The Camp Ariel Team

Our Administration and Staff are of the highest priority. Our Administrative staff consists of leading Jewish educators from across the country who are committed and passionate about the primacy of the summer camp experience in our Modern Orthodox communities.


Yahel and Emunah Tsaidi have been passionately involved in bringing the summer camp experience back to the Los Angeles community. Between them, they have spent over 20 years in summer camps including Moshava, Camp Lavi and Camp Ariel in administrative roles. In fact, they got engaged at the camp lake 14  summers ago. They excitedly await the opportunity to make their 11th summer in Camp Ariel the best one yet.


Eli and Chaya Kenigsberg represent the essence of the Camp Ariel brand. Their warmth, genuine nature, and dedication to excellence have redefined the camp experience in our community. The Kenigsbergs arrived on the scene 12 years ago and haven’t slept a night since. Originally from New Jersey, the Kenigsbergs have managed to bring their brand of warmth and positive energy to our sunny state. Rabbi Kenigsberg is driven every day by his self imposed expectation – to make every summer at Camp Ariel the best summer ever!


Alon is our assistant Gurim director. Alon has been an educator at Hillel and Director of Juco at Beth Jacob for the past few years. Alon joined Camp Ariel in 2017. He is known for his warmth and genuine Simcha. Our campers love Alon because he always has a smile on his face and a fun game to play!


Ariella is our new Gurim Director! She is originally from New York. For the past few years, Ariella has been an Early Childhood Educator in Los Angeles. Ariella has extensive experience working in summer camps, directing youth groups, and running a sports league. Ariella’s warm, caring demeanor invites our campers to experience a summer of fun and Achdut. It is her mission to ensure that every camper’s needs are met in a safe and exciting atmosphere.

Seffi Arnan

We are thrilled to welcome Seffi Arnan back to the Camp Ariel team! Seffi is a Graduate of Shalhevet High School and was a camper favorite as a counselor in Camp Ariel for many years.
After high school, Seffi spent a few years in Israel where he joined the IDF. This summer Seffi will be rejoining camp as our Teen Director. Campers love Seffi for his never-ending energy, enthusiasm, positivity, and of course his ball skills.
We could not be more excited to welcome Seffi to the team!

Leah Ben-Yehuda

We are thrilled to share with you that Leah Ben Yehuda will be leading our art department this summer! Leah joins us with over 20 years of teaching experience. She is a photography major and prides herself in being able to create art out of anything. Leah loves taking her family on adventures, crafting, and gardening! With Leah's passion for art and creativity, we are excited to see what our campers will create this summer!

Simcha Halpert

We are ecstatic to welcome back Simcha Halpert to our leadership team. Simcha's ability to connect with our campers on and off the court has made him a camper favorite and an integral member of our Camp Ariel leadership. Over the past few years, Simcha has been leading the YU basketball team and currently holds the record for most points in a single season! We look forward to having Simcha bring this commitment to excellence to help upgrade all areas of camp. Of course, Simcha will devote much attention to upgrading our basketball program along with our team of coaches. Welcome back Simcha!