, NJ. They are proud parents of three children, Jordana, Melissa and Jonah.


Johnny Shlagbaum


We are excited to welcome Johnny Shlagbaum to Camp Nesher as our new Assistant Director.

Johnny joining Cshlagfamamp Nesher is actually a reunion. Hailing from Toronto Canada, Johnny first came to camp as a camper in 1998 and then, over the next eight years, climbed the ranks to counselor and then finally Assistant Athletics Director. He made a lasting impression on his fellow campers and staff members, but none more than Alana Rosenbaum, whom he met while on staff at camp and married shortly thereafter.

Since his time at camp, Johnny has worked in property management and most recently has served as Vice President of Marketing at Valpak. Feeding off of the unparalleled spirit and energy developed during his years at camp, Johnny has also become one of the most sought after performers in the Jewish music world, featured on bandstands for smachot and concerts worldwide.

Johnny and Alana live in Teaneck NJ where they are both active in their community school and synagogue. Together they have three beautiful children Rebecca, Gabriella and Jonah.

Please join us in welcoming Johnny and Alana back to Camp Nesher!

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