Camp Slapshots, entering its 18th year of excellence, is the premier sports day camp in New Jersey. Camp Slapshots has provided hundreds of campers with the opportunity to improve their hockey and basketball skills, learn proper sportsmanship and play competitive games, all while having a blast!
Started in 2003 with twelve campers playing hockey, Camp Slapshots has grown each year to a record 460 (combined in 3 weeks) in 2018. Camp Slapshots consists of hockey, basketball, flag football, soccer and baseball. With innovative skill workshops, exciting clinics, competitive games, and amazing contests and tournaments, Camp Slapshots is the ideal place for anyone who enjoys sports.
Davening, learning groups, and true role models on staff help us accomplish our goal of teaching campers important life skills as well.
With an amazing staff to camper ratio, each camper will receive the individual attention that he so deserves.
Meet the Staff
Rabbi Sariel Malitzky – Founder & Director
Rabbi Sariel Malitzky has been passionately involved in both formal and informal Jewish Education, summer camps, and youth sports for over a decade. After serving as the head of hockey, followed by head of sports in Camp Lavi, he founded Camp Slapshots in 2003, and has been directing and guiding its continuous growth ever since. From its inception, Rabbi Malitzky has guided and directed every aspect of the camp. With a commitment to skill building, an emphasis on playing sports “the right way”, and a dedication to ensuring that the campers have a blast, it is no surprise that the camp has been a tremendous success. The camp, which began in 2003 with 12 campers, was full last summer with over 250 campers!
Rabbi Malitzky has held numerous coaching jobs in the Yeshiva High School Hockey League. During his coaching tenure, he developed a reputation for teaching proper sportsmanship, in addition to teaching the requisite skills to compete at the highest level. In 2003, he co-founded the ever popular TABC JR Hockey League, a floor hockey league for elementary school boys in Teaneck, NJ.
After 10 amazing years of teaching at TABC, Rabbi Malitzky is currently in his 3rd year at JEC High School where he serves as a Rebbe for multiple grades and levels, and is a key member of the administrative team. He also serves as the Director of Recruitment, which is a natural position for his warmth and energy to exude. In addition, Rabbi Malitzky is the Assistant Rabbi at Ohr Torah in Highland Park.
Rabbi Sariel Malitzky lives in Highland Park with his wife Shoshi and six children.
R’ Jordan Ginsberg – Asst. Director
Jordan Ginsberg is excited to be joining Camp Slapshots for a 4th Summer. Jordan attended DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys where he spent 3 seasons on the basketball team. After that he learned in Yeshivas Kerem B’Yavneh for 2 years. He graduated from Y.U. with bachelors in psychology and he is a Musmach of RIETS. Jordan is currently a Rebbe in DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys in Woodmere.
Jordan was a madrich on NCSY Kollel for 3 summers and spent 1 summer as a Chinuch Rebbe in Kaylie before joining Camp Slapshots last summer. He and his wife, Shoshana, were the previous teen directors at the Young Israel of West Hempstead, where they are both originally from, which entailed running the teen minyan and organizing various types of programming. Jordan also ran a learning and basketball night program towards the end of the summer for the teens of West Hempstead.
Jordan, Shoshana and their daughter, Tehilla are currently living in Queens, NY.
R’ Ezra Stone – Assistant Director, Division Head
Ezra Stone grew up in Teaneck playing sports. Ezra was a star defenseman for the TABC Jr. Varsity and Sr. Varsity teams. He was an instrumental player on TABC’s JV’s undefeated championship team. Ezra served as assistant captain on both JV and Varsity TABC Storm teams.
Upon returning from studying for two years at Yeshivat Sha’alvim, he served as sports commissioner for the Morasha Kollel’s sports league, where he organized leagues and tournaments. Since then, Ezra has been working at Camp Slapshots in different capacitates. Ezra also served as the Youth Director at Congregation Arzei Darom for 2 years. In addition to being a Youth Director, Ezra has coached hockey for the last 4 seasons. He coached Moriah for 3 seasons, Frisch Varsity for one season and is now currently the head coach for the RYNJ Hockey team. For the past 2 years Ezra has led the Junior Congregation at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun. During the school year, Ezra is a a Rebbi in TABC and an assistant to student activities. He received his Semicha from RIETS this year.
