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We believe that through the experience of being a Tawongan, people are given the inspiration, the tools and the support to make the world a better place.

Legacy Society Member Spotlight:

Anna and Michael Fogelman

Written by Anna Fogelman

The summer after graduating from UC Santa Cruz was my first time at Camp Tawonga. I often refer to the day I arrived at Camp as the "first day of the rest of my life." The experiences I had at Tawonga as a welcomed and accepted member of a vibrant, values-driven community allowed me to reflect on who I was and who I wanted to be; they also gave me the confidence to strive to become that person. I believe this kind of growth can only happen in the context of a caring and cooperative community. The sense of belonging and community that I found at Camp has had a profound impact on who I am in the world  —  as a person, as a community member, as a parent and as a Jew.

My own experiences at Tawonga were life-changing, but little did I know that my future husband also shared a love of Tawonga. On our first date — a blind date  —  Michael casually mentioned that as a kid he had attended “an amazing Jewish summer camp near Yosemite.”  “Was it Tawonga?” I asked.  “Yes it was!”  That sealed the deal for a second date, and well, here we are 13 years later. And now our children Eli and Naomi are following in our footsteps as second-generation campers.

We believe that through the experience of being a Tawongan, people are given the inspiration, the tools and the support to make the world a better place. This is why we give to Camp and why we joined Tawonga’s Legacy Society. Not to mention that we both made so many lifelong friendships! Thank you for all that you've done for us, our family and the world!

To learn more about Tawonga’s Legacy Society, click here.