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Abe Chiswick

Abe Chiswick

Abe began playing ultimate, as many people did, at summer camp.  His first organized competitive ultimate was for NYU’s Purple Haze in their inaugural seasons.  After moving to Israel, Abe searched out the local ultimate scene and has been deeply involved ever since.  He helped found Haifa’s Hucking Crazy club team, which ten years later is one of the most stable and long lasting teams in the country.  He has worked and volunteered with the Israeli Flying Disc Association running...

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Chris Kosednar

Chris Kosednar

Chris grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and began playing frisbee in middle school. He went to Carleton College, as captain lead lead the team to a national championship in 2009, and graduated 3 weeks after. During a summer of traveling in 2010, Chris played at Club worlds with an Italian team and hopped down to Israel for Camp UP. Chris lives in Seattle, plays on Sockeye, and takes photographs in his spare time. Camp UP was an amazing and incredible experience and he was happy to be a part of it....

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Dan Curme

Dan Curme

Dan started playing ultimate at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN in 2004.  He promptly quit all other sports and focused solely on ultimate.  He went to play for Carleton College – CUT and co-captained his team to a DI national championship in 2009.  Due to 4 ultimate-related surgeries, Dan has stopped playing competitively.  From July 2014 to May 2015, he bicycled from Seattle WA to the coast of Maine and then from Charleston, SC to San Francisco, CA.  Now, he is finishing up his...

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Dan Tapuach

Dan Tapuach

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
How long you have been playing frisbee: I’ve been playing Ultimate for 8 years.
With what community you work: Daburia, Kfar Tavor, Buena Nujidat, Tuba Zangaria
Brief history of playing experience: Playing ultimate since 2003. Have been playing in different club teams around Israel along the years, and some competitive ultimate in the States. In 2011 became a coach for the Israeli national youth teams and flew as a coach to EYUC 2011 in Poland....

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Danny Karlinsky

Danny Karlinsky

Danny has been around Ultimate as a player and a coach for nearly a decade. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2008 where he played five eventful years of College ultimate. Danny has also played on several elite club ultimate teams, such as Bay Area Revolver, the Santa Barbara Condors, Seattle’s Emerald City Ultimate and presently with Sockeye....

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David Bestock

David Bestock

David Bestock hails from Seattle. He has been playing ultimate since 1996, and has coached for seven years. Mostly he just loves to play, and enjoys instilling the joy of the sport in his teammates and the kids he coaches. He has been privileged to be successful at the highest levels of the sport, and values the respect among competitors so prevalent in the sport of Ultimate....

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David Morgenroth

Coaching, teaching, and mentoring youth have always been an important part of Dave’s life. He coached basketball for 10 years, running youth camps and in community youth leagues in New York City and Berkeley, CA. He is a former 6th grade teacher in a public school in NYC, and continues to feel passionate about being an educator at the University of Washington. Team sports have also been an important part of his life including playing ice hockey and baseball as a kid, playing on his high...

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Dori Yaniv

Dori Yaniv

Dori has been playing, teaching, and competing with a frisbee since 1993. Since the moment he discovered the flying disc he knew he had found his passion and yearned to spread the word worldwide. While Dori served in the academic reserve and IDF as an industrial and management engineer, he spent his free time teaching and promoting frisbee in Israel. During that period, he also competed and excelled in two World Flying Discs Championships in 1999 and 2001....

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Elana Cohen

Elana Cohen

Elana was happy and humbled to work at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Ultimate Peace camps. She got involved after graduating from NYU in 2010, where she played on the women’s team the Violet Femmes, Elana lived in Israel for 2011 during which she was a part of the ongoing program of UP. She has been playing Ultimate in Colorado for the past 2 years while in grad school and is incredibly excited to be coming back to camp for a 4th summer. Elana is most looking forward to sharing her love of ultimate...

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Jeff Landesman

Jeff Landesman

After 40 years of playing, coaching, and teaching Ultimate, Jeff is still enamored with Spirit of the Game. It is the reason why he started playing Ultimate, and it is the reason why he keeps playing as often as possible. Jeff began his Ultimate career as a junior in high school in New York City. His team won the New York state championship, and Ultimate has been a major part of his life ever since....

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Jeremy Aron

Jeremy Aron

Jez has been playing Ultimate since 1994. Inspired by the handout of free mini-frisbees at a promotional night at the student union, he became a founder member of Sheffield University “Phat-Eds”.  After playing with London’s “Violently Happy” he moved to Israel in 2002, and helped to establish Haifa’s “Hucking Crazy”. Jez currently plays (albeit slowly and poorly) with “The Basic Joy of Play”, a team built to exemplify love of the sport...

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Joe Gara

Joe Gara

Joe Gara has been a Ultimate Peace coach in the Middle East every summer since 2010.  He caught the Ultimate bug in 1994, started the team at Salisbury University making Nationals twice.  Joe lives with his UP coach wife, Becca Tucker, their 3 year old daughter, 6 goats and 120 chickens on a farm in New York near one of the best disc golf courses in the country. He knows a good disc golf course when he sees one,...

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Jonathan Masler

Jonathan Masler

Jonathan has been playing, coaching, and living Ultimate for over the past 12 years. He was first introduced to Ultimate at an overnight summer camp, and understands how special the space is that Camp UP provides for youth to learn from one another and grow as individuals; he strives to make each summer the best experience possible for everyone involved....

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Liz Duffy

Liz Duffy

Liz feels incredibly grateful to be returning to Camp U.P. in 2012! Having participated in Ultimate Peace since the inaugural 2009 trip, Liz has been blown away with the powerful and positive effects of introducing the spirit and sport of Ultimate Frisbee to youth in the Middle East, and she knows that these will be some of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of her Ultimate life. Ultimate Frisbee has been one of Liz’s main passions since her introduction to the sport at Amherst...

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Loriana Berman

Loriana Berman

Team sports have always been an important part of Loriana’s life. She is hard-working and derives energy from motivating others. Loriana discovered Ultimate during her freshman year at Claremont McKenna College, and found that not only were the people in the ultimate frisbee community great, but the game is a rich way of life. In 2004 Loriana helped lead the Claremont Colleges Women’s Ultimate Team to Nationals. It was the first time she played ultimate in Seattle, and the trip initiated...

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Louis Eisenberg

Louis Eisenberg

Louis first discovered the magic of Ultimate at summer camp when he was 12 years old. Over the next several years, it grew from an occasional hobby into a huge part of his life. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area after high school, he has played for Stanford Bloodthirsty and various local men’s club teams, including a 3-year stint with Revolver. This spring he’s helping to start a new club team called Wolf. He also continues to seek honor for Jewish Ultimate by playing with...

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Mike Glass

Mike Glass

After 35 years of Ultimate …… I still love this game!
Having been to 20 or more Nationals and Worlds and seeing Ultimate change my life in such a positive way, it was a no-brainer when David asked me if I wanted to join him on his quest to spread this great game to the middle east.
The idea of peace through sport is a powerful one.
My hope is that maybe….. we can change the world just a little bit through Ultimate Peace!
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Miranda Knowles

Miranda Knowles

Miranda (Roth) Knowles found ultimate frisbee as a high school athlete and within in the following 3 years transferred all her hard work, athleticism, leadership and sportsmanship from basketball and soccer to be a full-time frisbee player. Once fully dedicated, she never looked back, winning junior worlds for the United States, the Callahan Award while playing for Carleton College and soon after 2 national championships with Seattle Riot and a World Games championship with the USA. Most recently...

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Moses Rifkin

Moses Rifkin

Moses Rifkin got hooked on Ultimate by Spirit of the Game. The idea that players could compete in a way that required respect between opponents was as appealing to him at age 14 as it is now. He is genuinely thrilled by the opportunity to combine the ideal and sport that mean so much to him with the effort towards justice and peace that Ultimate Peace provides....

