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February 02, 1990 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-02-02

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I LOCAL NEWS 1

ATwist of Gold...



Sue, Michelle, David and Carly Efros.

Campaign Close-Up:
Togetherness At Camp

HOWARD A. SALTER

Special to The Jewish News

Editors note: Several agencies
helping families grow together
and learn about their Jewish
identity receive funding from
the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion's Allied Jewish Cam-
paign. With the 1990 Cam-
paign under way throughout
Detroit, the following profile —
the second in a series — shows
how support of our communi-
ty's services translates into
positive results.
he Efros family can
thank Fresh Air
Society for bringing
them together — literally.
"We met at summer camp!"
Sue Efros said. "We were the
first girls' group up there, and
I don't think the boys really
liked it at first. You know, we
girls invading their territory."
Her husband, David, smil-
ed as his wife told of their
meeting as teen-agers.
"It was at Camp Kennedy
(located in the Upper Penin-
sula) . . . I was 15 and she was
16," he said. "I think we were
the first Kennedy couple to
marry"
As adults with two children
of their own — Michelle,
> almost 13, and Carly, 10 —
Sue and David have shared
many enjoyable weekends at
the Butzel Conference Center
as part of Fresh Air Society's
Jewish Family Camp
program
Some families may view
sending their children to
camp as an opportunity to get
away from one another for a
healthy vacation. But don't
try mentioning that to the
Efroses . . . especially Carly.
"It's just like going to sum-
mer camp, only better
because you get to go with
\--,„ your family," Carly said. "It's
'like a big sleep-over. There's
'-'-,.of fun activities . . . I like

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everything about family
camp."
Michelle and Carly
especially enjoy the talent
show. "It's something they
talk about all the time, plan-
ning what they are going to
do!' Sue said.
Another traditional activi-
ty is the Shabbat service' and
dinner on Friday evenings.
When the families arrive in
Ortonville on Friday after-
noon, they begin preparing
for the Shabbat. The children
make decorations and
everyone gets involved.
"It's a really nice service!'
Sue said. "All the families are
together and we sing songs
. . . it's a wonderful ex-
perience?'
The Efroses have been at-
tending family camp for "six
or seven years," and the ex-
perience has helped the two
children when they go to sum-
mer camps by themselves.
Fresh Air Society has
various family experiences
available: Bubbie-Zadie &
Kinder camps, Father &
Children, along with the
regular family camps.
When she was younger,
Michelle used to cry when the
family would leave on Sunday
afternoon. "That's the worst
thing about family camp —
leaving. But I know we're go-
ing to come back again," she
said. ❑

Steinsaltz Talmud
Is Study Topic

Aleynu/Aish Ha Torah,
which conducts classes and
small groups geared toward
continuing Jewish education,
will begin utilizing Rabbi
Adin Steinsaltz's English
translation of the Talmud as
its primary text for its Thurs-
day lunch and learn sessions
at The Jewish News.
The sessions are open to all.

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