Keynote Speakers

Learn about the 2017 #JCampConf keynote speakers.

We are excited to profile our keynote speakers who participated in the 2017 JCamp 180 Annual Conference!

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Union for Reform Judaism

Rabbi Rick Jacobs is president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest and most diverse Jewish movement in North America, with almost 900 congregations reaching nearly 1.5 million people. 
Under the leadership of Rabbi Jacobs, the URJ is engaged in the ongoing implementation of the URJ’s strategic 2020 Vision, a bold plan for the future of Reform Judaism structured around three core priorities: Strengthening Congregations, Audacious Hospitality and Tikkun Olam.
Rabbi Jacobs spent 20 years as a dynamic, visionary spiritual leader at Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) in Scarsdale, New York. During his tenure, he reshaped communal worship, transformed the congregation into a community of lifelong learners, and strengthened the synagogue's commitment to vibrancy and inclusion.
Prior to his tenure at WRT, Rabbi Jacobs served the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, where he founded and co-directed the first synagogue-based homeless shelter in New York City. He was ordained in 1982 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York.. Deeply committed to the State of Israel, Rabbi Jacobs has studied for two decades at Jerusalem's Shalom Hartman Institute, where he is now a senior rabbinic fellow.
Rabbi Jacobs is a product of the Reform Movement, and has held numerous leadership posts within the URJ, the CCAR, ARZA and WUPJ. He also has served on the boards of g American Jewish World Service, UJA-Federation of New York, Synagogue 2000 and its successor, Synagogue 3000.
Rabbi Jacobs and his wife Susan K. Freedman have three children Aaron, David and Sarah.

Doron Krakow
President and CEO
JCC Association of North America  

Doron brings fresh insight and a complex understanding of Jewish life in North America and Israel to his role at JCC Association of North America. He will set the vision for the agency as it enters its next 100 years as a convening organization for a large network of JCCs and day and overnight camps across the continent. His more than two decades working in national and international Jewish organizations has given him a strong background in fundraising, youth movement work and Israel engagement, which will strengthen the JCC Movement and JCC Association as its leadership organization—enabling JCCs to be powerful tools in the quest for Jewish meaning and connection.

Andrés Spokoiny
President and CEO
Jewish Funders Network 

Andrés Spokoiny is a long-time Jewish communal leader with a history of leading successful organizational transformations. The CEO of Federation CJA in Montreal from 2009–2011, he helped fundamentally change the Federation’s operations and its relationship with the community.

In Montreal, as a young, ‘out of the box’ Federation executive, he spearheaded a new branding strategy and initiated and developed innovative community programs that are now being used as models across North America.

Before joining the Federation, Andrés worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Paris. As Regional Director for Northeast Europe, he was responsible for a number of pan-European projects, leading programs in the areas of Welfare, Leadership Development, Jewish Renewal, Education, Community Development, and Outreach, and building coalitions with local and international organizations, public and private.

Danny Herz
URJ 6 Points Sports Academy

Danny is the Director of 6 Points Sports Academy, which today welcomes over 780 young athletes each summer to their overnight Jewish sports camp. A native South African, Danny has called 6 Points Sports Academy his home since the inaugural summer of the camp in 2010. 

Danny has also served on the senior administrative team at Jewish day schools in Southern California and in South Florida, as well as the largest independent school in Florida. Danny's basketball coaching career spans 15 years as a varsity head coach, as well as 17 years of experience with the JCC Maccabi Games and Maccabi USA. Danny has coached teams to championships all over the world, including Israel and Brazil, as well as being the first head coach in Broward County, Florida to coach a McDonald’s All-American, play on ESPN, and have over 20 of his former student athletes continued their educational pursuits while playing NCAA basketball.

Danny earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his master’s degree from Ohio University. Danny is a certified camp director by the American Camp Association, and a certified athletic administrator by the The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.