Approximately 10 years ago a congregant approached me and asked if our shul would be interested in opening up a day camp. “Let me discuss it with our synagogue’s board and with our attorneys at the law firm of Rothwell Figg,” I said.
The board was enthusiastic and supportive, provided that our attorney gave us the green light. So I then turned to our lawyer, Steve Lieberman, and asked for his guidance.
“Give me some time to research the legal questions and I will get back to you with an answer,” he said.
Within a few weeks, we were given a long list of onerous regulatory requirements, which we were thankfully able to meet. At the end of this highly technical process, Steve turned to me and said, “Congratulations, you have completed your tasks. But now let me ask you: Why on earth do you need this headache in your life?”
We are coming close to the 10-year anniversary of that conversation that eventually led to the creation of our incredible camp, Camp Kibbutz. During that time, our camp has served around 100 children a summer and we have all had an amazing time, baruch Hashem (thank G-d)! Looking back on that conversation, 10 years later, here is the answer I would now give to Steve: