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Introducing 2018 North Carolina Counselors!

Here at 6 Points Sports Academy, we’re proud of our diverse staff community. Our counselors and staff members come from over 30 different states and three continents. They attend colleges all over the US and abroad and some have recently completed their service with the IDF! Here’s your chance to get to know our counselors:

Gina Salemi is from Novi, MI. She is a rising junior at La Salle University where she is an economics major and is on the lacrosse team. When not on the lacrosse field, she enjoys playing with her dog Shelby, playing guitar, eating doughnuts, and being on the lake. Her favorite part about camp is seeing her best friends. This will be her ninth summer at camp, and she is so excited to be back at her second home as a head lacrosse coach and counselor.

Samantha Scalise is from Atlanta, GA. She will be attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville in the fall where she will study early childhood development and special education. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hanging out with friends, and going on hikes. She cannot wait to return for her eighth summer at camp, but her first year as a counselor. Samantha is excited to spend the summer making new friends and memories at her home away from home.

Gabi Cheng is from Salt Lake City, UT. He is currently enrolled at Westminster College where he is studying Sports Management and playing soccer. In his free time, he enjoys playing and coaching sports with his friends. 6 Points has been his summer home now for 6 summers, and he can’t wait to make this his 7th summer. He will be returning as a counselor and assistant soccer coach, and he looks forward to connecting and developing new friendships with his campers while creating lifelong memories.

Sophie Handloff is from Rockville, MD. She will be a freshman at the University of Vermont this fall and plans to study Health Behavior Science. In her spare time she enjoys going on hikes and playing games with friends! She cannot wait to return for her 8th year at her summer home as a Counselor and Assistant Basketball coach. She is so excited to bond with her campers and have the best summer yet!

Jordan Arbiv is from Atlanta GA. Next year he will be attending the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports, video games, or just goofing off. He’s excited for his first year as a staff member and his 7th year at 6 Points!

Sarah Chalmin is from Bel Air, MD. She is currently enrolled at the University of Delaware where she studies Human Services and Psychology. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her friends, go shopping, or spend time outside in her hammock! She is so excited to spend her very first summer with 6 points as a counselor! She cannot wait to make new memories this summer with all of her campers!

Olivia Diamond is from Raleigh, NC. She is a rising junior at UNC-Asheville where she is studying sociology, and she is studying abroad in the Netherlands in the fall. In her spare time, Olivia likes to play with her dog, take pictures, and hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. She is so excited for a super fun summer with K’far Saba, and can’t wait to see all of her kangaroos!

Ziv Mesulati is from Netanya Israel. He graduated from American Hebrew Academy this year and will be starting at American University studying Health Promotion and Jewish studies in the fall. He is excited to spend his first summer at 6 Points as a counselor and assistant basketball coach. In his free, time he likes lifting weights, basketball, and video games.

Hannah Morgan is from Millersville, MD. She is currently a student at Salisbury University studying elementary education with a minor in athletic coaching. Hannah has been playing soccer since she was 6 years old. When she is not playing soccer, Hannah enjoys hanging out with friends and family or watching sports with her dad. This will be Hannah’s 6th summer at 6 Points and her 2nd year as a counselor. She is super excited to be coming back this summer because camp is full of so many laughs and smiles. She can’t wait to make more memories with everyone there!

Ryan Cohen is from Boca Raton, FL. He is currently enrolled at Florida State University where he just completed his freshman year studying medicine. In his free time, he enjoys playing baseball, watching and playing sports, and being with family. He is excited to return for his ninth summer as a counselor/assistant baseball coach at #The6 and cannot wait to have another amazing summer encouraging young Jewish athletes to be the best person they can!

Dan Kurzberg is from Hod Hasharon, Israel. He used to play basketball for the youth teams of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hod Hasharon until he was drafted for his service as a combat medic in the Israeli Air Force. He is looking forward attending university and can’t wait to spend a summer at 6 Points Sports Academy.

Sam Langman is from Philadelphia, PA. He is currently enrolled at Penn State University where he just completed his freshman year and studies finance. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, watching and playing sports, and playing with his two dogs. He is ecstatic to return for his seventh summer as a counselor/assistant tennis coach at #The6 and cannot wait to have a lasting positive impact on the lives of young Jewish athletes!

