A Message from our Executive Director


Itzik Ben-Sasson


In 2004, I helped found Camp Haverim, Santa Barbara’s Jewish day camp, and it has been my great joy to have been its director for 18 successful summers. I have also served in nearly every major local Jewish organization for the past twenty years including directing five very popular Jewish Festivals. At Camp Haverim, we are truly and wholeheartedly committed to our mission:


To provide a high-quality Jewish day camp experience that fosters our campers’ social, moral, cultural, physical, and emotional education and development. Camp Haverim is a supportive, caring community camp with an upbeat Jewish flavor, committed to serving families regardless of their background or of their ability to pay.


We exist to serve your children. Our programs and activities meet high standards for quality and safety. I look forward to working with your children at Camp Haverim this summer.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contact me at itzik@sbjf.org or (805) 895-6593.

Camp Haverim Staff


Camp Haverim knows that the success of any camp rests squarely on the shoulders of its staff, counselors, and supervisors. That is why we go to great lengths to get the very best!


Samantha Silverman, Camp Director


Samantha Silverman is thrilled to be returning to Camp Haverim for summer 2022. She first came to Camp Haverim as a camp counselor, and immediately fell in love with the sweetest little Jewish day camp with the biggest heart and soul. Since that time, she has had the opportunity to work as Camp Haverim’s program director and assistant director.


Samantha has worked as a Jewish educator for over a decade and is passionate about creating programming that inspires and connects Jewish people of all ages. In particular, she loves developing programming that builds young people’s Jewish identity in fun, engaging, and memorable ways. She has a BA in Jewish Studies from UCLA and a MA in Jewish Studies from Yale University.



Senior Counselors


Our senior counselors are predominantly college students. Many of our staff are themselves former campers. They care about our campers, and it shows. All our senior staff are required to pass a criminal background check and complete training in CPR, First Aid, and AED.