The Professional Team

The Professional Team

  • Mission and Philosophy

    Mission and Philosophy

    After the murder of Koby, the Mandell family knew immediately that the tragedy of Koby's loss could easily destroy them. They knew they had to fight against their despair, their pain, theirMore >>
  • The Mandell Family

    The Mandell Family

    Rabbi Seth & Sherri Mandell Seth and Sherri Mandell moved to Israel from America in 1996 because they loved Israel and wanted to put Judaism in the center of their lives and their children's lives. TheirMore >>
  • Board of Directors

    Board of Directors

    The Koby Mandell Foundation Board of Directors Officers Rabbi Seth MandellPresidentTekoa, Israel Margery LibinChairpersonGreatneck, NY Lee LasherVice Chair/TreasurerEnglewood, NJ Melodie ScharfSecretaryLawarence,More >>
    The Koby Mandell Foundation Board of Directors Officers Rabbi Seth Mandell President Tekoa, Israel Marla Tanenbaum Chairperson Bethesda, MD Paul Crotty Vice Chairperson Strafford, NH Lee Lasher Treasurer Englewood,More >>

Rabbi Seth Mandell, Koby's father, is the Founder and President of The Koby Mandell Foundation. Rabbi Mandell has been involved in Jewish education programs since 1982. He was the Director of the Hillel Foundation at the University of Maryland. Under his leadership, the Hillel program became one of the largest and most active Jewish college educational programs in North America. In addition, he has an extensive background in Jewish communal work and Jewish education. A seasoned orator, Rabbi Mandell speaks globally about The Koby Mandell Foundation and current topics in Israel.

Sherri Mandell, Koby's mom is the founder of The Koby Mandell Foundation Mother's Healing Retreat. The idea for creating a Healing program was born from her personal experience with grief since Koby's murder. In addition to providing the program with vision and sensitivity she manages the creative and organizational elements of the program. Sherri is a distinguished writer with extensive publications worldwide. Her book, "The Blessing of a Broken Heart", has been translated into three languages and was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award in 2004. She also is the winner a of B'nai Brith International's Women to Watch award, and Aish Hatorah's Bonei  Yerushalayim award.  In 2010 she received first prize in Moment Magazine's Karma Short Story Contest.

 Reuven Angstreich serves as Executive Director of The Koby Mandell Foundation and as Director of Camp Koby. Roy, who has an Masters in Social Work Degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, previously served as the Administrator of Beit Midrash L"Torah in Jerusalem. He has served as the Director of Camp Simcha in Israel, a camp for children suffering,from cancer and cerebral palsy and owner and director of Camp Ariel, a sleep away camp in Israel for English speakers.

Rabbi Dr. Gil Elmaleh is the Coordinator of Summer Programs and Camp Rabbi. Rabbi Dr. Gil Elmaleh is the Dean of Students at Yeshivat Torat Shraga and has worked in summer camps for more than 25 years.  He was Head Counselor at Camp Simcha, Educational Director at Camp Lavi/Camp Mesorah and Camp Rabbi at The Koby Mandell Foundation’s Camp Koby V’Yosef. Rabbi Elmaleh served as Director of Therapeutic Services at the Sinai Special Needs Institute and currently maintains a clinical practice in Israel. He is the Founder and Director of Yair Leolam, a non-profit organization that aims to teach Jewish youth about the importance of doing chessed and becoming leaders in their communities.

Moshe Aron serves as the Projects Director of KMF and Head of summer programs. In the last four  years. Moshe has 14 years of experience in educational touring programs and over 18 years of experience in informal education work. Prior to working at the Foundation, Moshe served as Director of "Step Forward"’s Rehabilitation Center for youth with Cerebral Palsy. He also served as Director of Cultural Events at Hillel in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Yair Jablinowitz the Head Counselor of The Camp Koby Israel Experience. In the last year, Yair has served as the Director of Recruitment & parent’s liaison for Camp Koby. Yair has over 10 years of experience in informal education in Israel, New Zealand & the US. Yair worked with the World Zionist Organization of New York, and served as Founder and Director of YIEB Ulpan in East Brunswick, New Jersey. In addition, he served 3 years in New Zealand as a Community Program Director through the Jewish Agency for Israel and has been a Bnei Akiva Camp Director.

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