The Canteen is a tribute to all things Jewish sleepaway camp. Hosted by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), this blog is written by campers, alumni, parents, and camp professionals and is a place to talk about parenting, camp fun, projects, crafts, recipes, and more – all tied back to Jewish holidays, traditions and, of course, camp!
MOLLIE & JON BECKER
When/how/where at camp did you meet?
We knew each other since we were Oles, the youngest age group at Camp Tevya. It wasn’t until the year before my Kinneret summer when I was 13 and Jon’s Tel Chai summer when he was 15 that we actually started talking. We spent hours on end instant messaging and writing emails and then that summer, Jon asked me to be his girlfriend. On the second night of camp, we were walking back from evening activity in the Girls Rec Hall and right before we passed the girl’s porch, Jon asked me if I wanted to “make it official.”
Was it love right away?
I think it was. We were inseparable that first summer and for every summer after that.
What happened between you when camp ended that summer?
Like all “serious” couples, during the last week of camp, we had a talk about what would happen over the year. I remember sitting on the stone wall outside of the El Bess building right before the Ole play. I was so nervous. Jon said that he wanted to try and make it work and that we would call each other and visit one another over the year. Living in two different states (Jon lived in Canton, MA and I grew up in Ambler, PA) was hard but we saw each other a handful of times during that year and talked on the phone constantly. Needless to say, our parents were both not happy about the cost of our long distance phone calls.
Each summer from 1998 to 2003 we went back to camp together and during the school years we saw each other frequently. In 2001, Jon graduated high school and went to school in Manchester, NH. The following year, I went to school in Waltham, MA. My parents always joked around that my only requirement for a college was that it was within an hour of Jon. They were right!
On New Year’s Eve in 2006, Jon proposed along Rose Warf in Boston. The next year he moved to Philadelphia and then in 2008, we were married with many Camp Tevya alumni present to celebrate our big day.
A lot has happen since that first summer. It is hard to believe that fifteen years have passed but what an incredible fifteen years it has been! All thanks to our favorite place in the world-Camp Tevya!
Will you send your kids to your camp?
There is no doubt in our minds! We will be signing Hailey up for double Dalia as soon as she is old enough. As soon as she understands, we will start telling her stories about camp and she will know that there is no where better to spend her summers than at Camp Tevya!
Mollie and Jon Becker have been together for 15 years – ever since that first summer at Camp Tevya. They currently live in Ambler, PA with their dog Pebbles, daughter Hailey, and are expecting another child in the fall of 2013. Mollie works as a Project Manager at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia and Jon is a SAP consultant who travels all over for IBM. In March of this year, they celebrated their five year wedding anniversary.