L’dor V’dor: Kicking Off Coleman’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

This is the first entry in a series of blog entries capturing the memories of Camp Coleman and SEFTY alumni of all generations as a part of the celebration of Coleman’s 50th anniversary. The celebration will culminate with an unforgettable weekend back in the North Georgia mountains August 24-26 at Camp Coleman. Over 400 people have already said they’re coming, and there’s still another month left to register on our website before prices go up; there you will also find a schedule and a list of others who are registered. If you are interested in sharing your memories at Camp Coleman and how camp has influenced your life, please email Alex Glass at aglass@urj.org.

By Adam Tabachnikoff, Camp Coleman Alum, 1980-1990

Happy New Year. With the new year there is so much to be thankful for and so much to be looking forward to; I have started a new job, my children are in a new school and we are all making an effort to read more, spend less time in from of the computer and/or TV and to be more considerate to our neighbors. But, as we roll into the new year and get back to school, work and our day-to-day routines, what I am most excited about is that we are getting dangerously close to summer 2012 and the 50th anniversary celebration at Camp Coleman. While we have 8 months to go, many of us have been looking forward to this event for more than 2 years.

I am looking forward to seeing old friends as well as making new ones. I am looking forward to eating camp food, walking around Lake Shalom, and sitting in the sukkah and talking to friends, some of whom I have not seen in a long time. I’ll tell you, when I have a second of free time, I go to the RSVP list to see who I know. My first CIT will be there, my first unit head is coming and I can count 8 guys from my cabin my first summer in Boys 2B. I am delighted to see that my co-captain from Macabbiah will be there; we were the white team captains the very first summer we put plaques up in the Brody Center. Rabbis I grew up with will be there and SEFTY presidents too. I am already thinking about Friday night Shabbat dinner with fried chicken and brown betty and I can’t wait to see what Saturday night dinner is. I am looking forward to late night camp fires and, perhaps more than anything, I am looking forward to Shabbat services in the woods. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing my favorite song leaders leading us all in prayer and in ruach-filled song sessions.  This is going to be an amazing weekend event. In fact, there is so much to be excited about it is hard to point to a single event that tops my list. But if I had to pick just one…..it would be the camp songs. Now, as a parent, I am passing these songs along to my children.

Take a look at this video and I hope to see you all at camp August 24-26!