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Abby Kaufman

Camp Wise
Assistant Director of Camper and Staff Life
Abby currently serves as the Assistant Director of Camper and Staff Life at Camp Wise, the Mandel JCC’s overnight camp located outside of Cleveland, Ohio! In her role, Abby is dedicated to creating a fun, inclusive, and enriching camp community for both campers and staff. Abby began her camping career in 1997 when she attended Camp Wise for the first time, and continued her camper and seasonal staff career for many summers, serving as a counselor, ropes course specialist, teva & trip specialist, and Staff-In-Training Director. Before returning to Camp Wise in Fall 2016 as Assistant Director, Abby was a middle school English teacher for students with special needs in Boston and, most recently, served as the Director of Camp Shai, JCC Denver’s Day Camp. Abby graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and earned her Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013. She has been involved in Jewish camping for 18 years, and truly believes there is no better place to be during the summer than at camp! Her wife (a CW alum) and dog agree!