Lisa Tencer

Below is the story of Lisa Tencer, this year’s Tamarack JOIN intern, who has been impacted by the continued support of the Jewish Women’s Foundation and their challenge grant to help single Jewish mothers.


Some of my greatest memories at camp were the trips – going to Mackinac Island and white water rafting were some of the best summers of my life. My greatest memories are focused on relationships with new friends, and the counselors who felt like my older siblings. That’s what really makes Tamarack what it is. I remember being nervous to go to Berman for the first time, thinking everyone would already have their own friends. However, everyone embraced me with open arms and I met some really amazing people who I still keep in touch with today. Camp is a place where kids rule, where everyone could be as crazy or weird as they want and where I could be myself. No one was ever judging – everyone was too busy having fun!

My experiences at Tamarack have also shown me the benefits of having a Jewish cultural community. For example, I will never forget the communal feel of singing songs at Havdalah with my friends. I built that connection at Tamarack and I’m very excited to continue that connection and form a new Jewish community this fall, as I enter my service year in the Jewish Americorps program, Avodah.

The support that Jews are willing to give to one another, and to others, always amazes me. As a current JOIN intern at Tamarack, I am even further awed by the philanthropic Jewish community in the Metro Detroit area. I am fortunate enough to have felt this generosity directly since I received financial aid in order to attend camp. I am so grateful that the community here gave me the chance to have those life-changing experiences at Tamarack.

A note from Lisa’s Mother, Heidi:
As a single mother at the time, I greatly appreciated the financial aid that I received because I would not have been able to send my children to Tamarack without it. I wanted my children to have a Jewish camp experience like I did at Tamarack.

Tamarack Camps is excited to announce a $20,000 challenge grant through the kindness of Jewish Women’s Foundation for scholarships to benefit Single Jewish Mothers who need financial aid to send their children to Tamarack.

This grant is conditional upon a match from donors like you, with the goal of raising a total of $40,000. Your continued generosity has made a positive difference to hundreds of children who would have otherwise not been able to have a Jewish camping experience at Tamarack.

For more information about this grant and how to support single Jewish mothers, click HERE

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