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Ron Needs Help with #TBT E-mail
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ron sent this email today to everyone in our Alumni Database. If you did not receive it, please check your spam or promotions folder. You can also make sure we have your contact information by checking our Alumni Database.

Dear Chi Alums and Friends,

I have to be honest that I don’t really know much about #tbt.  What I do know is how much fun we have in the Chi office looking at the photos in our Blasts from the Past album on Facebook.  Your likes and comments on these photos show just how large and interconnected the Chi alumni network is.

We need your help with alumni photos.  We are coming to the end of our archived photos, but we want to continue sharing the images that bring you back to your childhood at Camp Chi.  You can email your favorite Chi photos to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . We’ll share your photos in the Blasts from the Past album on Thursdays over the next few months.  Please make sure to send your photos as individual .jpg or .png files.

I also want to thank everyone who has already donated this year to the Send a Kid to Camp Scholarship Fund.  You can see a list of the donors here.  As this list continues to grow, we are able to help more children experience the best summer of their lives at Camp Chi.

I can’t wait to see your photos!



Happy Passover! E-mail
Monday, April 14, 2014

Tonight marks the start of Passover. We hope you have an enjoyable and matzah-filled time with your friends and family.  Chag Sameach!



A Shabbat Flashback E-mail
Friday, April 11, 2014

Shabbat Shalom, Camp Chi!

Check out this video of Song Session with Chalutzim First Session 2013. 


A Bittersweet Goodbye E-mail
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

As the saying goes... all good things have to come to end.  This week marks an end of an era and major change for the Chi family. Shayne Brunner, our registrar, is “retiring” from her position so Imagethat she can spend more time with her family, particularly her adorable daughter, Charlotte.  Shayne has worked in the year-round Camp Chi office for 12 years.  She was initially hired as the receptionist for Camp Chi and Apachi Day Camp, and became the Chi registrar in 2004.  For many of you, Shayne is the reassuring and helpful voice on the other end of the phone when it comes to signing up for camp, payments, camper and staff forms, staff contracts, staff travel, lost& found, and so much more.

This is truly a bittersweet moment for all of us who have worked with Shayne. Shayne is an important member of the Camp Chi team; she is one of the people who makes camp run as smoothly as it does. We are really going to miss her, but we are so excited for her to get to spend more time in her new favorite role, being a mom.   Please join us in extending best wishes to Shayne.

Between now and the summer, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Chi’s program manager, is going to be taking on many of Shayne’s responsibilities.  He has spent the past few weeks training with Shayne. Please don't hesitate to call or email any of us if you have questions about this transition.

We'll miss you, Shayne!


Junior Counselors 2014 E-mail
Monday, April 07, 2014

We are so excited to have such an outstanding group of Junior Counselors this summer.  We know that you'll be excited to have your SITs from last summer as counselors this year.

  Abby Stone
AJ Teplinsky
Alli Ramirez
Barrie Isaac
Brooke Schwartz
Carolyn Meisles
Daniel Bergelson
Jenna Schwartz
   Jordan Goldberg
Julien Gelinas
Justin Goldman
Justin Lanoff
Lexi Dockman
Liam Bronstein
Megan Lewis
Melissa Liberson
   Mia Weisberg
Michael Cera
Parker Weber
Rachel Goldberg
Reece Weber
Sivan Eliasoff
Tanya Lorig


Junior Counselors will be at camp during all sessions this summer in cabins and some specialty areas  Many in this group are going on the Chi Israel Trip during second session.  We know that they will be great additions to the staff and then have an awesome time in Israel.


April News from the Chi Family! E-mail
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Our dancing siblings, Annee Welbel and Sam Welbel, have been honored again. They have choreographed a dance called "Roll Again," which will be performed by Buffalo Grove High School's Orchesis athte Illinois HIgh School Dance Festival. Buffalo Grove High School is one of 11 schools chosen to perform at this showcase, which takes place at Stevenson High School on May 10 at 2:50 p.m. 
Mazel tov to Matthew Patton.  Matthew was recently named Youth of the Year 2014 from the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs. This award honors Matthew's commitment and involvement to his synagogue and USY. He will be joining the Chi Family this year as an SIT.

