Camp Family News

Keep us posted! You can send life updates to Louis Levin in the Camp Nebagamon office ( or directly to Keylog editor Brad Herzog (

The impact of the late Nardie Stein (St. Louis/Minneapolis/Lake Nebagamon 55-90) was celebrated in the May-June issue of Camping Magazine, the publication of the American Camp Association. The column, “Raise the Canopy,” was written by his daughter Jessie Stein Diamond (St. Louis/Philadelphia 79-82, 86-87). You can read it here.

Legendary 96-year-old composer John Kander (Kansas City/New York City 37-44, 48) is still at it. His 16th musical, “New York, New York,” is currently on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. For this one, he collaborated with a lyricist who has found, well, some success: Lin-Manuel Miranda. “What really kind of dazzles me when we work together,” John told Stephen Colbert, “is we’re separated by not just two generations, but by three! Yet the actual process of writing and working is almost absurdly easy.” Bud Schram (Needham, MA, 54-59, 61-69) serves on the Needham, MA Human Rights Committee and is involved with the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Greater Boston… David Gibbs (Wellesley, MA, 63-67, 69-71) designs leadership programs for the Jewish Volunteer Services.

Arriving by train, 1965

He Went That Way, a feature film executive produced by Hugh Broder (Detroit/New York City 66-69, 74-75, 16-19) tells the true tale of a 19-year-old serial killer hitching a ride with a celebrity chimpanzee handler in 1964. It was recently accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Andy Mack (Washington, DC, 73-78, 80) was profiled on Voice of America for his company Agromovil (you can watch the profile here)… David Garfinkel (St. Louis 75-78, 82-83) is producing the upcoming Broadway ballet Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker… Jon Desenberg (Arlington, VA, 78-82) is the Principle Business Strategy Analyst at MITRE corporation.

Andy Cohen (St. Louis/New York City 78-83) has joined the likes of Chuck Berry and Maya Angelou as an inductee into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. His Hall of Fame plaque reads: “St. Louis native Andy Cohen, best known as the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Bravo TV’s live late night talk show, also executive produced The Real Housewives franchise, and hosted its reunion specials. In his many years running programming at Bravo, he oversaw smash reality hits like Project Runway and Top Chef, for which he won an Emmy. He and CNN’s Anderson Cooper co-hosted the network’s highly-rated New Year’s Eve shows and toured the country together. Andy Cohen created two SiriusXM radio channels, and his sense of humor and refreshingly authentic personality vaulted his multiple books onto the bestseller list.”

Swamper 5, 1978 (including Jon Desenberg and Andy Cohen)

Jay Sternberg (Bethesda, MD, 82-86, 89-90, 95) is the Senior Director of Marketing for the Global Campus of the University of Maryland… Greg Minisman (Boulder, CO 84-86, 89-91, 03) is a life science researcher with Google… Peter Orner (Highland Park, IL/Norwich, VT, 87-88, 90, 92, 97, 01, 04, 10) has published a new book, Still No Word From You: Notes in the Margin, which was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay… Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub, owned by Brewmaster Brennan Greene (Long Lake, MN, 93-98, 00-05), won two awards at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s Brewers Cup Competition, including best Hazy IPA in Minnesota… Meanwhile, Ben Edmunds (Birmingham, MI/Portland, OR 93-97, 99-04, 07-08), brewmaster at Breakside Brewery in Portland, received the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing at the 2023 Craft Brewers Conference… Andrew Schram (Chicago, 94-99) is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago… Ben Kersten (Los Angeles, 03-09, 10-12) is working toward a graduate degree in Art History at UCLA… Danny Hensel (Chicago/Washington, DC, 06-11) is a producer for National Public Radio’s program Weekend Edition… Brayden Levy (Walnut Creek, CA/San Francisco 06-11, 13) is an engineer with Garmin…Teddy Shapira (Chicago/Washington, DC 06-12, 14-17) is a law student at George Washington University.

Eli Fromm (Kansas City/New Haven, CT 06-10, 12-15, 17-19) is finishing his PhD in mathematics…  Walter Fromm (Kansas City/Minneapolis, 06-12, 14-15, 17, 19) is managing volunteers for Take Action Minnesota… Adam Hirschhorn (Los Angeles/Washington, DC 08-13, 15, 17) is working for Capital One in Washington, D.C… Charlie Fromm (Kansas City/Boston 09-15, 17-21) is earning his teaching license from Harvard University in mathematics… Danny Sickle (Chicago/New York City, 09-15, 17) is working for Barron International, a hospitality investment bank… Simon L’Tainen (Philadelphia, New York City 10-16, 18, 21) is working for Forget Me Not, a Manhattan restaurant… Luke Herzog (Pacific Grove, CA/Amherst, MA 11-16, 19) wrote a one-act play about the death penalty, Pulling the Switch, which won the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Big Trips return, 2011

Births in the camp family:

Bailey Aro Hutchence (Duluth, 08-10, 12) and Joe Hutchence (Preston, UK/Duluth, 07-12) – Leo

Haley Haavik (Houston, 10-12) and Brittany Haavik – Atticus and Booker

Maria Flores Alonso (Puebla, Mexico 22-22) – Marifer


We are sad to report the deaths of the following alumni:

Lou Heyman (St. Louis 38-44)

Bob Rosenfeld (St. Louis 43-45)

Michael Wiese (Cornwall, U.K. 58-61)

Harry Glasspiegel (Milwaukee/Chicago 60-67)

Mike Brody (Louisville 65-69, 77-79)

Thank You, Donors

The Camp Nebagamon Charities website is dedicated to both the Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund (CNSF) and Camperships For Nebagamon (CFN). Learn about different donation options, read about each charity, and more.

Nebagamon’s alumni community has stepped up support for our affiliated charities in recent years in meaningful ways. In addition to generous direct support for both Camperships for Nebagamon and the Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund, alumni have increasingly encouraged donations to one or both funds as memorials and to honor happy occasions.

Camp Nebagamon Charities also instituted a virtual keylog program, a means of giving while thanking someone special (you can donate and fill out a message here). Contributions are split evenly between Nebagamon’s two affiliated charities. You will receive two separate emails confirming your contribution to each fund. If you’d like to give a unique donation to CFN or CNSF of if you’d like to give a gift in honor or memory of someone, please use the CFN-specific and CNSF-specific donation pages.

In addition, alumni and others can donate to the Camp Nebagamon Foundation, the non-profit organization created to ensure that Nebagamon will thrive and survive through another century.

Below you’ll find a list of generous donors and further information about all three of these worthy causes:

CNSF helps hundreds of children and teens who experience poverty and disability attend non-profit summer camps that specialize in meeting their needs. Recipient camps (located near communities where Nebagamon campers live) offer expert therapeutic and adaptive recreation and a nurturing environment for kids who have been exposed to adversity and trauma. Children are among peers and role models for success at these camps as they enjoy friendship, adventure and personal growth — opening new possibilities for a more positive future.

CNSF was founded in 1947 by Muggs and Janet Lorber, Nebagamon’s founding directors, and administered for 50+ years by Nebagamon’s former directors, Nardie and Sally Lorber Stein. Check out our Instagram and Facebook pages to learn more!

The following individuals, foundations, and corporations supported CNSF from November 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023:

Jerry Abeles (Kahn-Abeles Foundation)

Kathy and Rick Abeles

Debbie and John Abrams

Cecelia and Mickey Abramson

Chuck and Ruth Adler

Jeffrey and Kelly Alderman

Mary Allen

Hayley and Max Alpert

Pam and Tom Arenberg

Steve Arenberg

Susan Arenberg

Art Auer

Deb and Joe Badt

Andrew and Elizabeth Baer

Nancy and Richard Baer

Kathy and Stuart Barnett

Bob and Linda Barrows

Charlie Barrows

Brian Bauer

Jim and June Baumoel

Robby and Sage Bearman

Lynn and Robert Behrendt

Robert Behrendt and Amanda Tyler

Rick Bendix, Jr.

Peter and Sarah Beren

Rita Bernstein

Bob Best and Linda Tate

Ric Best

Kit Blach Roth

Peter and Randy Bloch

Lisa and Paul Blumberg

Jim Blumenfeld and Chris Cooney

Ronald Borod

Carolyn and Rodney Borwick

Elizabeth and John Breyer Jr.

Hugh Broder

Dale Brodsky

Marty Brodsky

Troika Brodsky and Elizabeth Potter

Michael Brody (Memorials)

Barbara and Jim Bronner

Jeff Burnstine

Jeffrey and Susan Callen

Mary Cantrell

Arlene Caplan

Mark Caro and Mary Dixon

Larry Cartwright (Memorials)

