Meet Our Staff

Chana Adatto-Shefa – Director

Chana Adatto-Shefa was born and raised in our very own Seattle Sephardic Community. She grew up in a home where values of kindness, friendship, Jewish outreach and education were of the utmost importance. Her summers were spent at day camps, weekends were filled with fun trips and her day-to-day activities almost always involved singing and dancing. Read More



BotwinicksMargot and Josh Botwinick – Directors of Jewish Education

Margot and Josh met at camp, and their passion for experiential Jewish education has been growing ever since.  They can’t wait to bring their love of camp to SAC 2017!  With them comes years of experience working in diverse youth and camp settings, such as leading NCSY  TJJ and Give Programs, directing Eitz Chaim Camp in Moscow, serving as Youth Director in Congregation Ohav Sholom in Merrick, teaching in YU’s Counterpoint, directing Bnei Akiva’s Innovative School Programming Project, leading Ya’alozu, Camp Dora Golding’s teen wilderness program, and serving as Rosh Moshava of Camp Stone.

Margot holds her MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University, and taught Judaic Studies at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School. Josh received his M.A. in Jewish Philosophy at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School and is now completing rabbinical school at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) as well as a degree in education from Herzog College. Josh is also a Wexner Graduate Fellow. They currently live in Alon Shvut, Israel, where Josh is learning in the Yeshivat Har Etzion (“Gush”) Kollel and Margot is learning at the Matan Institute Eshkolot program.


Beth Jacoby – Marketing Manager/Registrar

Beth previously served on the SAC board before joining the year round SAC Staff in 2014.  She was born and raised in the Seattle area and went to the University of Washington where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.  Beth currently serves on the Executive Board of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and has led a Girl Scout troop for the past seven years.  She has a career background in project management and marketing communications. Her two children, Harry and Anna are two very happy SAC Campers!


Carol JacobsonCarol Jacobson – Program  Director

Hola SAC! I’m Carol Mirkin. You may know me as Carol Jacobson, and you may recognize me from last Summer at SAC! I’m heading in to my SACond year as the SAC Program Director, and can’t wait to bring you all the SACtastic programs this Summer! From old faves like Cake Wars, to new faves like the Game of (Sephardic) Life, you’re in for a fun-filled Summer! When I’m not planning camp, I work as the director of Seattle NCSY, as well as the youth and program director for Sephardic Bikur Holim, a synagogue in Seattle. I love to cook and paint in my free time, but if I had the choice, I’d spend all my time on the beach in Herziliya, Israel with my family. Please send suggestions for new programs, (or just a note to say “hi”) to I’d love to hear from you.


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Quinn Rose – Operations Director

Quinn Rose is a native Seattleite who graduated from the University of Washington in 2003 with a BA in Drama and  in 2010 with a Masters in Education. He works as a special education high school teacher at Mount Rainier High School and teaches a martial arts class at Ezra Bessaroth. He is a 4th degree black belt in taekwondo and often competes in strength and endurance sports. Quinn has worked at various camps for 12 summers now. This will be his seventh year at SAC, and his first year in the role of Operations Director.



ShueyShuey Mirkin – CIT Director

Shuey was raised in the historic city of Baltimore, but deep down he always knew that he belonged on the West Coast. After marrying Carol Jacobson last June and deciding to move to Seattle, Shuey now knows definitively that the West Coast is the best coast.  Shuey graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in biology, and is hoping to go to medical school. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, bouldering, snowboarding, and the great outdoors. Camp is Shuey’s favorite time of year, and he is so excited for another amazing year of SAC.



MarilynMarilyn Gladstein – Head Girls’ Counselor

Marilyn is a Seattle native and entering her third year at The Fashion Institute of Technology as an  advertising and marketing communications major.  She hopes to become a copy writer. This will be Marilyn’s 12th year at SAC. She was a camper for eight years and a counselor for the past three!  Her favorite part of camp is color war, tie dying, and dance parties. This will be her first year as a head staff counselor, and she looks forward to getting to know all the kids. Every day at camp for Marilyn is a fun day! You will typically find Marilyn sporting around camp in one of her many fun outfits.



Raphael AlcabesRaphael Alcabes – Head Boys Counselor

Raphael was born and raised in Seattle, and SAC was an integral part of his childhood while growing up in the Sephardic community. He is entering his second year of learning at Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah in Modi’in, Israel before studying Computer Engineering at Drexel University. Raphael has been attending SAC since 2006, spending the last two summers as a counselor.  He cannot wait to return this year as the Head Boys’ counselor! At camp you can either find Raphael in an intense waterfight with the B1ers, singing pizmonim with Hacham, or hiding in the kitchen eating borekas.



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Esther Almo – Program Assistant

Esther was born and raised in Seattle and this is her third year as a staff member at SAC, but her first year on head staff. She is so excited for this fun opportunity to work as Program Assistant!  Esther graduated from Northwest Yeshiva High School and is currently a student at Touro College in New York City, majoring in Marketing Management. Her favorite parts of SAC are dancing all day and every day during camp, getting to know campers and staff members from near and far, dressing up in fun outfits with Marilyn, and Cake Wars! She can’t wait to see you all at SAC 2017!



 julia_owenJulia Owen – SAC Evangelist 

Julia was raised in Seattle and graduated from Northwest Yeshiva High School.  She spent one year in Israel on the Bar Ilan University Experience program and is currently studying Nursing at Stern College New York.  Julia has been a SAC camper, CIT, Counselor, Upper Staff member, Head Girls’ Counselor now one of our trusty SAC Evangalists that spreads the good word about SAC throughout the country and beyond!  Her favorite things about SAC are learning about Sephardic culture, playing sports and of course the lasting friendships that are made!

Laurel with the Hassan Baby

Laurel Aaronson –SAC Evangelist

Laurel has been attending camp for 12, countem’ 12 years, including as acamper, counselor and Head Girls Counselor! She attended  Seattle Hebrew Academy, Northwest Yeshiva High School, Stern College and is currently studying art at the University of Michigan. Laurel serves as one of our outreach representatives for SAC, as she knows just about everything there is to know about our camp!  Her pastimes include cross country running, painting, yoga, and curating music playlists. Her favorite SAC activities are arts and crafts, dance parties during lunch, and all camp soccer.




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