Monthly Archives:April 2014

Staff Spotlight: Grant Kahn

Posted by April 29, 2014 • Share:

Grant Kahn will be a Counselor and an Assistant Coach in our Tennis program! 

Grant KahnGrant Kahn is extremely excited to be a counselor and coach for the tennis program at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp. Grant was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon and will be attending the University of Oregon in the fall of 2014. Since an early age, he has competed in tennis, soccer, and basketball, but in more recent years has focused exclusively on tennis.

As a junior player, Grant reached as high as a #4 ranking in his USTA regional age group. He attended several tennis camp sessions including the NIKE tennis camp at Oregon State University and the Carmel Valley Tennis Camp where he was awarded “Best Sportsman.” Grant is the first high school player ever at Ashland High School to qualify for the State Championships three years in a row, reaching the semifinals and quarterfinals in both doubles and singles. He has been captain of the varsity team two years running and led his team to the District Championship last year. He expects to reach the singles State Championship Tournament this year as well.

More recently, Grant has been teaching children at the Ashland Tennis and Fitness Club, and focusing on off-court total body fitness and nutrition. His philosophy includes keeping sports fun, demonstrating good sportsmanship, maintaining excellent fitness, and teaching and learning smart match play and point construction.

Grant is affiliated with Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon.


Staff Spotlight: Ben Sneider

Posted by April 29, 2014 • Share:

Ben Sneider will be a Counselor and Assistant Coach in our Baseball program!

BioHeadshot–BenSneiderBen will be a junior at Trinity University next year. As a native of Palo Alto, CA, Ben took his talents to San Antonio, Texas two years ago to continue his baseball career. While he’s been swinging a bat since he could walk, pitching became his true passion when he was only 10 years old.

As a three-year member of Palo Alto High School’s baseball team, Ben helped lead the team to their first section championship in school history in 2011. He was also selected to California’s All-State team in his junior and senior seasons.

Off of the diamond, Ben has been a lifelong member of Congregation Etz Chayim in his hometown of Palo Alto and became a Bar Mitzvah there in November 2007. Ben spent most of his childhood summers in various sports camps at Stanford University and at his high school alma mater, Palo Alto High School. However, he was also lucky enough to spend three summers at Camp Tawonga, a Jewish overnight camp in Yosemite Mountains.

This summer Ben plans to take what he has learned over the years and help make JCC Maccabi Sports Camp a fun and fulfilling experience for all!

Virtual Tour

Posted by April 21, 2014 • Share:

Did you know that there’s a Virtual Tour on our website? It’s not just a set of regular photos of our camp — this virtual tour allows you to jump to different areas of camp and view our fields, courts, dining hall, pool, dorm rooms, and the beautiful campus.

It’s normal for children to be a bit nervous about attending camp for the first time; showing them this virtual tour will help them see what our camp facilities are like and help them feel more comfortable before arriving at camp this summer.

Click here to view the Virtual Tour

Here are a couple flattened images from the virtual tour as a sample: