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Danny Herz, Camp Director
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IMG_7642Danny has called 6 Points Sports Academy his home since the inception of our camp in 2010. 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.

David Kaplan, Assistant Camp Director
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10449923_10152255361787659_3957889636218448272_nDavid grew up in Bellevue, WA, where his family belongs to Temple B’Nai Torah. He attended his local temple camp before becoming a camper at URJ Camp Kalsman for its inaugural summer in 2007. While in high school, David was an active participant in NFTY events and served as NFTY-NW’s Religious and Cultural Vice President during his senior year. He spent the five summers following his high school graduation working at Camp Kalsman in a variety of roles, including waterfront specialist, trips/teva supervisor and unit head.

In May 2014, David graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. In addition to his studies, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University, looking for a method to break down chemical pollutants in water. While working at camp, he is pursuing an MBA in Public and Non-Profit Management at Boston University part-time.

David’s interests include ultimate frisbee, running, cycling, hiking, quidditch, cooking, and board games. He is an avid reader of science fiction, and can be found watching the game whenever his beloved New England Patriots are playing – which has been especially fun since he relocated to Boston, MA.

Hannah Ross, Assistant Camp Director
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10449923_10152255361787659_3957889636218448272_nHannah 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!

TKS webTammy Schneider, Camp Administrator
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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 / Executive Director
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sports-andyAlan 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.