Temple of Aaron USY in St. Paul recently staged a performance of Peter Pan directed by Michelle Perle. Camp Chi cast members included Lexi Dockman, Max Lerman, Noah Dockman, Hannah Saltzman, Jamie Oskey, Rachel Feinstein and Maya Strohm.

Scott Harris came in second place at IESA Boys Wrestling Tournament Sectionals, which qualified him for the state tournament. He finished his season in the Top 24 at 105lbs!

Eliana Shiloh performed at the Annecto Music Services Battle of Bands last month. We imagine that this was great practice for Chi's Got Talent.

We are so excited for Kevin Miller.  His most recent project, the movie Bad Johnson, opened on April 1, in video on demand. It's scheduled to open in theaters in May. Although the movie is not appropriate for campers, we know that staff and alumni will enjoy it. You can read a recent interview with Kevin about the movie here.

Mazel tov to JiLL and Kobi Swissa. After meeting at Camp Chi as staff members, JiLL and Kobi had a civil ceremony wedding in February 2008. This weekend they are celebrating their marriage with a Jewish ceremony in Israel.  We love having the Swissas at camp, and wish them many more years of happiness.

Do you have news to share for May? If so, please send it to us here.


Grilled Cheese & Camp Chi E-mail
Monday, March 31, 2014

send a kid to camp

For the past few weeks, we’ve been asking the Chi family to think about what Camp Chi and grilled cheese have in common.  We hope this warm message of warm memories and fun is what inspires you to provide opportunities for even more children to experience Camp Chi through the Send a Kid to Camp Scholarship Fund

Last week, we asked campers, parents, staff and alumni to answer the question on Facebook and Instagram.  Here are some of the great responses:

Both bring me joy.
–Rachel Pressler, Camper

The warm , toasty feeling is the same.
–Julia Kessel, Camper

No matter how you slice it, there’s nothing better.
–Michelle Bernstein, Parent
They are two of my favorite things.
–Michaela Kenig, Alumna
Grilled cheese is one of the most amazing foods ever. Camp Chi is the best place on earth. Together, they combine to make the best experience you could ever have, which is exactly the definition of Camp Chi.
–Abbey Finn, Camper

They both make you feel like you’re at home! Warm and comfy!
–Susan Cohn, Parent
They both make me smile.
–Sandy Zeller, Alumna

Just like camp, you can never get enough grilled cheese.
–Ellie Fromstein, Camper

Image What do Camp Chi and grilled cheese have in common? Well, it’s more than just the cheese.  It’s everything that childhood memories are made of.

Each year, we provide over $250,000 in financial assistance to families who could not otherwise afford to send their children to camp. All contributions, big and small, make a difference in getting more kids to experience all of the magical ooey, gooey goodness of Camp Chi.

Please help us make the dreams of even more campers come true.  Donate to the Send a Kid to Camp Scholarship Fund today.



Earth Hour 2014 E-mail
Friday, March 28, 2014

ImageWe've supported the Earth Hour movement since 2008 by encouraging campers, staff and alums to turn off their lights for one hour.  Earth Hour brings attention to the issue of climate change.

  • Because of climate change, the loss of Arctic sea ice is destroying the habitats of polar bears and walruses, threatening their survival.
  • Because of climate change, winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing could become a thing of the past in many areas of the US.
  • Most of us will experience climate change in the form of extreme weather: floods, droughts, heat waves and stronger storms and hurricanes.
  • Globally, climate change is causing glacial melt, sea level rise, loss of Arctic sea ice, increased insect infestation, wider spread of diseases and extreme weather events.