Roy Noyman is from Shoham, Israel. He recently finished traveling in South America and will start his studies at Tel Aviv University this October. Before his military service, Roy played basketball for the youth teams of Maccabi Tel Aviv. Roy served as an officer in the IDF for almost 5 years. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing basketball and spending time with his family. He is so excited to return for his second summer as a Counselor/Assistant Basketball Coach at his home away from home, 6 Points Sports Academy! He cannot wait to spend another six weeks creating awesome memories and forming friendships with his campers.

Rebecca Paddor is from Northbrook, IL. She is currently enrolled at Miami University where she studies accounting. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports, and spending time with her family. She is super excited for her 6th summer as a counselor and assistant soccer coach at 6 Points! She can’t wait to meet all the campers and make this summer the best one yet!

Naomi Jaffe is from McLean, VA. She is currently enrolled at Cornell University as an undecided major. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer and singing in her acapella group at school. She can’t wait to return for her seventh summer at camp and first as a counselor and assistant soccer coach at 6 Points. She is so excited to create lasting memories with her campers!

Guy Noga is from Rishon le Zion, Israel. He has just completed his military service where he commanded a squad of recruits. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball, work out in the gym, and spend time with his friends and family. He is very excited about his arrival for the first time at 6 Points sports Academy where he will take part as a counselor and assistant basketball coach!

Andrew Behrenfeld is from Tampa, FL. He will be a freshman in the fall at the University of Wisconsin where he will study business and information systems. In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey and wakeboarding with friends. He is so excited to return for his eighth summer at 6 Points Sports Academy! He cannot wait to help campers develop their soccer skills and create lasting memories while at camp.

Daniel Gandelman is from Holon, Israel. He was recently discharged from the IDF. In his spare time, he loves playing sports, traveling and hiking with friends, and watching movies. He can’t wait for the summer to arrive and is really looking forward to being a counselor and assistant basketball coach. He is planning to make the summer a great experience for his campers!

Max Spiegel is from Denver, CO and is currently studying at the University of Redlands in Southern California where he is studying political science and economics and competes on their Division 3 diving team. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, and being outside. He can’t wait to return for his 6th year at 6 Points and third as counselor and assistant baseball coach!

Erika Shelton is from Cary, NC. She will be attending East Carolina University this fall and will be studying Public Health. In her free time, she enjoys going out with her friends, taking pictures, and playing tennis! She is so excited to be a counselor this year and will be returning to 6 Points for her 6th summer! She cannot wait to meet and make amazing memories with her campers this summer!

Josh Messitte is from Potomac, MD. He will enroll next year at The University of Georgia to study Computer Science and Business. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, watching Netflix and playing sports! He is so excited to return for his sixth summer at 6 Points and his first as a counselor! He is eager to make awesome friendships with his campers and make tons of memories.

Alon Cinamon is 23 years old and is from K’far Saba, Israel. For the last four and a half years, he has served in the IDF as an officer and a commander of many soldiers. He considers himself a positive, kind and very energetic person! Alon loves people and is very friendly. The thing Alon likes to do the most is play soccer and do all kinds of sports as much as he can. Alon is very excited for this summer! He can’t wait to meet all the campers and the camp itself, and to be a part of this amazing adventure!

Edramy Mancheno is from Sunrise, FL. He is currently enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University where he studies Criminology. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports, watching Netflix, and fishing. He is so excited to return for his second summer as Counselor/Assistant Baseball Coach at his second home, 6 Points Academy. He cannot wait to spend another six weeks creating awesome memories and forming friendships with is campers.

Adam Schreiman is from Fairfax Station, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Next year, he will be attending Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts as a Physical Therapy major. He spends his free time playing tennis, studying for school, and being involved with local Jewish organizations. He is incredibly excited to return for his 7th summer at camp and his first summer as a counselor. He cannot wait to help teach the campers tennis and build connections with his campers in and out of the dorms.

Micah Hirshman is from Raleigh, NC. He is a rising junior at North Carolina State where he is studying Sport Management. He spends his free time playing and watching sports, hanging out with friends, and writing. Micah is so excited to join the 6 Points community for his first summer as a counselor/assistant basketball coach! He is really looking forward to meeting his campers and having a great summer with them.

Amit Peled is from Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel, just outside of Tel Aviv. He is currently working as a electricity technician on High-T company called “Solaredge”. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends and playing any kind of sport! He is so excited to come for his first summer as a counselor and basketball coach at 6 Points Sports Academy!

