February 14 Update
What a difference a month makes!
The incredible year of building and renovation at GFC started with a LOT of rain and nasty weather, but the skies have cleared and work on many of our buildings is proceeding at a furious pace. Here’s just a taste of what you can expect to see this summer, if not sooner!
The Jordan and Jayden Goldberg Performing and Computer Arts Center. This long-awaited project is finally taking shape and we’re so excited! The plumbing is in the ground, the foundation has been poured, and the beams that frame the building have been set. As construction continues, we ‘re also finalizing the production of curtains, lighting, sound, and video systems that will bring this new facility to life, and will allow us to celebrate Shabbat on Saturday morning all together in a comfortable, air conditioned space. None of this would be possible without Wayne and Jennifer Goldberg, whose vision and tremendous generosity made this project a reality. We’re also grateful for the incredible support of Peggy and Mark Zilbermann and Randy Markey, as well as Sherry and Gerald Merfish and Lori and Jon Karp for their love of Greene Family Camp and TOFTY. We could not have done it without you!
Cabin Renovation. For the first time ever, six of our camper cabins are receiving a major facelift! Beginning with Cabin A, they’ll receive new exterior walls, energy efficient blown-in insulation, new windows, built-in cubbies within “punch outs” so they take up less floor space, and a brand-new color scheme! We’ve also added rails on the outside of the cabins specifically for hanging wet towels and clothing to dry. We’ve finished one cabin and have moved on to the next five, which will be complete just in time for Opening Day. And by summer 2020, we hope that more, if not all the remaining housing on main camp will look as incredible as the cabins being renovated. We’re so grateful for the steadfast support of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, as well as Peggy and Mark Zilbermann, and Alisa and Jason Makler. We can’t thank you enough for giving our campers such wonderful new homes!
The Rabbi Jake and Dr. Ellen Jackofsky Faculty Center. Our faculty and staff housing will get a new look thanks to the generosity of one of GFC’s oldest and dearest friends, Dr. Ellen Jackofsky! With Ellen’s support, the motels will undergo an exterior renovation and add on a few new rooms. The Beit Aish, or Fireplace Lounge, is also being reimagined, reconstructed, and expanded. And on top of that, an exciting addition will become the new home of Camp Kattan for our youngest campers who attend with their faculty-parents, allowing GFC to also provide them with an exciting, camp-like experience during their visit We’re so grateful to Ellen for making this gift in memory of her husband, Rabbi Lawrence “Jake” Jackofsky, Greene’s first camp director, and for the additional love and support of the Shirley and David Toomim Family Foundation for making our new child care center a reality.
The Paddy and Barry Epstein STEAM Center. You may remember it as the Beit Omanut or the Fishbowl, but longtime friends of GFC, Paddy and Barry Epstein, wanted a home for one of our most popular activities and now it has one! The newly renovated Epstein STEAM Center will undergo a complete interior renovation and receive new equipment needed to make this program even better. We can’t wait to see what Graham Gadd The Science Dad dreams up for our campers and look forward to having Paddy and Barry launch the summer’s first rockets!
I’m so excited for next week’s SOLD OUT GFC Family Retreat with PJ Library and artist in-residence, Jason Mesches. And don’t forget! You can still meet Jason and experience everything that camp has to offer this summer at A Taste of GFC, an open house for new and prospective families on Sunday, February 24th from noon to 4:30 PM. Sign up today!
Camp is starting to fill up, so don’t miss out on the excitement and register for Summer 2019 today!