Justyn Jacobs attended Schechter for ten years as a camper, Oded and counselor before taking some time off. Justyn couldn’t be more excited to be returning to camp this summer as Program Director! She is excited to come and help make and create the very programs that make Schechter so special.
Justyn was born and raised in the greater Seattle area and spent her younger years as a Madricha at Herzl-Ner Tamid on Mercer Island, WA. Justyn is about to graduate from Oregon State University with a major in Political Science/Pre-Law. She hopes to one day take her talents into the classroom and become a teacher. She is currently the Student Engagement Intern for the Hillel at OSU. Her favorite part about Hillel and camp is Shabbat.
Justyn is so excited to get back to the place she loves most and spread her love of Judaism and joy!
Rachel lives in Yokneam, Israel (near Haifa) with her husband and three children. Originally from Tacoma, WA, they have made it a habit to return to the Northwest for the beautiful summers, quality family time and, of course, camp! Aside from supporting and publicizing camp wherever she goes, Rachel also volunteers with the fledgling Masorti (Conservative) community in Yokneam, gives private English lessons, co-organizes the nearby Matan Women’s Learning Program, serves as co-chair of the PTA and, generally, finds any possible way to engage with the community as a volunteer. In moments of free time, Rachel enjoys reading, baking and exploring creative outlets and, when necessary, gets out for a run. The whole Gould clan is looking forward to a great summer!
Joel is from Sammamish, WA, and is currently a senior at the University of Oregon where he studies planning, public policy and management. After graduation, he hopes to work in the Jewish community with nonprofits. He has been active on campus working on Israel advocacy and Jewish engagement. In his free time he likes to play sports, explore and hang out with friends. This is his 5th year on staff and the 14th year coming back to camp. His favorite things to do at camp are play basketball and go on the river trip. He is super excited to be coming back to camp for another summer. He can’t wait to be the Boys Side Director! He is looking forward to meeting everyone.
This will be Liat’s 15th summer at Schechter. She has been a camper, Oded, counselor, life guard, and Oded supervisor. She cherishes the friendships she has made at camp and is committed to fostering this for the entire camp community. Camp is Liat’s favorite place in the world, and she is excited to continue being part of the magic of camp as the Girls Side Director.
Liat recently graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a double major in psychology and environmental studies. She was awarded the Tulane University “Environmental Change” and “Leader in Service” awards for her commitment to creating an environmentally aware community. She has worked on farms in France, Thailand, India, Seattle, and New Orleans. Liat is excited to bring a passion for environmentalism to camp!
Molly is so excited to come back to camp for her 15th summer to spend it with some of her favorite people in the whole world, Schechterites! She about to graduate from the University of Washington and, hopefully, will be attending naturopathy school in the fall. Last summer she got a taste for the Oded program as an Oded Mentor, and she had so much fun that she knew she had to come back this summer as Oded Director!
Oded summer is the pinnacle experience of any Schechter camper or staff member. There is something truly special about living in the yurt village with your friends, getting a chance to create "camp magic" for a new generation of campers and getting to experience camp in a whole new way.
Molly’s Oded summer is still one of the best experiences she had at camp, and she can't wait to give everyone one of their best summers yet!
Lottie grew up as a Schechter kid, starting in 2002, and can't wait to be back at camp as Rosh Aleph. She is super excited to be back on the west (and best) coast for the summer. She hails from Brooklyn, New York, where she studies acting at The New School and runs the Kadima USY program at a synagogue. Lottie has worked with kids as long as she can remember, and boy do they keep her young!
Maya was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has a BA in Psychology from Tel Aviv University and an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington. Maya loves working with kids of all ages, goofing off, telling stories and running around. She has lots of energy and loves coming up with new ways of learning and having fun. Maya teaches third grade Hebrew at Herzl-Ner Tamid on Mercer Island, WA, and is excited for this summer adventure at Schechter.
Natalie is a Registered Nurse and has worked as a contract nurse (where she goes into healthcare facilities and helps maintain the continuity of care) for 26 years. This will be her third summer at Schechter, and she has been a camp nurse and school nurse for 6 years.
Her goal this and every year is to help maintain every camper’s and staff member’s safety, so their camping experience will always be fun where memories, along with friendships, will last a lifetime.
Kate is usually called "Nurse Kate" or "Ms. Kate," and she is a nurse in a small school system in Washington during the school year. This is her third year at Schechter. She was a camp nurse for 26 years at another camp in the Trinity Alps of Northern California, as well as having been an RN for 40 years.
She is looking forward to a chance to go tubing this year! Most of all, she is looking forward to renewing her friendships with all of the wonderful returning campers, staff members and getting to know the new ones! With any luck, she may even remember a few more Hebrew words! ;-)
Adam hails from the grand state of New Jersey and grew up in a Conservative Jewish household. Growing up, music, reading, acting, writing, and video games were, and continue to be, his favorite activities and act as a powerful medium through which he experiences Judaism, Torah, and G-d.
As a teenager, he was part of Hazamir (the Jewish teen choir) and started to forge a loving and serious relationship with Judaism in college. At Rutgers University, he fell in love with Hebrew and became a part of a Jewish community that was passionate about learning Torah and engaging with G-d and Judaism. He worked for three summers at New England Music Camp in Maine, where he was also a camper and realized he loved working with kids and teens.
Adam graduated in January 2010 with a BA in English (make your jokes now), minoring in Jewish Studies. After receiving a CELTA (Certification in English Language Teaching to Adults), he served as an Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya from 2011-2012, teaching English to Israeli kids. During this unforgettable year, he was able to hone his teaching skills, Hebrew, and engage in a more mature relationship with Israel.
While in Israel, he began to grow interested in Jewish spirituality and experimenting with Jewish practice and, after much thought, set off on a course to rabbinical school. He studied at the Conservative Yeshiva from 2013-2014 and began school at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in fall of 2014. He worked as a Yahadut teacher in Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and Ojai in the summers of 2014 and 2015. He taught Hebrew at the IKAR Limmudim program in Los Angeles from 2015-2016 and completed one unit of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at New York Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Medical Center in the summer of 2016.
Adam is thrilled to join the staff this summer to learn, teach, guide, and have a great time!
We have extremely high standards for our summer staff, because we know they are an integral part of the campers’ experience at Camp Solomon Schechter. Each summer we build a team of about 50 responsible men and women, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our campers. While being a staff member at a summer camp can be hard work - with long hours and very little privacy - the rewards are huge: living in nature, mentoring children, and creating lifelong friends. And after a summer working at CSS, staff will have gained invaluable skills as counselors; they find they can run programs, teach, manage, problem-solve, have developed leadership skills, and can work collaboratively with diverse groups.
Some of our staff, called Cornerstone Fellows, receives additional training and stipends to bring exciting new Jewish programming to camp. The Cornerstone Fellowship is a program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, made possible by the generosity of the AVI CHAI Foundation.
Many of our wonderful regional rabbis, cantors, and educators make annual appearances at camp over the summer, adding their insight and experience to the program and are invaluable additions to our staff.