Sunday, July 8, was a busy day for staff at Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, N.C. Second session was set to begin the following morning and, while there was much to do to prepare, staff, family and friends took a few moments to remember David Rosenberg, a beloved camper and former staff member who passed away suddenly in February.
In the five months since David’s unexpected death at age 47, loved ones rallied together to raise money to dedicate a new cabin to honor his memory. About 100 people gathered at the camp for a brief ceremony led by cousins Al Cohn and Sam Levy, the camp’s board chair.
“Never before in CJ’s 57-year history has a group of friends and family come together in less than 90 days and raised an astonishing $204,000 to dedicate a new cabin in someone’s memory,” Levy said. “Now, every year approximately 40 kids will spend their summer in this cabin and they will have an amazing experience. And it’s my hope that by seeing David’s name on the stone outside and chilling out in this beautiful garden with names of so many donors, that they will realize this place is especially meaningful because it honors someone very special to many.”
The family noted that while the dedication was bittersweet, the outpouring of support has gone a long way toward helping them heal from this tragic loss.
“It is completely befitting that David’s name be attached to a cabin here at CJ, a place that embodies the very ideals that David cared about most: love for family, Jewish values, and growth and development opportunities for children,” Cohn said.
“While David is not physically here with us, Camp Judaea will now allow his spirit and name to live on for years to come and create an even more meaningful bond between this sacred place and all of David’s friends and family who love this summer camp as we do.”
Donations to this memorial cabin are still being accepted. If you are interested in making a donation, visit https://www.gofundme.com/david-rosenberg-memorial-cj-cabin.