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Executive Staff

Outside our programming team of counselors, specialists, and unit heads, CYJ-Texas relies on a huge operations team. The summer simply wouldn’t be possible without our 24-hour medical staff, Camper Care team, logistics, communications, food services, and maintenance, (you guys rock!).

To learn more about the camp nerds who run camp year-round, check out our staff bios below!

Meet Our Executive Staff

Frank Silberlicht – Camp Director

frankSince coming on as Director in 1998, Frank has overseen significant growth at Camp Young Judaea-Texas and its Retreat Center in Wimberley, TX. He considers the Jewish camp experience a life-changing opportunity, a unique setting to learn and grow in life’s most important areas—in character, in health, and in relationship. He’s committed to providing that experience with excellence, by emphasizing a mix of community, Zionism, Judaism, and—in true Texas tradition—cattle rustling!

Prior to CYJ-TX, Frank worked for Camp Tel-Yehuda, Taco Bell Corp, and Trails End Camp. While serving as Camp Director (and chief bottle-washer), Frank and his wife Simone, have grown their family with their children Elan, Jacob, and Rebecca and their dog, Coco.

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Michael Esposito- Senior Assistant Director
Michael has been involved with overnight camping since he was 9 years old, and he started working full-time for CYJ-Texas in 2015.

He was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. During the summers, Michael would travel up to URJ Camp George in Ontario, Canada. Over the years, he was a camper, CIT, Sailing and Water-skiing specialist, and Waterfront Director.

Michael graduated in 2012 from the University of Arizona with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, Michael helped to open Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink in downtown Tucson. He acted as manager, working to ensure guest satisfaction.

During the year, you’ll find Michael traveling all over Texas, promoting camp, visiting families, and recruiting campers and staff.

See you this summer!

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Brenna Paransky - Coordinator of Camp Services

Brenna has been working in the CYJ Texas office full time since February of 2019. She handles everything camp related including registration, billing, scholarships and more. She also is behind most of the camp-related communications that come from our office, including emails, newsletters, Facebook/Instagram and blog posts, and other marketing materials.

Brenna has been involved with sleepaway camps since she was a kid, more years than she cares to count, mostly as an Arts and Crafts specialist. She also ran Melechet Yad at CYJ Texas in the summer of 1996. More recently, Brenna has been a CYJ Texas parent for the last 8 years as she watched her boys go through the CYJ Aidot one by one starting in 2012. She lives in Houston Texas with her husband Jonah, her three boys Jack (Segel), Shai (Tsofim) and Xander (who is still too young but chomping at the bit to start) as well as various pets that make their way into her house.

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Lauren Laderman - Assistant Director - Programs

Lauren Laderman has been a part of the CYJ community since 2001 and started working full time for CYJ-Texas in 2017. She spent her summers at CYJ as a camper, counselor, and merakezet and is excited to continue her CYJ journey full time.

Lauren grew up in Houston, Texas and was an active member of the Jewish community. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Business Management. She also attended Young Judaea Year Course in Israel- a 9-month gap year program in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Lauren is the Assistant Director of programs. She oversees the planning and facilitating all CYJ retreats. She is also the Israel Programs Recruiter and you can find her all around Texas recruiting for Year Course, Machon and several other Israel programs through Young Judaea.

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Iris Toth - Assistant Director - Recruiting & Community Engagement

Iris has been part of the CYJ family since her first summer as a camper in 2005. Since then, she has spent most of her summers at camp as a camper, counselor, unit head, and education director before joining the full-time team in 2018.

A native Austinite, Iris graduated from the University of Texas in 2017 with a BS in Applied Learning and Development. CYJ inspired her to pursue a degree in education because of her passion for working with children, and she is excited to use her training and experience in her work with Camp.
Iris is the Assistant Director of Camper Recruitment and Community Engagement. In this role, she hopes to provide as many children as possible with the same amazing opportunity she had to attend Jewish summer camp. CYJ truly is her happy place!
Jessica Zimmon - Event Coordinator

Jessica is originally from Orlando, FL and has spent most of her life in the South.
She recently graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and began working full time for CYJ in the fall of 2018.
Jessica has been a part of the CYJ family since she was 8 years old. She has spent most of her summers at CYJ either as a camper, counselor, ropes specialist, or unit head. She is so excited to join the full-time staff as the Event Coordinator for the Retreat Center.

Jessica treasures all the time she has spent at CYJ. She believes that camp can be a transformative place for people from all backgrounds, and is excited for the opportunity to create memorable experiences for all who come through camp.

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Danny Ross - Director of Operations

Danny has been part of CYJ and Young Judaea most of his life. He spent many summers at CYJ and Tel Yehudah as a camper and staff member. He stayed involved in Young Judaea year-round and was on the regional board and Senior Advisor. After returning from Young Judaea Year Course in Israel, he
continued to work at CYJ in the retreat center in operations.

His passion for operations at CYJ led him to pursue his degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. Over the past 30 years Danny has been in operations in restaurants, real estate, retail and franchising.

Danny grew up in San Antonio and in his down time enjoys watching the San Antonio Spurs. He has been married 20 years to his beautiful wife Libby and has two boys, Benji and Joey who have been going to CYJ since they were in Nitzanim!

“For me, coming back to work full time for CYJ is a dream come true.”

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