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Nancy Glass

Nancy Glass

An original member of the UP Team, Nancy started her Ultimate career in the early 80′s with Chicago’s Nemesis. She still lives in Chicago with her husband Mike, three children, two dogs and a fish. Nancy continues to play and coach both Ultimate and Hockey.
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Nathan Castine

Nathan Castine

Nathan came out for his high school Frisbee team in 2003. After playing a short 2 months, he joined a local youth club team called MoHo. The people, the excitement of the sport, and the friendly atmosphere of practice allowed Nathan to quickly fall in love with the sport....

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Sam Kanner

Sam Kanner

Sam Kanner was born and raised in Amherst, MA. He learned to play Ultimate at a very young age and worked his way through the most accomplished and successful HS programs in the country – Amherst Regional HS.  Sam co-captained at Carleton College with fellow coach Chris Kosednar in their 2009 championship season, graduated from Carleton College in 2010, and took the place of his studious sister at Camp...

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Yuval “Zolo” Zolotushko

Yuval "Zolo" Zolotushko

Yuval’s first encounter with a frisbee was back in 2005 in the “Hashomer Hazair” youth group.   After a few short months he heard about the “Bula Flow” (First international event in Israel) and immediately joined the volunteer crew.  Since then, he got “infected” with the frisbee bug and hasn’t stopped playing ever since....

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Katherine Landesman

Katherine Landesman

Katherine started throwing a disc as soon as she could stand, since both her parents play and taught her well. She went on to help start the women’s team at Clark University: Joan of Clark. She now plays in Boston in various leagues and fun tournaments. Katherine was at camp in 2010, 2011, and 2013 and is looking forward to finally getting back after all these years.

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Staff

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David Barkan

David Barkan - Camp Director

David lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He also volunteers year-round for Ultimate Peace, and is the Director of Camp UP in Acco Israel every summer.  David has led many Ultimate teams over the course of his thirty-year career to compete at the highest national and international levels of the sport.  He has coached youth Ultimate for over 30 years on 4 continents, won a world championship as a player in 1995, and was inducted into the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2010....

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Tomer Levy - Director of Operations

Tomer had his first encounter with a Frisbee seeing people tossing a disc around Rabin Square in Tel Aviv while passing by on his way home....

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Linda Sidorsky

Linda Sidorsky - Deputy Director of Camp

Linda lives in rural western Massachusetts in the small town of Shelburne Falls. She is one of the co-founders of Ultimate Peace along with David Barkan and Dori Yaniv. As an unpaid volunteer she devotes her time and energy all year to Ultimate Peace as the organization’s COO. She is also the Director of Operations and oversees “Measurements...

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Nancy Melrose

Nancy Melrose - Director of Educational Programs

Nancy has been an avid follower and supporter of Ultimate for over 20 years.  She oversees and creates the daily schedule and programming for our campers!  She also supervises staff, advises the youth leadership/CIT program, and serves as a key problem solver.  Nancy resides in California but lived in Israel for many years where she received training in experiential/informal education and taught high school students and adults from around the world. This led her to designing and guiding trips...

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Karym Barhom

Karym Barhom - Production Team

In 2009, Karym was introduced to Frisbee at Ultimate Peace’s first event in Tel Aviv. From 2007-2011, Karym studied and received his Bachelors of Arts in Informal Education at Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba. Karym’s extensive background in playing and coaching soccer was a natural fit for Ultimate. His work experience includes coaching many kids and young adults in Soccer, which he continues today. He also worked for five years as an Activities Director for Noar HaOved in Tel Aviv...

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Randi Glass

Randi Glass - Production Team

I have never played Ultimate, but have been lucky to be surrounded by it through marriage for over 30 years! I joined UP in 2010 and am grateful to have been part of the Admin team since then. My daughter Dani has been to camp with me every year, and there are many more Glass family members who share in UP with us, always keeping that UP Glass half FULL!!

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