SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 – On the last weekend of August, 27 families from the Merrimack Valley and North Shore gathered together at the sprawling grounds of the Russian School of Mathematics camp in New Hampshire for a two-day retreat to spend time together and raise money for Israeli causes.
This was the fifth annual Andover Outing that has become a yearly tradition for many Russian-speaking families as they come to New Hampshire for the atmosphere of belonging and camradery. The motto of this event is ‘Andover Outing is not a place on the map – it is a place in the heart.”Two days were filled with various activities, from raising an American and Israeli flags at the opening ceremony to Israeli food cooking demonstrations, tennis lessons and obstacle course for kids, family hike to Vermont’s Quechee Gorge, financial planning workshop, beauty secrets class, Moldova wine tasting, sushi class for teenagers and talent show by the children at the closing of the retreat.
A total of $3,220 was collected for the Youth Theater Studio in the impoverished town of Ariel in Israel.
Event co-founders, Elena Ulanovsky, writer, movie producer, and RJCF activist, alongside with Luba Katzev, a known community events organizer, are very thankful to Inessa and Victor Rifkin, the owners of the RSM Camp, who opened their grounds for the Andover Outing.