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The Detroit Jewish News, 2010-12-02

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do every day" or start
your own.
Goldwater said
Tavor had 215 camp-
ers last summer. It
can handle up to
150 per session, but
it's not for everyone.
Goldwater said the
youngest campers —
third grade — sleep
in cabins, while older
Taking a break at the waterfront
children sleep in
tents. She describes
the atmosphere as
her husband in Israel. Julie and Shaul
Israeli, Zionist, "left-leaning, with lots
Englender now live in Bingham Farms, of discussions?'
but their son Sam, 24, made aliyah last
For some children, she said, "it
may be their only Jewish experience
But you don't have to be a commit-
Others come because the camp is
ted Zionist to enjoy Tavor. Rachel said, kosher. "Basically, we are welcom-
"It is a great experience for kids to
ing and open to any kid who wants a
learn to look at the world creatively
Jewish camping experience."
and critically" and a great place to
In difficult economic times, Tavor
learn Jewish values and a little Hebrew. has done several things to improve
She said all the campers have a
the camp. As a pilot project of the
voice in deciding activities. "There is
Foundation for Jewish Camping, it has
no age discrimination — everyone is
won four grants in six years to help
respected for what they have to say.
remodel the waterfront, dining room,
There is a real Jewish identity and
music studio and bathrooms.
everyone is totally at ease."
Tavor staff also meet with seven
The campers help operate Tavor, lit-
other camps, including Ramah, Bieber,
erally. Each morning, they have chores,
Jewish center and other camps, to
but they can choose
which chores they do.
Beyond the chores,
the list of camp activ-
ities is fairly typical:
camping trips, Tikkun
Olam Day in Three
Rivers, out-of-camp
hikes to Goldie's Ice
Cream store, Fourth
of July fireworks,
swimming pool and
boating activities on
Lake Kaiser.
The dining facil-
ity and kitchen
were renovated in
Ethan Saltzman of Philadelphia enjoys the Indiana
2009, said Shelley
Goldwater, Tavor's
executive director. The campers help
exchange information and resources.
care for and harvest vegetables from
"It's how I found some camp nurses
the camp's organic garden. They take
and some tents:' Goldwater said.
care of camp animals, build benches,
This summer, the camp will hold
paint murals and prepare snacks. And
its 55th reunion June 10-12. Five years
they have fun.
ago, 300 "alumni" attended the 50th
"It's a great place said 15-year-old
event. Alumni and current camp par-
Eli Jensen, who has attended Tavor for
ents can also participate in a two-day
seven summers. "I've made friends
Chicago to Three Rivers bike tour,
from all over the Midwest; and it's fun
arriving at Tavor on Visitors Day. ❑
to live with them for 3-4 weeks.
"We play a lot of sports, boating,
For complete information about Tavor, visit
chugim (interest groups) — you can
the Web site camptavor.org or call Shelley
always find one you're interested in to
Goldwater, (262) 334-0399.

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