Historical Society opens ‘Summer Camp’ exhibit

Historical Society opens ‘Summer Camp’ exhibit

“SUMMER CAMP REUNION” exhibition will open at the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey in Fair Lawn on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring photos or memorabilia from their camp days.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity to reminisce and reconnect with camp friends about our fun camp experiences,” said Ina Harris, reunion chairperson, who was a counselor at Camp Veritans. “The days we spent in camp were such an integral part of our lives that we have memories to last a lifetime.” 

The opening day celebration features speakers from various Jewish camps, including Mickey Gilbert from the Passaic/Clifton Y; Arthur Minsky from Hi Ho; Amy Cooper from Ramah; Janet Fleigelmen from NJ Y camps; and Mark Murray from Veritans. 

“I didn’t cry when I sent my son to sleepaway camp,” said Debbie Grossman of Caldwell, member of the reunion exhibit team. “I was so glad he was going to have that opportunity.” Grossman attended Veritans and Y camps.

Joy S. Kurland, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society, seeks help identifying campers in the photos. “We have boards and boards of camp photos, an extensive collection, but many are unidentified. It is our hope that faces will be linked with names at the reunion,” she said. Kurland attended Camp Belle.

The exhibit runs through December. Admission is $10 per person, children under 12 are free. 

The society is open Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; other times by appointment. Contact jhsnnj@gmail.com or 201-300-6590.

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