Beber Camp Director Update
Dear Beber Camp Families,
It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that Becky Altman will be leaving the Beber Camp family as Camp Director, effective Monday, January 7. She has decided to leave the camping field to pursue other opportunities and I am incredibly grateful for her many years of dedicated service.
Becky has been a part of Beber Camp for the better part of her life and she has played an important role in creating our vibrant and meaningful Jewish camp community. Becky has positively impacted thousands of campers, staff and families during her tenure at Beber Camp. We wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors and we invite you to read Becky’s letter to the community at the end of this email.
Beber Camp continues to be in an exciting position for the coming season as we move forward with excellence, stability, and strength. I am thrilled to announce that effective Monday, January 7, Michael Wax will become the new Director of Beber Camp.
Michael is an amazing professional who has been part of the Beber Camp community in various roles throughout his life, most recently in his current role as Assistant Director of Programming. Michael has been a camper, summer staff, board member, key full-time staff member, and camper parent and brings a tremendous amount of experience and passion to this new role. He has been a large part of Beber’s success throughout the past decade and I am confident that your children will be well-taken care of under his direction. Michael and the Beber Camp Team, Joel Bennett, Marc Altman, Abby Mintz, Alex Pomerantz, Elli Krandel, and Sarabeth Salzman, are all in place to ensure that summer 2019 is our best ever!
We will be in touch with the community throughout the transition, and please do not hesitate to get in touch with me with any questions. I know that all of you join us in thanking Becky for her tireless work over the past eleven years and welcoming Michael into his new role as Director of Beber Camp.
Peace, Love, 3BC,
Executive Director, Beber Camp
To my Beber Family,
It is with a full heart that I write this letter. Serving as your Director has brought me such joy and a sense of tremendous purpose. While it is impossible for me to ever separate fully from Beber, my time in this role is coming to an end while I look to pursue other professional opportunities.
It is hard to explain the immense gratitude I feel for the Beber community and what it has done for my family and me since the summer of 1984 when I first stepped on the shores of Lake Beulah. I grew from a staff kid to camper to counselor within the safety and love of the Beber bubble, eventually meeting my husband at camp and now raising my twins in the same village that raised me. I have loved being your Camp Director and you have enriched my life in ways beyond measure.
I have also been blessed to work with some of the most talented and passionate individuals whose commitment to Beber and to your children’s experience is unmatched in this industry. It is my absolute honor to pass the baton to Michael Wax as he becomes your next Camp Director. Michael has been a fixture in the Beber community since 1982. He has spent nearly 25 years at camp and for the past 11 years, has served as the Assistant Director of Programming, as well as my right hand man. His commitment, passion and knowledge of camp is immeasurable and he is beyond prepared to serve as your next Director. I look forward to working with Michael and the rest of our incredible team to ensure a smooth transition.
Again, I want to thank you for your unwavering trust and confidence in me over the past 11 years. I have loved each and every one of your children as if they were my own. My joy has been in watching your children live their moments at camp – from overcoming homesickness to trying a new activity or meeting a new friend. I have loved watching your kids put down their screens and create authentic relationships with other campers and staff that I am confident will be friendships that last a lifetime. From Israeli Dancing on Friday nights to our Pioneer trip to Israel and Poland, I am in awe of our campers’ exploration of their own Jewish identity and how they each have found a way to connect to their religion in a way that feels honest. I marvel at the amount of staff that I have watched grow up over the years and transform into the most incredible, Jewish leaders and role models both at camp and in their home communities.
I am proud to have led a community that welcomes all individuals with open arms and encourages people to be who they want to be without judgment or prejudice. Please continue to take care of each other and enjoy the magic that is Beber Camp.
With tremendous love and gratitude,
Director, Beber Camp