Camps Mohican Reena

Camps Mohican Reena

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Camps Mohican-Reena were sleepaway camps founded in Palmer, Massachusetts in 1928. For 36 summers through 1963, they were among the most highly regarded summer camps. The camp colors were green and gold.


The brother-sister camps were located on Pattaquattic Pond (known to campers as Lake Aladdin); Mohican (boys) on the north shore and Reena (girls) on the south shore. Camp Mohican for Junior Gentlemen was founded by Rabbis Samuel Price and Morris Silverman in 1924. Rabbi Silverman was born in Newburgh, New York in 1894. He edited the High Holiday Prayer Book, popularly known as the "Silverman Machzor" in 1939 which became the official prayer book for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for the United Synagogue of America of the Conservative Movement for over half a century. Before the start of the fourth season in 1928, they became associated with Mr. Emanuel Halpern, Mr. Benjmain Jaffe, and Mr. Joseph Deitch. The girl campers were called "Little Ladies of the Camp;" the girls camp was renamed camp reena prior to the 1928 season. After 1928, the ownership consisted of Anna and Benjamin Jaffe, Minna and Joseph Deitch, Celia and Sam Knoll, and Minnie and Emanuel Halpern. The owners were primarily educators, living and working in Jewish educational institutions in the Brooklyn and the Bronx Boroughs of New York City.

In 1952, the Deitch and Knoll families withdrew from ownership, selling their interests in Irving "Tarzan" Pearlman and Dr....
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