Libbie SuchoffBerkson

Libbie Suchoff Berkson was loved by generations of campers as Aunt Libbie, director of Camp Modin for girls. Berkson taught public school and earned her MA from Teacher’s College in 1915 before becoming director of the League of Jewish Youth, an informal education program for teenage girls. In 1922, she went back to teaching, but also began work creating a Jewish summer camp in Maine with her husband and two other couples. By 1942, the Berksons were the sole owners of Camp Modin, which had daily Conservative services and a kosher kitchen. Berkson worked as camp director until her retirement in 1958. During a brief interval from 1928–1933, the Berksons lived in Jerusalem, where Berkson helped create an experimental kindergarten and established a successful teahouse. After her retirement from Camp Modin, Berkson returned to Israel, where she raised funds to buy children’s books and helped establish Neot Kedumim, one of Israel’s leading education centers.

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Camp Modin, a camp for Jewish girls founded by Libbie Suchoff Berkson. Photo courtesy of Camp Modin.

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