Melissa Frey, Director
Email Melissa, 845-987-6300
Melissa Frey has served as director of the URJ Kutz Camp since 2008, and has been an instrumental member of the URJ’s year-round youth programs team since 1999. Melissa previously served as North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) Associate Director, NFTY Convention Director, NFTY Director of Operations, NFTY Assistant Director, regional advisor to NFTY's Northeast Lakes and Texas-Oklahoma Regions, and curriculum author for the Regional Board Leadership Track at Kutz. A product of the Union for Reform Judaism's Camps (Greene Family Camp and Kutz Camp), NFTY and BBYO, Melissa has been involved in youth work in various capacities with the URJ for over twenty years. Most recently, Melissa served as the director of the Youth Summit at NFTY Convention.
Melissa is an honors graduate of Purdue University, where she double-majored in Graphic Design and American History, and has a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas. Melissa participated in the third cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s prestigious Executive Leadership Institute in 2013.
Melissa's multi-dimensional background as a former advertising agency art director, university faculty member, URJ congregational and camp education director, Hebrew school teacher, and junior and senior youth group adviser is reflected in her unique approach to experiential Jewish education. Melissa builds teen leadership via Jewish ethics and values, engagement and empowerment, and by fostering strong, meaningful, Jewish communities.
“Kutz is a place where teens bring their talents because they are interested and invested, at a very high level, in learning to refine and enhance their skills through a lens of Jewish learning. Kutz Camp is home; it is home to generations of leaders of this Movement. There are thousands of people who have come through the gates of 46 Bowen Road who have been indelibly impacted by the experiences they have had here. Truly, they are the current and future leaders of the Reform Movement.”
Josh Satok, Senior Assistant Director
Email Josh, 845-987-6300, ext 6363
Josh Satok is the Senior Assistant Director at URJ Kutz Camp. 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, focused 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 all of the Kutz participants and staff and be part of the Kutz team.
Amy Kagan, Summer Assistant Director
Amy Kagan is the Summer Assistant Director at the URJ Kutz Camp. Amy’s involvement with Kutz began 17 years ago and she is looking forward to another wonderful summer! During the school year, she works as a School Social Worker and a Case Manager for children with special needs.
Prior to her work as a Social Worker, Amy worked for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) as the regional advisor to NFTY's Garden Empire Region from 2001-2005. A product of URJ Camp Harlam, Amy spent many years attending camp and then began youth work as a Junior and Senior Youth Group Advisor.
Amy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and later earned her Master of Social Work from Dominican University. Amy and her husband Jeffrey live in NJ with their two kids, Sophie and Noah.
Joseph “Eddie” Emmanuel
Joseph “Eddie” Emmanuel is central to the success of the Kutz Camp on every level. Eddie is the epitome of hard work, dedication, and a zest for life. From the most simple of repairs to the most complex challenges for improvement, Eddie’s unique insight and knowledge of the property have helped to save money and time. Always willing and eager to teach, Eddie is patient beyond expectations, and knowledgeable without measure. An avid Harley Davidson motorcyclist, Eddie rides annually for fundraisers including Breast Cancer Awareness, HIV-AIDS research and The Autism Foundation Organization of Hudson Valley. Eddie has been part of our staff team for more than 30 years.
Kutz Camp Lay Leadership
Jeffrey Kagan, Kutz Camp Council Chair
Rabbi Lisa Silverstein Tzur, Ex-officio
- Sean Blum, Council Leader, Strengthening Congregations
- Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Jewish Learning
- Alli Debrow, Creative Arts
- Liza Moskowitz, Millennial Engagement
- Rabbi Jeremy Gimbel, Worship
- Dave Silverstein, Marketing
- Avra Bossov, Council Leader - Tikkun Olam
- Maya Weinstein, Grass Roots Kutz Community Organizing
- Samantha Fuld, Unique Abilities - Gibush
- Andrew Keene - Council Leader - Audacious Hospitality
- Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman, Liaison to ARJE
- Rabbi Dennis Eisner, Liaison to CCAR
- Annice Benamy, Liaison to WRJ
- Cantor Zoe Jacobs, Liaison to WUPJ
- Kym Zionts-Bernstein, Council Leader - Youth
- Mike Fuld, Scholarship Development
- Zach Herrmann, Liaison to NFTY
- Stacy Shapiro, Parent Partnerships
- Kathryn Fleisher, Recruitment
- Scott Hertz, Recruitment
- Maxwell Hendrix, Program Development
Leading the Jewish Future: The Campaign for URJ Kutz Camp
Rabbi Michael White and Eran Tzur, Co-Chairs
Capital Campaign Committee Members:
Rabbi Peter Berg
Cantor Rosalie Boxt
Rabbi Joshua Davidson
Rabbi Billy Dreskin
Cantor Ellen Dreskin
Rabbi Dennis Eisner
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg
Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Rabbi Rob Nosanchuk
Rabbi Lisa Silverstein Tzur
Rabbi Scott Weiner
Rabbi Paul Yedwab