Meet the Directors

Jeff NJY Pic 2013Jeff Braverman – Director

Jeff 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 Camps.

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

Jeff is proud of all of his “Nesher” kids, but none more so than his three actual real-life amazing children (and Nesher graduates,) Jordana, Melissa and Jonah.


Johnny Shlagbaum – Assistant Director

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 Assistant Athletics Director. He made a lasting impression on his fellow staff members, but none more so than Alana Rosenbaum, whom he met at camp and married shortly thereafter.

Feeding off the unparalleled spirit he developed during his younger years at camp, Johnny has also become a highly sought after performer in the Jewish music world, featured as a lead singer on bandstands worldwide.

Johnny and Alana live in Teaneck NJ along with their three beautiful children Rebecca, Gabriella and Jonah.



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