teen planning committee
Co-programming Director & secretary
Social Media Director
community service director
Director of education at CBi
Denise is passionate about empowering youth to create and lead, and practice the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). For Denise, being a part of the Camp Nefesh team and seeing the impact of the experience on everyone involved has been unforgettable!
Member at Large
Larry Friedman is a retired labor lawyer with a longstanding interest in the plight of refugees. This in part stems from his own families journey to the US, from Eastern Europe, over a century ago. Larry has been a Camp Nefesh volunteer from the outset and envisions a camp that can serve even more refugee children. He also serves on the board of Opening Doors, a refugee resettlement agency and a Camp Nefesh partner.
Linda is a retired Financial Aid Counselor from the CSU college system. She currently works part time for Sacramento City College in the Financial Aid Office. She has volunteered for Camp Nefesh, on site and participated as a chaperone on field trips. She believes wholeheartedly in the mission of Camp Nefesh and when there was an opportunity to get more involved, she jumped right in. She is excited for the future of Camp Nefesh and all it has to offer.
Sharon retired from the healthcare field in 2016 and since that time she’s enjoyed involvement in the
local community. She began volunteering at Camp Nefesh on its first day in 2018 and instantly saw the
joy in the children attending camp as well as in the teens who were running it. Sharon is proud to be a
part of Camp Nefesh and ensuring its continued success.
Lexi studies political science at Sacramento State University, and has worked with Camp Nefesh for 3 years. She started working with Camp Nefesh because she loves the mission, lifting up teens and encouraging them to do things they never thought to do while helping such wonderful children.
Secretary & Marketing Director
Zoe is currently studying Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Pre-Med at Biola University. Zoe has worked with Camp Nefesh for 3 years. She started working with Camp Nefesh because she wanted to get more involved within her own community and prepared for her future career as a pediatric surgeon.
Member at Large
Jason is an experienced organizational and program executive, consultant, and connector. In addition to Camp Nefesh, he serves on the Boards of Sacramento Area Congregations Together, the Sacramento Jewish Community Relations Council, and Congregation B’nai Israel. Jason earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. He lives in Sacramento with his wife and three children.
John Pellman is an educator, a teacher, and a district administrator overseeing large grant programs and formerly ran a small non-profit performing arts organization. John started volunteering with Camp Nefesh in its inaugural year when his oldest daughter became a Counselor. John believes deeply Camp Nefesh is an important vehicle to build bridges that unite people.
Member at large
Maha Elsinbawi, is an Egyptian native who strongly believes in the importance of respect of differences. Being an immigrant herself, has exposed her to various cultures and religions, that developed her curiosity on how to reach coexistence and tolerance. She hopes her experience in dealing with different cultures will enforce the success of her task at Camp Nefesh. Maha believes that kindness is an international language, everybody understands it regardless of the language differences.