Stadium Court Dedication, In Loving Memory of Eric Steinthal z”l

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Steinthal SignOn Sunday, August 31st, with over 150 guests and Labor Day Weekend participants,  Camp Ramah in the Berkshires re-dedicated the newly refurbished basketball court in memory of Eric Steinthal z”l.

Commonly known to campers and alumni as the Stadium Court, this location has been a training ground for aspiring athletes and teams throughout generations.  Eric z”l and his  1995-96 B-10 bunkmates, lifelong friends, spent hours practicing on the court. Together friends and family conceived of this project to rebuild something that was in need of repair.  Raising over $76,000 in March, the court was completed in three months time.  Adin Meir,  a close friend of Steinthal z”l,  who spearheaded raising the funds, addressed the crowd on Sunday, recognizing that “If ever there was an organization that taught me the importance of donating time and money, of trying to be a mensch, it is Camp Ramah…. It is this community, this kehila kedosha, that always rises to the occasion  and meets challenges that it is being dealt”

Rabbi Paul Resnick also delivered heartfelt remarks and thanks to Adin, Bruce, Marilyn and Russel Steinthal, the outgoing Alumni Association President, Lani Kustanowitz, and the incoming Alumni Association President, Rebecca Kahn. He remarked that “Eric would probably not be happy with the big deal that we are making over the dedication….Today, we can celebrate  Eric’s life and recognize with joy the incredible efforts that were made to make today happen. ”

Adin concluded his tribute by saying to his friend: ” So, we are on your court, Eric.  The court that you grew up playing ball on, the court where you learned to play, the court where you taught others to play…it will be  used  by many hundreds and thousands of kids just like you in the future. Kids who will be lucky enough to come here for a month of their lives and experience the same kehila and develop similar friendships as you did…now we all have this place, that we love and that Eric loved, restored and usable for many years to come.”

Consider giving a gift to Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Donations to the Eric Steinthal Scholarship Fund affords children the opportunity to attend CRB.