Our Staff


We are teachers, educational professionals, Jewish leaders, college, high school students and child development specialists. Every member of our staff is committed to providing a safe and secure environment where children thrive. Together we have more than 20 years of camping experience and knowledge of children. Our Administrative Staff posses a wealth of knowledge and experience. They mentor and guide our counselors, and actively communicate with camp families.

  • Every counselor is carefully interviewed, references are checked, and then selected for their personal warmth, sensitivity and ability to connect to each child. 
  • Staff is intensively trained before the start of camp, including CPR and first aid. 
  • Administrative Staff attend training courses throughout the year, including the ACA tri-state conference in Atlantic City.
  • We work together to ensure that each child’s individual needs, and the group’s needs are met. 
  • We create an environment where campers build confidence, try new things, express themselves, have FUN and feel proud to be Jewish!


Camp Director: Mrs. Chayale Shagalow

Chayale Shagalow has been active in the camp industry for over 10 years. She spent summers in Texas, Missouri, Brooklyn and New Jersey. Chayale received a degree in education from Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim. In her career, she has been a teacher, advisor, camp counselor, camp program coordinator and now, the Camp Director. This is Chayale's eighth summer directing Camp Gan Israel Highland Park (Piscataway). Chayale generates exemplary warmth, joy and exuberance. Chayale is responsible, multi-talented, dynamic, organized and sensitive to the individual needs of each camper. Her outstanding successes testifies in every task that she undertakes. Chayale cannot wait for the summer to begin to see all our returning and new campers!


Camp Rabbi: Rabbi Shaya Shagalow

Rabbi Shaya, our Camp Rabbi generates exemplary warmth, joy and exuberance. His perceptive and astute understanding of children and teens, his selfless dedication to others, and distinguished leadership skills, will transform your child this summer. Rabbi Shaya's daily shiur program to our campers is rich with Jewish knowledge and a love for yiddishkeit. Rabbi Shaya is multi-talented, dynamic, and sensitive to the individual needs of each camper. His outstanding successes testifies in every task that he undertakes and we are positive that your child will learn and grow a lot this summer!



Camp Secretary: Morah Elana Kurtz

Morah Elana is extremely responsible, caring, warm, sensitive to the individual needs of every counselor and loved by both our campers and staff! Morah Elana's responsibilities at camp will be to run the camp office. Morah Elana is a dedicated teacher at RPRY.  Morah Elana brings years of experience in working with children and young adults. Morah Elana is looking forward to greeting all our campers and staff with a smile and using her expertise to help make this a fantastic summer! She is thrilled to be able to combine her talents by taking on a role in administration while still interacting with counselors and campers every day. 



ayalaPhotographer Second Month: Ayala Jones

Ayala Jones, a freshman at Golda Och Academy is so excited to join the Gan Izzy team this summer. Her passion is photography and loves to take pictures! Ayala's picture was submitted to the library and she won first place! In her  free time, she enjoy's playing volleyball, hanging out with friends and taking pictures. She love kids and cant wait to photograph them having a ball at camp this summer!


Photographer First Month: Libbie Brooks



Chef Shmulie & Staff: Luis, Trinidad, Faustino & Daniel

Having graduated at the top of his class at culinary school, Chef Shmulie together with his staff create delicious meals for the Chabad House students during the year and Camp Gan Israel during the summer. Chef Shmulie and his staff work with a great deal of energy, and have an absolute love for their profession. Their meals are fresh, tasty and wholesome.  There is always a large variety of food with lots of healthy options.

Head Lifeguard: Ms. Eliana Goldblatt

Since she was young, Eliana has always loved the water. A lifeguard for three summers, Eliana has taught swimming in camps throughout the Tri-State area and in private settings as well.  Many children have benefited from her extensive teaching knowledge and love her for her skill and the caring way she encourages them to be the best swimmer they can be. Previously a camper and then counselor at Camp Gan Israel Highland Park (Piscataway), Eliana is returning for another summer of fun in the sun!

aliza wilksLifeguard: Aliza Wilks

We are very excited to have Aliza return to Camp Gan Israel Highland Park. This is Aliza's seventh summer at camp, and she has worked both as a counselor and lifeguard. Her strong sense of responsibility, enthusiasm, and impeccable skills makes Aliza an integral part of our staff. She loves providing swim instruction and being a part in their growth as swimmers.  She has full knowledge of safety protocols and makes safety her number one priority. She can’t wait to see our eager campers and get into the pool with them.


