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New This Summer

New programs

Your Generosity Makes The Difference

Building a Vibrant Community

Camp Maas

Camper Statistics

Scholarship Funding

1266 total campers plus 84 Israeli campers from our partnership region.

• $1,140,000 in scholarship dollars was awarded

The Ravitz Foundation Arts Center

Tikkun Olam

Thanks to the generosity of The Ravitz Foundation, campers enjoyed our brand new 5,000 sq. ft. open air art center as well as new art activities: Batiking • Sewing • Wood working • Leather stamping Tamarack Camps hosted 4 artists in-residence; Gail Kaplan, Lauren Singer, Marla Schram-Wolfe and Sheri Kushner who introduced new and exciting art projects.

Repairing the world was the concept behind the creation of the new Tikkun Olam Village at Camp Maas. Campers entering 11th grade were involved in hands-on community service, learning about philanthropy, granting actual funds provided by the Jewish Teen Funders Network as well as just being a camper.

• 1064 campers at Camp Maas • 202 Teen Travel and outpost campers • 3 Western Trips

• 505 campers received aid • $2,257 average amount of scholarship provided per camper

• 2 Alaska Trips – first time in 15 years • Provide over 3,000 meals a day

Project Mezuzah You bought a piece of camp and raised $53,485.45 to date

“At Camp Maas alone, we take care of 1,250 acres, 260 buildings, and 11 villages.”

Tamarack Camps ran a new donor campaign, 200 new donors gave $35,427 in 180 days.

“Providing world class Jewish camping programs and facilities.” Music Artists In-Residence Sheldon Low and Mikey Pauker, professional musicians were a part of our artist in-residence program. Campers enjoyed song sessions and concerts as well as learning about various instruments and styles of music.

Charach Sheruth Village The newly renovated Charach Sheruth village is the first to be the prototype for future village renovations. Natalie and Manny Charach dedicated the renovations in honor of their son, Jeffrey, and in memory of their daughter Janice, who was a Sheruth camper. Cabin renovations include: • Porches • Enlarged counselor living area • New wooden beds and shelves • New mattresses donated by Serta

Camp Kennedy Camp Kennedy recently underwent some renovations including a new bathroom and shower facility, a reconfigured girls bunk room and new roofs on all buildings.

“Our Development Department raised over $800,000 a year in direct donations and grants. In the last two years alone, we have additionally raised over $4,000,000 in capital gifts.”

“We maintain an active and growing relationship with our alumni of over 10,000 former campers and staff.”

Family Camp

Alumni Happenings

We introduced a new “Dad and Me” camp where over 40 fathers and their children spent a weekend at camp. In addition, our signature Bubbie Zaydie Family Camp had another successful year.

Tamarack Bar Trivia Night

Chicago Alumni Reunion

The first-ever Tamarack Bar Trivia Night took place Thursday, March 7th at Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale. About 60 Tamarack alumni and friends attended.

On August 13, 2013 Tamarack Camps hosted a Chicago Alumni Reunion at the Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox game at US Cellular Field.

“Tamarack runs a first class Butzel Conference Center with Bubbie Zaydie programs, family camps, Jewish and corporate retreats.”

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Honoring Our History

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6735 Telegraph Road, Suite 380 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Executive Committee Michael Lippitt President Darren Findling First Vice President Joseph Lash Vice President Stacy Brodsky Vice President, Development David Goldman Treasurer Elizabeth Sollish Secretary Stefanie Aronow Jeff Bagdade Michelle Bass Ilana Glazier Alan Hurvitz Geoff Kretchmer Andrew Landau Robert Schwartz Abbe Sherbin

Brighton Side Dedication On Family Fun Day, there was a special “Brighton Side” dedication with the official renaming of the junior side villages as the “Brighton Villages”. A bronze plaque commemorating Brighton’s history and impact was unveiled. Junior side supervisors, Brighton alumni and past directors, Marv Berman, Susie Zaks and Lenny Newman, attended the dedication.

Supporting Send A Kid To Tamarack Our “111th Year Celebration and Hardcore Auction” for “Send a Kid to Tamarack” was a fun-filled evening featuring Tamarack Alumni and television personalities Les, Seth and Ashley Gold. Highlights included a special Charach Sheruth Dance City Performance, camp songs and video.

President’s Award Brian Kepes, former camper, staff, long-time board member, past president and devoted lay leader was honored with the 2013 President’s Award. Brian has and continues to work tirelessly as a fund raiser and champion of Tamarack. He was instrumental in developing Tamarack’s 10-year master plan and in enabling camp to begin implementing the plan last year.

Frank Ellias, Immediate Past President Board Members Marni Aaronson Rabbi Aaron Bergman Ron Charfoos Alan M. Gallatin Janet Gendelman Arik Green Ruth Grey Jenny Gross* Linda Ishbia Kathryn Lenter Janet Loesberg Aric Melder Dr. Jeff Meyers Dr. Jeff Michaelson Marc Nakisher Jodi Neff Phyllis Pilcowitz ** Steve Robinson Adina Rubenstein Robert Sher Melissa Sherman R. Tyler Smith Eileen Stein Nancy Komer Stone Jim Sugarman Dr. Linda Thomas Carolyn Tisdale Rabbi Simcha Tolwin Pam Turkin Brad Wasserman Jeff Zeman*

THe best days of our lives 2013 year in review

Past Presidents Ida V. Kopple* Josephine Van Noorden* Edith Heavenrich* Gertrude Wineman* Sarah Kaplan* Esther Rosenthal* Sally Nirenberg* Harry L. Jackson* Alex Schreiber* Harry Jacobson* Charles N. Agree* Barney Smith* Milton M. Maddin* Nathan L. Milstein* Dr. Irving Posner* Maxwell E. Katzen* Dr. Peter G. Shifrin* A. Arnold Agree* Agnes Scott* Sol G. Kurtzman* Sidney J. Winer* Robert Kasle* Harvey Gordon Allan Nachman Michael W. Maddin Dr. Richard Krugel Richard Komer Jonathan Haber Edward Lumberg Dr. David Harold Henry Wineman II Ronald Sollish Brian Kepes Shelley Hutton Frank Ellias *Of blessed  memory

Eugene Applebaum Jack A. Robinson Honorary Lifetime Member Stephen J. Engel Executive Director * NEXTGen Liaison ** JFMD Israeli Camper Program Liaison

Tamarack Camps, established by the Fresh Air Society, builds a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.

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Tamarack Camps Year in Review 2013  
Tamarack Camps Year in Review 2013