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Introducing Sports Camp Lead Gabe Fruchter

gabe-fruchterHello SJCC summer camp parents and campers! My name is Gabe Fruchter and I’m going to be the new Director of Sports Camp this summer. I could not be more excited to meet you all and get the ball rolling on whats sure to be an incredible summer of skills building, buzzer beaters, and just plain old fashioned fun. I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself first.

Throughout my life, I have played every sport I could get my hands on and continue to try new ones. I was captain of the Mercer Island High School Basketball team in 2010 and played baseball there as well. I moved on to attend the University of Oregon and played on the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, competing for multiple National Championships. After graduating, I moved back to Seattle and joined The Seattle Cascades, a professional Ultimate Frisbee team here. I am currently a 25 year old nursing student at the prestigious Seattle University and am beyond exited for a safe and healthy summer this year.

I have worked at SJCC for many years, as both a PE instructor, Coach, Enrichment Teacher, Camp Counselor, and Sports Camp Assistant Director. I am honored to be chosen as the Sports Camp Director this year and am looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge of sports and summer fun with your children. Have a wonderful Spring and I’ll be seeing you this Summer!

All the Best,

Gabe Fruchter, SJCC Sports Camp Lead

Register here for Sports Camp!

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Host an Israeli Camp Counselor This Summer

We are looking for summer homes for our Israeli Emissaries! 

Don’t miss out on an amazing opportunity to host a shlicha (Israeli Emissary) this summer. Once again we are bringing three extraordinary people from Israel to work at SJCC Summer Camp. But they are much more than just camp counselors, they are emissaries from the Jewish Agency For Israel, and they want to get to know the Seattle community outside of camp as well. That is where you can help out. We are looking for families to welcome our shlichim into their homes for a period of 2-10 weeks long. Many families who have participated in housing past shlichim have had amazing experiences, and still keep in touch with their house guests, and have even visited them after the summer ends. This is your opportunity to practice the value of Hachnassat Orchim (hospitality) and have an emissary of Israel, and good will, stay with your family this summer. 

Funding for this program was made possible, in part, by a sponsorship from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

Meet our Shlichim:

shlichim-michaltMichal Tulchinisky
Born in Migdal HaEmek (in the North of Israel), Michal went to school on Kibbutz Yifat, where she studied broadcasting and dance. After high school Michal joined the Israeli army, where she worked with economically disadvantaged children in an elementary school and after-school facility. Michal is interested in a career as an occupational therapist and dance instructor.

Michal is looking forward to sharing her passion for dancing with SJCC campers and meeting lots of new people in Seattle this summer. After camp Michal plans on traveling around the US, South America, and checking out Burning Man.


shlichim-ellaElla Stein
Born and raised in Rosh HaAyin (next door to Tel Aviv), Ella studied biology and sociology. Ella enjoys spending her free time in Tel Aviv, going to cafes and hanging with family and friends on the beach. After high school Ella worked as a non-commissioned officer in the information security department of the Israeli army (Israeli Defense Forces). She is currently a soldier, who is stationed in Safed, and will return to her base after camp. Ella was chosen by the IDF to be an emissary to American camps, and we are so lucky to be the camp that gets her!

Ella can’t wait to meet the campers, staff, and host-families, and hopes to make new lifelong friends in Seattle.


shlichim-michalsMichal Levachev
Born and raised in Beer Sheva (in the south of Israel), Michal studied chemistry, psychology, and sociology in high school. Michal loves to perform, and she has acted in a number of theater productions. Michal dreams of becoming a movie star, but she is also a realist, so she is applying to become a speech therapist in case things don’t work out in Hollywood. During her time in the army, Michal was a Basic Training Commander.

Michal is most excited to share her spirit, values, and love of Israel with SJCC campers. After camp, Michal plans on checking out Burning Man with Michal T, and visiting Miami and Cuba.  

If you are interested in hosting a shlicha, please email Camp Director Josh Niehaus.

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Introducing Camp Garinim Lead Hanita Kimchy

hanitaWe are so excited to have Hanita Kimchy join us for another summer as our Camp Garinim Lead. Building on Hanita’s success last summer with our Pre-K campers, we’ve decided to expand Camp Garinim from three weeks to seven weeks this summer. Registrations are pouring in and Hanita has tons of great activities planned for our littlest campers. Make sure to sign up online this week in order to get the 10% Early Bird Discount! Register Here.

Hanita was born and raised in Tel Aviv, but has lived in Seattle with her husband and children for the past seven years. Hanita has a passion for working with children, and helping them develop their social and fine motor skills, and creativity. Hanita loves to make art projects, do yoga, and take Zumba classes. Her favorite summer foods are ice cream and watermelon. She is really looking forward to spending the summer in Camp Garinim!

Register Here.


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Introducing Our New Sports Camp Director, Nate Balk!

img_0313We are so excited to have Nate Balk on board as our Sports Camp lead this summer! Nate comes to us from Willamette University where he played college baseball for the Bearcats. He was also a 4-year lettermen at Cascade High School in Everett. Nate’s primary sport is baseball but enjoys playing basketball, racquetball, and many other games! Nate brings a lot of excitement, experience, and energy to Sports Camp. He looks forward to building a positive culture within Sports Camp focused on character and skill development through sport. We are so excited to be rolling out a Hero of the Week campaign and to go to a Mariner’s game, a Storm Game, Skymania, and many other fun attractions around Seattle! We are looking forward to a great summer of competition and fun under Nate’s leadership!

2017 Field Trips Highlights Include:

  • Mariners vs. Red Sox
  • Storm vs. Sun
  • Lynnwood Pool
  • SkyMania
  • Pump it Up
  • Jefferson Park
  • More to come!

Sign up for 10 weeks of Sports Camp Fun online today! Register Now


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