Ben Streltzer, a longtime friend and supporter of the J, is someone whose stories inspire and delight individuals from all walks of life.

Recently, we had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Streltzer and learn about his history with the J, specifically Ranch Camp, as well as his experience as a Legacy donor for the Ranch.

A native of Denver, Mr. Streltzer grew up on the west side of the city in a predominately Jewish neighborhood. The summer after he graduated high school in 1957, Ben became a “kitchen boy” at the Ranch; however, due to a comical snafu (be sure to ask him about it––it involves pumpernickel bread), he quickly transferred to a new role: Junior Camp Counselor. Within that same summer, due to a staffing issues, Ben became a Camp Counselor. We think it’s safe to say that this might have been the most transformative summer anyone has ever experienced, but, we’ll let you be the judge of that!

Throughout college, Ben continued to work at the J part-time. Being a jack of all trades, he took on several different jobs throughout the center during his college years. Having never had the chance to attend camp as a child, Ben’s support and love for the camp lifestyle and community grew even stronger. He realized he wanted to make a career out of strengthening the Jewish Community.