One Shabbat each session, Michelle and I invite all of our Or Ami campers and staff to a “study session” (a.k.a. junk food party). It is one of our highlights of the summer to hear the campers kvell about their camp experience.
It is also incredible to notice how many Or Ami faculty and intern alumni are now part of the Camp’s senior staff. Rabbinic Intern Sara Mason Barkin (former Mishpacha Coordinator) and Rabbinic Intern Jordana Chernow-Reader (former Mishpacha Faculty member) are co-Directors of Education. Their husbands also work at camp: Josh Barkin, former Education Intern, is on faculty while Luke Reader, Mishpacha faculty member, is a Rosh (unit head). Jake Singer-Belin, former Mishpacha faculty member, is Rosh Tefillah (in charge of ritual life at camp). Fisch (Jonathan Rothstein-Fisch) is CIT Director. A week before we arrived, Rachel (Isaacson) Margolis, former Mishpacha Coordinator, served on faculty.
Camp Newman is one of the most creative Jewish learning and living places in America today. As so many Or Ami interns and faculty come from Camp Newman, that bodes very well for the continued creative life of our Congregation Or Ami community.