Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Judi Wagner

Wow, love this thread
my first sleep away camp experience was at Camp Westmont in 1961, I was 9.  I was not allowed to take a snake home on the bus, but I did bring a frog and salamander.  I then spent many summers at Camp B’nai B’rith in Starlight, Pa, just over border from Hancock, NY.  My first anti semitic experience was in town when the owner of a candy store did not want to serve Jewish campers.  I loved everything about sleep away camp and made many special friends.  I also worked at the camp when I was older.  It was run by the Skolnick family.  I still have many photos of all the campers and counselors, and kitchen staff, circa late 1960’s.  Wearing white, lighting a giant menorah, and Israeli dancing on Friday nights, learning sports, swimming in a lake, performing in shows, arts and crafts, a truly life changing and enriching experience.  My husband and I started dating in high school, and we worked summers at Camp Impala, and Camp Nimrod, both in Catskills.  My daughter continued the sleep away camp tradition at Camp  Blue Ridge in Georgia and loved it as well. Our three grandsons are third generation campers, going to Camp Walden in upstate NY.  How lucky are we and our families to have the Jewish camp experience!

Judi Kessel Wagner
Boca Raton, FL

KISSILEVSKIJ, and BRODY,   Berdichev Ukraine ; HIRSCHFELD, and ZEIGER,  Hodod, Romania; KLEIN and GROSZMAN, Satoraljaujhely, Hungary; WAGNER, Warsaw, Poland; WEINSTEIN, Hotin, Bessarabia; RECHTER and HALPERN, Bolekhov, Ukraine

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