THE NJY CAMPS board of directors has named Michael Schlank to the newly created position of chief executive officer. In that role, Schlank will lead the professional staff and oversee all of NJY Camps’
“For 100 years, our NJY camps have been creating lasting friendships, positive Jewish experiences, and summers of fun,” said board president Stephen Seiden in an email to camp families, alumnae, and donors.
NJY Camps is part of the Jewish Community Center movement and is the umbrella organization for numerous overnight and family camps, and year-round programs for senior adults.
Schlank, a former teacher, has been an executive at Oasis Children Services, a provider of camp, enrichment, and after-school programs in the New York area. He is on the board of Hofstra Hillel, president of Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, N.Y., and a member of AIPAC Long Island Council.
In his letter, Seiden cited the cancellation of in-person camps for the 2020 season due to the “realities of the pandemic.” Looking to the future, he called Schlank “a passionate believer in camping” and said his background “gives us confidence that he will lead us through the challenges ahead.”
Schlank will assume his new role Sept. 1. He replaces interim executive director Janet Warm Fliegelman, who took the helm of the organization following the forced resignation in 2018 of Leonard “Len” Robinson, who faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment.