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 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. One of her favorite parts about Camp Haverim is seeing l'dor v'dor in action, witnessing the campers grow up and return each year to become junior counselors, then senior counselors, and beyond. 

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. She is deeply committed to creating a camp culture that fosters social-emotional development and enduring community connections through Jewish values, practices, and culture. She has a BA in Jewish Studies from UCLA and an MA in Jewish Studies from Yale University.

Mike Witt, Assistant Camp Director

Michael Witt is a long time Jewish Federation staff member, and is thrilled to be a major part of the camp team. The position comes naturally to him as his daughter Lendel has attended camp for the past two summers and son David plans to attend as soon as he is old enough. Mike’s wife Kelsey has been capturing professional photos of camp for several sessions. He is excited and proud to work with all age groups of campers as well as have a leadership role overseeing the counselors in an effort to make Camp Haverim the most wonderful Jewish summer day camp there is. Mike is an experienced song leader and program developer with the Santa Barbara JCC and has known many of Santa Barbara's local Jewish families through his many years of building community and lasting relationships.

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.