David Sandberg will be returning as a second year counselor and assistant coach for baseball. He is graduating from the University at Buffalo with a degree in chemistry and math. He played baseball from early childhood through high school. David was even fortunate enough to participate in the Maccabi Games on three occasions. He played with his older brother during his first experience in Detroit, Michigan. David previously was a camp counselor in the sports division at a JCC camp near his home in Long Island, New York. He is looking forward to working with returning and new campers to provide great summers and helping the campers improve their skills.
Gavrielle Sonntag was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from International High School this spring where she played four years of varsity volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She helped her basketball team made it to the state semifinals two years in a row, and her volleyball team to the farthest round of playoffs in school history. During the summers, Gavi went to Camp Tawonga and learned more about her Jewish identity in that community. Additionally, she was bat mitzvah at Temple Emanuel, and continued in their fellowship program through senior year. This is Gavi’s first summer at JCC Maccabi Camp, and she will be coaching basketball and volleyball in addition to being a counselor.
Matan Mashiah will be joining us this summer at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp from Rehovot, Israel. Matan has been playing basketball since he was in grade 2. Currently, he plays basketball in an Israeli league and coaches children in elementary and junior high. He is looking forward to meeting everyone at camp and helping campers improve their basketball skills.
Rotem Sechayk is 21 years old and was born and raised in Herzliya, Israel. For the past year and a half she has been working as a nanny for 2 wonderful boys. Before beginning her nanny job, Rotem served in the army as a system manager for two years
Rotem has worked for summer camps in the past and is very excited to work at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp this summer. Her hobbies include playing guitar (she has played for 6 years!) and learning photography, both skills she will be able to utilize at camp. Rotem enjoys inspiring kids to be the best they can be, to always be confident, and to be team players.
Rosie is from St Andrews, Scotland! She was born in Virginia but moved to Scotland when she was three years old. This will be her first summer at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp and she is so excited to meet the campers and help develop their skills on and off the court.
She has been playing tennis for 8 years, competing at regional level in doubles and singles. Rosie has been coaching tennis for 4 years now, 2 of those years as her job at the University of St Andrews. During this time she has undertaken a considerable amount of volunteer coaching work at the local tennis club, coaching children with ages ranging from 3-14.
As part of her general sports coaching job at St Andrews University she has also worked with 14-18 year old International students. When she returns from camp, Rosie will be studying to be a sports coach at the University of Stirling.