DUNWOODY, Ga. — Camp Barney Medintz, a leading Jewish summer overnight camp owned and operated by The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), has named Danny Herz as the camp’s new executive director following a nationwide search.
Herz will officially assume his position Jan. 3. He will be responsible for leading and overseeing strategic planning, day-to-day operations, facilities management, programming and staff development as well as partnering with MJCCA leadership to set the vision for the future of Camp Barney Medintz.
Herz is currently the executive director of Union for Reform Judaism’s 6 Points Sports Academy, 6 Points Creative Arts Academy and 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy. He has been an integral part of that organization for more than 13 years.
“We went through an intensive national search to find the right person to take on this monumental responsibility,” said MJCCA CEO Jared Powers. “As we got to know Danny and learned about his commitment to helping campers, staff, students and athletes fulfill their goals, build Jewish identity and develop personally, it became clear his vision and ideology were the right fit for Camp Barney Medintz.”
Established in 1963, Camp Barney Medintz is in the North Georgia mountains on more than 500 acres complete with two lakes. The camp offers a Jewish camping experience rich in fun, friendship, adventure and Jewish culture. One of the largest Jewish camps nationwide, campers come from all over the country to build a sense of independence and self-confidence, form lifelong friendships and solidify their connection with their Jewish identity.
Jewish traditions and culture are an integral part of the everyday magic of Camp Barney Medintz, and activities range from zip lining, archery, horseback, swimming and high ropes to arts and crafts, drama, kayaking, playing sports and more.
“Camp Barney Medintz has established itself as a premiere Jewish summer camp for families nationwide, and I’m extremely excited to take on this role,” said Herz. “I look forward to bringing my experiences in overnight camping, education and athletics to the Camp Barney Medintz community and to meeting our campers, staff and alumni.”
In addition to his experience as a camp director, Herz also has a 15-plus year career in education, having served on the senior administrative team at Jewish schools in Southern California and South Florida. He’s held the roles of teacher, coach, dean of students and athletic director.
Herz earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his master’s degree from Ohio University. He is a certified camp director by the American Camp Association and is a certified athletic administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.