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Camp Eemah – Beth Israel’s Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join us for Beth Israel’s Annual Spring Fundraiser, Camp Eemah!

We are excited for our Annual Fundraiser, Camp Eemah. We will celebrate one very special honoree, Helene “Eemah” Schlafman, for 50 years of visionary leadership at Beth Israel! The event will feature great food and an impressive silent auction, and the program will showcase a special tribute to Helene. Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien will be our emcee for the evening. Following the program, enjoy a dessert reception and an afterparty with a DJ and dancing. Dress in camp casual attire and come prepared for a fun-filled evening!

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Take a gander at our impressive array of silent auction items
Find your way to our signature cocktails, wine and beer
Dine al fresco and enjoy upscale camp cuisine
7:30 p.m.
Hike on over to the Glickman-Galinson Sanctuary for Havdalah
Enjoy a tribute to honor Helene Schlafman
Raise the paddle for our youth
8:30 p.m.
Have s’more fun at the dessert reception
Stay for the afterparty with DJ and dancing

Our Honoree

Teacher, educator, director, founder, visionary – that’s our Helene Schlafman, known affectionately by generations of Beth Israel members as “Eemah” (mom). We are thrilled to celebrate Helene’s 50th year in Jewish education at Beth Israel! Helene may be best known for her groundbreaking Madrichim program at Beth Israel. She was Beth Israel’s first female Director of Education. The Beth Israel Day School and the Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool were both created under her supervision. Helene started Camp Beth Israel, an overnight summer camp. She also developed and produced the award winning children’s theatre company, Show BIS, (Beth Israel Students), which engaged hundreds of Beth Israel children and teens. By engaging our youth Jewishly, Helene has shaped countless Beth Israel children and their families. Her far reaching impact will continue to influence generations to come!

Helene Schlafman, Eemah, has been educating Beth Israel’s youth for 50 years! As Religious School Director, a teacher, program designer, and innovator, Helene has been a trailblazer in developing Beth Israel’s youth and education programming. We are excited to celebrate Helene and her countless contributions to Beth Israel on Saturday evening, May 12, 2018, at our Annual Fundraiser, Camp Eemah. This fun and festive evening will feature upscale camp cuisine, a silent auction, music and dancing, and, of course, a tribute to Helene.

Our Emcee

Sam the Cooking Guy is an everyday guy who has found a way to make cooking casually understandable. With no fancy equipment and by speaking English instead of ‘chef-speak,’ Sam considers himself to be a “sort of the everyman of cooking”. Sam has two shows: SAM THE COOKING GUY airs on YUR VIEW with COX, and his online show, STCGO. Both shows are shot right in his house. He cooks with his kids and dogs – just like we all do. Despite winning 15 Emmy Awards, Sam insists that he is just a regular guy, using regular words showing how to cook easy, great food…Food that’s “big in taste and small in effort.”

Ticket Options

$2,500 for two adults

Includes cocktails, dinner, two reserved priority seats for performance, dessert and dancing,
listing in program, recognition in event publicity, half page tribute in Memory Book

$1,000 per adult

Includes cocktails, dinner, one reserved priority seat for performance, dessert and dancing,
listing in program, recognition in event publicity, half page tribute in Memory Book

$500 per adult

Includes cocktails, dinner, one priority seat for performance, dessert and dancing,
quarter page tribute in Memory Book

C . I . T .
$180 per adult

Includes cocktails, dinner, one performance seat, dessert and dancing,
two line tribute in Memory Book

CAMPER $54 per adult (7:15 pm start)

Includes one performance seat, dessert and dancing

Memory Book – Share your part of Eemah’s history!

Unable to attend the fundraiser? You can still participate in making the celebration unforgettable for Helene.
Submit a tribute and/or upload your photos for the Memory Book we are creating for Eemah.
 to be redirected to the form to share your thoughts, recollections and pictures. This is a wonderful way to guarantee that the memories will last long beyond the event.
Please make your submissions no later than March 31, 2018.

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Saturday, May 12
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Beth Israel
9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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