Ezra recognizes his role as a model for athletic aptitude, as well as sportsmanship and proper middos. Ezra is dynamic and caring. He stresses playing sports “the right way”, which is so important for our campers to learn.
Ezra has been involved in Camp Slapshots for many years and is looking forward to another amazing summer.
Ezra lives in Teaneck with his wife, Talia, and their son, Shai.
Shua Katz – Director of Learning
Shua Katz is looking forward returning to Camp Slapshots for his second summer as Head of Chinuch. After graduating from Torah Academy of Bergen County, where he was on the bowling and tennis teams, Shua learned for two years at Yeshivat Har Etzion, graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy, and completed his Semicha at RIETS in 2019. Currently, Shua is a member of the Wexner Kollel Elyon at RIETS.
Shua loves to learn and share Torah in all areas and with all ages. He spent two summers as a Madrich on NCSY Kollel and then two summers as the Director of the Waiter Beit Midrash Program at Camp Mesorah. He served as the rabbinic intern at Mount Sinai Jewish Center in Washington Heights and is now the Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva CHB (Chabad House Bowery).
Shua is excited to integrate enriching and inspiring Talmud Torah at Camp Slapshots. Whenever he teaches, he hopes to contribute to his students’ enjoyment of learning and growth in Avodat Hashem. He can’t wait to make Torah part of the fun and joy of camp!
Shua lives in Washington Heights with his wife, Bracha, and their son, Effy.
David Schwartzman – Division Head
David Schwartzman grew up in West Hempstead and went to HANC. He played for the HANC middle school, JV, and varsity hockey teams, the flag football team, and the JV and Varsity softball team. After high school, David spent a year and a half at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh. He is currently studying accounting at Yeshiva University.
David was a counselor at Camp HASC and advisor on NCSY TJJ for the past few summers. He also spent several summers as a camper and working at Camp Dovid hockey camp.
David and his wife Rachel are currently living in Washington Heights, NY.
Ephraim Miretzky – Division Head
Ephraim Miretzky is super excited to be joining the Camp Slapshots team. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ephraim was on the basketball team throughout his time at Fasman Yeshiva, culminating with being named captain in his final year. Ephraim then went on to learn at Yeshivat Torat Shraga for two years before graduating from Yeshiva University. He is currently pursuing a Masters from Azreili School for Jewish Education while learning for semicha at RIETS.
Ephraim worked on NCSY EURO ICE for four summers in numerous roles including Assistant Director and Educational Director. During the year, Ephraim is the Weekend Program Coordinator for Greater Washington NCSY and the Advisor Coordinator for the Atlantic Seaboard region.
Ephraim lives with his wife Zahava in Washington Heights, New York.
Ben Winter – Division Head
Ben was born and raised in Riverdale, NY, with a passion for playing and following sports. From 6th-8th grade Ben played a big role on the championship-winning SAR basketball team. Ben then moved onto SAR High School, where he played goalie for the SAR Sting Hockey Team for 4 years.
After SAR, Ben went to Mevaseret, where he learned for a year and a half. Upon returning from Mevaseret, he continued his learning in Beis Medrash Shor Yoshuv in Far Rockaway. A year after arriving in Shor Yoshuv, Ben returned to Mevaseret to be a Madrich/Dorm Counselor in the Yeshiva. Ben is currently back in Shor Yoshuv while pursuing a degree in psychology from Touro Lander College for Men’s evening program.
During previous summers, Ben has been a counselor in Camp Morasha, Sulam, and NCSY Kollel.
Mike Hirt – Head of Sports
Mike Hirt is extremely excited for his return to Camp Slapshots! He has previously served as a counselor and division head and is now gearing up to be the head of sports.
Mike grew up in Bergenfield, NJ and attended TABC for high school. At TABC, he won 3 championships as a member of the hockey team and was an assistant captain for the team during his senior year. Mike then went on to learn in Yeshivat Shaalvim for two years, followed by Yeshiva University, where he graduated with a bachelors in accounting. Mike is currently learning in RIETS Semicha Program.
Before coming to slapshots, Mike was a counselor in Camp Morasha for two summers and was also a counselor on Sulam for another two summers. Additionally, Mike has been involved with NCSY as an advisor for the Central East Region and was also was a member of the famed TABC Alumni Kollel.
Mike currently lives with his wife Elizabeth in Washington Heights, NY.