Camp Staff

Want to Work at Camp J?

We are looking for the best and brightest staff that want to spend their summer changing children’s lives. We are hiring camp counselors to lead our groups, camp advocates to work one-one one with our campers in the Yachad Program, and specialists to lead activities. Don’t miss out on your best summer yet, fill out an application!

Camp J does not discriminate in the recruitment of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, or veteran status.

Full Time Camp Staff

Mindye Goldberg Mannel, Director of Camp, Youth and Family Programming

Mindye Goldberg Mannel is our Director of Camp, Youth and Family Programming. She has come full circle with our camp programs. As a child, she attended Camp Rickaree at the Louisville J, as a teen/college student she worked as a counselor and unit head. Her two children went to Camp J and now she’s the Director. Camp J is just in her blood. She is very excited for her second summer as Camp Director and can’t wait to see all the smiling faces.

Katelyn Graves, Assistant Camp Director

Katelyn Graves is our new Assistant Camp Director of Programming. Katelyn grew up going to JCC summer camps. While this is her first summer at Camp J, ti is her fifth summer working at a JCC summer camp. “I am so excited to be part of Louisville’s Camp J and to meet all of our campers.”

Katelyn Graves, Assistant Camp Director

Kari Semel, Assistant Camp Director

Meet Kari Semel, our Assistant Camp Director of Camp Life! This is Kari’s second summer with Camp J, but her 20th summer going to summer camp! “I’m so excited to meet all of the campers and get their help improving my gaga skills!”

Karen Lucas, Camp Registrar & Youth Assistant

Karen Lucas is joing us for her first summer as our Camp Registrar & Youth Assistant! She has trained under Mary Dooley herself and while she knows she has big shoes to fill, she is excited to join the Camp J team!

Norma Cahen, Early Learning Center Director

Meet Norma Cahen, our Early Learning Center Director! She has been with the J since February 2015 after enjoying an over 40 year career in the field of Early Childhood Education. Summer camp is always the opportunity for our young campers to enjoy themes and water activities in a relaxed atmosphere.  For the summer of 2017 we are going traveling to dinosaur days, pirates, America, Israel, nursery rhymes and the land of dragons!  We will paint, enjoy a sock hop, make mud pies, have a late night with Dr Seuss, decorate our own cars and pull up to the drive-in!  Every day we begin with the whole camp at SingUP where we enjoy different songs.  From SingUP we branch out to swim lessons, wading pool, dance studio or to our cabin to enjoy stories and arts and crafts.


Our dedicated and responsible camp counselors are carefully selected for their skills, experience and interest in working with children.They receive extensive training prior to the summer and ongoing supervision during the summer to ensure they provide the highest quality care.They are trained in creative programming, group dynamics, child development, conflict resolution, safety procedures and more. Two Israeli Shlichim (counselors from Israel) will be at camp all summer infusing Israeli culture into Camp J.


Your Family Can Make a Difference!

Your family has an opportunity to be part of a wonderful and unique experience. Campers enrolled in our day camps are fortunate to experience the joy of Israel with our Shlichim (staff from Israel). They infuse our day camp programs with Israeli music, dancing, sports, food, language, trends and the inside scoop on Israeli life! Personalize the experience for your entire family by hosting one of our Shlichim for a two week period. For more information, please contact Mindye Mannel at


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