Maskilim Unit Head
Hi! I am Josh Balkin and I am from New Orleans. I am so excited to be the Maskilim unit head this summer! I was a 10 year camper (plus Kochavim) and this will be my 5th summer on staff. In past summers I have been a counselor, bike specialist and Solelim advisor, as well as the Kochavim unit head. I just graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics and following the summer I will be moving to Dallas to start my career as a private asset analyst. Jacobs camp is my favorite place in the world and I am thrilled to be able to spend another summer here.
Maskilim Girl Counselors
My name is Marley Aamodt, and I am from New Orleans, Louisiana! I am a student at the University of Georgia, where I study Psychology and Biology. This summer, I will be an in-cabin counselor, and I could not be more excited to meet my campers. I was a camper myself for 7 years and a counselor-in-training in 2019. During the year, I volunteer for UGA Miracle, where we raise money to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I can’t wait to be in the Jacobs Camp gates soon enough!
Hello! My name is Noa Astrogano and I am 22 years old. I’m from Israel – I live in Nofit; a small village next to Haifa. During this past year, I studied for my psychometry exam that occured last month. When I was not doing this, I volunteered with kids with special needs. This is my first summer at camp and I am so excited to be a counselor as well as work with gymnastics and yoga!
Sydney Ellen Blen
My name is Sydney-Ellen Blen and I am from Memphis, TN. I am finishing up my freshman year of college at the University of Texas at Austin. I am so excited to be a counselor this year at camp and finally get back my typical summers spent in Utica, MS. This will be my 10th summer spent at Jacobs Camp! During the year I focus on school, meeting new people, and finding new opportunities that will help me with life after college. This year I have volunteered at a soup kitchen during the Texas snow storm, tutor people in statistics, and coac
I’m from New Orleans and I spent this past year as a freshman at the University of Alabama. I’m a camp counselor and this is my 11th summer at HSJ. In terms of volunteer work, I’m an upper staff counselor at Camp Dream Street– a camp for kids with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida– and was a counselor for 4 years there. Can’t wait to be back at camp and roll tide!
Hi! My name is Rebecca and I am from Memphis, TN. I am a sophomore at the University of Alabama, studying nursing. This is my 11th summer at camp and my second on staff. I am so excited to meet all of the campers!
I am from Lake Charles, Louisiana. I mostly just go to school or work, hang out with my friends when I can. I am going to be a counselor at camp this summer. I’ve been at camp for 9 years, going to be 10. When I can in between school or work, I try to volunteer at Hobo Hotel, a rescue cat center where you can go and socialize with the cats to get them ready for house life. My temple holds a food drive where we package sandwiches and other food options to give out around town to any homeless and to the women’s shelter.