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Robin Anderson



Robin Anderson held a number of  positions, including counselor, unit head, program director, and associate director before assuming the position of director in December 2015. She has a BA in Jewish Studies and Sociology from Indiana University and an MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. Additionally, Robin completed the first cohort of the Yitro Leadership Program for assistant and associate directors, funded by the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Robin is married to Michael, and they have three children, Yoni, Noah, and Lital.

Lauren Sandoval

Assistant Director

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Lauren is incredibly excited to begin her time at Camp Young Judaea Midwest! Lauren’s love for camp and Judaism stemmed from her experiences growing up in camp and synagogue life. Since she was 12, she began learning the guitar and worked her way up to becoming a song leader and music specialist at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. While in college, she took her role as a song leader out to multiple Reform synagogues in the Chicago area and also became a youth advisor, where her love for working with children flourished. Lauren has a BA in Sociology from Roosevelt University and also participated in the Youth Professionals Seminar held at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

In her free time, Lauren loves going on random excursions in the beautiful city of Chicago with friends and family, trying new workouts, cooking, and of course, a good rockin’ song session. Lauren resides in Wheeling, IL and is eagerly waiting for an incredible summer at camp!

Rachel Tanzer

Office and Marketing Manager

Rachel has a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has worked in Jewish communal service for over 15 years. Rachel’s love for the Jewish community started in college working at a JCC day camp as a camper advocate, counselor and finally a unit head. In her free time, she enjoys canoeing, hiking, and playing board games.

Michael Lalla


Michael is coming to us via Dallas Texas. Originally from Minnesota, he went to college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls Texas, where he earned a degree in Business Management. Michael is also a Veteran and has traveled all around the USA and Belgium racing his bike at an elite level. Married to his lovely wife Jessie for around two years they are enjoying life as it comes. Their goal is to build a tiny home over the next few years and travel to new places.  He looks forward to his role maintaining and updating camp so that campers can have the best possible experience.