Youngsters have been trekking to the North Georgia mountains for years, spending the summer at Camp Barney Medintz to have fun with friends while learning what it means to be Jewish. PHOTOS / MJCCA

Youngsters have been trekking to the North Georgia mountains for years, spending the summer at Camp Barney Medintz to have fun with friends while learning what it means to be Jewish. PHOTOS / MJCCA

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Camp Barney Medintz (CBM) is getting ready to welcome more than 600 former campers, friends, and family for its 50th anniversary celebration the weekend of August 23-25.

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While there will be plenty of time for reminiscing, weekend plans also include a CBM-style Shabbat dinner and services, a campfire, havdallah, and a talent show or “Sabbath Concert”.

Attendees will be staying in camper cabins and also at nearby hotels. Those taking part in the family day on Saturday will have an assortment of activities to keep them busy or can spend the day relaxing and schmoozing with camp friends. Organizers have also scheduled some special time for kids-only programming.

The weekend will include a sneak-peek at a special exhibit that examines the genesis of CBM, a look at its founders and details about CBM’s rich tradition of strengthening Jewish identity while helping campers bond with one another and the environment.

Registered attendees range in age from six-weeks-old (new son of two enthusiastic alumni) to those in their 70s. Four of CBM’s directors are also planning to attend: Barton Schachter, Larry Melnick, Steve Mendel and the current Camp Director, Jim Mittenthal.

The directors will be recognized at a 50th Dedication Ceremony on Saturday afternoon for their service to the MJCCA and Camp Barney Medintz.

During the past year, volunteer co-chairs and CBM alumni, Ronnie Goldman, Gail Goldstein Heyman, Debbie Medintz Jacobs and Maury Shapiro, have worked with more than 80 CBM alumni to plan the celebratory weekend.

Dedicated on May 26, 1963, the residential summer camp of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta was a dream come true for Atlanta’s Jewish Community. That first summer there were facilities to accommodate 240 campers and 100 staff members, mostly from the Atlanta Jewish Community.

Fifty years later, more than 1,200 campers from more than 26 states and 11 countries attend the 540-acre North Georgia Mountain retreat.

Steven Cadranel, CBM alum and MJCCA President, is anticipating a wonderful weekend.

“Camp Barney Medintz has been instrumental in shaping the lives of so many Jewish young people during the past 50 years,” he said. “This event will celebrate the Camp’s lasting impact and also look forward to the great things in store as Camp Barney continues to foster in its campers a connection to their Jewish identify and a love of the great outdoors.”

Want to go?

It’s not too late to register. For more information or to register for Camp Barney Medintz’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, visit www.cbm50.org or contact Lora Sommer at lora.sommer@altantajcc.org or call (678) 812-4078.

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