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Chalutzim Pod Counselors

Chalutzim Unit Head

Sarah Bate

Hi! My Name is Sarah Bate! I am from Mount Laurel NJ, but have been living in New Orleans for 2 years. During the year I am the Director of Community Youth Engagement for Jewish Crescent City Youth, I am so excited to see my JewCCY participants this summer. At camp, I will be the Olim A and Chalutzim unit head. This is my 5th summer at HSJ.

Chalutzim Counselors

Lauren Cohen

Hi my name is Lauren Cohen and I am from Dunwoody, Georgia. I am currently a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia where I am studying communications. I will be a counselor at camp this summer. This will be my seventh summer at Jacobs (5 as camper and 2 on staff). At UGA I worked with Miracle and I assisted my sorority in raising money for Prevent Child Abuse America during our annual philanthropy event.

Kristin Newman

My name is Kristin Newman and I come from the tiny town of Albany, Louisiana! I am a senior English Education major at Southeastern Louisiana University. I am currently halfway through the Louisiana Teacher Residency Program, which means during the year I teach English Language Arts in a 9th-grade classroom. Beyond that, I am a volunteer with Wing and a Prayer Players theatre group in Hammond, Louisiana. I will be serving as Solelim Advisor and Chalutzim Counselor this summer! This is my first summer as part of the Jacobs Magic and I am so excited to be joining the fun!!

Rotem Yefet

Hello, my name is Rotem Yefet. I am 21 years old. I'm from Israel - I live in Kiryat Ono which is near Tel Aviv. This year I was discharged from the army. After that, I studied for the psychometry exam that occurred two weeks before I came to the states. My role at camp is a general counselor. This is going to be my first summer at camp, and I can't wait to spend the summer at Jacobs camp. This year, my volunteer work in an organization that distributed food to Holocaust survivors.

Yehuda Potash

Hi, my name is Hudi Potash. I am from New Orleans, LA. Currently, I am a rising sophomore at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where I study public policy (Fight On!) I will be a camp counselor this summer for the first time, but I was a camper for ten years. Other things I've done this past year include Hebrew teaching, tutoring, and joining several fun USC orgs that range from a spirit org to a hiking org. Fun things about me: I have a cat named Filthy, I like bears, and I am very excited to be at Jacobs this summer!

Eyal Levy

Hi, I'm Eyal from the Shilichim program, which means I'm coming to HSJ from Israel! I will be a counselor and I am looking forward to leading some activities in STEAM or adventure. It will be my first summer at camp so I'm looking forward to it. I finished my service in the army in November 2020, while Israel was still under quarantine; because of that I haven't done many special activities done so far, Jacobs is going to be my first big thing to do, and I am very excited. Nowadays, I'm working as a sales representative for a credit card company, selling in both English and Hebrew. Before the army, I was part of the scouts for 7 years. I volunteered in 'Leket Israel' in which the volunteers help farmers to collect their crops and the farmers donate the food we collected to families in need.

Raz Abasdid

My name is Raz and I am from Israel. Back home, I work as a QA Engineer at the First Digital Bank in Tel Aviv. I just finished my army service, I was in the paratroopers. I coming to camp to be and counselor and the robotics specialist. This is my first time at camp, and in the USA at all! I am very excited, and hoping for the best summer ever!