Danny Herz, Camp Director
Danny, who has called 6 Points Sports Academy his home since the inception of our camp in 2010, is known as a visionary in the field of Jewish Athletics. Danny’s passion for Jewish overnight camps grew significantly each summer at 6 Points as he personally saw the magic of 6 Points as camper after camper had their Jewish identity strengthened while receiving elite coaching at camp.
A native South African who has lived in the USA since the late 1980’s, Danny has been committed to Jewish sports since 1999 when he started volunteer coaching the JCC Maccabi Games, and has continued to be involved on both a local, national, and international level with the Games – including leading teams to medals in both Brazil and Israel. Danny’s involvement with Jewish sports then evolved into working with Jewish summer camps in 2002, when he started working at the JCC camp in Boca Raton, Florida.
Prior to his full time role at camp, Danny served on the senior administrative team at Jewish schools in Southern California and in South Florida. His full time duties in education include having worked as a teacher, coach, dean of students and athletic director since 2001.
Danny’s extensive coaching career includes being the first coach in Broward County, Florida to coach a McDonald’s All-American, coaching the first team from the state of Florida to play on ESPN, and over 20 of his former student athletes continued their educational pursuits while playing NCAA basketball.
Danny earned his bachelors degree from the University of Florida (home of his beloved Gators) and his masters degree from Ohio University. Danny is a certified camp director by the American Camp Association (ACA).
Danny’s goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for campers to continue their Jewish learning as well as their athletic and personal development.
Hannah Ross, Assistant Camp Director
Hannah is thrilled to be a part of URJ 6 Points Sports Academy in a full time capacity after being a part of the community since its inaugural summer as a Counselor and Assistant Soccer Coach. It was during the first summer that Hannah was captured by the magic of camp and since then has had the privilege of watching her campers develop strong identities as Jewish athletes.
Hannah is originally from Sharon, MA where she grew up to be an avid New England sports fan. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies, she moved to Washington, D.C. to participate in Avodah’s Jewish Service Corps. There, she worked at a Latino resource center as an immigration paralegal, lived in a pluralistic, Jewish community with fellow Corps Members, and engaged in learning about the intricacies of domestic poverty. Most recently, Hannah worked in various D.C. Public Elementary Schools facilitating programing to raise awareness about global problems through physical activity and games.
In her spare time, Hannah plays in the Washington Area Women’s Soccer League—Go Boxers!—and loves to cook, bike, travel, and take advantage of all of the great things the Nation’s Capital has to offer!
Jillian Baach, Assistant Camp Director
Jillian grew up in Weston, FL where she spent most of her youth heavily involved in sports, namely basketball. The sport has taken her many places including San Diego, California where she spent the summer competing in the Maccabi Games with Team Boca, overseas to the Czech Republic as the Video Coordinator for the USA Women’s U17 Team, and most recently to Washington, DC as the Director of Operations for The George Washington University women’s basketball program.
Growing up in South Florida, Jillian was born and raised a University of Florida Gator fan which led her to Gainesville where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications. Though she didn’t play basketball collegiately, she was lucky enough to work with the University of Florida women’s basketball team her senior year. The connections she made there led her to her job in the Nation’s Capital and allowed her the opportunity to work and go to school simultaneously; she received her Master’s Degree in Public Relations from GWU in 2016.
Following a three-year stint in DC, Jillian was ready to start a new chapter in her life and knew she wanted to continue working in athletics and with youth. Fortunately, she reconnected with her long-time Maccabi friend, Danny Herz, and landed a job as an assistant basketball coach at URJ 6 Points Sports Academy. She quickly (and deeply) fell in love with not only the camp life, but the people she worked with and is elated to be joining the staff full time!
While she’s not out traveling/recruiting more awesome Jewish athletes for camp, Jillian enjoys spending time with her family (especially her 2-year-old niece!), hanging out with her four-legged fur child, Dexter, and visiting her old collegiate stomping grounds- especially on Gator football weekends!
Tammy Schneider, Camp Administrator
Tammy Schneider has long been a fan of Jewish summer camp, having been a camper and counselor as well as a camper parent at two Hadassah/Young Judaea camps. She and her husband Craig even attended camp together and have the Israeli folk dance circle photos to prove it! As an advocate of the value of Jewish summer camping, Tammy spent many years raising scholarship funds and sought out a variety of sources to enable families to make camp and Israel programs a priority in children’s lives.
For most of her life, Tammy has lived in the Boston area. She earned a degree in finance from Boston University, after spending a gap year in Israel. Fluent in Hebrew, she took a detour to Kibbutz Ketura in southern Israel for a few years in the 1980’s and lived in Tel Aviv as well. She has traveled the country extensively, from the Golan Heights to the Red Sea. Tammy lives in Newton with her husband and two children. She is active in her temple, and enjoys walking, ice skating, playing games, cheering on her son’s baseball and her daughter’s theatre.
Alan Friedman, 6 Points Sports Academy Los Angeles Camp Director
Alan Friedman has been involved in camping since he was 12 years old. His summer camping career began at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, a private boys’ sports camp in the Berkshire Mountains located in Lenox Massachusetts.Over the next eighteen years, Alan continued to spend his summers at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, as a camper, CIT, group leader and program director. In 1993, he became its first full-time Assistant Director and in 1999 was promoted to Director. In these leadership positions Alan was responsible for overseeing the entire camp operation. Alan continually hired the best high school and college coaches to ensure the finest sports instruction and program was available.
In 2006 Alan took his passion for informal Jewish education and summer camping and became the Executive Director of Camp Mountain Chai a relatively new Jewish residential summer camp and year-round retreat center located in Southern California. Alan arrived after the first summer with camp having only 125 campers and went on to grow camp to a total of 550 campers.
From 2013-2015 Alan was the Director of 6 Points Sports Academy North Carolina, where he helped to pioneer the specialty camp model within the Union for Reform Judaism’s camp offerings. As a result of the immense success of the North Carolina location, the decision was made to open our California location with Alan serving as the Executive Director of all 6 Points Sports camps and the founding Director of 6 Points Sports California.
Alan knows from firsthand experience that Jewish camping plays a vital role in the formation of a strong Jewish identity. At Camp Mountain Chai Alan created a place where campers and staff are immersed in a life of Jewish values, creating lasting bonds and friendships, and learning valuable lessons that help them grow and develop as proud Jews. This inclusive community ensured that everyone was supported and cared for.
While growing up Alan was very involved in his local synagogue youth group and was an active participant in NFTY throughout high school. After graduating college he spent ten years working as Senior Youth Group advisor to four different Reform congregations in the northeast.
Alan attended Ithaca College where he earned a degree in Communications and Business Management.
In addition to camping, he has had a prosperous advertising career, selling television time in the New York City, Boston and Harrisburg markets.