Tamarack Camps is enjoying its 113th summer. Thousands of children have spent their childhood in our care. We are proud of our extensive alumni network and their accomplishments inside and outside of camp.  Tamarack strives to produce leaders in the Jewish community by creating a positive Jewish foundation from a young age. We are always excited to share their accomplishments. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit bestows prestigious awards every year.  This years honorees all have Tamarack connections.

Sylvia Simon Greenberg Award:
Molly Chernow, donor

Frank A. Wetsman Award:
Jason Klein, alumnus and donor

Mark-Lis Family Young Leadership Award:
Marty Maddin, alumnus and donor

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Susie Citrin, alumna and donor
Irwin Elson, alumnus and donor
Jerome L. Schostak z”l, donor

We caught up with two of the award recipients and asked them to reflect on their Tamarack experience:

Marty Maddin, who received the Mark-Lis Family Young Leadership Award this past May, has a lifelong connection with Tamarack Camps. Both his parents and grandparents attended Tamarack and he began as a camper at Brighton when he was just six years old. Maddin returned every summer, going on both the Western and Alaska trips, and returned to Camp Maas as a TSS.

“Tamarack is a place infused with Judaism, Tikkun Olam, lifelong friends, and nature,” Maddin said. “I have a profound respect for my experience at camp. It shaped who I am and my view of the world.”

Jason Klein, who received the Frank A. Wetsman Award, grew up at Tamarack.  He started at Brighton, continued all the way through Maas Specialty, and went on the Western trip.  Klein credits Tamarack as an important part of his childhood.

“Tamarack impacted who I was and who I am,” said Klein, who is not only an alumnus of Tamarack, but also a donor.

He sees camp as a wonderful return on investment.

“I chose to give back to a community that gave me so many opportunities.  I truly believe a Jewish camping experience teaches the idea of community, strength, and togetherness,” Klein said.

Klein and his wife, Lisa, who is a camp doctor this summer, continue the Tamarack tradition by sending their children to camp.

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