Alumnae Shabbat

  • This weekend, Camp Pembroke welcomed over 100 alumni for our Alumnae Shabbat festivities!

    There were three generations of Pembroke women, 20 of whom stayed overnight on Friday for what was a very exciting Shabbat service, and a delicious dinner.  Just as the group was ready to gather in the pine grove, the heavens opened up and the thunderstorms began; for the third consecutive year, our first Friday night service of the season was held indoors!  As we all know, there is absolutely nothing that can dampen the spirit of a Camp Pembroke Shabbat – and this year was no exception!  Services, dinner, and sing were held in our dining hall, where our support staff, new counselors, and returning staff were treated to the ruach that makes Shabbat so special at Camp Pembroke.  Everyone in the dining hall was dancing, learning the Israeli songs and dances that are integral to our Shabbat!  Annebelle and Arnold Cohen were in attendance on Friday, kvelling at the sisterhood that was created as a result of the vision of Eli and Bessie Cohen, almost 80 years ago.

    Saturday morning’s weather was the complete opposite of Friday evening’s, and we were able to hold our morning services in the newly renovated pine grove.  Over 100 Pembroke alumni joined us, including three generations of women who grew up here on the shores of Lake Oldham.  We had not seen some of these women in many years, and they were very excited to see all the positive changes that we made here at camp, while still maintaining the Camp Pembroke that they remember.  Our beautiful new pedal boats, donated by our alumni, were sparkling on the sunny lake and quite visible from the pine grove.  Several of our guests decided to have pedal boat races to try out our four new acquisitions – one in each of our Color War hues; blue, gold, poiple, and green!  I understand that it was a true work-out for these women, but lots of fun!  I know that our campers will create wonderful memories pedaling these boats together.

    Our Pembroke alumnae are very special to us; they are the glue that holds our Pembroke family together.  There is an incredible sisterhood that exists among these women, and it is truly heartwarming to see them together.  No matter how many times I witness these reunions, I never tire of watching the women excitedly hugging one another and catching up on all their news.  There is a true legacy here, one of which I am very proud.  As we enter our 78thseason here at Camp Pembroke, I am excited to welcome over 50 new young campers to our family; the legacy continues…………..and I can’t wait for Wednesday, when it will all begin!

    With love and anticipation,


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