In anticipation of our 70th Anniversary this July, we would like to honor the camp people who had an influence on you, our camp community and on camp life. It may have been a special counselor, a cabinmate, a rabbi or a song leader. It may be the camp friend who eventually became your best friend or life partner! This is your opportunity to honor, celebrate and give a shout out to the Camp Saratoga, Camp Swig and Camp Newman people who had an impact on your life. To honor someone, please click here!
Who from Camp Saratoga, Swig, Newman shaped your life?
Sam was camp director the years that Dick and I were counselors, he was a very big influence on us. His honesty, integrity, sense of humor and love of young people were the values we gained from being with him during those special years.
I married him and had children with him (Noah Wolf-Prusan)
So many people in so many ways!
Debbie Friedman, Debbie PInto, Jason Gwasdoff — thru music I learned Hebrew phrases and connected with my people!
Such a long list but here are a few…Rabbi Joe Glaser, Carol Kreutzer Levy, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, Rabbi Joe Glaser and a huge crew of friends…many of whom have been my chaverim for 50+ years. I am grateful for the influences and relationships that began and were sustained at Camp Swig!
So many… Rich Slaton, Leora Wolf- Prusan, Adam Harris, Sammy Holaschutz, Tara Siegel Jacobs, Jessica Oleon Kirschner, Bryan Zive, Joel Simonds too! … Swig ’03 and Newman ’04-’06 changed the course of my life. Wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for those summers
Rabbi Joe, Howard Laibson, Debbie Friedman, Helen Burke, Fanchon Shur, Michael Zeldin, Jimmy Simon…too many to mention.
My list is too WAY long to mention everyone, but one of the reasons I came back year after year, was to work with Michelle Plachte-Zuieback, David Plachte-Zuieback, Kathy Pither and Robert Saslow. 💜 💜 💜 💜
Steve Krause, Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin, Joshua Simonds, Adam Blotner, Robert Woolf, Aaron Platt Ross, Derek ‘Dovid’ Gormin, Bryan Zive, Danny Greene, Lara Pullan Regev, Tara Siegel Jacobs… Just like everyone else, there are many many more to mention
When I was in 7th grade at a new school I wore my URJ Camp Newman sweatshirt and a crazy 10th grader Adam Blotner came running up to me to tell me he went to camp there too. That’s one of the first times I experienced “Wherever you go there’s always someone Jewish…” I would also be totally out of place to not add Julie Otis Waltzer to my list who single handily brought back a whole cabin together for multiple years in a row. These are two people of many who have deeply impacted my life from camp
Toby Pechner helped turn the worst year of my life into one of the best as one of my avo advisors. And Ethan Black – When I was you’re avo servant and you made me introduce you in game of thrones fashion.
I am coming,
Sometimes I feel you are a big tree given shade
and sometimes you are a bird flying around camp
Or singing with your guitarra!!!
– In honor of Ruben Arquilevich
- Ruben Arquilevich – Honored by Naomi Torgersen and Kathy Pither
- Lenny Thal – Honored by Sherrie Zeitlin
- Barbara Selvidge – Honored by Janet Harris
- Helen Burke – Honored by Rhonda Kap Volotzky
- Sam Kamiker, Rabbi Joe Glaser, Carol Kretzer, Moshe Dollinger, Lenny Thal, Michelle and David Plachte-Zuieback, Robert Saslow, Cantor Jaime Shpall, Tish Laemmle and Ruben Arquilevich – Honored by Kathy Pither
- Stephen Chase Honikman – Honored by Joshua Samuels
- Rabbi scott sperling, stephen makoff, esther bergman liberman – Honored by Dana Washofsky