Camp Ramah in Wisconsin chooses new Executive Director

Jacob Cytryn

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin has announced that Jacob Cytryn will become its new Executive Director on October 1. Cytryn has served as director of Camp Ramah since 2012 and was previously a camper, counselor, division head, program director, and assistant director.

As Executive Director, Cytryn’s responsibilities will expand to include supervision of the educational, operational, and development functions of the overnight camp located in Conover, Wisconsin, as well as of Ramah Day Camp, located in Wheeling, Illinois, directed by Lori Stark.

Cytryn succeeds Rabbi David Soloff, who directed Camp Ramah from 1975 to 2009 and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Rabbi Soloff will become Director Emeritus and will continue to be involved with teaching, development, and alumni relations.

According to Jonathan Sherman, a principal at the law firm of Much Shelist and President of Camp Ramah, “We are extremely excited that Jacob will lead our overnight and day camps into the future. Jacob’s intelligence and enthusiasm reflect his long commitment to Ramah and his dedication to making camp a vibrant community where our children build life-long friendships and experience the joy of Jewish living.”

Rabbi Soloff added, “We are indeed fortunate that Jacob Cytryn will now take the mantle of leadership and continue to direct Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and lead our entire organization. Jacob is an inspiring leader who is well prepared to guide Ramah Wisconsin to best serve the next generation of young families and alumni.”

“I am thrilled,” said Cytryn, “to take on the auspicious role of leading my home-away-from-home for the last 26 years into the exciting next chapter of its growth. I am indebted to the Camp Ramah in Wisconsin Committee for the faith it has placed in me for these many years, and am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Executive Director.  I would not be where I am today without the nurturing and trust that Rabbi David Soloff has invested in me. I am pleased that he has agreed to assume his new role as Director Emeritus, and that he will continue supporting Ramah Wisconsin’s endeavors.”

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, founded in 1947, and the Ramah Day Camp, founded in 1999, together welcome more than six hundred campers and three hundred college-aged staff members each summer.  The flagship of the Conservative Movement’s Ramah camps, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin has been defined throughout its existence as an ideal laboratory for infusing the great joys of summer camp with the compelling power of the Jewish tradition’s content and contemporary relevance. Registration is now open for summer 2018 at both camps. For more information contact Linda Hoffenberg (, 312-690-8325.

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