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Meet Our Summer Leadership Team!

Austin Zoot is so excited to be spending his first summer at GUCI as the specialist Coordinator. Austin has 8 years of prior camp experiences at URJ camps, including OSRUI, Kutz, and 6 Points Sports CA. He is a fifth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati after having attended Indiana University for undergraduate work. He can’t wait to make GUCI his home and get to know his incredible community!

Shalom! My name is Shirah Kraus (She,Her) and I am the Director of Jewish Education and Tefilah this summer. It is my job to help counselors plan our daily Shiur and Limud learning programs and oversee our daily prayer services (Tefilah). This is my fifth summer on staff and my 13th summer at GUCI. Last year, I graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Religion and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. I recently returned from my firs year of HUC-JIR’s rabbinical program in Israel and will be completing the next four years of study in my hometown of Cincinnati. This summer, I am excited to eat pizza on Fridays, to swim any day I can, and t work with staff and campers to create meaningful and fun Jewish experiences.

 

My name is Susan Feuer and this will be my fifth summer as the Director of Camp K’ton. I have a background in education amd have taught elementary school for the last 21 years. I love also spending my summers working with kids!

Hi, I’m Jacob Gottlieb! I recently finished up my undergraduate studies at Indiana University. In the fall, I will be continuing my education at the Ohio State University to earn my Masters in Public Administration. After being away from camp last summer, I’m very happy to be back as Avodah Unit Head!

 

 

 

My name is Noa Kossmann and I am going to be a senior at Purdue University next year. I am Studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Science with a minors in Psychology, Critical Disability Studies, and Jewish Studies. This is my fourth year at camp and my third year as staff. I am so excited to be part of the summer leadership team and work with such a unique unit!

Hi! I’m Julia Caruso and I’m an assistant Avodah Unit Head and the Assistant K’ton Director. I am going to be a senior at Miami University studying Political Science/ Prelaw with a minor in Child and Adolescent Studies. This is my 11th summer on camp and I am so excited to be back! I cant wait for an incredible summer!

 

 

My name is Jack Braun and I am running the kitchen in addition to being an Avodah Unit Head this summer! This is my second year on staff. I am planning to move to Tacoma, Washington this fall for school. Camp has been an amazing part of my life and I cant wait to continue to give back to the place that has given me so much!

Hey y’all, my name is Dori Singer Zoot and I’m thrilled to be the Garin Unit Head for Kallah Aleph! I live in Cincinnati and work as the NFTY Ohio Valley Regional Director of Youth Engagement, helping facilitate year-round Reform Jewish youth engagement for teens across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia through local and regional programming. I’ve spent the past 13 summers at various Jewish summer camps and am excited for my first summer on staff at GUCI!

 

 

 

My name is Miranda and I am the Shoresh unit head this summer! I just graduated from Tulane University with a major in Sociology, and minors in Jewish Studies and Spanish. I started at GUCI as a Garin camper in 2006, and this upcoming summer will be my 11th on camp, and 3rd on staff. The past two summers I participated in Onward Israel, and then had an internship in Memphis, TN, but I am so excited to return to GUCI this summer! Being a unit head has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I am so glad that I get to work with Shoresh!

Heya! My name is Summit Rosenberg and I’m so excited to share this summer with Gezah and the rest of GUCI! I’m from Columbus, OH and this will be my 8th year on camp. I just graduated from Miami University this past semester and could not imagine a better way to spend this summer than at my home away from home. GUCI brought me some of my very best friends and has shaped me into the person I am today. We’re gonna have a blast this summer, can’t wait to see y’all soon!

 

 

Hey, I’m Michelle and I’m the Anaf Unit Head! I just graduated from Indiana University with a major in Education Policy Reform and Jewish Studies. I’m originally from St. Louis, and have been coming to GUCI as a camper and counselor since I was born. The past two summers, I was a counselor in Israel with NFTY in Israel, but I am so excited to be back in Zionsville this summer! This summer in Anaf is going to be so much fun and I can’t wait for us to get started!

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Natalie Neer Hart and I’m excited to begin my fourth summer at GUCI as the camper care specialist for Kallah Aleph. In this role, I work to provide emotional support for campers (and counselors) and help counselors facilitate appropriate interventions with their campers. GUCI has been wonderful about creating an environment that is accommodating and supportive of the diverse needs and abilities of the young people in our care, and I am pleased to help coordinate these efforts. As a camp parent myself – with two kids in Garin this summer – I especially enjoy communicating with parents throughout to summer to share what I see from a parent’s perspective.

Although I was never a camper here at GUCI, I spent several summers at OSRUI in Wisconsin as both a camper and counselor. Years later, I became a camp director in New York before moving to Phoenix, Arizona where I currently live with my husband (a proud GUCI alumnus) and our two kids. When I am not here I GUCI, I work as a social worker at a large urban high school, a career I have enjoyed for the past 20 years.