Lake Como, PA June 23, 2014 – Through the generosity of Theodore and Harriette Perlman, the Perlman Family and two visionary foundations, Beber Camp has purchased B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp – a residential children’s camp and home to BBYO, at which it runs two summer leadership programs for Jewish teens from across the globe. B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp was known to many growing up in the Mid-Atlantic during the 50’s and 60’s simply as Starlight, after the original mailing address of the camp.
Through the purchase of Perlman Camp these three organizations are partnering to engage Jewish youth and teens year-round.
The bridge that brings these Jewish organizations together is Ted Perlman. Ted is currently serving as a board member for both Beber Camp and BBYO and will now serve on the board of directors of Perlman Camp. Perlman Camp is named after Ted’s mother, Anita Perlman, the first Chairperson of BBG, the girl’s chapter of BBYO. Anita understood that shaping Jewish identity was the key to involvement in the larger Jewish community. With the Perlman family’s generosity, Perlman Camp will continue to fulfill the mission of Jewish youth engagement through BBYO’s year-round and summer leadership programs and through the summer children’s camp program.
The acquisition includes a $3.5 million investment into the facilities and program areas at Perlman Camp. The executive team, in conjunction with BBYO, has developed a phased plan to implement upgrades, which includes the renovation of all the major structures while expanding living spaces to accommodate the growing demand for BBYO programs.
BBYO has signed a long-term lease making Perlman BBYO’s summer home for years to come.