Creating Lifelong Friends

  • When we see our camp friends outside of camp, something magical happens. The laughter and memories come flooding back and we’re instantaneously transported back to the Tevya bubble. The time and distance spent apart melts away and it’s as if nothing has changed. To create the magic of the Tevya bubble, it doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, as long as you’re with camp friends. 

    One of our goals in the 10 months away from camp is to make those opportunities to connect with camp friends possible. One upcoming opportunity is our Arts and Crafts at the Paint Bar event sponsored by the Tevya Alumni Group. Below, Tevya alum Ilana Fishman shares her thoughts on why she is going to this fun evening activity and how camp friends last a lifetime.

    Who would have thought that a decision I made at eight years old would turn out to be one of the best decisions of my life. I definitely don’t think I realized that it was the start of friendships that would last a lifetime. Now all these years later, I cant imagine my life without those 12 amazing summers on Potanipo. Although our friendships have changed and we no longer get to spend seven weeks together at camp, some things remain the same. We still immediately want to update each other when we have exciting news to share, IMG_4279now it’s just through a group text rather than yelling bunk to bunk. We still opt for the blue and white summer dresses, just don’t get to share them come Shabbat. We still do dinner together, it’s just in Boston and not the dining hall. And we still have evening activities, they just take place at a bar and not Elbess. But most importantly, they are still my best friends. It is with them that I can’t wait to paint Potanipo at the Paint Bar Night.
    If we can’t be upstairs at A&C with a view of the lake, this is the next best thing!

    The entire Tevya community is invited to join us for Arts and Crafts at the Paint Bar on Thursday, May 7th from 6:30-9:30pm at the Paint Bar in Newton, MA. To register, visit If you have any questions, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ellen Martin Ades.

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