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Aaron Selkow

URJ Camp Harlam
Executive Director
Kunkletown, PA
Aaron Selkow is a nonprofit leader, devoted camp and youth advocate, educator, and coach. His extensive work as a Jewish communal professional and executive has afforded him the opportunity to learn from groundbreakers, partner and consult with top organizations, and mentor exceptional talent.

Aaron served as the director of Camp Harlam from 2011 to 2016, and in 2017 assumed the role of Executive Director with the expanded portfolio of oversight with Harlam's various programs and initiatives. During his tenure, Harlam has enjoyed a period of growth and development in enrollment, fundraising efforts, family engagement, staff culture, and organizational innovation.

From 1994 to 2008, Aaron led Pinemere Camp's growth. During that time, Aaron was selected for the Foundation for Jewish Camp's first Executive Leadership Institute and the Mandel Center for Jewish Education's first Lekhu Lakhem Senior Fellowship program. In 2008, Aaron became Vice President of Program Services at JCC Association and the Director of the Merrin Center for Teen Services where he led initiatives for the movement's camps, oversaw the Merrin Fellowship for young professionals, directed partnerships with foundations and philanthropists, and managed some of the agency's largest program areas (including the JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest/Israel).

Aaron has been featured in print, digital and visual media, is a member of Camping Magazine's Editorial Advisory Committee, and has been recognized for his outstanding service. Aaron is also a trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid, and has been an instructor and faculty member with leading institutions and programs.

Aaron's career has introduced him to many communities throughout North America, Europe, and Israel, but his roots are in Philadelphia. He is the author of "Robust Cloud: A Father's Journey to China" and resides with the women who inspired the book (his wife, Ann and daughter, Lily,) their newest family member, Xinping Xie, and dog, Apollo, in the City of Brotherly Love.