Meet the Camp Staff

At J-Camp our staff are enthusiastic, energetic and caring role models for our camp community! At J-Camp, we pride ourselves on hiring and training incredible staff to lead an amazing camp program; provide excellent care for each individual child; and facilitate an incredible group dynamic that builds community and helps campers grow and learn together. Read below to get to know some of our awesome camp staff and stay tuned for more role models to be added to our team as we approach the summer.



"Our daughter adored her counselors from J-Camp and the fun environment it provided her.
Exceptional place for kids to be kids with a great staff!
~ Allon, J-Camp Parent


 


Sachiko Martinez—Department Coordinator

Sachi has been a part of the J-Camp team since summer 2015. She started camp as the Art Specialist creating fun arts and crafts projects for campers. You can now find her in the camp office as the Department Coordinator, connecting with all our camp families. This will be her eighth summer with J-Camp. In her free time, she enjoys crafting and reading, but most of all being a new mom to her daughter Kayden, born in June 2020.


Yael Palti-Yahav—Tayasim Program Leader

This is Yael's fifth year leading the Tayasim summer camp. She has vast experience teaching and educating both in Israel and in the US. Yael is passionate about educating J-Camp's next generation and impacting their learning through new and inspiring methods of education. She holds a BA in education and cinema with a Teaching Certificate, and is currently pursuing her Master of Art in Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language at Middlebury College. Yael likes to hike with her husband and four kids in our exciting state.


Alexis Harris

This will be Alexis' third summer with J-Camp; she currently works year-round on campus with the Club J afterschool program. She graduated from San Jose State University, Class of 2020, with a degree in communications. She is no stranger to the camp world; Alexis has spent her summers running basketball camps for grades kindergarten through 5th. She is most excited to be active with the kids this summer.
Ashleigh Parker
 

Ashleigh started as a teacher with the Club J program in 2018 and as a counselor with J-Camp the following year. She has several years of experience working with children from various school programs around the Bay Area. Ashleigh is currently attending San Jose State University in pursuit of her bachelor's degree and teaching credential. Her favorite camp activity is making lanyards.


Bayleigh Parker
 

This is Bayleigh's third year working at J-Camp but she is no stranger to camp as she also works year-round with the School Break Camps as well as Club J. She is currently enrolled at Ohlone Community College, majoring in interpretation and minoring in English. She plans to transfer to CSUN next year to complete her education. A new hobby that she recently picked up is cooking and baking, which she enjoys doing for her family.


Benny Lam OFJCC J-Camp

This is Benny's first year working with Club J and J-Camp. He is so excited to engage with all the kids and make fun memories! He was a Dance Captain for show choir in high school and was a dancer for four years. He is currently enrolled at Chabot Community College majoring in kinesiology to become a physical therapist.


Daniela Dayen
 

Daniela joined us for the first time at J-Camp last summer, after attending as a camper and CIT. She is a current sophomore at UCLA, majoring in biology and minoring in Russian. In her free time, Daniela loves to play piano, hike and spend time with friends and family.


Eitan Smolyar
 

This is Eitan's third summer with J-Camp as a Tayasim counselor. This year he also joined the Club J afterschool program as a teacher assistant. In his free time, he likes to play sports with his little brothers and do stunts on his stunt-scooter at the skate park. Eitan is in his first year of engineering studies at Foothill Community College. He is originally from Israel and very eager to spend another summer with old and new campers, exposing them to the Israeli culture and strengthening their Hebrew skills in our Tayasim Hebrew immersion camp.


Fabio Munoz OFJCC J-Camp

Fabio joined the Club J afterschool program and J-Camp team this year as an assistant teacher. He is currently attending Cañada College majoring in business and minoring in psychology. In his free time, he loves to practice video editing and use his longboard to cruise around. His favorite camp activity is making s'mores.


Greg Kochnev OFJCC J-Camp

Greg is from St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a new member of the J-Camp and Club J year-round team. He is very passionate about music which he frequently writes and records. He is looking forward to having an awesome summer with all the campers.


Inbal Binyamini—Tayasim Camp Counselor

Meet Inbal, who will be a veteran shlicha this summer. It will be her second year as a part of the J-Camp team and she is so excited to come back to her California family. Her enthusiasm for camp is contagious! In her free time she likes to travel and see spectacular views. One of her favorite hobbies is cooking and baking.


Jeremy Erman OFJCC J-Camp

A childhood filled with books, music, theater and summer camps led Jeremy to a degree in music composition and years working as a pianist and music director for theaters and schools across the Bay Area. Jeremy is especially excited to join the JCC team since it was while attending JCC daycare in second and third grade that he discovered he was really good at reading and took his first piano lessons.


Josh Pu—Traditional Camp Counselor

Josh has been a part of the J-Camp team since 2012 working with various camps including teaching basketball in our special focus camps. He is also a Club J teacher and teaches many electives such as dance, magic and singing. He is the ultimate entertainer and loves to put on amazing shows as well as discover and help develop new talents.


Julian HodgsonOFJCC J-Camp

This is Julian’s first year as a member of our year-round team, working with J-Camp and Club J. He previously enjoyed assisting his mom in teaching her elementary school summer classes. He is super excited to get active at camp and help give the kids a super fun camp experience. His favorite camp activity is making s'mores.


Max Weisbarth OFJCC J-Camp


This will be Max's first summer with J Camp, and he has had a blast so far working at both winter and fall camp! He has also been a teacher this past year with the Club J afterschool program. In his free time, he enjoys acting and making films. He loves to help the kids express their creative sides and his favorite camp activity is making s'mores!

Mele Feiloakitau OFJCC J-Camp


Melenaite Feiloakitau, or Mele for short, is currently working year round for Club J and J-Camp. She previously worked as a behavioral technician for autistic kids and joined us for the end of camp last summer. She is excited to be working her first full year of J-Camp this summer, going on field trips and being active with campers!

Michelle Torres OFJCC J-Camp


Michelle is known as the Art Mama and this will be her second summer working J-Camp! She is finishing up her third year at San José State as a sociology major. In her spare time she enjoys watching cooking videos and practicing her skills. Her favorite camp activity is making art and crafts.

Shir Ben-ZeevOFJCC J-Camp

Shir is currently working as a Club J teacher and excited to join the camp team this summer! He is also a theatre student at Foothill College and loves theatre, singing and dance. He has been in a variety of plays; his favorite has to be his last production, West Side Story, where he was one of the Jets. He is really excited this summer for all the fun dance parties at camp!


Stephanie Torres OFJCC J-Camp

Stephanie began working for Club-J in August of last year and this will be her first summer with J-Camp. Before coming onboard at the OFJCC, she worked with the City of Mountain View for seven years as an After School Recreation Specialist. She recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in child and adolescent development and a minor in education. She is hoping to soon pursue a career as an elementary school teacher and is very excited for camp this summer! a