Year Round Camp Team


I am so excited to come home to Camp Ruach and the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC. Raised in Bridgewater, NJ, I spent my summers here as a camper and then as a counselor. My experiences at Camp Ruach were a major influencing factor in deciding to become a JCC Camp Director, sparking my true love of camp! I have spent the last five years working for the Edith & Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst as the Program Director of Camping & Leadership Development. I ran the day camp comprised of 500+ campers, oversaw special needs programming and led family programs throughout the year. I cannot wait to meet all of you -- our fantastic campers and families . - (908) 443-9026

LAUREN PANICCIA, Camp Operations Director

I started working at Camp Ruach as the Transportation Coordinator. I quickly realized I wanted to get more involved. I spend my year planning a summer that will make your children go WOW! My children, like I, love camp and can't imagine spending our summers anywhere but Camp Ruach! It is our "home for the summer". - (908) 443-9027