jeremy klotz (he/him/his)
Jeremy spent his first summer at GUCI in 1975 and has been connected to the camp ever since. He went through the camper ranks, was in the Avodah program, served as a Machon and counselor and was a Unit Head for several summers. Prior to becoming Director in 2014, Jeremy served GUCI as a lay leader on the Camp Committee for 13 years, and became the Chair of the committee in May 2013. He has provided strong leadership to GUCI over the years, and has demonstrated his commitment to the camp and to enhancing and improving the GUCI experience for campers, parents and alumni.
Jeremy credits GUCI as being instrumental in the development of his Jewish identity and curiosity. He attended Hebrew day school at the Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis, studied abroad at Tel Aviv University during college, and is currently a member of the Wexner Foundation’s Wexner Heritage Program.
Prior to his appointment as Camp Director, Jeremy enjoyed a 13-year legal career advising clients on risk management, dispute resolution, employment issues and compliance. He has also worked with several not-for-profit boards managing large projects and fundraising efforts.
Jeremy cherishes GUCI’s community-focused program grounded in Jewish and cultural experiences, and believes deeply in the camp’s mission. He is passionate about creating an environment where campers and staff can grow as both people and Jews. He also believes strongly that a well-balanced program incorporating activities, special interest programming and good old fashioned summertime fun is essential the camp’s long-term success.
Jeremy has two daughters, Zoe and Maya. Jeremy graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Psychology and has a Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law.
Jillian Hastings (she/her/hers)
Senior Assistant Director
Jillian grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, attending GUCI since she was in Shoresh (entering fifth grade) in 2002. After seven years as a camper, Jillian worked on staff for four summers – as a Counselor, Assistant Pool Director, Gezah Head Counselor and Avodah Unit Head for Avodah 2013. She graduated from DePaul University in 2014 with a dual degree in public relations/advertising and communications.
After graduating, she worked in Chicago at Edelman, a world-renowned communications marketing firm where she supported global clients such as United Airlines, LiftMaster, GoGo squeeZ, ScottsMiracle-Gro and more in their corporate communication and marketing efforts. She enjoyed traveling for work and working with amazing clients and colleagues.
Jillian returned to her first true love – camp – in 2019 and loves putting her communications skills to work, helping create a meaningful experience for future generations of campers.
Her camp favorites...
- Song Session: Saturday Night Folk Night
- Part of Shabbat: Havdalah (and the pool being open all day on Saturday!)
- Meal: Baked Ziti
- Spot on Camp: Pool or Sports Field at night
dori singer zoot (she/her/hers)
Dori Singer Zoot is a passionate, enthusiastic, youth worker with a dedication to engaging Jewish adolescents and teens in meaningful programs. Dori grew up in Arizona, spending her summers at camp and in NFTY during the school year. By the time she was 13, Dori declared she was going to spend every summer for the rest of her life at camp, and has worked every day since to make that happen. Dori went on to receive degrees from Arizona State University in Nonprofit Leadership & Management and Youth Service Leadership. Prior to joining the GUCI team, Dori served as the NFTY Ohio Valley Regional Director, where she was able to build relationships with teens, families, and congregations, while falling in love with the GUCI community.
Dori is a product of years at Camp Newman, Camp Stein, Kutz Camp, 6 Points Sports California, and GUCI. Knowing at a young age that she wanted a career in Jewish youth work, Dori made it a point to spend summers working at multiple camps across the country to best understand what it takes to run a successful summer program. Having held all kinds of roles from Counselor to Unit Head, Communications Director to Program Director, Dori has experienced how each piece is integral to the bigger picture of making the magic of camp happen. Now as part of the GUCI team, Dori is excited to use her passion for fostering community and talent for building relationships to contribute to the great work that GUCI does for our campers, families, staff, faculty, and alumni.
Dori and her camp best friend (now husband), Austin, live together in Cincinnati where Austin is the Rabbi Educator at Valley Temple. Aside from her love of Jewish youth engagement, Dori also loves all things Disney, eating tacos, baking challah, and going on outdoor adventures in her favorite shoes: her Chacos!
allisa horwitz (she/her/hers)
business and operations associate, midwest hub for the urj
Allisa (she/her/hers) has had a long-time connection with URJ camps. From participating in her temple retreats to being a camper to attending and then staffing NFTY Kallot (retreats).
In joining the full-time staff of the URJ, Allisa is bringing with her 25 years of camping and administrative experience from the JCC of Chicago. Allisa and her husband Kevin, have been the co-Youth Group Directors of the Jew Crew at Congregation Or Shalom for the past 14 years. Allisa with Kevin, their two girls, Baylee and Piper, and two cats Kylo and Stormy live in Vernon Hills, IL. Other than Jewish camp, her family's favorite places to visit are Disney World and Disneyland.
ilana nadel (she/her/hers)
Ilana first experienced the GUCI magic in the summer of 1992. She then spent 18 of the following 19 summers as a combination of camper, Avodahnik, summer staff member, and year-round staff member. She credits her summers at GUCI to fostering a love of Judaism and community as well as a strong Jewish identity.
Ilana received her BA and AA degrees from the University of Cincinnati and her MA in Camp Administration & Leadership from Touro University Nevada (she is now an adjunct professor for the same program at Gratz College). Ilana is a published author of a children's safety book and curriculum, and her second book will be published this spring (2022).
Ilana and her husband Neil live in Cincinnati with their two children Cole & Sarit (and their two dogs CJ & Toby). In her spare time she enjoys being outside, playing board games, and spending time with friends & family.
Ilana's favorite camp programs are Israeli Dancing and Havdalah!
james (jim) israel (he/him/his)
GUCI Grounds Caretaker
Jim Israel has worked at Goldman Union Camp Institute for 22+ years. For the first 15, he had the great fortune to work with his father making sure camp looks and operates at its best.
During his time at GUCI, Jim has worked with numerous groups affiliated with the camp including Brotherhood and Sisterhood volunteer groups that help rejuvenate camp in the spring.
When camp is in session, Jim enjoys working with Avodah to keep camp clean and looking its best. Jim notes that Avodah "is a group that hands down, keeps camp's various components firing on all cylinders." He is also responsible for the peeling of the duct tape and repairing anything that breaks on camp, and much much more.
He has had the pleasure of working with many great staff, office and director teams.
"GUCI is the best" - Jim