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Jason Goldstein, Executive Director

In 2014 Jason along with other camp alumni founded Jewish Camps USA. Jason is the executive director and has spent 9 summers at camp. Jason spends his year making sure that camp life continues and then supplies opportunities for staff around the world to go on a Jewish journey. JCUSA’s mission is to bring the diaspora to camp and give campers the chance to meet Jewish people from around the world. JCUSA’s programme focuses on each individual and Jason makes sure that he knows every person that goes to camp. Jason spends his summers visiting the camps we work with so our understanding of the each camps programme, culture and traditions will be right for each staff member.

Jason makes camp away from camp, the JCUSA family, a home for so many and supports our staff through the whole process. Jason says at camp you are the best version of yourself and it brings the best people in the world together. 

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Elana Goldstein, Director

Elana first went to camp in summer 2012 on the West Coast to Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu. She was part of the original English delegation that helped found Jewish Camps USA. Elana graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA(Hons) in Marketing in 2014. During the pre-camp experience, Elana supports all the JCUSA staff from around the globe personally guiding them through the JCUSA program. Elana works closely with our partners facilitating all of the J1 visas.

“From the outside looking in you can’t understand it, from the inside looking out you can’t explain it.”

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Judith Pundick, Unit Head for the West Midlands

Judith is so excited to be the West Midlands Unit Head! She studies Psychology at the University of Birmingham. In Summer 2019 Judith had an amazing camp experience at Camp JCA Shalom and her favourite part of camp was getting to be an inclusion specialist and give certain campers the opportunity to thrive in an inclusive environment. She was a counselor for 8-9-year-olds boys, 11-12-year-old girls and 6-8-year-old girls, she loved all the age groups. In Summer 2020, Judith worked at Camp Ben Frankel online and couldn’t believe how incredible the camp atmosphere and community was.

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Harry Rubin, Unit Head for London and the South

Harry is currently studying Business at Pearson College. Harry is the London and the South Unit Head. He went to Berkshire Hills in Summer 2019, he was a general counselor where he had a cabin of 12-13-year olds. He thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids grow and develop over the course of the summer. He is excited to be part of the JCUSA team and help to connect other Jewish students to camps and help give them the same amazing experiences he had.

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Laila Corin, Unit Head for the North

Laila is in her third year at the University of Leeds studying Sociology. She spent her summer at Camp Kingswood in Maine, Boston as a ropes specialist. Going to camp allowed her to create so many new and exciting friendships as well as making such a positive impact on her campers that will last a lifetime. Laila loved the sense of community at camp and being part of an extended family. Laila’s favourite memory of camp was participating in Colour War. Being able to see the whole camp come together and supporting each other was so special for Laila to see.

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