By Melissa Frey, Director
Following an extensive search process, I am delighted to share that Josh Satok will join our professional team as Senior Assistant Director. You’ll see from Josh’s bio below that he has a rich history of Jewish camping coupled with an impressive education and work history which will help us elevate all aspects of our camp mission and vision. Josh will begin his role June 1, and I look forward to our community getting to know him this summer. I am confident that you’ll find, as I did, that Josh’s passion, creativity, humor, and menschlekeit make him a terrific addition to our beloved camp community.
Josh Satok has joined the URJ Kutz Camp team as Senior Assistant Director. A proud Canadian, he was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. After high school, he moved to the U.S to attend college at Yale University, where he majored in Religious Studies, graduating cum laude and with distinction in the major, and wrote his senior thesis on teenagers’ experiences at Jewish camp and Jewish school. After college, he worked at the Foundation for Jewish Camp, where he worked on educational initiatives, affordability programs, and staff development, among other roles. He spent a year living and working at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, the world’s only pluralistic Jewish boarding school, where he truly developed a passion for working with Jewish teens. Josh earned his MBA in Nonprofit Management at the Heller School and Master’s in Jewish Professional Leadership from the Hornstein program at Brandeis University. During graduate school, he worked for a variety of Jewish organizations, including UJA Federation of Toronto, the JDC, the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, the Brandeis Office of High School programs, and Temple Israel and Kehillath Israel synagogues.
Josh has been fortunate to participate in Cohort 6 of the iCenter’s iFellow program, and is a proud member of Class 28 of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. He has been a liaison for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Fellowship, a fellow in the Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel, and has participated in a number of incredible trips revolving around Jewish life and learning in Ghana, Vienna, Poland, and Israel.
Josh started going to camp after ninth grade at Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia, went back as a CIT, and then spent six summers working as a counselor, sports staff, section head, and Program Director, and then spent a summer working as the Program Director at Camp Ramah in Canada. Josh loves camp more than anything, and couldn’t be more excited to get to know the extended Kutz camp community and be part of the Kutz Camp professional team.
A few words from Josh:
Hey everyone! My name is Josh Satok, and I’m from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Kutz team as the Senior Assistant Director. I am so incredibly passionate about Jewish camp, and can’t wait to get to know the Kutz community and contribute everything I can to this incredible place. Although I’m new to Kutz and to the URJ camp system, I have plenty of camp experience at Camp Kadimah and Camp Ramah in Canada, and am really excited to get to learn everything there is to know about Kutz and do my part to make it an even more amazing place. Can’t wait to meet everyone so soon – see you this summer at camp!