Jeremy Klotz, Camp Director
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. For the last 13 years, Jeremy has served GUCI as a lay leader on the Camp Committee, 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 and his wife, Melissa, are GUCI lifers having met at camp as kids nearly 25 years ago. They have 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.
Rachel Waldorf, Senior Assistant Camp Director
Rachel, originally from New Jersey, grew up going to URJ Camp Harlam. She graduated from Rutgers University majoring in both Psychology and Jewish Studies. While in college, she served as a campus chair of Residence Hall Association, where she supervised a committee of students that focused on campus programming and advocacy. She was also a Resident Assistant, which provided great experience mentoring young adults, training on campus security issues, program planning, and marketing. As a Peer Network Engagement Intern for Hillel, and a Reform Campus Entrepreneur Intern for the URJ, Rachel learned how to engage Jewish youth of all ages. After graduating from Rutgers, Rachel participated in a program called Tikkun Olam, which focused on coexistence within Israel. She spent six months volunteering at different non-profit organizations in the Tel Aviv/Jaffa community and taking classes at a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv. She is now pursuing her Masters Degree in Non Profit Management. Rachel is very excited to be a part of the GUCI community. She is looking forward to working with staff to help create memorable summer experiences.
Michael Kaplan, Assistant Director/ NFTY Regional Advisor
Michael grew up in Indiana, attending GUCI since we was a little kid. Starting in K’ton, and then moving through each of the different camp units, he developed a love for camp that kept him coming back for the Avodah program and several years of staff. He even met his now wife, Casey, when he was in Shoresh! He graduated from Indiana University in 2014 with a degree in Education. After a year of student and substitute teaching, he landed at Zionsville Community High School where he taught Algebra and Geometry for three years. He loved connecting with the students, helping them however he could, and telling them the worst dad jokes around before coming home to Casey and their dog Calli. After three years, a position opened up at GUCI, and Michael knew it was the right path for him. He cannot wait to help craft the impactful summer experience that kept him coming back as a kid.
Svetlana (Orit) Kaplan, Bookkeeper
Svetlana first came to GUCI to become the bookkeeper on September 4, 2007 and from that moment on she knew she was at home. She was born in the Soviet Union and moved to Israel with her family in 1990. While in Israel, she served in the Israeli Army and met her future husband. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Finance from The College of Management Academic Studies in Israel.
Svetlana and her husband, Michael, moved to New York City in 2004, then in 2006, they moved to Connecticut, finally ending up in Carmel, Indiana in 2007. They have 2 children Brad and Dan. Svetlana enjoys seeing how much Brad loves GUCI and how it has become his second home. She looks forward to the day when Dan is old enough to come and spend his summers at GUCI.