Yavneh Zoogs Who Married
Below are a few of the wonderful stories of Yavneh zoogs who have married. We’d love to include your story too. Email your zoog story to us.
Mimi Furman & Jack Aronson
Arleen Berger & Warren Bargard
Roberta Mades & Norman Milgram
Margie Tarmy & Stan Berkowitz
Ora Gorovitz & Arnold Band
Tova Feivou & Chaim Heifitz
Ruth Hurwitz & Barry Ehrlich
Roz Tabachnick & Paul Schneid
Carol Helfin & Ira Wallach
Gilda Micley & Alan Flashman
Joan Paller & Harvey Bines
Rosalyn Kestenbaum & David Clayman
Laura Bailen & Howard Kaufman
Margie Pepper & Jeff Kaufman
Sue Unger & Matty Green
Gwenne Berger & Craig Forman
Barbara Wolf & Steve Jablow
Beth Goldberg & Ronnie Forman
Sasha Weiss and Sam Graham Felson
Karen Jacobs & Tevy Dines
Carrie Wald & Jeff Budd
Jenn Judd & Jeff Finkelstein
Ellen Schiffer & Jonathan Berkowitz
Melanie Levy & Doron Fagelson
Shira Loewenstein & Yehudah Potok
Daniella Pressner & Saul Strosberg
Sara Paster & Josh Haskin
Becca Slotnick & Steve Shimshak
Nat Strosberg & Shira Garber
Jessica Gould & Efraim Yudewitz
Margie Ross & Adam Decter
Jessica Gray & Ari Sussman
Lexi Shieber & Jon Gradman
Nicole Greenberg & Jon Lopkin
Renee Greenberg & Jef Bratspis
Ari Rosenblum & Ariel Eder
Susan Hiller and Aron Troen
Sandy and Ilan Katz
Ari Rosenblum and Arriel Eder
Ari & Arriel Rosenblum got married on November 15, 2009 in MA. It was an incredible day. Yavneh friends from Kerems 2000, 2003, 2004 and even some of their campers from 2007 joined them to celebrate the day. The happy couple live in London.
Carrie and Jeff Budd
I first saw my husband Jeff Budd when both of us won scholarships and we were having our pictures taken with other winners for The Jewish Advocate. At that time, neither one of new the other existed except for the picture.
We actually met once we got to camp. We were in younger K’firim and the whole Aydah was invited to the Arayot social that evening. (Not sure now, but then socials were THE thing). He asked me to dance.
I went to his bar mitzvah in ’81 and went to camp for all summers between 1981-1984 and we were in Kerem together-1984. We were good friends through high school and college where it became more serious. We both graduated in 1990 and were married in ’92. In some way or another we have been dancing together ever since.
Now our girls are now campers there as well, carrying on the Yavneh tradition.
Jonathan Berkowitz and Ellen Schiffer Berkowitz
Ellen and I met at Yavneh in 1988 when we were 12 and 13 years old. The funny thing is that my parents, Margie and Stanley Berkowitz, also met at Yavneh when they were 13 years old so the concept of a Yavneh zoog getting married wasn’t a totally foreign thing to me. It was to Ellen, but eventually she saw the light! Our fondest memories of Yavneh are having 4 hour a night phone conversations during the school year and waiting all year in anticipation of coming back to camp where we could be together. Ellen and I continued our long distance relationship through college and married in 1998. We have two sons pictured attached, Noah and Jesse, and will always be in love with Yavneh. Needless to say, both boys will be attending Yavneh and there will be high expectations!!!!
Lexi Shieber & Jon Gradman
The agam will always hold a special place in our hearts.The summer I was sgan rosh agam and Jon was teaching fishing and roaming around the beach playing mandolin was the summer we fell in love. Who can resist in such a romantic atmosphere? Or maybe Estelle just worked her magic?
Rabbi Yehudah Potok and Shira Loewenstein
Shira and Yehudah met for the first time in the summer of 1998. She was in Kerem and Yehudah had come back for the last few weeks of camp to be a shofet for Maccabiah. They had quite a heated exchange at Kikar Leah in which Yehudah claimed “there was no Maccabiah this year” and Shira left in a huff. The next summer Yehudah was leading the Naaleh trip and Shira was supposed to be a participant. While she was terribly excited about the experience, she secretly hoped that he wouldn’t ruin the entire trip for her–he didn’t. Flash forward to three summers later when they were both members of the Tzevet, they were already good friends, and they decided to begin dating. A year later they got engaged in Israel where they were both living, and they got married in January of 2004. They are now living in Sharon, MA with their four children and after a brief break they have returned to camp as part of Tzevet Morim.
Shira is third generation Yavnite. Her great aunt and uncle, Arnie and Ora Band were one of the original Yavneh Zoogs, having met there many decades before Shira was born. Her mother came to work at Yavneh for one summer before going to Israel for a year abroad (to brush up on her Hebrew skills). Yehudah came to Yavneh through Reica Finkelstein who was Yehudah’s sister’s college roommate. Yehudah and his siblings were looking for a camp where all three of them could attend, and Yavneh seemed like a great fit. Debbie agreed when she hired Yehudah and his older sister Shulie for the summer of 1993.
We still hold Yavneh in a very special place in both of our hearts and we are so pleased to be able to share our camp with our children
Rebecca and Steve Shimshak
Steve (Kerem ’94) and Becca (Kerem ’92) met at Yavneh as Rashei Ayda in 1999. Steve claims he had a crush on Becca when she was in Kerem and he was merely a Maalot camper. Becca and Steve’s favorite Yavneh memories are from their wedding in 2005. Highlights include Daniella Pressner designing the invitation, Rabbi Dov Lerea serving as the MeSader Kiddushin, Joel Sussman singing under the chuppah and a Maccabiah breakout (with over-under included!): a fainting M & M (Eric Polirer) was saved by Tigger (Efraim Yudewitz). The mastermind of this amazing shtick was Jen Smith (Kerem ’91). There were Sheket wars sending mazal tovs, Yavneh simcha makers T shirts and an impromptu singing of “On and On, Dor l’dor.” And Jim Webber caught it all on camera. It was certainly Steve and Becca’s favorite Peulat Erev ever!
Becca and Steve live in Needham, MA with their bunk of girls: Isabella Rose and Zoe Ann, twins born in 2014 and Lucy the Yorkipoo.
Ruth and Barry Ehrlich
Barry and I met back in 1969. Barry was a counselor and I was a camper. He was 15 and I was 13. We used to write notes to each other and he used to bring me back lollipops from his days off. Fondest memories for me was spending all Friday afternoon getting ready for Shabbat and having lots of free time in the afternoons to hang out with friends.
Barry and I started going out five years later. We both ended up at Brandeis. Then about 20 years ago (1990), we brought our 4 sons to Yavneh and we just finished the Ehrlich presence at Yavneh in 2006. (Barry worked as the camp doctor in 1990 and I was chief gannet from 1991-2006).
We hope that the Ehrlich presence will live on in the future!