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Entry of Aug 4, 2001 at 01:45 [EST]
From: Jeff Sternstein -

Jeff Sternstein writes: Hi folks!
I'm living in Livingston, NJ with my wife Lynn and two boys, Ethan (6) and Sam (2).
I still see Harold Moroknek regularly (he just had his third girl). I'll send along the site info. Great initiative!
Hope all is well.
     -Jeff Sternstein

Entry of Aug 4, 2001 at 10:28 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny -

Steve Kolodny writes: My earliest memory of camp involves seeing my sister Sharon and my future brother-in-law Ken in a camp production of South Pacific.

Entry of Aug 4, 2001 at 11:34 [EST]
From:Ellen Stockwell -

Ellen (Rachlin) Stockwell writes: MY LIFE FROM BIRTH ON.... LOL

Entry of Aug 5, 2001 at 23:24 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny -

Steve Kolodny writes: I fondly remember building, with the Junior Boys, wooden forts along the 'Indian trail', tree houses near the small black top, and a pier at the lake -- all with rope lashings from jump rope we 'acquired' from the Junior Girls. Where are those lads now? Did any of them become architects?

Entry of Aug 6, 2001 at 10:06 [EST]
From:Jyll Sternstein Kronberg -

Jyll Sternstein Kronberg writes: Camp was a huge part of my life with many, many wonderful memories. I started out as a Soph Girl and ended up as a counselor. Hay rides, bus trips, the pool room, arts and crafts - what a wonderful foundation! I now have the pleasure of watching my 9 year old daughter attend a day camp and build wonderful memories as well. The director even carries a clipboard and has a whistle around his neck! Hope to see all of you in the near future!

Entry of Aug 6, 2001 at 22:04 [EST]
From:Andrew Rachlin -

Andrew Rachlin writes: What can I say, They were the best of times and I miss them terribly. I hope all are well, Andrew Great move way to go Steve!

Entry of Aug 8, 2001 at 07:56 [EST]
From:Ellen Stockwell -

Ellen (Rachlin) Stockwell writes: Hello fellow campers and counselors. I suppose that you would all remember me, being that I am the daughter of Harry and Susan Rachlin. I attended Camp Shoshana from birth, 1960 till very end. Ouch, yes 1960, little Ellen is 41 years old now! I am happily divorced for quite a number of years now. I have three gorgeous sons; Adam age 19, Justin age 17 1/2 and Eric (who unfortunately is me reincarnated in a male version, age 13. I now reside in the City of Manassas, located in Northern Virginia. I have a job that I absolutely love, I am a med-tech in the emergency room of a near-by hospital. My specialty is inserting intravenous lines and taking blood, but I also do lots of everything else, including tag and bag 'em. Yes, it is a definite reality check. I am really looking forward to hearing from and seeing all of you in the near future. Love, Ellen

Entry of Aug 9, 2001 at 16:45 [EST]
From:Ira Presser -

Ira Presser writes: Hi all! I am married now almost 20 years to Janet, and still happily married. We have two great kids.Adam is 16 years old and Andrew is 13 yrs old. We have been living in Monroe since 1985. Seeing Sue recently brought back some fond memories. Like playing softball, fieldhockey, basketball, the overnights, GA-GA, swimming on those hot days. Being a counselor on those hot days standing by the side of the pool with a bamboo stick. Going to the Orange county fair, roller skating at the Avalon, Who can forget those Friday afternoons with Sue on the piano and Harry singing, BIM BOM BIM BIM BIM BOM.I could go on and on. Those days will always be remembered. Thank you to Harry and Sue for all those wonderful memories. Looking forward to a reunion sometime next summer.

Entry of Aug 10, 2001 at 00:50 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny -

Steve Kolodny writes: Let's have a contest. Who can guess how many Coke® bottles are still at the bottom of the lake?

Entry of Aug 10, 2001 at 14:08 [EST]
From:Ira Presser -

Ira Presser writes: How could I leave out the PATA PATA? My guess to how many coke bottles is 350.

Entry of Aug 11, 2001 at 23:58 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny -

Steve Kolodny writes: Many thanks to Ira Presser for an MP3 copy of The Pata-Pata. Hear it now in the songbook section of the site.

Entry of Aug 13, 2001 at 09:57 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny -

Steve Kolodny writes: I went to -- Miriam Makeba is still making records and in fact she has a new a album awaiting release in the US that includes a 'live' version of the Pata-Pata. Ira - when is your birthday?

Entry of Aug 13, 2001 at 14:00 [EST]
From:Ira Presser -

Ira Presser writes: Steve. My birthday is this Saturday August 18th. 42yrs. Hi to Ellen Beth!! Ha! Bet I know what your response will be.

