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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

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!