Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa

Jenny Schwartzberg

Dear All,


I went to Camp Marimeta (for girls) and my brother went to Camp Menominee (for boys) in the 1970s, located outside Eagle River, Wisconsin (in the far north of Wisconsin).  Both were run by the Wasserman family of Chicago.  I had not realized until checking their websites just now that Menominee was founded in 1928 and Marimeta in 1947. They were run by a Jewish family for children of Jewish families but were secular.  I remember that Shabbat candles were lit in the dining hall with brief prayers but otherwise I really do not remember any other sign of Judaism other that we were all Jewish.  I went there for 6 summers and enjoyed it.  Afterwards I went for 3 summers to Camp Harand, a theater camp founded by two Jewish sisters, Pearl and Sulie Harand, but otherwise no sign of Judaism though there were a lot of Jewish campers.  At that point, it was located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin but is now in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


All three camps still exist and are run by descendants of the original families.


Earlier in my family history, my great-grandfather Joseph J. Cohen founded two summer camps for the children of anarchist families, many of whom were Jewish, Camp Germinal, Jamison, Pennsylvania from 1926 to 1934 and Camp Sharon, at Mohegan Lake, New York, from 1928 to 1931 or so.  My grandparents, Emma Cohen Gilbert and Richard V. Gilbert were also involved with both camps.


I don’t know if these camps fall within the rubric for the researcher, but I would be curious to exchange memories and stories with anyone familiar with them.



Jenny Schwartzberg

Chicago, IL

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