Rachel Slaton, Associate Director
Born and raised in Austin, TX, Rachel grew up rushing back and forth between activities at Congregation Beth Israel and practices for gymnastics, volleyball, basketball and softball. Although she made an exception for NFTY in Israel, her competitive schedule kept her busy during the summers. This gave rise to her current passion for providing serious Jewish athletes the opportunity to train at a high level while also experiencing the magic of Jewish summer camp.
After four years as the starting setter at Dripping Springs High School, Rachel played libero and defensive specialist at Southwestern University, leading her team to the SCAC Conference Championship in 2005. Her love for volleyball led her into a lifetime of coaching. Since 2003, Rachel has coached club volleyball for girls aged 11-15 and currently is in her 5th season coaching for Los Angeles Volleyball Academy as the Head Coach for the top 12-Adidas team. She also served as the Assistant Volleyball Coach for Southwestern before moving to Los Angles for graduate school.
Rachel caught the camp bug in 2003 as a madricha (counselor) at URJ Camp Swig where she experienced her first-ever summer at camp. She spent the following three summers at Camp Newman as a Rosh (Unit Head) and then as the Avodah Director. After college, Rachel worked at Camp Young Judaea-TX as the Head of Specialists and Area Supervisor for year-round programming where she helped pilot a specialty soccer camp.
Since 2011, Rachel has worked in the Los Angeles Jewish community as the Associate Director for Day School Education at Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) and as the Assistant Director of Development at American Jewish Committee (AJC). She is stoked to be back in the camping world making Jewish sports camp a reality in Southern California!
Rachel received her Bachelors in International Studies and a double-Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management and Public Administration from HUC’s Zelikow School and the University of Southern California, respectively. Rachel is a die-hard Texas Longhorn fan and on the weekends you can find her on the disc golf course with her husband Rich (who she met at URJ Camp Swig) and their dog Boone.