No Nuts About It

March 6, 2014
BY Lauren Root

030714_insider-inside-scoopThe Centers for Disease Control indicate food allergies are now affecting an estimated 6 percent of children. Camp Shoresh, a kosher Jewish day camp in Frederick, provides a safe and fun learning environment to almost 400 campers and their parents each summer.

With safety as a primary concern, Finkelstein and staff are nurturing and sensitive about any health issues. “Camp mother” Phran Edelman, director of operations, takes necessary precautions from food substitutions to activity changes. Shoresh has become nut-free, and all counselors are trained to use an EpiPen.

“We’re always trying to be conscious of changes and have backup meals that are nutritious, fun and interesting,” says Edelman.

More than just a camp, “Shoresh involves the entire family,” says director Rabbi David Finkelstein. “From baby to bubbe, it’s an experience for a lifetime.”

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