Entry of Aug 13, 2001 at 20:32 [EST]
From:Stacey Halio -

Stacey Halio writes: How is it possible to share all my memories here. . . From 7 to 17 , the wonder years, really. . . So much comes flooding into my mind. . . Oneg Shabbats, folk dancing on the blacktop, swimming lessons, arts and crafts, the little house, Newcomb games, Color War--Israel v. USA, green Coca-Cola bottles...and those are the things, not the friends. . .the people I still hold in my heart all these years later! I can't wait to hear from you. Love, Stacey

Entry of Aug 15, 2001 at 21:16 [EST]
From:Doug Cohen -

Doug Cohen writes: The memory that stands out the most is the day when Steve K. (the counselor) and I (CIT) left Rory McCroy in the locker room downstairs for a couple of minutes. Rory was quite a handful. Afraid of nothing. That little bond haired GI Joe and wrecking crew proceeded to make a lot of noise. Steve and I were wondering what he was doing so we went along side and took a peek. There he was climbing on the cubbies and pulling out everyone's clothes and stuff in protest of being left inside by himself. It was quite a moment! I don't think I would want to run into him again as a grownup!

Entry of Aug 17, 2001 at 09:06 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny -

Steve Kolodny writes: Jeez Doug -- we left that kid alone in the Cool Room? What are you trying to do? Get us fired? Ha - Ha.
Ah yes - Rory MacRoy was quite a kid. He had gusto! He would really sink his teeth into things - and I still have the bitemark scars to prove it.

Entry of Aug 18, 2001 at 00:01 [EST]
From:Miriam Makeba -

Miriam Makeba writes: Happy Birthday Ira Presser - thank you for keeping my international recording hit The Pata-Pata in the forefront of the music scene. --Rgds - Miriam

Entry of Aug 19, 2001 at 19:56 [EST]
From:Susan Rachlin -

Susan Rachlin writes: Dear Friends: Those of you who still remember me,remember that rarely was I ever at a loss for words. As a matter of fact I suffered very often from laryngitis because I over-used my voice. At this point in time, while I do not have to speak but only to write, I find that I am at a loss for words. The whole idea of developing a web site for Camp Shoshana which would enable me to "speak" with many of you who passed through my and Harry's life, is truly a remarkable occurrence. I have often thought about many of you and that moved me to opening the many photograph albums I have beginning with the first year, 1954. I have all of the group pictures from that year until 1982 when I finally hung up my whistle (which is still hanging in my kitchen as a reminder of those good years!) I will put my thoughts together and send along more seems like a dream that this entire concept is finally taking off. Thank you Steve for your caring and nurturing and commitment and for rounding up Ira and Marc as your co-conspirators. I love you all! I look forward to reading your messages as the word spreads that we are alive and eager to hear from more of you. Sue

Entry of Aug 23, 2001 at 06:37 [EST]
From:Ellen Stockwell -

Ellen (Rachlin) Stockwell writes: Dear All, I have thought a lot about it, and I have decided that this Camp Shoshana page is not and would not be complete without my dad, Harry Rachlin, whom without, there would have been no camp to begin with. So, to all of you, from me, his daughter, in memory of my dad "THINK STAFF", "YOU'RE NOT HELPING ME". To my dad, with his blue and white striped camp shoshana staff shirt, his short shorts and grass stained sneakers and of course his whistle, the whistle, that always got all of our attention, I'm sure I can speak for us all and say "we miss you Harry Rachlin, we miss you a lot. Thank you for the love, kindness and bowling tips, you will be forever in our hearts." And to my mom Sue, you know I love you always, Ellen.

Entry of Aug 25, 2001 at 15:42 [EST]
From:Jeff Sternstein -

Jeff Sternstein writes: I remember the "cool room", the paths leading from the lake -- one into the woods and one that led to nearby houses, the waterfall at the end of the lake, coke bottles for lunch with M&M's (a.k.a. my first experience with explosives). I remember the graffitti inside the lockers in the Camp House, "The King and I", "Oklahoma", "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" (at least twice), "Alice in Wonderland" and, of course "Peter Pan" (I was Captain Hook). I remember "I'm Gonna Teach You a New Word Today", "Thunder, Thunderation", and all of the jewish folk songs. There is so much more.......