Ani Spey is from Fort Lauderdale, FL. She will be attending Tufts University in the fall and plans to study psychology on the pre-med track. When she isn’t at school, playing lacrosse, cheerleading, or doing zumba, Ani enjoys going to the beach with friends, watching Netflix, and spending time with her family and her two German Shepherds. Ani is beyond excited to join us for her sixth summer at camp as a counselor and assistant lacrosse coach, and she is thrilled to spend this summer with her campers and friends at 6 Points!

Daniel Shabsin from St. Louis, MO. He will be attending The University of Kansas in the fall and can’t wait to bring his 6 Points values with him. Daniel has been going to 6 Points since the opening summer. He has been playing baseball at camp for eight years and is so excited to help on the diamond.

Ava Fox is from Charlotte, NC. She will be attending Virginia Tech next year as a freshman studying Accounting and Information Systems. In her spare time she likes hanging out with friends, playing basketball, and watching New Girl. This will be Ava’s seventh summer at camp and is super excited to spend six weeks making friends and memories at her second home!


Michele Kalweit is from Fairfax, VA. She is currently enrolled at the University of Virginia where she is studying English and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. In her spare time, she enjoys crossfit-ing (as a verb) and hiking with friends, reading and planning excursions to try new foods. She is very excited to return for her third summer as a Counselor/Dance Coach at her new second home, #The6! She cannot wait to be reunited with former campers and spend another six weeks making friends with new ones.

Justin Smith is from Winston-Salem, NC. He is studying engineering at Virginia Tech as a rising sophomore. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, watching TV, and being a Hokie! He is so excited to return for his seventh summer as a Counselor/Assistant Soccer Coach at 6 Points Sports Academy! He cannot wait to spend another six weeks creating awesome memories, forming friendships with his campers, and playing mystery bounce!

Micah Symons is from Pittsburgh, PA, where he avidly roots for his hometown Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers. He played baseball at 6 Points as a camper for three summers as well as the URJ Kutz Camp and URJ Camp Harlam. He’s been to Israel four times and also loves discussing anything related to Judaism! Next year, he will be attending Drexel University to study Organizational Management. He can’t wait to help his campers both on and off the field this summer!

Ethan Schwartz is from Boca Raton, FL. He is currently enrolled at Emerson College in Boston, MA where he is studying Sports Communications. Ethan loves playing all kinds of sports, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. This is his 8th summer at 6 Points, and he will continue to keep the basketball program the best it can be. He is extremely thrilled to be back at camp and is looking forward to meeting all of the campers!

Blake Snetman is from Chattanooga, TN. He is currently enrolled at Elon University where he studies Sport Management. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, watching Atlanta Falcons football, and going on long drives. He is very excited to be returning for his seventh summer (2nd as a counselor) at his second home, 6 Points Sports Academy! He cannot wait to spend 6 weeks helping campers make relationships with one another that will last a lifetime!

Alon Sonenfeld is from Jerusalem, Israel. He is a professional basketball player currently playing in Israel. He also played in Romania’s first league. In his free time, he likes to surf and hike with his friends and family. Alon loves basketball and he is looking forward to sharing his love for the game with the campers.

Benjamin Pomerantz is from St. Louis, MO. He is a rising senior at the University of Richmond, where he majors in American Studies and Rhetoric & Communication Studies. His favorite sports include basketball and baseball, and his favorite fruits include raspberries and grapes. Benjamin is so excited to be back for his 7th summer at 6 Points! He’s looking forward to spending a summer full of fun with his campers.

David Zukowski is from Roswell, GA. He is going to be a freshman at Syracuse University in the fall where he will study Sports Analytics. In his spare time, he likes watching sports, playing sports, and hanging out with friends. He is excited to spend his 6th summer (1st as a counselor) at 6 Points this summer! He cannot wait to meet new people, make new friends, and help his campers become better athletes and better people!

Adam Calhoun was born in Atlanta, GA and moved to Greensboro, NC at a very young age. He is currently committed to play basketball at Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio. His major is undecided. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, taking care of his saltwater fish tanks, and hanging out with friends. He is so excited to be returning to camp as a counselor and assistant basketball coach. He cannot wait to make new friends as well as see old friends again!

Daniel Pomerantz is from St. Louis, MO. Next year, he will be a freshman at Davidson. This will be his eighth summer at 6 Points and his first as a tennis counselor. He can juggle but it’s not a meaningful aspect of his life. He is so excited for this summer, and is really looking forward to spending quality time with his 6 Points campers!

