Camp Charles Pearlstein to be renamed this weekend

This is the last week that Arizona’s longest-lived Jewish residential camp will be called Camp Charles Pearlstein. Next weekend, it will be rededicated as Camp Stein.

Alumni of the camp, which opened in 1975, are invited to an alumni Shabbat this Friday night and a renaming ceremony will be held the next evening. However, the name change won’t go into effect until this summer’s camp sessions are over, according to Jodi Woodnick, who has served as the camp’s director for 10 years (and was one of my campers when I was a junior counselor there).

With the camp’s renaming — a result of a donation by Jill and Jay Stein family in honor of Jay’s parents, Daisy and Harry Stein — come other changes, as well. Congregation Beth Israel, which owns the camp, recently purchased the 23 acres of land used by the camp, as well as an additional 32 acres. Now that Beth Israel owns the property, there are plans for a capital campaign, Rabbi Stephen Kahn told Jewish News in March, after the Beth Israel board approved the bid to purchase the land.

As one of the thousands of campers through the years who spent summers at the Prescott camp, I just wanted to personally thank the Pearlstein family for their foresight and generosity in establishing the camp so many years ago. It will always be CCP to me, but I hope Camp Stein will provide wonderful Jewish camp experiences for many generations to come.

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