This week, we're featuring Mary Stone Tessler in our Alumni Spotlight.
Want to catch up with Mary in person?? You'll have your chance, next Saturday night, August 16th in Chicago at the reunion. See you there!
Name: Mary Stone Tessler
Hometown: Flint MI
Current location: Scottsdale, AZ
Years attended camp: ’82-84, '86-88,’90
Favorite shira shketa song (or other camp song): Al kol Eileh & Yihiyeh Tov
What I've been up to lately: Jewish Family Educator - retired! Currently I am what they call a professional volunteer and I am now a Hadassah lady! I am in a mixed marriage (my husband was President of the Central Region USY-CRUSY and attended Ramah in Canada). We have two beautiful future chanichim, Evan (“stone”) and Sarah. Look out ofarim. They already have a work wheel and they know how to use it.
Thoughts on how CYJ has affected my life over the years: My profession for more than 15 yrs as a Jewish Family Educator came naturally because of YJ. Planning a program for Family Education is just like a YJ Peulah – family style. I know that I must have done the making Israel out of ice cream a couple of times. 5 zionist thinkers…at least once…Achad Ha’am is still my favorite. “My names Achad Ha’am and this is my spiel…Israel is the center of a cultural wheeeeel, uh huh huh, wheel.” YJ has prepared me for all of the programs and agencies that I have and currently am involved in. Machon programming skills are always at the ready. PMA, no PDA and always take your watch off and set it in front of you if able and always end a meeting with Rod Hayom.