Morgan Lindelow is from Atlanta, GA. She will be attending Auburn University next year to major in Mechanical Engineering. This will be Morgan’s 5th year attending 6 Points and but her first year as a counselor and assistant softball coach. Morgan has played softball for 7 years and enjoys running, shopping, and going to country concerts in her free time.

Gal Ziperfal is from Kibbutz Saar, Israel. He just finished his service in the IDF. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, watching sports, and playing sports games. He is so excited to be this summer a counselor and assistant soccer coach at 6 Points Sports Academy! He cannot wait to spend his summer with the campers, make new friendships and represent Israel.

Ellis Sandler is from Charlotte, NC. She is a rising junior at High Point University where she majors in event management. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out, and being on the lake. She is SO excited to return to her second home for her eighth summer at camp as a counselor and assistant tennis coach. She is so pumped to be back and cannot wait for another awesome summer!

Gilad Shachar is from Kiryat Tivon, Israel (near Haifa). Gilad was released from the IDF a year ago, where he served as a combat commander in the special forces of the “Nahal” brigade. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, watching TV, and playing guitar. He is so excited to come to 6 Points Sports Academy for the first time as a counselor and assistant basketball coach! He cannot wait to spend the next 6 weeks creating awesome memories and forming friendships with his campers, on and off the basketball court!

Sarah Choffin is from Charlotte, NC. She is currently enrolled at NC State where she plans to major in education. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outside (whether it’s hiking, swimming, or relaxing in an eno!), hanging out with friends, and watching movies. She is also someone who will stop to pet any dog that approaches in passing! Sarah is so excited to be a counselor and assistant swim coach at 6 Point Sports Academy, and she is looking forward to all the memories and friendships with the campers to come!

Shelli Safran is from Boxbrough, MA. She is currently enrolled at Franklin Pierce University where she studies Health Sciences and Psychology. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, family, with her dog and playing the piano. She also speaks three languages. It is her first summer at 6 Points, where she will be a counselor and assistant tennis coach. She is excited to meet everyone and create memories and friendships with all the campers and fellow counselors.

Leah Shelton is from Charlotte, NC. She currently attends Vanderbilt University where she studies Medicine, Health, and Society and is a member of the Vanderbilt Dance Team. In her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling, and trying new restaurants. She attended 6 Points for five years as a camper and is so excited to return as a Counselor/Assistant Cheer and Dance Coach. Her favorite memory from camp is singing with all of her friends during Shabbat song sessions. She can’t wait to make tons of new memories this summer!

Rebecca Pereles is from Waynesboro, VA. She currently attends Vanderbilt University, where she is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and pursuing a minor in Computer Science. In her downtime, Rebecca enjoys rocking out to 80s music and watching Marvel movies. This is her sixth summer at the 6, and she can’t wait to make many more lasting memories this year!

Kat Desantis is super excited to spend her first summer at 6 Points! She lives in Lancaster, PA and will be a freshman at Washington College in Chestertown, MD this fall. Kat has been playing soccer, running cross country, dancing, and rowing all her life. Her hobbies outside of sports include hiking, writing, and spending time with friends and family. In past summers Kat has also spent time at URJ Camp Harlam and on URJ Mitzvah Corps, and loves being involved in her Jewish community. She is looking forward to creating a meaningful and fun summer for her campers, as well as finding a new home here at 6 Points!

Avery Rothberg is from Alpharetta, GA. She will be attending Florida State University this fall and plans to study marketing. She loves to play tennis, hang out with friends, and watch TV. She was a camper for 6 years and a Counselor in Training last year. She can’t wait to be a counselor this year for her 7th summer. She is so excited to create great experiences for her campers as her counselors did for her!

Noa Saar lives in Mevaseret Zion, which is a small town next to Jerusalem, Israel. She finished her duty service in the IDF in April. In her spare time she hangs out with her friends, watches TV shows, swims and is learning to play guitar. This will be her first time at 6 Points Sport Academy and she will come as a counselor and assistant swimming coach. She is very excited to spend this summer at the camp and to meet the campers!

Ali Guttenberg is from Winston-Salem, NC. She is currently a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studies Environmental Science. Ali enjoys hanging out with friends, going to concerts, and being outdoors. This will be her seventh summer at 6 Points and her second summer as a counselor and assistant soccer coach. She is so excited to see all the old and new faces and to spend another six weeks at The 6 creating memories and forming friendships.

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