Dance: Ms. Krystal Galiczynski

Ms. Krystal graduated from Montclair State University in May of 2014, and received her Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing in teaching dance, P-12.  Krystal has been dancing all of her life, and is now teaching and choreographing in a number of school settings such as, the Apple Montessori Schools in Wayne and Towaco NJ, the First Avenue Public School in Newark NJ, and has additionally assisted coach for the dance team at Mount Saint Dominick’s High School in Caldwell NJ this past season.  Ms. Krystal is extremely loved by all our campers and the show at the end of the summer is always so professional! She is so excited to return for her fifth summer!



  lexArt Teacher: Ms. Alexis Steiner 

Alexis will be graduating from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University this coming May 2016 with her BFA in visual arts. Alexis has been practicing art her entire life and has worked as a head counselor for the last 4 summers. Her internship for Mason Gross was completed at Mendham Township High school in the Art Department. She assisted the students with their projects, teaching them different art techniques ranging from sculpture to painting. She worked at The Westfield Little School in Westfield developing craft projects and instructing them on how to perform their projects.  Alexis has multiple years of experience working with children and her passion and experience make  her a perfect fit for the Art Teacher at Gan Izzy. We are delighted to have Alexis join our team this summer and we are certain she will become a valuable asset to our staff!

ariellaMini Gan Morah: Morah Ariella Wilks

Ariella is currently a student at Touro College in Manhattan studying Early Childhood Education. She has been a camper at Camp Gan Izzy Piscataway all her life, and has worked as a staff member at camp for many years. Ariella has also been worked as a group leader for the youth groups in her shul for a few years.  This summer will be Ariella's sixth summer as a staff member at Camp Gan Israel and we are delighted to have her return as our Mini Gan Morah. Ariella has extensive experience with our Mini Gan bunk, is super responsible, organized, motivated, hardworking and extremely patient with young children. She hopes to help each of her campers grow this summer, by making camp a safe, enriching, and fun environment. Ariella is so excited to be returning as our Mini Gan Morah for her eighth summer!


Camp Director: Mrs. Chayale Shagalow
Camp Rabbi: Rabbi Shaya Shagalow
Operations: Ms. Alana Engel
Secretary: Mrs. Elana Kurtz
Head Counselor: Shterna Raskin (Girls)
Head Counselor: Yossi Dietz (Boys)
Chefs: Chef Shmulie, Louis, Trinidad, Faustino, Daniel, Festos
Gymnastics: Ms. Sarah Bermel
Dance: Ms. Krystal Galiczynski
Arts & Crafts: Ms. Sarah Gellerstein
Sports Mr.  Greg Briskin
Guitar & Drums: Mr. David Guillaume
Lifeguards: Eliana Goldblatt, Aliza Wilks, Dina Parkey, Erin Sheets
Photographer: Libbie Brooks and Ayala Jones


Simon Weintraub, Levi Ukraincik, Tani Siegelman, Eli Fisher, Aryeh Berman, Hanan Berger, Elie Benedek, Nesanel Dietz, Aryeh Weisel


Chaya Horowitz, Lieba Joran, Sarit Rosenzweig, Bluma Schwartz, Henny Simon, Eliana Weitz, Chaya M Zwiebel, Rivka Aryeh, Eden Autmezguine, Rochele Blau, Chana Leah Lesches, Mushky Rainitz, Ariella Wilks, Atara Erps, Nechama Erps, Racheli Izrailov, Dina Leff,Josie Rosen, Charna Rosenberg, Dina Shapiro, Chani Zikvashvili
Mother’s Helper: Atara Blatt, Chavi Crystal
Assistants: Chloe Katz, Yonit Salit, Liora Petter-Lipstein, Naomi Fisch