Jewish seniors rock on at U.S. summer camps
Senior summer camps have been created throughout the northeast United States, offering campers a variety of activities including dancing, kayaking and painting.
Inside the main hall of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, seven campers formed a circle and tried their best to dance in step to the lively beat of a do-se-do coming from a boombox.
Their instructor, Sylvia Rosenblatt, found them wanting.
“No, listen to me,” she said sternly. “You’re mixing it up with the ‘Boot Scootin’ Boogie.’”
This was not a dance lesson from your third-grader’s summer camp. Most of the guests at Isabella Freedman’s annual Senior Summer Camp were in at least their 70s and 80s. At 73, Rosenblatt herself hardly resembled a spritely camp counselor with a whistle around her neck.
The two-week session at Isabella Freedman for Jewish seniors is one of a handful of similar programs in the Northeast, including the nearby Berkshire Hills Emanuel Adult Vacation, Block and Hexter Vacation Center, the Kislak Adult Center and the Circle Lodge.