Meet our Staff
Rachel Dubowe, an alumna of URJ Camp Newman, URJ Kutz Camp, and NFTY SOCAL, is the URJ California Camps Assistant Director and NFTY SOCAL Regional Advisor. Rachel will create meaningful, year-round Jewish experiences for NFTY SOCAL participants, and work with our URJ California Camps.
Growing up in Southern California, Rachel was raised with a love of Jewish experiential learning and sunshine. In high school, she tried to attend every NFTY SOCAL event. Rachel is a firm believer in the power of summer camp and credits a significant part of her Jewish identity to URJ Kutz Camp and Camp Newman, where she spent significant time as a participant and senior staff member, specifically in the realm of camper care and inclusion.
Rachel holds a B.S. in Human Development from UC Davis and was very active in her campus Hillel. After participating In a MASA Israel program and working in a variety of Jewish educational environments in the greater LA area, Rachel earned a Master’s in Jewish Education at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College. As part of her education at HUC, she was the Camp Newman and NFTY SOCAL/CWR Intern working with camper care and Jewish education. Most recently, Rachel was the Experiential Educator for the Builders of Jewish Education in Los Angeles.
Matthew is originally from San Jose, California and is a senior at Chapman University majoring in Communication Studies. He has served as the President, engagement intern and development intern of Chapman Hillel. Currently, he serves on Hillel International's Student Cabinet. Matthew loves Jewish summer camping and would not be the person he is today without his 15 years he spent at URJ Camp Newman as a camper and staff member. As NFTY SOCAL’S Assistant Regional Advisor, Matt works with the regionally elected teen leadership and is heavily involved in the logistics and operations of regional events as well as 678 events.