The Wise Times- Staff Spotlight

Many of our alumni will tell you that they would do anything to spend one more summer at The Home of Happiness. This summer, two camp alum get to do just that, Cori Bloch and Rabbi Shana Nyer are both returning to camp after more than a decade away! Cori and Rabbi Shana are excited to combine their years of professional experience with their CW background and memories to help make 2016 the best summer ever!

Rabbi Shana Nyer

Job at Camp Wise: Judaic Educator

Summers at Camp Wise: 1986-1989 (camper) and 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000 (staff)

Some cool stuff about Rabbi Shana:  This summer will be her third serving as Judaic Educator at Camp Wise!  The first time around she was in rabbinical school, and now she has 15 years of experience as a congregational Rabbi and educator.  Rabbi Shana currently serves as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Suburban Temple Kol Ami in Beachwood, OH.

Rabbi Shana’s favorite camp memory: “There was a Willy Wonka Maccabiah when the Judges were Oompa Loompas and everyone was running around with orange faces and green wigs.  It was hilarious and an amazing site to behold.”

Rabbi Shana knows how important meaningful Jewish experiences are at Camp Wise: “What’s exceptional about camp is that it’s an immersive experience.  We have the camper’s undivided attention.  We have a unique opportunity to program without the distractions of their everyday lives.  Judaics and any other activities at camp therefore take on a special meaning that they don’t necessarily have at home.


Cori Bloch

Job at Camp Wise: Youth Village Manager

Summers at Camp: 1990-1992 (camper) and 1997-2000 (staff)

Some cool stuff about Cori: She is currently a kindergarten teacher at Old Brooklyn Community School, where she’s been for the last four years.  Prior to that, Cori taught in the Autism community for several years and was the Director of the Columbus JCC’s Camp Hoover day camp for two summers.

Cori’s favorite camp memory: “Crazy-go-nuts night, with all the messiness and excitement was really fun.  It was always a great evening program.”

Cori can’t wait to return to Camp Wise, a place that’s so special to her: “I’m excited to go back to the place where I have so many awesome memories.  I can’t wait to work with a new generation of campers and staff.”


Read about all of our Summer 2016 supervisory staff and the rest of The Wise Times Here!