Marcia and Mark Cherniack

Ellen and Scott Chukerman

Liz Cochran

Andy Cohen

Andy (Andrew Joseph) Cohen

Carol Bayersdorfer Cohen and Ed Cohen

Carrie and Steve Cohen

Evelyn and Louis Cohen

Mitch Cohen and Stephanie Tomasky

Harriet Bronstein and Tom Cohen

Cal and Helen Cohn

Bonnie and Mike Cole

Jeff Colman and Ellen Nissenbaum

Jon and Suzi Colman

Jim and Suzy Cornbleet

Matthew Cost

Connie and Darryl Couts

Carla and David Crane

Charles Dan

Richard Darnell

Jennifer Daskal

Katharyn and Leila Davis

Kristen Davis

Becky and Raven Deerwater

Michelle and Stan DeGroote

Michael Deutsch

Jessie and Scott Diamond

Alicia Dowd

David Dreifus and Jennifer Sosensky

Jed Dreifus

Luise Drolson

Bill Dubinsky and Elizabeth Moss

Ellen and Henry Dubinsky

Timothy Dykstal

E.B. Hirsh Childhood Center

Amy Epstein

Joanne Epstein Faucett

Peter Fechheimer and Jeannette McNeil

Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein

Jim Feldman and Christine Taylor

Ben Finan

Paul and Teresa Finer

Jon Fisher

Kimberly Fisher

Mary and Richard Fisher

Amarinder Bindra and Amy Foxman

Judy and Ron Foxman

Michael and Molly Frank

Janet Freed

Bill and Laura Freeman

Andrew and Jennifer Friedman

Bill Friedman and Marissa Jones

Jodi and Matt Friedman

Greg and Osnat Gafni-Pappas

Betsy and Spencer Garland

Ken and Rebecca Gart

Stephen Gault

Elaine Gernstein

Aliza and Jim Gerstein

Melody Gilbert

Ricky Gitt

Bob and Susan Glasspiegel

Karla Bright and Ryan Glasspiegel

Brian Goldberg

Stuart Goldberg

Bill and Susan Goldenberg

Chad and Debbie Goldenberg

Jeff Goldenberg

Elaine and Mike Goldman

Thomas Goldman

Joanie and Mark Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein

Alex and Julie Gordon

Mike and Sara Gordon

Charles and Karen Goss

Jerrold and Martha Graber

Janice Anderson and Tom Gram

Jim and Martha Gray

David and Sonya Greegor

Alex and Lyhn Green

Roger Greenbaum

Doug Greene Family

Elizabeth Goldberg and Scott Greenwald

Sid and Susan Greenwald

Evalyn and Phil Grossman

Jim Guest and Liz Lewis

Debbie and Paul Guggenheim

Bill and Cheryl Guthman

Bobbie and Mark Gutman

Alan and Julie Halpern

Howard and Wendy Handler

Jon and Judith Harris

John Hart

Paula Hassinger

Hearst Corporation (Matching Gift)

Bruce and Liz Heideman

Sara Feinstein and Larry Held

Oliver Held

Scott Lever and Shelley Hendler

Jaime Hensel

Edward and Kathy Hershfield

Amy and Brad Herzog

Amy and Brian Herzog

Bud and Hazel Herzog

Cathy and Rick Hirschmann

Dana, Oliver and Quincy Hirt

Jennifer Hodges

Suzanne Hoffman

Matthew Huber

David, Sheri and Bennett Jacobs

Ted Jadwin

Craig and Shari Jankowsky

Jan Jankowsky

Susan Joseph

Anne and Fred Joseph III

Ed Juda

Steve Elwell and Kate Judge

Bob and Fiona Kahn

Caryn and Harlan Kahn

Diane and John Kalishman

Ken Kanter

Steph Hanson and Adam Kaplan

Laura Dembo and Andy Kaplan

Nathalie Feldman and Andy Kaplan

Cheryl Bondy Kaplan and Mark Kaplan

Benjamin Katz

Buz Katz

Euan and Jane Kerr

Anna Hess and Malcolm Kerr

Benjamin Kersten

Chloe and Jake Kessler

Wendy Bloom and Arthur Kessler

Jonathan and Laurie Kigner

Stephen and Yael Klein

Barbara Kohm

Jay Kolbrener

Tom Kolbrener

Bud Kolbrener II

Daniel and Sheena Kopman

Lauri and Ron Koretz

Rick and Stephanie Koretz

Alan Korn and Claudia Simons

Kerry Kornfeld and Andrea Wilson, M.D.

Stu Kornfeld

Andrea and Brian Kramer

Danielle Brinker and John Kramer

Janet Koestring and John Kupper

Andrea L’Tainen and Joshua Rabinowitz

Emily and Michael Laskin

Joe Laskin

Rose Lenehan

Bob and Cissy Lenobel

Louis Levin and Maggie O’Hara

Jeff Levinson

Lia Grigg and Dan Levis

Sam Levis

Linda Lewis

Hoagie Lippman

Carl Littmann

Maggie Beal and Jeff Loeb

Steve Loeb

M.J. Lowe

Richard Lowenthal

Andy Mack

Ken and Laura Mack

Maggie Madden

Reed Maidenberg

Jorie and Robby Malk

Andrew and Jill Marcus

Fred and Joyce Marcus

Dru Margolin

Nancy Brown, M.D. and Andrew May

Tara McHugh and Alyssa O’Gallagher

Jean and Stan Meadows

Medtronics (Matching Gift)

Jeff and Mary Kate Mellow

Joe Mendels

Daniel Mendelsohn

Rose Mendelsohn

Julia Gittleman, Ph.D. and Tom Mendelsohn

David and Deborah Mendelson

Misa Galazzi and David Michel

John and Pauline Miller

Malcolm and Paula Milsten

Greg Minisman

John and Sally Mitani

Erika and John Montag

Spence Myer

Jamie and Leah Myers

Kristin Ahlberg and Phil Myers

Phyllis Narveson

Douglas and Margaret Nathan

Bill Nefsky

Bob and Mary Nefsky

Andrine and Roger Nelson

Network for Good

Rick Cohn and Ben Neuman

Buzz Neusteter and Judi Perrill

Brule & Thad Kurowski and Katy Neusteter

Lee Anne Hartley and Tom Nevers

Neal O’Koon

Robert Oppenheimer

Ethan Orchard

PepsiCo Foundation (Matching Gifts)

Greg Perlstein

Betty and Tom Philipsborn

Deborah Snyder and Jim Platt

Mike Polisner

Daniel Quiat and Lauren Starr

Laurin and Mindy Quiat

David and Kim Reich

Frank and Joan Revson

Bill and Karen Riley

Janice and Jimmy Ringel

Jonathan Ringel and Deborah Weisshaar, M.D.

Jay and Jennifer Riven

Hana Ruzicka Rivkin and Steven Rivkin

Larry and Michele Rivkin

Tom and Viki Rivkin

Don Robertson

Janet and Lee Rodgers

Cindy and Jon Rogen

Alyne and Jim Rolfe

Andy and Cynthia Rolfe

Anthony and Marya Rose

Jim and Sherri Rosen

Alisa and Jacob Rosenberg

Carol and Roger Rosenthal

Sheri Roth

Noah Saag

Emily Sachar

Chris and Frank Sachs (Matching Gift)

Gail Ifshin and Steven Salky

Mike Samuels Estate

James and Tiffany Scharff

Jon and Sue Scharff

Laury and Lewis Scharff

Madeline Scharff

Darcy and Ron Scharff III

Karen Schiff

Lisa Schiffman

Lee and Martha Schimberg

Bennett and Shelley Schmidt

Fred and Pat Schonwald, Jr.

Bud and Peggy Schram

Lynn and Max Schrayer

Carol and Jeff Schulman

Susan Schwartz

Monique and Robert Schweich

Lee and Mark Scissors

Jason Shacter

Joe and Sara Shacter

Jodi and Tom Shapira

Susan Sharfman

Carrie and Steve Siegel

Jackie Mack and Ted Silberstein

Bob and Natalie Silverman

Gary and Mindy Sircus

Stephanie Rivkin and Joel Sircus

Linda and Ron Sklar

Bob and Sue Smith

Michael Sobel

Geula and Josh Solomon

Patti Spigel

Frank and Mindy Star

Nardie Stein (Memorials)

Perrin and Ted Stein

Sally Stein

Corky and Rick Steiner Family Foundation

Mary Elizabeth Calhoon Stern and David Stern

Jim Stewart and Amanda Whalen

Carla and Stan Strauss

F. Michael Streitz

Bob Striker

Bill Katz and Jan Swenson

Alan and Jo Anne Travis

Donald Ullmann

Julia Wahoff

Tonya Wallach

Judy and Roger Wallenstein

Esther Starrels and John Wasserman

Harriet and Paul Weinberg

Michael Weinberg II

Michael Widerschein

Hank Wineman

Adam and Deborah Winick

Joanne Hirschhorn Wolf (Memorials)

Evelyn Thoreau and Lee Wurtzburger

Emily and Jason Yale

Brad Young

David Zalk

Cory Zigler

Jill Zipkin

John Zuraw

Camperships for Nebagamon (CFN) was established in 1995 to enable children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to have a camping experience. Over the years, the CFN endowment fund has provided camperships for boys to attend Nebagamon and girls to attend Camp WeHaKee. Campers receiving camperships help to diversify their camp communities by virtue of their racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic status. In addition, CFN continues the tradition of support to sons and grandsons of Nebagamon alumni who demonstrate financial need.

Over the past decade, more than 500 Camperships have been given out to more than 250 boys and girls attending Nebagamon and WeHaKee. Over $2 million has gone to support the cost of tuition and related expenses for these boys and girls.

The following individuals, foundations and corporations supported CFN from November 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023:

Kathy and Rick Abeles

Cecelia and Mickey Abramson

Carol and David Adelson

Amazon Smile Foundation (Matching Gifts)

Pam and Tom Arenberg

Andy and Lisa Aronson

Art Auer

Cynthia Auer

Andrew and Elizabeth Baer

Nancy and Richard Baer

David and Karen Balser

Drew and Jenna Barnett

Kathy and Stuart Barnett

Charlie Barrows

Jim and June Baumoel

Herb Behrstock

Rick Bendix, Jr.

Bert and Joan Berkley

Howard and Rhoda Bernstein

Simon and Susan Blattner

Jim Blumenfeld and Chris Cooney

Fred Braht Family

Adam and Julie Braude

Elizabeth and John Breyer Jr.