Turning off your lights when you are not using them helps reduce your carbon footprint and, ultimately, reduces the greenhouse gasses and burning of fossil fuels that contribute to this climate change.  This small effort from each of us will send a powerful message about the importance of conservation of energy, reduce our impact on climate change, and practice shomrei adamah, care for the environment.

Join us and the world in turning off your lights on Saturday, March 29, at 8:30pm.

You can find more information about Earth Hour at

You can also read more about one of large environmental initiatives from last summer here


And the Winners Are... E-mail
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

And the Winners Are...

We have so many Chi baseball fans! The first three campers to submit correct answers were Layna Paraboschi, Abbey Finn and Zoe Kaplan.  Your prizes are in the mail. 

These Chi campers knew that today's National League was founded in 1876. The winner of the very first league championship was the Chicago White Stockings.  Crazily enough, The American League became a major league in 1901.  The winner of the very first league championship was the Chicago White Stockings!  So the Chicago White Stockings were the first NL and AL champions.  The 1876 team later became the Chicago Cubs, we know and love today, while the 1901 team now resides at US Cellular Field.

Stay tuned for more contests on Winkle's Blog.


March Uncle Ari's Brain Buster E-mail
Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing for Ari... Baseball! Here's this month's trivia....

I moved to Chicago in August.  I live 2 blocks from Wrigley Field.  The irony is that I spend most of the Cubs season at camp (the only place better than Wrigley, in my opinion).  But since I moved in and the season ended, I have eagerly  been counting the days to opening day for baseball.  Every day I drive past Wrigley and watch as they prepare the field for another season (hopefully 2014 is our year!)I know that I am excited for baseball season, which unofficially begins the march towards summer for me. 

I want to know what is the name of the baseball teams that won the first National League pennant in 1876?

Email Ari with your answers. The first three campers who send Ari the correct answer will receive a prize. Make sure to include your first and last name with your answer.  Last month's winners are not eligible to win this month's contest.


25 Ways to Bring Camp to Spring Break E-mail
Thursday, March 20, 2014

For most of you, Spring Break takes place over the next two weeks.  We thought it would be fun to share some great ways to have a little Camp Chi in your break.

  1. Host a reunion with camp friends.  Then snap a picture of the group.  You can upload the photo to JCC Camp Chi’s Facebook page or email it to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  2. Make s’mores in the microwave.  
  3. Write a guest blog post for Winkle’s Blog.  
  4. Celebrate Shabbat with your family.  You can even do Schmooze, Shuk and Song Session.
  5. Practice new Rainbow Loom designs.  
  6. Listen to Rock Stars songs from the past two summers.  
  7. Try making some of your favorite outdoor cooking recipes at home.  
  8. Wear your favorite Chi gear.  Who has it all – shirts, shorts, sweats, socks, hats?
  9. Watch and share Camp Chi videos.  
  10. Sign up for the April 4-6 CTC Retreat for 8th-11th graders. This great event takes place at Camp Chi!   
  11. Listen to Take Me Home to Camp Chi on repeat.  
  12. Eat grilled cheese and tomato soup on a Sunday.
  13. Make a tutu to get ready for this summer’s Tutu Tuesdays.  
  14. Teach your family and friends the birthday dance.  
  15. Write a letter to a camp friend.  Everyone loves getting mail!
  16. Go on a ravine hike in your neighborhood.  Don’t have a ravine? Then how about just going for a walk and enjoying the outdoors.
  17. Count how many times you see Wisconsin Dells commercials while watching tv.   
  18. Email Ashley suggestions for the Song of the Summer.
  19. Vote on the Winkle’s Blog poll.  
  20. Start planning your act for your village talent show.
  21. Go stargazing.
  22. Do MadLibs online
  23. Collect pop tabs for Pop Tab Tzedakah.  
  24. Create a countdown calendar to the start of camp. 
  25. Learn all of the words to Old St. Helen by Billy Jonas. 

That should keep you busy! Keep reading Winkle's Blog over Spring Break. We have a lot of exciting things to share.


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