Year-Round Leadership Team
Josh Steinharter – Camp Director
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Prior to founding the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, Josh served seven years as Athletic Program Manager for Youth & Coach Development at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. The JCCSF Youth Sports Program serves over 1,500 children annually through a comprehensive offering of teams, classes, camps, and select-level sports.
Josh helped grow the JCCSF Youth Basketball League from 300 to more than 750 young athletes. Key to the League’s success was an emphasis on developing life skills along with core basketball skills, professional coach training and development, and a structured, basketball-rich environment.
He also served five years as Delegation Head for Team San Francisco at the JCC Maccabi Games®. During his tenure, he recruited over 250 local athletes and 55 volunteer coaches to participate in the 2009 JCCSF-hosted Games as well as led delegations to San Diego, Detroit, Denver, Omaha, and the first ever Israel-hosted JCC Maccabi Games.
As co-creator of the JCCSF Fellowship in Sports Leadership, Josh helped develop and run the nine-month teen program which taught leadership through the lens of coaching youth sports. By the way, he hopes to bring a similar program to JCC Maccabi Sports Camp in the form of a Coach-in-Training (CIT) program for high school juniors and seniors.
Josh is a proud member of the JCC Association Merrin Fellowship for Teen Professionals, an esteemed program designed to develop leadership skills, enhance the profile of JCC program leaders, enrich Jewish identity, and help participants further define their career path. The Fellowship was integral in his introduction to the Foundation for Jewish Camp and his acceptance into its Specialty Camp Incubator which provided funding for the launch of JCC Maccabi Sports Camp.
As a camper and counselor, Josh spent nine summers at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) in Zionsville, Indiana where he met many of his closest friends. Needless to say, Josh is acutely aware of the impact camp has on the individual and the path it sets for a Jewish life.
San Francisco has been Josh’s home for ten years, where he lives with his wife Meghan, their smiling son Benjamin and their cat Mosby, who thinks he’s a dog. Josh likes to read, travel, watch sports, and spend time with friends, though his favorite activity is cooking dinner for his family.
Mara Berde – Associate Director
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Mara’s passion for Jewish summer camp began at a young age. She attended Camp Solomon Schechter as a camper and staff member, and then worked for 6 summers at Camp Wise, first as a Unit Head and then as the Jewish Program Director. During her first summer on staff at camp, Mara realized that working at camp was not just a “fun summer job” but an opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience. She continued working at camp through college and graduate school, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education (so that she could become a Jewish camp professional, of course.)
Sports have always been an integral part of Mara’s life; throughout her youth and teens, she was a competitive ski racer, swimmer, and tennis player. In college Mara began playing Ultimate Frisbee and became the captain of her college team; she then went on to play for a NYC-based club team, Ambush.
One of the only summers that Mara didn’t spend at camp was 2010 because she was living in Rwanda. Mara volunteered for 12 months at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a residential high school that serves 500 vulnerable teenage orphans. In Rwanda, Mara mentored a family of 16 teenager girls and worked at their high school. After returning to the US, Mara worked for two years as the Manager of Volunteer Services for Agahozo-Shalom.
Mara has served as a Faculty Educator for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Seminar, and has written several curricula that teach Jewish values at summer camp.
In her spare time, Mara enjoys cycling, playing tennis, cooking, and recently started running half marathons.
Brent Osborne – Program Director
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Brent comes to JCC Maccabi Sports Camp from the East Coast where he worked as the Youth Engagement Coordinator and Teen Travel Adventure Camp Director at JCC Rockland in West Nyack, New York.
Brent is extremely passionate about the JCC Maccabi Experience and previously served as the Rockland County Delegation Head for the JCC Maccabi Games® and the Jr. Maccabi Games. In 2015, Brent launched the Mini Maccabi Games, a northeast regional sports tournament for 9 and 10 year old Jewish athletes. During his two years as Games Director, the tournament continued to grow bringing together over 200 Jewish athletes from 10 different JCCs.
Brent started his camp career working at Camp Ramaquois in upstate New York. Many of Brent’s fondest memories and greatest friends come from his time spent working at day camp.
Brent is an active volunteer for The American Camp Association and SCOPE: Summer Camp Opportunities to Promote Education, a non-profit organization that provides children from underserved communities with a summer camp experience.
In his role at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, Brent aims to make the magic of camp come alive through a variety of different programs. He is a true summer camp enthusiast and believes that camp provides kids with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Brent feels truly blessed to be able to combine both his passion for Jewish life with his never-ending love for summer camp.
In his free time, you can typically find Brent at the local Starbucks reading a book or writing.