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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 awaiting for an incredible summer at camp!

Jill Cohen

Office Manager


Jill Cohen is happy to be a part of the CYJ Midwest team.  Jill has spent the last 17+ years raising her three daughters, Haley, Chloe and Sophie.  She is delighted to be working and loves connecting with camp families over the phone and meeting them in person.

When she is not at work, Jill loves to be active playing soccer, tennis and jogging.  She enjoys being in nature with her dog and to travel.  Jill is a die-hard Cubs/sports/Chicago fan.