Alum Stories

Nothing conveys how the Encampment changes lives better than Encampers’ own stories.

Profiles

Miles Rapoport


Miles RapoportEncampment: Kentucky, 1966
Grew up in: Great Neck, New York
Now lives in: Hartford, Connecticut

When you arrived, what was your first impression of the Encampment?
I had two impressions. First, how different an environment Barbourville, Kentucky, was from metropolitan New York. Second, how extraordinarily diverse and energetic this group of young leaders was that I was encountering. It was both exciting and challenging.  ... read full profile

Naomi Brodkey Feldman


Naomi FeldmanEncampment: New York, 1950
Grew up in: Queens, New York
Now lives in: Davis, California

What did you learn at the Encampment?
The most lasting attitudes that I took home from the Encampment were of not sitting by when I had the chance of making a difference; of doing what I could to make happen the ideals of social justice I believed in; not tolerating indifference, injustice or apathy.  ... read full profile

Kendra Dawson


Kendra DawsonEncampment: Illinois, 2014 & Mississippi, 2015
Grew up in: Los Angeles, California
Now lives in: Los Angeles, California

What did you learn at the Encampment?
What I learned from the Encampment is that there is always a way to connect different people from different stories and backgrounds, as well as how to think critically about everything. ... read full profile

Ed Peeples


Ed PeeplesEncampment: New York, 1957
Grew up in: Richmond, Virginia
Now lives in: Richmond, Virginia

What was your first impression of the EFC?
I loved it. I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was a bunch of liberals and I hadn’t seen any in their natural habitat.  ... read full profile

Aaron Richardson


Aaron RichardsonEncampment: Illinois, 2014
Grew up in: Springfield, Massachusetts
Now lives in: Springfield, Massachusetts

What made you decide to come to the Encampment?
My mom told me that it was a social justice program with a democratic aspect. When I read up on it I liked it that discussions would be specific as opposed to slight. ... read full profile

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter


Ruth E. Thaler-CarterEncampment: New York, 1970
Grew up in: Rochester, New York
Now lives in: Rochester, New York

What was your first impression of the Encampment?
It was an adventure, and I hoped to make friends and learn something about the world. My first impression was that I had found ... read full profile

Shauna Marshall


Shauna MarshallEncampment: Montana, 1970
Grew up in: Long Island, New York
Now lives in: San Francisco, California

What motivated you to go to the Encampment?
I wanted to do something where I was working with a community to help that community. I didn’t know about social justice in particular but I wanted to serve.  ... read full profile

David Rothenberg


Davic RothenbergEncampment: New York, 1953
Grew up in: Teaneck, New Jersey
Now lives in: New York, New York

What topic did you spend the most time on at the Encampment?
Civil rights. . . this was the 50s and the notion of civil rights was on our minds even if not on the rest of white America’s. ... read full profile

Ada E. Deer


Ada E. DeerEncampment: New York, 1956
Grew up in: Wisconsin, on the Menominee Indian Reservation
Now lives in: Wisconsin

What motivated you to go to the Encampment?
I’ve always been a curious person, full of adventure and eager to see the world. A friend of mine had ... read full profile

Dan Isaacson


Dan IsaacsonEncampment: New York, 1950
Grew up in: New York, New York
Now lives in: Boca Raton, Florida

What motivated you to go to the Encampment?
I was a student at Fieldston Ethical Culture School where EFC was being held. My father was on the Board and our family was close friends with Algernon Black. Al’s son David was a classmate.  ... read full profile

Jason Neal


jason nealEncampment: California, 1989
Grew up in: Long Island, New York
Now lives in: Long Island, New York

What community service projects do you remember?
Community service was a big component. We worked at a church that operated a soup kitchen. We ... read full profile

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