Jo-Ellen Unger is the founding director of the URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy. Throughout her education and career, Jo-Ellen straddled the worlds of Jewish Education and the Arts. Music was a part of her life from a very young age, as she performed in a variety of concerts in multiple venues. She developed her skills in voice, theatre and dance at the Performing and Visual Arts Center (now New World School of the Arts) in Miami, Florida, the Fine Arts program at Florida State University and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. She held positions in camping and youth and served as a formal and informal education director in Florida and Maryland, both in the congregational world and Hillel. She is a graduate of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where she earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education. She had the privilege of serving as the 2019 Zeldin Alumni Scholar-in-Residence for the School of Education at HUC-JIR and was named as a 2020 Distinguished Educator by the Association of Reform Jewish Educators.
Kara Emily Hoffman
Kara discovered her passion for Jewish camp and theater throughout her 11 summers at URJ Camp Coleman, where participating in the camp play each year solidified a love of the arts and creativity. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Kara graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Sport and Entertainment Management in 2015. Upon graduating, Kara made the move to Atlanta, GA and began working as the Education Coordinator at The Temple where she was an integral part of redesigning youth programs and creating Hebrew and Judaic curricula. Kara currently lives in South Florida where she finds time for being outdoors, reading, and being with friends and family. She is thrilled to be the inaugural Assistant Director at 6 Points Creative Arts Academy.
Ali joined the full-time URJ staff as Crane Lake Camp’s Bookkeeper in 2019, adding 6 Points Creative Arts to her portfolio in Fall 2020. Ali began her URJ journey at Crane Lake Camp as a camper in 2006. Since then, she has participated in NFTY in Israel, the Machon (Counselor-in-Training) program, worked as a general counselor, and served on staff as a Unit Head. She was also a participant in the Olim Fellowship and Cornerstone Fellowship Programs. Outside of camp, Ali plays tennis, likes to travel, and watches ocean documentaries in her free time. Ali holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Castleton University.
We love CAA, and it is such a meaningful amazing place. The entire head support staff is so amazing, and everyone on staff who we have met is also amazing. There is no place else like it, and we thank everyone involved for making this camp a reality and so glad we found it for our daughter!