Camp Newman, renouned Jewish summer stay in Santa Rosa, broken by flames

October 11, 2017 - summer camp

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Updated 7:12 pm, Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

  • Camp Newman's acquire core in Santa Rosa. According to officials, a stay served some-more than 10,000 people a year, 2,000 of them attending programs during a summer. Photo: Courtesy Of Jory Gwasdoff

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Dina and Phil Hankin as staff members during Camp Swig, Summer 1987.

Dina and Phil Hankin as staff members during Camp Swig, Summer 1987.


Photo: Courtesy Of Phil Hankin

Dina and Phil Hankin with other expertise colleagues, Summer 2017.

Dina and Phil Hankin with other expertise colleagues, Summer 2017.


Photo: Courtesy Of Phil Hankin

Dina, Sophie, and Phil Hankin, summer 2015.

Dina, Sophie, and Phil Hankin, summer 2015.


Photo: Courtesy Of Phil Hankin

Smoldering fires are seen in a stays of a Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017.

Smoldering fires are seen in a stays of a Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017.


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Residents travel by a glow shop-worn Journey’s End Mobile Home Park on Oct 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. Ten people have died in wildfires that have burnt tens of thousands of acres and broken over 1,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties.  

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A SUV browns in a drive of an already burnt down home melancholy another home in area off Fountaingrove Parkway nearby a Hilltop in Santa Rosa on Oct 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. 


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Fire Station 5 lies in hull after a firestorm swept over a neighborhood, on Oct 10, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. In one of a misfortune wildfires in state history, during slightest 1,500 homes have burnt and 11 people have died as some-more than 14 wildfires continue to widespread in 8 Northern California counties. 

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Columns of fume arise from a Atlas Fire as it browns in a hills East of Napa, Calif., on Monday, October, 9, 2017.

Columns of fume arise from a Atlas Fire as it browns in a hills East of Napa, Calif., on Monday, October, 9, 2017.


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Firefighter, Derick O’Leary, left, and Danny Dortch assistance quarrel off incoming fires on Baird Road in Santa Rosa, Calif. Monday, Oct 9, 2017.

Firefighter, Derick O’Leary, left, and Danny Dortch assistance quarrel off incoming fires on Baird Road in Santa Rosa, Calif. Monday, Oct 9, 2017.


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The North Bay fires and fume are seen from above as a California Highway Patrol surveyed a repairs from a helicopter.

The North Bay fires and fume are seen from above as a California Highway Patrol surveyed a repairs from a helicopter.


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A workman evacuates a Sonoma Developmental Center studious as a wildfire browns in Glen Ellen, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

A workman evacuates a Sonoma Developmental Center studious as a wildfire browns in Glen Ellen, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.


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Fire consumes a stable as an out of control wildfire moves by a area on Oct 9, 2017 in Glen Ellen, California. Tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and businesses have burnt in widespread wildfires that are blazing in Napa and Sonoma counties.

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The large and distracted Wine Country fires have ravaged Camp Newman, a loving Jewish summer stay in Santa Rosa. Camp officials announced Monday a infancy of a skill is destroyed. The stay had only distinguished a 70th anniversary over a summer.

The year-round venue had hosted a family stay on Saturday and Sunday before a glow pennyless out. Its attendees narrowly missed a rush of drop that came late Sunday night. All staff and those who lived on a camp’s skill were means to evacuate. Very little, besides a dedicated Torah scrolls, was saved.

For generations, Camp Newman’s site on Porter Creek Road was a home divided from home for people in a Bay Area Jewish community. Many attendees had been entrance given they were babies, with relatives who were alumni themselves. For Phil Hankin, who’s served as an preparation expertise member for a stay given 2002 and was before associate stay director, a stress runs deep.

Hankin started going to a Jewish stay when he was 9. The stay had several locations and names over a history, yet a village has stayed a same. It began as Camp Saratoga, altered to Camp Swig, and for a final dual decades, has been famous as Camp Newman. Hankin met his wife, Dina, by Camp Swig, during a shelter there in 1985.

Napa and Sonoma County wildfires on Oct 9, 2017


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“It’s harmful to a whole stay community, regardless of how distant behind we go,” Hankin said. “It’s all a durability bequest for everybody. It’s not only a earthy extinction of a property, yet it’s a memories. The chronological stained potion windows and art projects and all a other things that people put their adore and bid into can’t be replicated.”

For example, Hankin doesn’t know a predestine of a many artistic pieces constructed by Helen Burke, who was a artist-in-residence during a Swig Camp Institute in Saratoga. She died in 1997, a year a Union for Reform Judaism altered in and named it Camp Newman.

Though Burke wasn’t Jewish herself, she taught generations of campers about steel sculpture and welding over her 20 years in residency. She also was executive in formulating an elaborate Holocaust Memorial plan on-site that payed loyalty to a dim story while consistent in a particularities of California’s healthy aspects.

Newman’s executive director, Ruben Arquilevich, says many of Burke’s pieces, along with other design and memorabilia, are unaccounted for.

Camp officials have still not been means to go behind to a skill to consider a damage. Roads were blocked from some-more than 5 miles divided from a site, in both directions.

But Arquilevich made it transparent that Newman will continue to go on. He says a stay has perceived an “outpouring of adore and support” from people all over a country, who notwithstanding their singular experiences, share a identical thoughtfulness of what Camp Newman meant for them.


“Camp Newman is a place where they fostered their deepest and many surpassing friendships, a place where they detected and distinguished their best selves, fell in adore with their Jewish identity,” Arquilevich said. “I consider for many of them, looking back, it provides for some of a comprehensive best memories in people’s lives.”

Jory Gwasdoff, 25, was most innate a camper. His relatives were campers during Swig and are longtime members of a incomparable community. Gwasdoff’s father, who is a rabbi in Stockton, was one of many of Camp Newman’s visiting rabbis from all over a country.

“He’s been entrance as expertise for longer than I’ve been living,” Gwasdoff said. “I have over 20 summers of being during stay in some capacity.”

Gwasdoff pronounced that while he’s been to other camps, nothing of them have a village sorcery that Newman does.

“It’s a place where people feel gentle with any other; they have their initial crush, their initial kiss, their best friends—the people they keep in hold with by their college years and beyond,” he said.

According to Arquilevich, Camp Newman serves roughly 10,000 people a year — 2,000 people a summer — and is focused on immersive Jewish vital and learning, yet a poignant volume of a activities were open to a ubiquitous community. Activities during a stay mix forest and inlet programming with a accumulation of arts, jaunty and amicable probity programs.

Officials don’t know when they will be means to see a site given a stream conditions, yet updates will be given as shortly as they are received. The stay has combined a list of information on donating that can be accessed here

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