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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!


Chloe Deitelzweig

Hi, I’m Chloe Deitelzweig from New Orleans, Louisiana! I have gone to Jacobs Camp since I was 6 years old, and it has truly become my home. I am so excited to finally be a counselor this summer!! Throughout the year, I love to teach Sunday school, tutor kids, and be very involved in both my academic and religious communities. I love to travel as well and even went abroad last year to Israel šŸ™‚

Savannah Garst

Hi, my name is Savannah Garst, and I am from Clemson, South Carolina! This is my 11th summer at Jacobs Camp and my first year as a counselor following my Solelim summer! I am beyond excited to be back at my ‘home away from home,’ and I can’t wait to provide the summer of a lifetime to my Jacobs Camp campers. Along with being a counselor, I am also a part of the Lifeguarding team at camp. Within the past year, I have served on NFTY SAR’s board as the Religious and Cultural Vice President (RCVP), as well as presented published research at the American Camp Association National Conference. Following camp this summer, I will be attending UGA in the fall! Can’t wait to bring the Jacobs Magic back to camp for Summer 2022!!

Gaya Kotz

My name is Gaya Kotz, I am from Givatime, Isreal. During the last year, I am working as a secretary in a Real estate company. My role in the camp is an Art guide and this is my first summer at camp. I love dogs a lot and I have two of them in my home.I finished High school in the visual Art Department. My military service was in the Airforce. I am looking forward to being at the Camp!

Sarah Hochhauser

I’m from Fairhope Alabama and during the year I fill my time with hammocking at the bay, hanging out with friends at the beach and visiting my favorite coffee shops. In addition to volunteering at my local temple as a sunday school teacher, I have organized and attended multiple fun runs, beach cleanups, and fundraisers as the Fairhope High School Swim Team Captain! This will be my fifth year at camp and I’m so excited for this summer.My role this year will be an in-cabin counselor, and I’ll be a life guard during the day.

Maddy O’quain

I am from Lake Charles, Louisiana and I go to school at LSU! I volunteer with groups at LSU to help clean gardens and do research in preserving our wildlife and their habitat. I also try to donate food and clothes to shelters any chance I get. I am going to be a counselor at HSJ and this summer will be my 11th summer here at camp. I am super excited to be back at camp this summer and I can’t wait to see everyone!

Ofir Raviv

I’m Ofir, I’m 23 years old and I live in Kfar Saba in Central Israel. In the past 5 years I’ve been an officer in the Israeli Army. My job at the camp is to be a counselor and rhythmic gymnastics instructor. This will be my first time at the camp!

Eli Goldman

Hi, I am Eli Goldman and I am from Little Rock, Arkansas. During the year, I attend Pulaski Tech, where I am working on obtaining my associates in computer science. In my free time I mostly work, play guitar/bass, video games, foster kittens and help out my parents. This will be my second year as a counselor at camp, and my 9th year at camp. I’m excited to get to see new and returning faces to camp this summer, as well as getting to do my favorite camp activities such as archery and water polo.

Jonas Kannady

My name is Jonas Kannady. I am from Memphis, Tennessee, and I will be attending the University of Memphis this fall. I have been attending camp on and off since my 7th grade year. This year will be my first year on staff as a camp counselor! Over the course of the year I work at an Italian Restaurant called Pete and Sam’s, and I also volunteer at Camp Dream Street!

Jordan InfeldĀ 

Hi, my name is Jordan Infeld, and I am from Memphis, TN. This summer I am going to be a counselor and a lifeguard. This is my 10th summer at camp and my 1st on staff.

Dylan Nodelman

My name is Dylan Nodelman. I am from Little Rock, Arkansas and I work at Ozark Outdoors Supply. I’ve been attending Jacoab’s camp since Talmadim 1. I am so excited to be a counselor this summer. When I was a camper my first year, my counselor made me feel like I was home. I will make sure my campers have a wonderful summer and hope to have a positive impact on my campers like my first counselor did for me!Ā 

Hayden Kay

Hello, my name is Hayden Kay. I am from Atlanta, Georgia. During the year you can find me playing sports just about anywhere or working at a burger restaurant. I am a counselor this summer and have been at camp for 10 years now! I am excited for a fun filled summer with many new friends.

Eric SchipperĀ 

I am from Brandon, Mississippi. I go to college at University of Mississippi and I study Civil Engineering. I have been at camp since Olim! I am excited for another great summer at HSJ!