Hugh Broder

Dale Brodsky

Jean and Mark Burnstine

Jeff Burnstine

JoAnne Cain

Mark Caro and Mary Dixon 

Larry Cartwright (Memorials)

Alfred Cohen

Carol Bayersdorfer Cohen and Ed Cohen

Ellie Cohen

Leslie and Michael Cohen

Lisa and Sherman Cohen

Pat and Richard Cohn Family Foundation

Bonnie and Mike Cole

Kevin Cole

Michael Coletta

Jeff Colman and Ellen Nissenbaum

Jessica Colman

Jon and Suzi Colman

Connie and Darryl Couts

Jane Davis

Becky and Raven Deerwater

Julie Deutsch

Ian Diamond

Jessie and Scott Diamond

Steve and Deborah Pollack Domsky

David Dreifus and Jennifer Sosensky

Bill Dubinsky and Elizabeth Moss

Deborah and Joe Eppstein

Peter Fechheimer and Jeannette McNeil

Jim Feldman and Christine Taylor

Dan and Julie Frank

Roxanne Frank

Dan Freund 

Bill Friedman and Marissa Jones

Jodi and Matt Friedman

Lisa and Steve Friedman

Greg and Osnat Gafni-Pappas

Betsy and Spencer Garland

Scott Genshaft

Laurie Bruder and Tom Gerson

Ricky Gitt

Bob and Susan Glasspiegel

Bill and Susan Goldenberg

Chad and Debbie Goldenberg

Frederick Goldsmith

The Mildred B. and Malcolm Goldsmith Fund

Jonathan Goldstein

GOOGLE, Inc. (Matching Gift)

Jim and Martha Gray

Brennan Greene

Doug Greene Family Foundation

Elizabeth Goldberg and Scott Greenwald

Debbie and Paul Guggenheim

Bill and Cheryl Guthman

John Hart

Paula Hassinger

Hearst Corporation (Matching Gift)

Louis Helman

Jaime Hensel

Carol and Richard Hillsberg

Joe and Marilyn Hirschhorn

Ellyn and Matt Hoffman

Anne Ledell-Hong and Nhat Hong

Derek Iger

Amy and Craig Jacobs

Craig and Shari Jankowsky

Kathy and Mike Jay

Lisa Jenkins

Anne and Fred Joseph III

Ed Juda

Caryn and Harlan Kahn

Cheryl Bondy Kaplan and Mark Kaplan

Marjorie and Robert Kaplan

Carol Kaplan-Lyss

Benjamin Katz

Euan and Jane Kerr

Anna Hess and Malcolm Kerr

Sid Goldstein and Laura Kipnis

Bob Kolbrener

Bud Kolbrener II

Rick and Stephanie Koretz

Kerry Kornfeld and Andrea Wilson

Andrea and Brian Kramer

Danielle Brinker and John Kramer

Simon Lazarus

Rose Lenehan

Bob and Cissy Lenobel

Jeff and Suzanne Levi

Jill and John Levi

Jeff Levinson

Lia Grigg and Dan Levis

Hoagie Lippman

Henry Docter and Elizabeth Loeb

Andy Mack

Ken and Laura Mack

Julie and Steve Mathes

Robert Matz and Peggy Warner

Lincoln Mayer

McKinsey & Company (Matching Gift)

Don and Marji Mendelsohn 

Lauren Martini and Matthew Mendelsohn

Julia Gittleman, Ph.D. and Tom Mendelsohn

Audrey and Danny Meyer

Bo and Lois Meyer

Nancy Meyer and Marc Weiss

Greg Minisman

Zach Mollengarden

Kathe and Jim Myer

Fred and Janet Nachman

Bill Nefsky

Bob and Mary Nefsky

Gail and Sean O’Connor

Robert Oppenheimer

Kaine Osburn and Jenny Rosene

Maury Pasternack, Jr.

PepsiCo Foundation (Matching Gift) 

Jim Platt and Deborah Snyder

Joel and Renee Posener, M.D.

Judy and Paul Putzel

Daniel Quiat and Lauren Starr

Nancy Reamy

Jay and Jennifer Riven

Julie Robinowitz Family

Cindy and Jon Rogen

Judy Rolfe

Jim and Sherri Rosen

Joseph Rosenbloom III

Carol and Roger Rosenthal

Stephen Sachs

Gail Ifshin and Steven Salky

Erin and Seth Salomon

Michael Samuels Estate

Ruth Sang

Kit and Ray Sawyer

Laury and Lewis Scharff

Sue Ann Schiff

Marily and Spike Schonthal, Jr

Bud and Peggy Schram

Lynn and Max Schrayer

Carol and Jeff Schulman

Andrew and Debbie Schwartz

Monique and Robert Schweich

Joanne Grossman and John Seesel

Joe and Sara Shacter

Bob and Natalie Silverman

Kevin Silverman

Stephanie Rivkin and Joel Sircus

Linda and Ron Sklar

Bill and Judy Sloan

Eric and Lucy Slosser

Nardie Stein (Memorials)

Perrin and Ted Stein

Elise and Richard Steinbaum

Laurel Southworth and Andrew Susser

Jim and Merryl Tisch

Debra and Jeff Trachtenberg

Esther Starrels and John Wasserman

David and Michelle Weber

Harriet and Paul Weinberg

Michael Weinberg II

Nancy Werthan

Adam and Deborah Winick

Jim and Nicki Woldenberg

Stephen Woldenberg

Joanne Wolf (Memorials)

Trip Wolf

Evelyn Thoreau and Lee Wurtzburger

Emily and Jason Yale

Carol and Michael Yunker

Cory Zigler

The Camp Nebagamon Foundation’s non-profit model removes many of the risks of the traditional private-ownership model and allows Nebagamon leadership to focus solely on creating the best summer experience possible for our campers. To achieve this, we have launched Keeping the Fires Burning, a campaign that invites the Camp Family to come together to secure Camp Nebagamon’s future. Our financial goal is to raise $10 million for the tax-exempt non-profit Camp Nebagamon Foundation, an amount that will allow us to complete the purchase and hold reserves to ensure the long-term financial health of Camp, so that future generations will enjoy “the memories of you that will live all year through.”

Whether you spent last summer on Lake Nebagamon, occasionally read the Arrowhead and attend reunions, or haven’t set foot at Camp since your last four-square game, Camp Nebagamon has molded your life and now you have a chance to ensure it is ready to receive the next generation of Swampers. You can explore different ways to contribute here.

The following people and organizations have contributed to the Camp Nebagamon Foundation through April 2023:

Keith Abeles

David Abrams

Charles & Ruth Adler (In honor of Charles F. Adler, Sr)

Phillip Myers and Kristin Ahlberg

Kareem Al-Bassam

Hayley & Max Alpert

Paula & Jeremy Alexander

American Jewish Committee Cincinnati (In memory of Joanne Wolf)

Susan & Steven Arenberg (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Thomas Arenberg (in memory of Nardie Stein)

Gayle Arlen and Corey Zimmerman

Richard & Shirley Armstrong

Lissa & Joe Arnstein

Aschaffenburg Foundation

Joe M. Badt, Jr.

Mike & Linda Baker

Sam Baldwin

John Bank

Ben & Laura Barnett

Donna Barrows, Sam & Holly Barrows, Charlie Barrows, and Ted Barrows

Robert & Linda Barrows, Stephen & Mia Barrows, and Geoffrey Barrows and Hélène Ollivier

Lynn and Bob Barth (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Carl Baum

The Bearman Family

Robert Behrendt

Herbert Behrstock

The Bellaire Family

Craig Bender

Joel Bender

Allen Bennett (in honor of the birth of Ethan Tucker Elson-Backels)

Matt Berler

Ric Best

The Bezark Family

Deborah Binder, Gaetan and Jai Veilleux (In memory of Nardie Stein)

The Blair Family – Allen “Yogi”, Arnold “Tex”, Brian, Peter, Kevin, and Fletcher

Brian Blair

Susan & Simon Blattner

Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Bloch

Lorena and Adam Blonsky (In honor of Michael Blonsky)

Adam Bloom

The Bloom Family

Sue & Tony Blumberg

Alan, Christine, Justin and Camden Blumberg (In memory of David Blumberg)

Chris Blumenfeld (Olson)

Jeff & Lori Blumenthal, Max Blumenthal, and Jack Blumenthal

Bomba Family Charitable Fund

Mimi and Boppie (In Honor of Adam Eberhard)

John & Elizabeth Breyer

Richard and Lisa Broder Philanthropic Fund

Matthew Brody

Ken and Ann Brown

Kenneth Brown

Alexander Buring

Charles Cahn

Dan Chait & Megan Cunningham

Robert Chukerman Family

Scott Chukerman

Barbara B Cohen

Jeffrey Cohen

Lori Cohen

Carol Bayersdorfer Cohen and Ed Cohen

Tom Collinger

Jon & Suzi Colman

Jessica Colman (In honor of Jon & Suzi Colman)

Condrell family

Kay and Mike Cosgrove

Mike Cosgrove

Connie and Darryl Couts (In Memory of Larry Cartwright and Nardie Stein)

Stuart Cowles

David Crane

Hank Crane

The Dattel Family

Raven & Becky Deerwater

Stan DeGroote

Marilyn Diamond (In honor of Nardie Stein)

Elizabeth Dodge

Ben Donchin

Jonathan Dreifus

Jeffrey Dreyer

Dubinsky Family

Ruth Dunn

The Eberhard Family

Chuck Eckert

Robert & Jodi Eisen

Stephen Ehrlich (In honor of Muggs Lorber)

Robert Elisberg

Andrew & Dana Ellbogen

Michael Faber

Jeremy Feiwell (In honor of Robert Feiwell)

Daniel Feldman

Charlie Felsenthal

Juli-Ann & Jonty Felsher (In memory of Nardie Stein)

Thomas G. Fiffer Charitable Giving Fund

Mark Fischgrund

Joseph Fisher

Scott & Sara Fisher

Eliana & Max Fleischer

Gary Follman

The Nan & Steve Fox Fund

Amarinder Bindra and Amy Foxman

Brad, Jeana, Ari, and Adele Foxman

Adam Frapart

Bill and Laura Freeman (In honor of the marriage of Michael Freeman to Dr. Negin Dahya)

Julie Friedman

Rocky Fried

William Friedman

Sam and Jane Friedman

Sam Friedman (In memory of Jane Friedman)

William & Marissa Friedman

Andrew Fromm (In honor of Elijah, Walter & Charlie Fromm)

Sophia & Elijah Fromm

Greg and Osnat Gafni-Pappas

The Galiks

Betsy & Spencer Garland

Scott Genshaft

Ben Gerber

Jim & Aliza Gerstein

Glenn Gerstell

Kate & John Gilligan

Dan & Mark Gingiss

The Gladstone Family (For Joanne Hirschhorn)

Bill & Sandy Glassman

Lindsay and Michael Goldberg Charitable Fund

Michael Goldman (In Honor of Nardie Stein)

Jordan Goodman

Lisa Goodman (in honor of Jack Goodman)

Andrew and Karyn Gordon (in honor of Nardie Stein)

Jerrold Graber

Martin Gradman

Jim and Martha Gray (In memory of Nardie Stein)

Jesse Gray and Family

Alison Greenberg (IMO Allan Sher)

Hunt, Doug, Chris, Brennan and David Greene; and Jane Piccard

Keith Greenwald

Paul Guggenheim (In memory of Nardie Stein)

John Harris

Lucy Harris (In memory of William Harris Gold)

Elizabeth Haspiel

Lois Jane Heller (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Louis Helman

Mike Heldman

Shirley & Barnett Helzberg Jr. Donor Advisory Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Jaye & Bill Hensel

Tom & Janie Herman

Barbara Ann Herz

Karen and Bob Herz Family Fund

Bud & Hazel Herzog and Family

Jeffrey and Andrea Rich Hesser

The Hirschhorn Family

Maurice Hirsch and Marian Hirsch (In Honor of Nardie Stein)

Robert & Lynda Hirsch (In memory of Bernard “Nardie” Stein)

Dana Hirt

The Rodgers and Hoffman Families (in honor of Buddy Rodgers)

Mitchell Hoffman

The Hooper Family (In honor of Matt Hooper)

Hal Hudson (In memory of Nardie Stein)

Mark M and Cathy Kaufman Iger

The Isaacs Family

Craig Jacobs

Sheri, David, and Bennet Jacobs

James Jampel & Sandra Marwill

John & Sandra Johnson (In Memory of Jack Fair)

The Jørgensen Family

Fred & Anne Joseph

Michael & Sasha Kahn

The Kalishman Family

John Kander

Kanter Family

K A Kanter (In memory of My parents Lois and Julian Kanter and maternal grandparents, Michael and Leila Weinberg. Especially at this year, Nardie Stein.)

Michael and Elizabeth Kaplan

Nancy Kassel

Benjamin Katz

Leo Kayser III

Nicolas Kemper

Richard Kerber

Jane and Euan Kerr

Benjamin Kersten

Eric & Sharapat Kessler

Art Kessler

Dennis & Barbara Kessler

Victor Kessler

Carol Kiersky (in memory of Harry Glasspiegel)

Anderson Kill P.C. (in memory of Bernard Stein)

Micki Klearman

Klein Family Foundation – Yaeil & Steve Klein

Jeffrey Kobacker

Thomas Kolbrener

Jim “JK” Koretz and Elissa Polan

Ron Koretz

Rick & Stephanie Koretz

Cynthia & Eric Korman

Kerry Kornfeld and Andrea Wilson

H Joshua Kotin

Jeremy Kotin

John Kupper (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Andrea L’Tainen (In honor of Allan Sher)

Robert Lapin (In memory of Nardie Stein)

The Lawrence and Reich Family

Dan Laytin and Jennifer Nelson

Bob & Cissy Lenobel

Jeffery Levi

Jon R Levinson

Alan J. Levi

Josh Levy

Steven & Jayne Lewin

Kenneth A. Lewis

Ellen & Ed Lieberman

Ronni Lodato (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Ed Loeb

Elizabeth L Loeb

Jeff Loeb

Thomas Loeb

Carolyn Losos (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Ming Lowe

Susan Lucas (in honor of Sam Lucas)

Robert and Ralinda Lurie

Sam and Susie Luten Family Fund

Sam and Susie Luten Family Fund (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Liz and Zach Lutsky

Kenneth Mack

Joe Maidenberg

Reed Maidenberg

Michael Maidenberg (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Jorie Malk

Jill Kiersky Marcus, Andrew and Josh Marcus

Jason Marczak

Andrew Margolin

Andy May and Nancy Brown

Jack May

The Meadows Family

Mary Kate & Jeff Mellow

Sam Mellow

Marji and Don Mendelsohn

James Mendelsohn (In honor of Ruth Lorber Rosen and Muggs & Janet Lorber)

Michael Mendelsohn (In honor of Ruth Lorber Rosen and Muggs & Janet Lorber)

Nancy Mendelsohn and Jay Horvath (In honor of Ruth Lorber Rosen and Muggs & Janet Lorber)

Tom Mendelsohn and Julia Gittleman (In honor of Ruth Lorber Rosen and Muggs & Janet Lorber)

Gil Mendelson

Danny & Audrey Meyer

David Michel (In memory of Nardie Stein)

Dr. Richard Milsten and Mrs. Nancy Milsten

Jeffrey G. Mora

Betsy Murray & Russ Stark

The Muzik Family (In memory of Nardie Stein)

Zachary Muzik

James & Kathleen Myer

Frederick Nachman and Janet N. Nachman Family Fund

Nancy Nathan (In honor of Emil Nathan III)

Bob & Mary Nefsky

Alex Neil and Family

Jeff Neuman

Buzz Neusteter, Katy Neusteter and Thad Kurowski

Edison and Newman and Solomon Families

Chi Nguyen

Cathy O’Dell (friend of Jane Stein Kerr) (in honor of Nardie Stein)

Robert Oppenheimer

David Palmer

Sandy Passer

Bianca Pasternack (In honor of Nardie Stein)

David and Amy Patent

Betty and Thomas Philipsborn

Alfredo & Monica Phillips

Nana Hope Phillips

Alfredo Phillips & Sons

Leslie Phillips (In honor of Andrew Condrell)

James Platt

Charles Portis (In loving memory of Jack Polsky & Nardie Stein)

Joel A Posener MD

Joel & Renee Posener

Sue and Ben Post and Family (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Drs. Michael Privitera and Marcia Kaplan

Judy & Paul Putzel

Daniel Quiat

The Reichert Family

David & Kathie Rigby (In Memory of our son Jacob)

Michele and Larry Rivkin Charitable Fund

Pat and Jerry Robertson (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Andy & Cindy Rolfe

The Rorsted Family

Doug & Michelle Rose

Marya & Anthony Rose

Mark S Rosenberg

Kathy & Skip Rosenblatt

Ellen & Philip Rosenbloom

John and Frances Rosenheim

Bill Rosenthal and Carol Murphy

Robert and Cynthia Rothbaum

Edgar Rothschild

Joel Rubenstein (In honor of Nardie Stein)

Robbie and Brittany Rudich

Joan Russell

Patricia C Russell

Frank Sachs

Frank & Chris Sachs

David Sachs

Stephen Sachs (In memory of E.J. Hahn)

Kari Sachs (In honor of Q’s Corner)

Dan and Dawn Saltzstein

Dan and Dawn Saltzstein (In honor of Edward and John Saltzstein)

In honor of Ed Saltzstein

Arizona Saltzsteins

Joy Sandweiss and Family

Andy and Betsy Saslawsky Family Foundation

Jon & Suzanne Scharff

Adler Schermer Foundation

Marc Schieber

Elliot & Sara Schiffer

Bruce Schimberg

Bennett Schmidt

Fred & Pat Schonwald

Pat & Fred Schonwald, Jr. Gift Fund

Jay Schulman

The Schulmans (Jeff, Jim, Andrew, Carol) (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Adam Schwartz

Andrew and Deborah Schwartz Charitable Fund

Robert J. Schweich Fund

Hank & Esther Schweich (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Bob and Monique, Susie and Ralph (Robert Schweich Fund) (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Charles A Seigel III (In honor of The Seigel Family)

Arlene Semel (In honor of Mitch Semel)

Mitchell Semel

Mitch, Drew and David Semel (in honor of Nardie Stein)

David and Heidi Serwer

Joe Shacter

The Sher Family

Maya, Christina, Noah, and Alissa Shoukri (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Eric, Rhonda, Stuart, Philip and Nathan Siegel Family

Robert Silverman (In memory of Nardie Stein)

Gary Silversmith

Dana & Seth Singerman

Mindy & Gary Sircus (In honor of Joel Sircus’ big how birthday)

Brad Sklar

Ron & Linda Ellen Sklar

Janet Slate (In honor of Sam Allen)

William Sloan (in celebration of Gabriel Sloan-Garcia)

Ellen and Richard Slosburg Family Foundation

Jeffrey Bob Smith

Josh Smith and Lael Culiner

Rick Smith

Michael Sobel

Joshua & Geula Solomon

Rodney Solomon

Charlie and Jeanne Sosland

Oscar Soule

Anne and Jon Spear Charitable Fund

Don Spero and Nancy Chasen

Alex Spiegel (in memory of Nardie Stein)

Steven Spiegel

Jon Star

Norton Starr

Nardie, Sally, Jane, Jessie, and Ted Stein

Noah Stein

Irving Stenn, Jr. 

Ann & Will Stern

David Stern

Gregory Stewart

John & Merrie Stillpass (In memory of Joanne H. Wolf)

Joe Stokely

Nancy & Barney Straus

Stanton Strauss

Striker Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation

The Strull Family

Billy Susman

Stephen Tanenbaum

Emma Templeton

The Thackers

Throck 1971

Tom Tisch

Jeff Trenton

Niels Trolle

William Tucker (In honor of Sally Elson)

Bill & Nikki Wallenstein

Roger & Judy Wallenstein

Alex Wang and Zachary Zhang

Esther Starrels and John Wasserman

Paul & Harriet Weinberg

MIke Weinberg (In memory of Nardie Stein)

Michael Weinberg (in honor of Bernard “Nardie Stein)

Cathy & Craig Weiss and Family

Isaac Weiss-Meyer (In honor of Judy & Allan Sher)

Hank Wineman

Debbie & Adam Winick

Mark & Laura Wittcoff

Jim & Nicki Woldenberg Family

Jason Yale & Emily Jodock Yale

David Zalk (In memory of Charles Zalk)

Cody Zalk and Family

Lon Zimmerman (In Memory of Nardie Stein)

Anonymous (In honor of James M. Kraft)

Anonymous (In memory of Nardie Stein)

Anonymous (in honor of Bernard Stein)

Celebrating a Life Well-Lived

by Brad Herzog

Over the past seven or eight years, I have devoted each twice-a-year alumni newsletter to a theme. Each Keylog has focused on an inspiring and integral aspect of camp—sports, nature, trips, photography, Sundays, the Rec Hall, Paul Bunyan. But it is impossible to consider inspiring-and-integral Nebagamon without celebrating the impact of the late Nardie Stein. From the time he was a counselor in Swamper 1 (1955) to the time he and Sally closed out their tenure as camp directors (1990) to the decades afterward in which he continued to serve as a fount of wisdom about and around camp, Nardie was profoundly integral to the history and sensibilities of Camp Nebagamon. And, as someone who looked up to him for half a century, I can attest that he was always inspiring.

So this is the NARDIE issue of the Keylog, our attempt to honor the various ways in which he influenced the lives of the people who had the pleasure of being part of his Nebaga-world.

We begin this extra-large edition with a loving recollection from his longtime co-director, co-life-partner and co-adventurer, Sally Lorber Stein (SALLY REMEMBERS NARDIE). But that’s just the beginning.

Nardie influenced countless lives. So in NARDIE’S IMPACT you can read several dozen brief tributes and memories from camp alumni, just a snippet of what could have been a book-sized collection. Most of us who knew Nardie first encountered him when we were campers or young counselors. But notice how many people, even several decades later, reflect on how he influenced their aspirations and attitudes as adults. As one wrote, “I try to live up to the lessons he so lovingly taught me.”

But sometimes a picture is WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, so we’ve also included a collection of photos covering more than half-a-century of Bernard Stein at Camp Nebagamon. Nardie at the microphone, at the Shrine, leading the camp in song, overseeing the award ceremony, reminiscing with A.K. Agikamik. Nardie’s wisdom, his playfulness, his love of family.

You also can discover more about Nardie by watching the video or reading excerpts from his memorial service in November (IN MEMORIAM). For the many alumni who arrived at Nebagamon after the Steins retired, it is an opportunity to get to know him from some of the people who loved him most – his children and grandchildren. Their memories included a heap of humor, as did Nardie. I always appreciated his wit, but never more so than over the past decade, when I had the luxury of spending quality time with him on many occasions. My favorite part was the moment before he let loose with a pun or quip or hilarious memory. His eyes would grow big, he’d chuckle a bit, and you knew something good was coming. That’s a memory I’ll treasure.

Finally, you can read about Nardie in his own words. Learn about his childhood, his introduction to camp, and more about how he met Sally… all part of an excerpt from the Steins’ book about the history of Camp Nebagamon: Keeping the Fires Burning. Nardie called his personal story REFLECTIONS OF ONE LUCKY GUY. I know I speak for many when I say that I consider myself immeasurably lucky to have known him.

Sally Remembers Nardie


I was asked by the Keylog editor and the Hanson-Kaplans to write a remembrance of Nardie – in the context, of course, of Camp Nebagamon, so here goes:

We met in 1949, and it would be easy to say, “I immediately knew this was the guy for me.” So I’ll say it. I knew it – and he was. A Nebagamon counselor, Bud Pollack of Fort Wayne, Indiana, introduced us in 1949 (long before many of you were born,) and we were together a lot, though not exclusively, in the ensuing years, until I left St. Louis for the University of Michigan and Nard completed college at Washington University and was immediately drafted.

People’s courtships are generally only of interest to themselves, and sometimes their children, so I will skip that part only to say that we spent some extended time together in the interim, and it became clear to both of us that we felt deeply committed to each other. My father, Muggs, also figured that out because he wrote a letter to Nardie in Japan. In the note, he invited him to consider a career in camping. Nardie knew nothing of Nebagamon or its kind of camp. As a boy he went to Scout camps, followed by time at Boy Scout’s national camp, Philmont. There he distinguished himself by volunteering to walk a lame donkey down the mountain to base camp, only to see the donkey trot away on his supposed lame leg, delighted to shed his role as a pack animal.

Nardie spent 18 months as a cryptographer at the US Army’s Far East headquarters in Japan and really made the most of it. He returned to the states just as I graduated from four great years at Michigan, and we became (publicly) engaged. He first laid eyes on Camp Nebagamon on a rainy spring day in June. Soon thereafter, he became the senior counselor in Swamper 1, where he experienced up close what this camp was all about. He began considering whether he wanted to become, as Muggs proposed, the next director of camp. *Author’s note: I had been slated to become “the director’s WIFE” (Harrumph!) and immediately began to redefine my title and role. However, especially when our three children were young, their welfare took precedence over my role at camp, which was rather invisible, centering on the business side of our venture, as well as the food service and accounting. I was not often publicly active (except on the tennis courts).

We learned our craft while understudying the Lorbers for several years and decided to bravely move forward. Both of us were aware that Nard was slated to be compared to and fill the shoes of the famed Muggs Lorber. We talked a lot about that. I assured him that he probably would not be able to replicate him – and perhaps should not even try. Instead, he should walk in his own shoes, do it his own way, using all of the intrinsic qualities he already possessed. And so he did! He paid close attention to Muggs’s training and watched what worked and what didn’t…

Nardie’s utilized his intelligence, quick wit, intuitiveness, and ability to closely listen to a camper or staff member. He always considered what was best for a camper and for the institution. His respect for everyone involved was a quality that led to early success. He also loved the land – the physical plant – and was very interested in its maintenance, also participating in it when time allowed. Nardie started every day at the workshop, conferring with the maintenance staff about priorities. He was not afraid to plunge toilets or clean up messes himself, feeling that he should do what he might need to ask of others. It was apparent to me that he was feeling stressed when I saw him trimming trees in order to “raise the canopy” – to help them thrive, symbolic of what he hoped to do for campers and staff..

With a few years under our belts, Nardie and I felt it was time to change and/or modify several aspects of camp. We enlarged each cabin enough to give counselors their own private space, upgraded many facilities, such as roofs, blinds, docks, boats, tennis courts, and hills subject to erosion. When we assumed directorship, campers had one project period a day, and many of the projects had no ranks. We asked most of the projects to add achievable ranks, ones that could give kids a tangible sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. And we wanted the older campers to be challenged to achieve an Instructor rank, preparing them for leadership roles .We also expanded the tripping program to include hiking and cycling and increased the wilderness trip staff from 3 to 18. Also, as academic years shortened, we realized that an eight-week season was no longer feasible in some communities, so we offered a four-week option, starting with the 4th grade in 1974 and offering it to 5th graders in 1975, progressing a grade every year. This was a business decision that was quickly adopted by most of the Midwest camps similar to ours.

This creative approach to camp was indicative of Nardie’s personal quality as a truly creative man. Once retired, he spent many hours in his garage workshop. He liked to “make something out of nothing.” We often walked on Lake Superior beaches seeking pieces of wood appropriate for walking sticks. The one he carried was a piece of art and now a family heirloom. He carved into the thick wooden stick the names and dates of places in the world where he and I had hiked. He made similar pieces to give to needy friends for temporary or permanent use and also donated pieces for the Lake Nebagamon auctions, supporting the town library and other local charities.

Nard also collected and used pieces of wood still underwater in Lake Nebagamon, remnants of the Weyerhaeuser mill site. From these, he created plaques on to which he placed collages of scrap tiles, corks, and occasional feathers that we had gathered on walks. The driftwood plaques also supported arrangements of old fishing lures, honoring his and Muggs’s friendships with first year camper, Alan “Hoss” Mayer. One of these plaques hangs in the camp Fish Shack, and many of them are treasures hanging in our Lake Nebagamon home. Our daughter Jane Kerr brought one to hang on the wall of each hospital room housing Nardie during his many months of hospitalization. 

So here’s most of the formula that made Nardie so fondly remembered and allowed Camp Nebagamon to flourish: The convergence of:

The right person (Nardie) at

The right time (in the social fabric)

The right campers (almost all of you) at

The right time (in your developmental life)

At the right camp (she said modestly) with

The right ex-director (Muggs: “There’s a destiny that guides us”) and later

The next right co-directors to succeed him (Nardie: “This shall be a place of welcome for all”)

And I am quite sure that the next directors, the Wallensteins and the Hanson-Kaplans also became part of that formula.

How lucky can you get? As his health declined, Nardie expressed his comfort in knowing that what he did in life really mattered. You alumni told us that many times through emails, letters, and in-person encounters. He also told us repeatedly that he had been a lucky man. I thank all of you so much for helping him know that.

Bernard “Nardie” Stein, a totally devoted leader, is remembered with fondness and

even love, especially by his wife and partner,

Sally Lorber Stein

Nardie’s Impact

At Nardie Stein’s memorial service in November, his granddaughter Elena Stein spoke about something that had become a frequent response from the grandchildren as people reached out to the family: “Nardie was such a big fan of yours,” they would say. Elena added simply, “Because it’s true. He was.”

The feeling was mutual. Here are just some of countless memories from the camp family:

“Since 1955 when the 25-year-old Nardie was making his first ever recruiting trip and came through Indianapolis (convincing me to forgo Little League baseball and give C/N a try) until the last time I saw him when I was at camp for the 90th anniversary reunion, I can think of no one (outside of my family) who had as long and meaningful an impact upon my life. His ability to relate to, model ethical behavior for, and stay in touch with so many hundreds of campers and staff over the years was truly amazing and all of us whose lives he touched are forever indebted to him.” – Mike Cole (1956-63)

“It’s honestly hard for me to think of another man I met and got to know over years who touched so many in such a positive way. His legacy is immense.” – Andrew Shapin (1976-80, 83)

“As we lived in their neighborhood, I had the opportunity to see him more than just during camp. I got to house sit for them sometimes while they did fall camp visits. My parents were their friends as well. I credit Nardie as one of the two adults in my life who always treated me with respect as a person. He never talked to me like I was a child even though I was one. In retrospect, this has made me realize how in times of self-doubt, worrying and other adolescent angst, Nardie helped me be confident by treating me like a real human being. He was so genuine. I will always love him and respect him for that.” – Jon Fisher (1979-83)

“A 15-year-old me had no discernible talents, abilities or skills, and even less confidence. But then Nardie Stein came along and said ‘I think you can be a camp counselor.’ And that changed everything.” — Tom Arenberg (1968-71, 73-78)

“What set Nardie apart was his incredible and genuine people skills. He made everyone around him think that he was your best friend. When he talked to you, whether you were a Swamper on the Big House porch or 80 years old, Nardie was always interested in what you were doing. He made an enormous impact on the lives of thousands. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. Eight years ago, I sent him a newspaper article that claimed white socks and sandals were coming back in style. He wrote me back a postcard (I still have it) that said, ‘Of course I was a trend setter. But before white socks and sandals, I was known for my Gucci underwear and Armani speedo.’” – Bud Herzog (1952-61)

“I worked in the CN office for eight summers, during my most impressionable years, alongside Nardie (& Sally), and each day typically presented some unique learning opportunity. The teaching moment was often preceded by an “..ahhhh… Sue B….” to indicate he wanted my full attention. Sometimes those moments created frustration, and sometimes it was just something humorous he wanted to share, but often they were some of life’s most valuable lessons. I feel so fortunate to have had those innumerable teaching moments I carry with me today. I could not be more grateful for his wit, candor, and guidance.” – Sue Bong Scharff (1982-88, 2004-07)

“When I think back to the many lessons I learned from Nardie over the years, there are so many that come to mind, but foremost he taught how important it was to have a sense of humor. Nardie may actually have invented the now-celebrated genre of “dad jokes.” It was more than having a ready repertoire of witticisms, though. Nardie also taught me how important it was to be able to laugh at yourself.” – Alex Gordon (1978-83, 87-91, 2010-22)

“’Dolce.’ The word that will always remind me of Nardie. Frequently, on hikes along trails in the woods, or through the hills, or by the Brule River, Nardie would turn around unexpectedly and surprise us with an unconditional offering in hand of… a piece of chocolate. Chocolate – nourishing, distinct, energizing and as unique and special as the man making the offer. A man, who, in such gentle and subtle ways, continually strengthened my core.” – Buzz Neusteter (1955-58, 87-91)

“Nardie Stein was the most significant male role model in my life. As a child, rather than scold me when I made mistakes at camp, and there were many, he offered guidance on how to grow from my errors and then would follow up to tell me when he saw positive change. Later as an emerging adult, he consistently entrusted me with greater responsibility, helped me to grow as a man, and as a supervisor of others. As a husband, he showed me how I should honor and value my wife and provided me with a vivid example of how to father my children in an accepting, loving, and responsible manner. No one ever taught me more about how to live life fully and positively. Nardie was a gift to us all. I will miss him every day and keep his memory close at hand, while I try to live up to the lessons he so lovingly taught me.” – Frank Sachs (1962-65, 69-2004, 07-11)

“In the decades after my experience as a camper and counselor, I have heard Nardie’s voice in my head, even at times far removed from the camp experience. This includes a particularly difficult business situation I encountered 25 years after my last CN summer. I emailed Nardie to thank him and this was part of the response, which says much about his wisdom and how his lived his life… “Many times I have found that even the smallest of kindnesses we extended resulted in ‘something coming back,’ another way of saying this is that there is no such thing as a ‘small’ transaction… all human transactions are important.’” – Matt Friedman (1983-90)

“He was so influential in my life and important to me. He will be so missed by so many!” – Noah Saag (2000-04, 06-12, 14)

“Nardie was almost as large a figure in my life as my own parents. He was my camp director, employer and ultimately my friend. He was reliable, constant and open. He was a guiding star of ethics and morality and he had the most impish sense of humor that came out in subtle ways at unexpected moments. Many of us think of Camp Nebagamon as a mold within which much of our lives were formed. If that’s true, its form was what Nardie and Sally made it. I see their impact on Camp today. He and Sally brought Camp and all of us that attended into the modern era into a place of welcome for all and a place of growth and self-confidence for many generations.” – Tony Blumberg (1970-73, 75-80)

“I was fortunate to be a camper during Muggs’s last season, then into the beginning of the Nardie and Sally years. Nardie was always a cheerful yet strong and demanding presence, took no guff, and brooked no fools (especially when it came to staff), yet was kind and understanding and supportive of families and all the kids. His singing in the Rec Hall, and constant good-natured presence around Camp made the place seem safe and ‘A Place of Welcome For All.’” – Reed Maidenberg (1959-64, 67)

“All of us campers learned so much from Nardie, even if we didn’t realize it then. His life was a blessing to us all.” – Bill Guthman (1970-75)

“Nardie was truly the kindest man I’ve ever met. He always looked for, and found, the best in people. I loved his stories and his deep connection to the camp family. As a kid, I looked forward to the winter visit during the reunion tour – Nardie pulling out a Goo Goo Cluster candy bar to share and proceeding to tell the story of its origin alongside highlights from the trail of amazing people he’d met along the way.”  — Brian Kramer (1988-93, 95-00)

“I have so many memories of Nardie, but my favorite one was: As a ninth-grade camper, several cabinmates/friends and I competed in a canoe race in the Village of Lake Nebagamon. By doing so, we missed the Rec Hall lunch. Nardie and Sally did not want to bother the kitchen staff (or make us go hungry!), so they invited us to the Little House where they served us lunch. More than that, we talked – and laughed –for well over an hour and really got to know Nardie and Sally as more the just camp directors. He will be missed by so many!” – Ron Koretz (1977-88)

“Among the many things I appreciated about Nardie was his willingness to join in the playfulness. One day, fellow counselor Ron Koretz and I were in the Big House when we noticed Nardie leave the office and head to the first floor bathroom. For some reason, we had a sense that it would be a long visit, so we went into the little alcove next to the bathroom and kitchen, where there used to be a payphone and recited in unison the little ditty that we had memorized from the wall of the bathroom: “All of us with septic tanks, give to you our heartfelt thanks, for putting nothing in the pot, that isn’t guaranteed to rot, Kleenex is bad, matchsticks too, cigarette butts are taboo.” At that point, instead of chastising us for violating their boss’s privacy, Nardie joined with great enthusiasm for the rousing conclusion: “No hair combings, use the basket, there’s a darn good reason why we ask it!“ — Larry Rivkin (1977-82, 84-86, 2021)

“Here are my reflections on Nardie Stein: Love, courage, caring for others, can-do, not flashy, committed to see through whatever he undertook in service of other people, fun-loving. Nardie rolled up his sleeves and took on big challenges with an unbeatable blend of enthusiasm tempered with practicality, sensitivity, and humility. He will forever be an inspiration.” – Bill Greenbaum (1965-70, 72-73, 76)

“One of the top 10 people who influenced my life for the better. He will be missed.” – Dave Knoepfle (1987-98, 2018)

“The memories of Nardie during my Nebagamon summers will always be in my mind. Nardie was a warm wonderful man, teacher, and mentor.” – Mitch Boxer (1972-77)

“I’ve known Nardie pretty much since he came to Nebagamon, and as a camp ‘lifer’ I felt his presence through my years there and for many more afterwards. There are so many memories, all indelible in my mind (along with all my other Nebagamon experiences), that taught me so much about myself and what I could become because of it. He was a big part of who I am now and who I was then.” – Bob Benton (1949-58)

“He taught an entire generation of men how to be kind. He was unique and the world’s a little less bright without him in it. – Trygve Olsen (1984-87)

A True Shadow Caster who greatly impacted my life. Being asked back to camp to be a CIT was a life changing event. Nardie was always there to give advice and praise as well as constructive suggestions on how to best handle sensitive situations. The last time I saw Nardie at the 90th Reunion, he was so proud of the trees that he and I along with others planted on the back end of the upper diamond. I will also never forget accompanying him on the piano during GTC’s despite the fact that a song would start off in one key and end up in another!” – Bud Schram (1954-59, 61-69)

“I always respected his enthusiasm. Whether he was singing at announcements, conducting a smell down or just encouraging you to persevere. I try to bring that into my classroom daily.” – Jay Kolbrener (1978-83, 87, 91, 94-95)

“Nardie had a huge impact on so many lives. One of the kindest people I’ve ever met.” – Dave Nissenbaum (1983-86, 88-90)

“A beautiful part of a very special relationship is the inside joke. Nardie and I enjoyed one that spanned over 60 years. It began when I was a Swamper in 1965 and… let’s just say Nardie and I shared a drink of prune juice (from Nardie’s “private stock”) to help me do my thing in the Jop. He said I could grab some from the Rec Hall kitchen any time I needed it. With his keen sense of humor, he called it our “Prune Juice Cocktail.” Two decades later, at my 30th birthday surprise party, Nardie gave me a personalized bottle of Scotch he called, “Chivas Fecal,” along with several small cans of prune juice. Still getting chuckles out of that!” – Rand Shapiro (1965-69, 71-75, 08-11, 13-15)

“Nardie was a gem. Such fond memories! He checked in with me one summer when I could not attend camp due to a surgery, just to see how I was doing.” – Bob Bergen (1975-77)

“Few people have had such a positive impact on so many. Nardie (and Sally, of course) touched the lives of thousands of young men and their families. We are all better people for having known him, and the world is a better place thanks to his long and happy sojourn here.” – Sam Friedman (former camp doctor)

“Nardie had a profound impact on the lives of so many campers and their families. He will very much be missed. Thanks for the memories.” – Steve Schaumberger (1972-77, 79)

“Nardie exemplified taking the work seriously, but not taking yourself seriously. As Axeman Push, I prided myself on creative announcements for our village Cruiser Day events. I don’t even remember the event, but I remember we had an announcement with the Axeman counselors roaming the Rec Hall and chanting. As my staff was doing their best Gregorian Chant impressions, Nardie just turned to me and said: ‘Murky, Hercy.’ – Raven Deerwater, formerly Dan “Hercules” Hirschhorn (1970-74, 76-85)

“He was the absolute finest friend, mentor and teacher! He was such a positive influence on generations of families, and means so much to so many. We’re all better off for our time spent with Nardie.” – Jim Rosen (1964-67, 72-75)

Worth a Thousand Words

From the time first he arrived in 1955, even before he became co-director, Nardie Stein was a force at Camp Nebagamon.

For countless campers and staff members over the course of his 30 years co-helming camp, Nardie was a beloved and ubiquitous part of the summer experience…

Whether he was at the microphone…

Or handing out awards…

Or welcoming his old pal from the Yo Yo Islands…

Or leading the camp in song (and enjoying the singing)…

He was a constant source of wisdom and advice…

But he was also beloved for his sense of humor and playfulness…

And while so many of us remember Nardie as a patriarch of the camp family, his own family meant everything to him.

In Memoriam

In November, many in the camp family traveled to St. Paul for Nardie Stein’s memorial service at Mount Zion Temple. And many more read his obituary (find it here) and watched the livestream of the memorial, which can be viewed in its entirety below:

Here are some excerpted family memories from a celebration of a truly impactful life:

Daughter Jessie Stein Diamond: “I picture him at the wheel of our humongous1970s Aero station wagon with a compass affixed to the windshield – our pre-Internet GPS… For me, that compass evokes so much about Nardie. He had a great sense of direction, literally and metaphorically, and a strong moral compass, a great sense of fun, a true zest for adventure… Nardie devoted his career to giving children the kind of play, adventure and friendship that make childhood joyous and to transmitting values to help people become their best selves… Dad was very lucky. He was married to the love of his life for 67 years. His career gave his life meaning, purpose, and lifelong friends. He never took any of that for granted.”

Son Ted Stein: “I’ll remember him most not as a lucky man, but as an extraordinarily good one… Dad intuitively wanted to do the right thing, and he frequently did it even if no one was watching. He never missed the right moment to visit friends or relatives, no matter how far flung or how late in the day… Nardie epitomized the saying that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life… I couldn’t have asked for a better father. He was as good as it gets.”

Daughter Jane Stein Kerr: “Dad had a gift for seeing strength and talents in people they often didn’t recognize in themselves. Many camp alumni have told us of Nardie’s and Sally’s life-changing impact on them… For some of you, it was a lesson gently administered when you were a child. For others, it was working with and for them… Dad loved learning about your successes and accomplishments. What you were doing in the world fascinated Dad. He was infinitely proud of the people you have become.”

Granddaughter Daisy Diamond: “Nardie had a knack for connecting with people of all ages. He was an adult who could truly interact with children in a genuine way, making you feel like equals and always eager to join in the fun.”

Granddaughter Sarah Kerr: “He showed us the importance of volunteering, staying engaged in current events, standing up for what is right, welcoming people to this country and our lives and always continuing to learn new things.”

Granddaughter Elena Stein: “He approached life with so much curiosity, unpretentiousness, an appreciation for differences and an inner compass that always pointed in the direction of doing good… We often felt like we shared our grandfather with the many camp folks who loved him, but that was okay. Nardie showed us that love and care for others is an ever-expanding renewable resource.”

And, of course, his children and grandchildren couldn’t discuss Nardie without touching on his sense of humor:

Ted: “Dad was pragmatic and humble. If he saw a problem, he found a solution. If the solution was simple or funny, all the better. Why call a plumber when he could fix a temperamental toilet with a Dymo sticker that said PJHTY, reminding us all to Please Jiggle Handle, Thank You… Dad’s humor was often unexpected, and it was never mean. He was frequently the butt of his own joke. He wore socks and sandals not only for his own comfort, but also for the kids and counselors who liked to joke about it.

Jessie: “Dad typically carried a pocketknife and a tape measure in his pants pocket, a pad of paper in his shirt pocket, a Batman credit card in his wallet… (And regarding his adoration of Sally), “Once, during a vacation in Italy after they retired, Dad found a great hotel by asking a garage mechanic, ‘If you were traveling with a young Sophia Loren, where would you stay?’”

Jane: “(In his last months) Nardie’s sense of humor remained intact. His caregivers loved his witty responses to their frequent questions. When the nurse who accompanied him from Duluth to Minneapolis introduced herself, she said, ‘Hi, Nardie. I’m Heidi. He replied with a boyish smile, ‘Hi, Heidi. I’m Seeky!”

Elena: “With Nardie, the world was a place filled with friends you just hadn’t met yet. Intimidating strangers would be reduced to giggles with Nardie’s challenge of an armwrestling match.”

Reflections of One Lucky Guy

By Nardie Stein

This remembrance has been excerpted from Chapter 29 of Keeping the Fires Burning: A History of Camp Nebagamon, which can be purchased here.

On the occasion of my seventieth birthday, I was honored at a wonderful party given by Sally and the kids. My entire family and a number of friends gathered, including some really unexpected dear friends from out of town. After the skits, roasts, and toasts had died down, I finally got the floor, thanked everyone, and showcased the award I had just bestowed upon myself: the World’s Luckiest Guy medal. This simple three-by-five-inch piece of fiberboard, which I had made and inscribed with the letters “WLG,” was hanging inside my shirt, waiting for this moment!

In reflecting on my life, I feel many of the truly wonderful events came about as a matter of pure luck rather than by design. I grew up in a happy, wonderful family in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and lived a comfortable middle-class life. I can recall taking hikes with my mom in wooded areas and parks in Fort Smith, and occasionally our family would “go up the mountains” north of Fort Smith because my dad’s only recreational interest was fishing in the streams of the Boston Mountain Range. While he tried to interest me in fishing, I was too restless, always wanting to go hiking and exploring in the abundant beauty of those areas.

My first real taste of camping came at age twelve at the Boy Scout Camp near Rudy, Arkansas. I was a member of Troop 15 of the First Methodist Church along with my older cousins, Benno Friedman and Fred Braht. We swam, hiked, passed merit badges, and had the challenge of sweeping our tents daily to remove the many tarantulas that enjoyed visiting our sleeping quarters.

I was also aware that two families who lived down our street sent their sons away to some fancy camp up north for eight weeks. And, yes, Buddy Rogers and Randy and Jerry Ney were indeed at Camp Nebagamon. I didn’t know them well because they were not my age.

The rest of my summers were spent at my father’s business, Stein Wholesale Dry Goods Company, where I worked from age ten on through my college summers. I stocked shelves, packed outgoing orders, swept the floors, and drove packages to the post office. I was happy, learning how to work with some fine people and earning a minimum wage (forty cents an hour) salary. In high school I was active in many organizations and was an officer in most of them.

Looking back on my high school years in Arkansas, I realized also that I was unaware of the realities of living in the segregated South. As part of the small Jewish minority in Fort Smith (sixty families), my parents were not motivated to work for social change. In fact they were wary of “rocking the boat,” being fearful of the Klan, anti-Semitism, and social rejection. I regret my own inaction in those days and my parents’ lack of involvement in social justice issues, but I partially understand their lack of involvement—this was the South in the 1930s and 1940s.

Another great chapter of my early years was getting to go with Boy Scout Troop 15 to the National Boy Scout base, Philmont, near Taos, New Mexico, for two weeks in the summers of 1945 and 1946. We hiked, climbed mountains, and had rugged adventures in the desert and mountains of the Southwest.

As high school days were ending I felt confident that my good grades, numerous extracurricular activities, and leadership records, plus where I lived, would give me a leg up in the college application process. Yale, Washington University, and Vanderbilt, in that order, were my choices. I was confident that all three would want me, so it came as a shock when Yale turned me down, but the other two sent acceptance letters.

So there was a tipping point in my life: had I gone to Yale, I think I would have hated it, and I would never have met Sally Lorber or Camp Nebagamon. Need I say more?

Washington University in St. Louis was a fine choice, and I enjoyed my new friends in college and in Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. My mother’s family, who all lived nearby, were hospitable, providing free meals and loaner cars for weekend dates. My social life was never better. My fraternity brothers were friendly, helpful, and marvelous at fixing us “out of town” guys with dates. Bud Pollak, one of the older guys in the frat house and a Nebagamon counselor, suggested I call Sally Lorber, which I did in December 1949. And so, as they say, “The rest is history!” I thought Sally was one of the nicest, cutest, and smartest people in the world. And I still do! Muggs, Janet, and Maggie were nice to me and were also a source of Sunday meals when our frat house closed its kitchen.

Muggs offered me a job at his camp during those early college years, but I didn’t think going to work at a place where I was dating the boss’s daughter sounded like a good idea. So I continued working at Stein Wholesale in the summer.

While Washington University turned out to be a good choice for me, I quickly discovered that the education I received in Fort Smith had not prepared me for rigorous studying and real academic challenge, and I really struggled at first. Although I entered college thinking I’d like to be a doctor, I dropped that dream and studied what I liked with the professors I liked, feeling that eventually I would find my way. People chuckle when I reveal I was a medieval literature major with a minor in psychology and a lot of classical art and archaeology courses.


Another reason I qualified for the WLG award is that I was drafted as a sophomore, during the Korean War, but Congress changed the draft laws a few months later and allowed college students to be deferred as long as we kept our grades up. As a result, I graduated in 1953 and was inducted the very day the Korean armistice was signed in July of that year. And the good luck continued. At Fort Sill, Oklahoma, one week after induction, I noticed an ad seeking foreign language translators. I, of course, signed up for French, as I had had three years in high school and two more in college, and I stayed behind when my unit was shipped out, so that I could take the test. I took it, discovering how inadequate my French skills were, and did not qualify as a translator. I was then placed with a unit that was sent to Fort Gordon, Georgia, for basic training, where by luck I got an interview with another Washington University graduate, who let me select my Signal Corps specialty job: cryptography.

Although Sally and I had dated quite a bit as she finished the last year and a half of high school, we “broke up” after she graduated and went off to the University of Michigan. Upon completing my army training, I visited old friends and family in St. Louis at Christmastime in 1953, and lo and behold, there was Sally again. We saw each other briefly and realized our relationship was not really over. We said goodbye at Union Station in St. Louis, and I boarded the train back to Georgia, once again dazzled by young Sally Lorber.

We saw each other again a few months later in Florida, as I knew I was going overseas and wanted to say goodbye. She was visiting her parents, who had by then moved to Miami Beach. This time we knew we were in love, but I had one and a half more years of overseas army duty, and she had one and a half more years at the University of Michigan. We decided to quietly make plans for a future together and shared this decision only with our immediate families. So Sally returned to Ann Arbor, and I headed to Seattle, then to Japan, where I again had the good luck to be stationed near Yokohama at Camp Zama, the headquarters of the U.S. Army Far East Command. My duty as a cryptographer was reasonably interesting, and I had ample time for travel and learning about Japan and its rich culture.

In summer 1954, I received a letter from Muggs that shocked me. In it he explained that he and Janet wanted to plan for their retirement, and he wanted to know if I was interested in a career in camping. This was truly a bolt out of the blue! I had welcomed my two years of required army service, as it gave me a cushion of time to consider possible careers. I only knew the three business offers I had received failed to interest me. These were small family businesses, and eight years later they had all disappeared. Again, a lucky decision!

I responded cautiously to the offer of directing Camp Nebagamon and began corresponding about this possibility with Sally and Muggs. I was excited about this opportunity, but it loomed as a frightening unknown. Muggs and Janet felt they could train Sally and me and decided that my best training would be “on the job” in carefully measured steps.

I was discharged from the army in late May 1955 and went to Wisconsin in mid-June to meet Nebagamon and start counselor training, a big transition for this mustered-out soldier in a short period of time. The first step was serving as a senior counselor in Swamper One with a junior counselor and six wonderful first-year ten-year-old campers. It was a summer fraught with conflicting agendas. Sally and I were busy trying to plan our October wedding and our future and had many big issues to deal with, while each of us had to get used to each other again. We were also trying to envision careers as camp directors of a large, successful boys’ camp.


In retrospection, it is safe to say I also was terrified (or at least I should have been!). Here was this huge business dominated by a larger-than-life hero figure—Muggs Lorber—dynamic, brilliant, super-athlete, gifted, a personality-plus guy . . . and I was contemplating filling his shoes!

Somehow we got through the summer of 1955. After our small wedding in the Big House, we were off on a wonderful three-week cross-country drive ending in Miami Beach. We then had a ten-day honeymoon in Nassau, paid for with my army savings. What a great start to our marriage!

Camp Family News

Keep us posted! You can send life updates to Louis Levin in the camp office ( or directly to Keylog editor Brad Herzog (

Edgar Rothschild (Nashville, 62-66) just finished a bike tour of Sicily, covering a total of 450 miles… Rand Shapiro (St. Louis 65-69, 71-75, 08-11, 13-15) is a homebound teacher in St. Louis, educating students who cannot attend school in person… Jennifer Daskal (Paradise Valley AZ/Washington D.C. 91-92, 96, 99), a globally recognized expert in cyber policy and national security and faculty director of the American University Washington College of Law Tech, Law and Security Program, was named Deputy General Counsel (Cyber and Technology) at the Department of Homeland Security last February. She previously served as senior counsel for Human Rights Watch and in the Department of Justice during the Obama administration… After 25 years as a staff member (19 as Associate Director), having served as a cabin counselor, Program Director, Wilderness Tripping Director, staff recruiter, and all-around welcome presence at Camp Nebagamon, Adam Fornear (Duluth 92-97, 01, 04-22) has started a new career with the Duluth Parks and Recreation Department.

Adam Fornear

Ben Edmunds (Birmingham MI/Portland OR 93-97, 99-04, 07-08) is the co-founder, co-owner and brewmaster at Breakside Brewery in Portland, Oregon, where he oversees the company’s production brewery and two pub breweries… Jonathan May (Memphis 94-98, 00-06) recently completed a half-Ironman triathlon… Brian Bauer (Nashville 98-00, 02-03) and his company Bauer Entertainment were nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year by the Nashville Business Journal… Ben Deutsch (Atlanta 02-07, 09) married Sophie Koff from Scarsdale, NY… Brothers Spence Myer (St. Louis 02-07, 09-12, 14) and Jackson Meyer (St. Louis 04-09, 14) were both inducted into the MICDS Hall of Fame as hockey players.  Brian Mounce (Scottsdale, AZ/Memphis 04-08, 10) teaches history and politics at Christian Brothers University in Memphis…

Andy Cohen gives a Sunday Service in 2019

Andy Cohen (St. Louis 04-10, 12-21) is Sales Manager for the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis… Jeffrey Burnstein (Glencoe/Atlanta 05-10, 12-14) is working in commercial real estate with the Bridge Investment Group… Michael Deutsch (Atlanta 06-11, 13-14, 16-18) is a Data Analyst with Ernst and Young. Ben Montag (Atlanta 12-18) is studying sports management and playing baseball for the Rice Owls… Four years ago, Jamie Lau (London 10-12, 14) and his partner Adam adopted two boys, who are now seven and eight years old. Jamie is a personal trainer in London, having built a studio gym in his back garden… Gus Peters (Raleigh, NC 10-15, 17) graduated as a Second Lieutenant with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO… Sam Rezaei (Chicago 11-15, 17) is walking across the country from New York City to Los Angeles to raise money for unhoused Chicago residents. He is almost finished with his journey – you can track his journey and donate on his Instagram page here.

A Nebaga-crew at the October wedding of Louis Levin and Maggie O’Hara



Josh Kotin (Chicago 91-96, 98-01) and Katie Durick – Benjamin

Tom Elson (Chicago/Washington D.C. 93-99, 01-04, 09, 13, 17) and Adam Backels – Ethan

Paul Schutz (Chicago 97-02, 04, 06, 08, 10) and Lauren Schutz – Isla

Scott Ventrudo (Redondo Beach, CA 98-03, 05-09, 12) and Emily Brosius (08-09) – Noah

Joel Sircus (Chicago 01-07, 09-10, 14) and Stephanie Rivkin – Cooper

Michael Kaplan (Los Angeles/Washington D.C. 01-05, 07-08) and Elizabeth Kaplan – Henry

Ben Donchin (Oklahoma City 03-08) and Stephanie Donchin – George

Michael Cohen (Atlanta 05-07, 10) and Emily Cohen – Jack



Bernard “Nardie” Stein (Fort Smith, AR/St. Louis/Minneapolis 55-90)

Bob Mendelsohn (Cincinnati/St. Louis 40-44, 50, 67)

Allan Sher (Washington, D.C./Santa Monica, CA 42-47)

Walter Shifrin (St. Louis 44-47)

Tom Horwitch (Winnetka, IL 49-56)

Mike Samuels (Youngstown, OH/Washington, D.C. 50-58)

Dick Siegel (St. Louis 54-59)

Harry Dennery (Louisville 55-58)

Joanne (Hirschhorn) Wolf (Cincinnati, 77-79)

Family Camp Photo

The 2022 Family Camp crew: Front row — Joey Apter, Stephanie Hanson, Marilyn Gallant, Amy Mack. Second row — Billy Wallenstein, Mark Carman, Stan Strauss, Andy Mack, Chris Sachs, Frank Sachs, Bud Herzog, Jon Colman, Allen Bennett, Andrew Guest, Martin Sadler, Andy Mack, Judy Wallenstein, Hugh Broder, Claire Guest, Jill Kreindler, Steve Apter. Third row — Troika Brodsky, Katy Neusteter, Jim Guest, John Kramer, Brian Kramer, Mike Singer, Brennan Green, Keri Rosenbloom, Peter Braude, Andy Becker, Bill Hensel, Jaime Hensel, Baby Aubrey Hensel, Jaye Hensel, Sean Kennedy, Tony Blumberg, Don Spero. Fourth row — Buzz Neusteter, Roger Wallenstein, Jeffrey Cohen, Rob Newman, Jim Koretz, Mark Caro, David Serwer, Jon Star, MJ Lowe, Eric Kramer, Ken Kanter, Bruce Rogen, Jon Rogen, Ricky Spero, Jonah Spero