The Jacobs blog



Sarah Bate – Summer Assistant Director

Hi! My Name is Sarah Bate! I am from Mount Laurel NJ, but have been living in New Orleans for 3 years. I am so excited to see all of the returning Jacobs Campers and welcome every new camper! This is my 6th summer at HSJ, and I’m ready to make some more Jacobs magic for our community!

CJ Thompson – Staff Advisor

Hey Yall! I’m CJ! I am from Birmingham, AL and I graduated from BAMA last year! I have spent so many summers at Jacobs Camp and I am thrilled to be back for another. I am this summer’s Staff Advisor.

Leah Hart Tennen – Community Care Director

I’m Leah, an HSJ Alum, Parent, and current Community Care Director. I live just outside of Boston, but grew up in Jackson, MS. This is my 2nd summer as CCD, but my 22nd summer at camp and 4th year on staff! When I’m not at camp, I’m the Director of Student Support and teach in the School of Social Work at Simmons University in Boston.

Nina Jalenak – Director of Marketing and Programming

Hey Y’all! I am from Baton Rouge, LA and graduated from LSU last spring. I currently live in colorful Colorado! During the year you can find me making art in my studio, biking, hiking, facetiming my mom, or sitting on my porch with my cat, Goose. This will be my 13th summer at HSJ and my 5th year on staff! I am the Director of Marketing and Programming this summer! I cannot wait for another great summer!!

Hal Johnson – Creative Arts Department Head

Hal Johnson was born and raised in Nashville, TN. During the year, they take on multiple jobs as a full time performer working on various music videos, films, series, dance performances, etc etc. Hal is very excited to be joining at Henry S. Jacobs Camp for their first time as the Performing Arts teacher and the Creative Arts Department Head!

Abby Craig – Adventure Department Head

Hi y’all! My name is Abby Craig and I am so excited to be the Adventure Department Head this summer! This is my 13th summer at Jacobs and when I’m not spending time here I’m studying Human Development at the University of Alabama and I am the President of Hillel! I cannot wait for another great summer at camp!

Sophie Guirard – Olim A + Kochavim Unit Head

I am from Baton Rouge, LA, and I currently live in New Orleans, where I teach first grade. This will be my sixteenth summer at camp (seventh on staff). I will be the Olim A and Kochavim Unit Head!

Hayley Royal – Olim Unit Head

Hi! My name is Hayley Royal and I am so excited to return to Camp for my twelfth summer! I am originally from Memphis, but I currently live in Baton Rouge where I am studying to become a speech language pathologist at LSU. This summer, I will be the Olim unit head and I absolutely cannot wait to spend my summer with camp’s youngest campers!

Elijah Thompson – Garin Unit Head

My name is Elijah Thompson and I’m from Birmingham, Alabama. During the year I’m a student at the University of Alabama studying Sports Media, Communication Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies. This summer I’ll be the Garin Unit Head. This will be my 11th summer at camp, 4th on staff, and my first summer on the leadership team. I’m summer excited to make this summer the best one yet!

Rachel Carter – Maskilim Unit Head

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I’m so excited to be the Maskilim unit head this summer! It will be my 10th summer at HSJ! I’m from Bentonville, AR, and just finished my junior year at SMU in Dallas. I’m majoring in psychology and really enjoy being active on campus, especially in Best Buddies and Delta Gamma. Some things I love most are cats, chocolate, sunny days, and of course camp!

Ella Rockoff – Talmidim Unit Head

My name is Ella Rockoff and I’m from Jackson, MS! I’m a junior at Birmingham Southern College and teach Sunday School at Temple Emanuel-El. I’ve been going to camp since I was 6 years old, and I can’t wait to come back this summer! I’m so excited to be the Talmidim Unit Head this summer and take on a bigger role in the Jacobs Camp Family!

Kristin Newman – Chalutzim Unit Head

Hi! I’m Kristin N. from Hammond, Louisiana (Lion Up!) and I am Chalutzim Unit Head for Summer 2022! This is my second year at camp and I am so excited to be here for another summer of fun! My favorite camp activities are attending Unit Talent Shows and making jewelry in the Art Room! In my free time at camp, you can find me hanging out by the lake or sneaking into the Dining Hall for yet another cup of coffee.

Eyal Levy – Solelim Unit Head

Eyal, 22, 2nd year Israeli Shalich from Ness Ziona,Israel. I’m going to be the Solelim Unit Head this year after being a Solelim Advisor last year. I am hoping to give my unique point-of-view and help develop the next generation of Jacobs Camp Staff.

Katie Lichter – Director of Photography

My name is Katie Lichter and this fall, I will be entering my final year at the University of Texas at Austin studying Design. This summer will be my 7th year at camp (3 as a camper and 4 on staff) and I will be serving as the Director of Photography. Outside of camp, I have spent my last year working as a Marketing Design Intern for Candidly and have a strong interest in graphic design, social media management, and sports design. In my free time, I like to play video games, take naps, and spend time with my cat. I am so excited for this summer here at Jacob’s Camp and am looking forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces!