Dani Locker

Camp Director

Hey, what's up?  I'd like to introduce myself.  You've probably figured out from those big letters up there that my name is Dani Locker and I'm the Camp Director.  Truth is, camp isn't just a job for me, it's my greatest passion... along with pickle juice.  That's also a big one.  Just sayin...
Anyway, I've been in the camp business for a long time, with nearly 15 years in an administrative capacity.  After spending 11 awesome summers in the original Camp Nageela in New York, I decided to spread the excitement to the left side of the USA, so here I am!  These past five summers in Nageela West have been a dream.
I love coming up with different inovative programming- the wackier and more unusual the better, and I love that as a small camp I have a personal connection with every camper who steps into Nageela West. I'm looking forward to meeting you, too :)
My amazing family (my wife Devorah, and our five children) and I live in Las Vegas where we do our best to pretend all year that it's still summer camp.

If you wanna get in touch with me, try  dlocker@nageelawest.org.


Rabbi Yisrael Gelb

Executive Director

After seven summers of growth and excitement as a fledgling camp, Rabbi Gelb has joined the team as our executive director in order to bring the organization to the next level of professionalism and growth.


An experienced administrator, Rabbi Gelb has recently relocated with his wife and two children to Los Angeles to head up our business office.


Rabbi Dov Ber Smith

Los Angeles District Director


Rabbi Smith was spent his early childhood in Israel and moved to the United States as a young child.  Growing up in North Miami Beach (after a stint in Costa Rica), he pursed his studies at various branches of the Rabbinical Seminary of America.

For the past four years, the Smiths have lived in Jerusalem, where Rabbi Smith taught in Yeshiva Or David, and received his Rabbinic ordination from Aish Hatorah.

Rabbi Dov Ber Smith has recently relocated to Tarzana, CA along with his wife and three children.

Rabbi Smith is known for his kind and caring personality, and genuine love of all people.

He will be running extensive Nageela programs throughout the LA area, and joining Camp Nageela West for the summers.

Chavi Pheibush

Head Counselor- Girls Camp

In 2014, Chavi joined the CNW head staff as the Girls camp head counselor.  Her many talents and sheer enthusiasm helped make 2014 the past few years the best CNW seasons yet, and we can't wait for the excitement she'll bring to 2019!

Yehuda Leiter

Head Counselor- Boys Camp

One thing that all Nageela West boys have in comon is that everybody loves Yehuda.

A talented camp counselor and role model. Yehuda builds meaningful connections and helps make Nageela a family.

Rabbi Yehuda Maryles

Outreach Director

Rabbi Maryles, the Director of Las Vegas JSU and NCSY, is a true Nageela man, with over 15 years of Camp adminstrative experience.  His expertise with teenagers, with program development and with raising the bar on fun is legendary in Las Vegas and in the camping world.



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