The Pembroke Alumni Stay Warm as They Celebrate Shabbat Together

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    The Camp Pembroke Alumni group held their first Shabbatini evening recently, in the Metrowest Boston area.  We began with a camp service, utilizing our Cohen Camps siddur, led by our Head of Jewish Life and Learning and our Head of Music.  It was the perfect antidote to the cold winter for all of us who are missing the warm days of summer at Camp Pembroke!  I was glad to be able to attend this wonderful event. As the Camp Director, I would like to also share my thoughts, as presented that night, with all of you.  Camp Pembroke is a very special place which has touched the lives of some very special women over its 79 seasons of camping.  I hope you can get a sense of who we are, and the sisterhood that we share, from my remarks:

    I am entering my 16th season at Camp Pembroke, and my 10th as Director.  I am truly blessed to have a job that I absolutely love.   I have the unique opportunity to be with over 350 campers each summer, and to watch them as they learn, grow, make friends, and appreciate being Jewish.  It is beyond thrilling to see them leave us as different individuals than they were when they arrived.  It is so gratifying to actually observe what a wonderful experience our girls enjoy – and how important Camp Pembroke becomes in their lives.  I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything else in the world.

    I am incredibly grateful to the small group of alumni who have stuck with us through thick and thin, and whose support continues to be an inspiration to me, my staff, and our campers……..and without whom our alumni group and events like these would never happen.

    I warmly welcome those of you who we have not seen recently, and want to tell you that I hope this will be the first night of the rest of your Pembroke Alumni life – and that you will continue to join us and support our efforts, going forward.  We have lots of ideas in the pipeline, not the least of which is our upcoming 80th anniversary celebration.  Please join a committee, help us plan, bring your ideas to the table – and most importantly, bring as many of your camp sisters as you can with you on August 3rd to celebrate this significant milestone.

    Our Shabbat experience, which you are about to share with us, is the best anywhere in the world.  Much of what we will be doing tonight will be familiar to you, but even better than you remember.  Like all of you, Shabbat is my most favorite evening at camp because it brings everyone together in joy and celebration.  Everyone is happy, celebrating the week that was, and anticipating the week to come.

    I hope, for all of us, that this is the beginning of a new age for the Pembroke Alumni, and that tonight’s service will showcase Camp Pembroke as it is today – the continued sisterhood that makes us so unique and that keeps us together as we support one another throughout our lives.  We are all here because Camp Pembroke has a special place in each of our hearts, and has been instrumental in helping to shape our lives as Jewish women.  Thank you for including me in the wonderful traditions that ARE Camp Pembroke; I am proud to take a piece of each of you with me wherever I go.

    Shabbat Shalom to some of my favorite women in the world.

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