Brandon Binder

Camp Chai Director



My name is Brandon Binder and I am so thrilled to be the Director of Camp Chai! Many of you may recognize me from the youth programming at Congregation Shomrei Torah. For two years, I was the Youth Director at CST and taught music in the religious school. Currently, I am one of the teachers for KIDdish, CST's class for 2-5 year olds. 

I have first hand knowledge of how important Jewish camping is to developing Jewish identity. I was a camper for three years at Jewish summer camps in Southern California. For four fantastic summers I was a staff member at URJ Camp Newman. I spent one summer as a bunk counselor, two years as a head counselor, and one summer as program director. 

I completed my undergraduate degree in Music Education and K-12 Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music at Sonoma State University.  During the school year I am a teacher for Santa Rosa City Schools. I teach band and choir classes at Herbert Slater Middle School, Rincon Valley Middle School, and Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School

I am looking forward to a fantastic summer at Camp Chai!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. 


Camp Chai Letter from Rick Concoff

Dear Parents,

I am more excited than ever about the JCC's Camp Chai this summer; you will be too when you hear this news!

We have a new Camp Director, Brandon Binder who I have known professionally for several years. Brandon Binder is a seasoned Jewish Camp worker, a Sonoma County school teacher and a music educator at Rincon Valley Middle School in Santa Rosa. Brandon is a true mensch. He will bring new and amazing things to our already fantastic camp and he already knows many of your children!

We are so blessed and fortunate to have Brandon on board this summer. Brandon is excited to sustain and grow Camp Chai in our new location at the Sonoma State University Campus. Be assured that the tradition of Camp Chai is alive, well and growing.

Camp Chai has experienced continued growth in the past few summers and promises to be a perfect place for your children to safely and joyfully experience the legacy of a Jewish camp experience. So many Jews around the world claim that their Jewish identity was secured for life at camp.

There will be an opportunity to meet our great new director and some of our staff this spring. I encourage you not miss out on this exciting summer at Camp.

Sign your kids up now! Tell your friends. The Jewish Community Center welcomes children of any and all diverse cultures, religions and communities.



Rick Concoff, MA. Director of Jewish Youth Education, Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County, Chaverim, Emeritus Camp Chai Director