Winter 2022

The Camp Interlaken Legends Series is Back for Round 3!

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See what our Featured Legends have to say in the video above.

Join fellow alumni on Sunday, February 20th at 7:30 PM CST (8:30 PM EST/5:30 PM PST) to listen to memories and stories of our Interlaken celebrities' years at Camp.

Our Featured Legends include:

  • Jill (Bornstein) Lubetsky
  • Joey Barnett
  • Joel Rozansky
  • Sarah Meyeroff

Featuring CJ Wagner as our MC for the evening.

This is an alumni event for all ages. Come to reminisce or to listen and laugh. It's going to be a memorable night. We hope to see you there!

RSVP on Zoom

Eizeh Yofi

by Laurie Gross

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Eizeh yofi, yofi tofi...I feel like if I close my eyes, I can still hear the voices raised in chant and cheer from the chadar where we as a community praised whichever camper had reached new heights that day. Everything from getting up on skis for the first time, to hitting a bullseye in archery, would be announced after meals and elicit a rousing chorus of this Hebrew camp cheer. Recently, I posed this question to Andrew, my youngest and only child to have experienced the "Interlaken Magic."

"They still do eizeh yofi at camp, right?"

Andrew answered sarcastically, "No, I don't even know what you're talking about." (Note from the Camp Office: Andrew is clearly being sarcastic given that he's been the recipient of many Eizeh Yofis over the years - specifically for his bullseye's in archery). Undeniably, this was his way of saying it's my experience, not yours. However, this got me thinking...Read more.

Siddur HaMacheneh

by Sheryl Rubin

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Creating Camp Interlaken's Siddur HaMachaneh was a spiritual and creative journey. The road to our new siddur began several years ago. Our current siddurim were showing signs of wear and no longer worked for our community. Camp was on a path to be more intentional about how we prayed, what our services looked and felt like, and what made Interlaken Shabbat special. We wanted our prayer books to demonstrate this. Read more.

All Together In This Special Place

by Scarlett London

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I can't remember a time when camp was not the most important thing in my life. Even during my first year in Shoresh, I saw camp for what it was - a place that shows you who you are and who you can be. Camp has given me moments of pure, perfect happiness, as I learned to let my walls down and feel comfortable in my own skin. At camp, I met the funniest, most creative people - people who quickly became my best friends in the world. And after a year without it, going back was a must. Read more.

An Ozo Summer to Remember

by Ariana Rosenfeld

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Ever since I returned from my first summer at camp as a little fourth grader, I knew that I wanted to be an Ozo. Ozo or Ozrim (plural) means "helper" in Hebrew. Ozrim are counselors in training going into 12th grade. After spending my summer at camp, I truly believe that Ozos are at the center of what brings the Ruach (spirit) and excitement to everything that happens at camp. Ozrim are the ones to set the table before Shabbat Dinners, scream at the top of their lungs at the Floval, and work tirelessly to plan what I believe is the best day at camp - Maccabiah (color wars). On the first Shabbat of camp this past summer, I was told the news that I never thought I would have to hear... Read more.

Looking For K'far Noar Reunion Coordinators

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Camp Interlaken is organizing a day of reunions! We are looking for a volunteer from each year to rally your K'far Noar year, to help find lost alumni, and to help lead the reunion calls.

Our Reunion Day will be Sunday, May 15 - keep an eye out for more information as we get closer! Even if you didn't go to K'far Noar, you can still participate in your reunion call for the year you would have been in K'far Noar - this way you can meet your fellow alumni who are your same age/grade.

If you're interested in helping out, please reach out to

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Camp Interlaken makes meaningful Jewish connections for hundreds of young people each summer. Driven by Jewish values, we share Shabbats, Havdalahs, campfires, and loads of ruach on the shores of beautiful Lake Finley.

Each year, we rely on generous contributions from camper families and alumni to support enhancements for current and future campers, as well as to make camp available to all. Your donation to B'nai He Atid will support:

  • Scholarship funds for families with financial constraints, for whom camp is cost-prohibitive
  • Capital improvements to our buildings and equipment
  • Fun program additions that make each summer experience feel vibrant and new

There are many reasons to support Camp Interlaken - perhaps the most important reason is that we impact how young people will live Jewish lives as they become adults and have children of their own.

Think for a moment about what Camp Interlaken means to you and your family, and please contribute to Camp Interlaken's B'nai He Atid (Children of the Future) campaign, to ensure Interlaken's impact on children now and for years to come.


Camp Interlaken JCC thanks the members of the 2021-2022 Camp Advisory Committee for their continuous support to help make camp better through their time, talent, guidance, and financial donations.

Camp Committee 2021-2022
B'nai He Atid Donors
Legacy Donors

Camp Interlaken Spotify Playlist

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Music and favorite camp memories go hand-in-hand. Do you remember waking up to "Hakshivu, Hakshivu Na Kol HaMachaneh" on the rom call and hearing "Morning is Broken" by Cat Stevens? Did you prepare Shticks to the popular song of the day? Were you a camper hoping to do the radio show?

Music has always been such a big part of camp. Israeli dancing is still a camper and staff favorite tradition. Songs like Bashanah and B'nai Atid are popular year after year. This past summer, camp introduced a new siddur which helped enhance the singing on Shabbat.

Camp Interlaken now has its own Spotify music playlist. Go to Spotify and search "Camp Interlaken." Take a listen, let the music bring you back down memory lane, and add your own special camp song if you'd like.

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Camp Alumni Simchas

From bar mitzvahs to engagements, our Camp Alumni has a lot to celebrate. Take a look at the Simchas for 2021-22 so far.

Click here to view.

Share your Simchas with us!

Email Holly White at

Camp Interlaken JCC is still enrolling campers for Summer 2022!

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Toni Talks

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Shalom everyone,

We knew walking into the summer of 2021 that our campers and our staff would come to camp with new challenges after living through a global pandemic, from social isolation to fear, to grief and more. Before camp began, we had an opportunity to appeal to the Milwaukee Jewish Federation (MJF) to support a project towards MESH (Mental Emotional Social Health) needs at Camp Interlaken. We took inventory of how we currently supported our campers who needed to break away from the normal camp program to decompress or reset, and they had always just hung out in Michelle Lafferty's - our camp's social worker - office or even my office. I imagined a separate sensory space to support our campers and staff who might need that safe space to take a break.

With the help of a generous donor who embraced our proposal that we wrote for the MJF appeal, the Zen Den came to life during staff week 2021! We purchased a small building locally, and we filled the inside with every imaginable type of fidget, strung Edison lights for dim lighting, added soft flooring, big comfy chairs, an essential oil diffuser, and even a speaker to play quiet music. Honestly, the staff enjoyed the Zen Den as much as the campers did, and, admittedly I spent a few moments in the Zen Den as well!

We hoped our Zen Den would make a difference. It did. A huge one.

Our campers had a place they could go to just reset and decompress before returning to camp life. Campers had to sign-in to use the Zen Den, and, at the end of the summer, we had collected pages and pages of sign in sheets to reflect the use of the space.

We know everyone in our kehillah (community) has different needs; being able to accommodate each of them is one of the things that makes Camp Interlaken so special. We are looking forward to the Zen Den providing needed respite for campers and staff for years to come.

With so much pride in our home on Lake Finley,


Toni Davison Levenberg

Camp Interlaken Director 2008 – present

Camp Interlaken Assistant Director 2006 - 2008


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