Entry of Aug 28, 2001 at 22:29 [EST]
From:Harold Moroknek -

Harold Moroknek writes: Ah.....the famous sword fight. Thats right, I was Peter Pan. I still have issues with the green tights I wore. Though my wife Shari and 3 (yes, 3) daughters Rachel- 5, Rebecca- 3, Leah- 5 months, love the photos and the video. The people. Shoshana was so great because the people were so great. The memories are too numerous to write. It is true however, that one of my dearest friends on earth came as a result of Shoshana. From the 70's as a camper to the end as a counselor. It's great to hear from you all. I'm also at

Entry of Sep 4, 2001 at 12:56 [EST]

WAYNE S BELFER writes: Hello everyone, well this could be the must shocking and most sentimental e mail I ever received. Occasionally as the years went by I periodically check the internet for a Camp Shoshana web site but never found one. I tip my hat to the campers who came up with this idea it is great. My name is Wayne S. Belfer I was a camper and counselor from 1960-1974. I currently live in Princeton, NJ. I have 4 children. Zachary 13 he was just Bar Mitzvah last week, Samantha 10, Ryan 7, Jesse 4.I have worked as an insurance VP executive for the last 25 years. My fondest hello and love is to Sue Rachlin. You are a memory of my childhood that has never faded away. Many a day has gone by where I wish I was back a camp with you and your great late husband Harry. The memories of all the years have never left me. Some of the friends I made in camp are still my friends even though we are far apart. The fondest memories of camp are so many. The Friday afternoon sing alongs, the camp trips and bus rides, the plays, the olympics and color war, the swim meets, all the great counselor's and campers, all the sporting events against the other camps (Lebanon, Tel Aviv, and I not sure if it was Blueberry or Blue something.) I can still hear Harry's whistle, and the words "bim bom" like they were yesterday, I can see Andrew running around the camp doing so many things. I can see the lovely Ellen her hair so long she looked like a princess, but most of all I can remember the lovely Sue who's smile and understanding could make any campers first day turn from crying to laughter. To all my old friends at Camp Shoshana, Harold Richland, Fred Jaffe, Steve Lichtman, Stacey Halio, Mark Klausner, Sandy Klausner, the twins Elaine and Ellen, Wally Goetz, Allan Goetz, Joyce Sobel, Lanie, Nadine Gradofsky (I think I spelled it right.) Ellen Cohen, and Jane Cohen and to all the other ones I have forgot or left out I want to let you know you are always in my thoughts and I miss you all. Oh how I wish it was the year of 1970 again. Well that's it for now. If I receive any e mails I will forward them to you. Wayne S Belfer Camp Shoshana Alumni

Entry of Sep 20, 2001 at 07:21 [EST]
From:Brad Wiener -

Brad Wiener writes: As fate would have it, I now live in Orange County in Goshen, NY. My parents still have their bungalow down the road from the old camp site. I am an orthopaedic surgeon in the area, and I belong to the same temple as my old camp counselor, Ira Presser. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me so drop me a line. Brad

Entry of Oct 6, 2001 at 21:25 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny -

Steve Kolodny writes: Looking at my daughter's school bus driver yesterday I thought back on Doris - the camp bus driver my first few summers at camp. As the song went "She's cute and she's jolly, she's built like a trolley" and indeed she was all those things and more.

Entry of Oct 21, 2001 at 09:34 [EST]
From:Michael Blueglass -

Michael Blueglass writes: Hi It is indeed me I cant believe that this part of my past caught up to me How cool I have been teaching science at the high school level for 16 years and I have been married for 13 years I have twin 8 year old girls and a 6 year old boy and I would love to be a part of a reunion. Michael Blueglass 4 Banjamin Green Lane Mahopac NY 10541 914 248 7679

Entry of Oct 24, 2001 at 22:56 [EST]
From:Stace Frank -

Stace Frank writes: Hi Steve, Hi Marc, Hello Sue, It was so nice to hear from Steve. I'm glad you are all well and in touch. It's really great that you guys took the time to do this. It's late though and I would have to think a little too hard about which years I was at Shoshana, somewhere from 1974 to 1978 I would guess. My office e-mail address is and at home (which I rarely check, as you can tell) is I will get back to you soon with more info. Bye for now. Stace

Entry of Oct 24, 2001 at 22:58 [EST]
From:Michael Blau -

Michael Blau writes: Yes, Marc...You've found us! I called my sister when I received your email. We were surprised and excited. Neither of us had any idea. The site looks nice. Jennifer still lives in Orange County, NY. I live in Germantown, MD and work for Lehman Brothers down here. I'm twice divorced with 2 sons, ages 16 & 14. They live in South Jersey with their mom. Jennifer has a daughter, 7 yrs old. Please pass my email address onto the site. I'd love to be able to talk to some of "old" gang...especially Steve Kolodny. Best to all. Michael Blau Jennifer Blau-Barnes

Entry of Oct 26, 2001 at 15:36 [EST]
From:Lori York Pearce -

Lori York Pearce writes: Hi everyone. Still painting, but not on myself. I found better canvas

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