By Dr. Stefanie Aronow, Chief Medical Officer

As we gather in the spirit of Thanksgiving, let us reflect on the profound health benefits of gratitude, especially in times of adversity. In face of the challenging rise in antisemitism and recent events in Israel that weigh heavily on our hearts, fostering an attitude of gratitude can be a powerful tool for emotional and physical well-being.

Numerous studies have shown that practicing gratitude can have a positive impact on both mental and physical health. Grateful individuals often experience lower levels of stress and depression, improved sleep quality, and enhanced overall well-being. During times of uncertainty and unrest, cultivating gratitude becomes even more essential to navigate through challenges with tenacity. 

Gratitude allows us to focus on the positive aspects of our lives, fostering a sense of community and shared humanity. Whether through simple acts of kindness, acknowledging the support of loved ones, or appreciating the beauty of the world around us, gratitude acts as a healing balm for the soul.

Together, as a camp community, we can practice gratitude, benefitting our collective well-being and creating a space where compassion and empathy thrive.

Wishing you all a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude, connection, and the strength to overcome challenges with resilience and love.

In health and unity,

The Medical Mishpacha (family) of Tamarack Camps: 

  • Dr. Stefanie Aronow, Chief Medical Officer 
  • Jennifer Feinberg, Director of Health, Camp Maas
  • Gail Chynoweth, Director of Health, Teen Programs 
  • Danielle Tagai, Director of Mental Health and Special Needs 
  • The Medical Committee