Information about our Leadership Transition

August 14, 2015

Friends of JORI,

As the summer of 2015 comes to a close, I pause to say thank you to all of our friends and families for the incredible level of support and enthusiasm you have shown as we move from strength to strength. As we wish our current directors, Ronni and Rachel, well on their journeys and welcome in a new director in the coming months, we have positioned JORI for a smooth transition – one that retains our caring culture while positioning JORI for ever higher levels of success.

So many members of our community are contributing enormous time and energy toward identifying our future director. There is great enthusiasm about our candidates and I look forward to completing the process and introducing you to our new director this fall. In the meantime, I am thrilled to announce that the vast majority of our adult staff will be returning next summer, ensuring that our campers will have the same care and support from the people who know and love them.

To further ensure tremendous continuity of culture, program and traditions three members of our summer staff will now be working throughout the year planning and preparing for an awesome summer of 2016. Aaron Guttin, our new Assistant Camp Director, has quite literally grown up at JORI. In addition to working at camp for 10 summers he has been Youth Coordinator at Temple Emanuel in Providence and Director of Jewish Life at URI Hillel. In addition to continuing as our summer Art Director, Sharon Sock, a Goodman Educator and Co-creator of Shalom Friends, is our new Assistant Director of Outreach and Engagement. Last, but certainly not least, our much loved alumnus Madi Bader is our new Assistant Director of Recruiting. This exemplary team is already working together with Ronni and Rachel and the entire staff for a smooth transition.

Thank you again for all of your support and enthusiasm. I am sure you join me in welcoming Aaron, Sharon and Madi to our year round staff and celebrating our bright futures together.

With wishes for a peaceful Shabbat,


Deb Salinger
Camp JORI Board Chair