Press Release

Family Honors Father with J Camps Scholarship
Monday, February 29, 2016
by M Groogan

Family Honors Father with J Camps Scholarship

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston announces the establishment of the Bernard Abrams Family Camp Endowment Fund to help families, who are financially burdened, send their children to summer camp at the J. 

            The fund honors the life and legacy of longtime JCC member Bernard Abrams who passed away at the age of 94 last summer. Bernard spent almost every day of his retirement years at the J staying active whether it was doing senior fitness, swimming, or visiting with friends. For Bernard, a visit to the J was part of his daily routine.

“He was a very unassuming kind of guy. He never met anybody he didn’t like and he was always the ultimate gentleman,” said Shelton Abrams, Bernard’s son.   He also knew that children are very impressionable and was very concerned about children when they came from challenging circumstances. He always talked about how summer camp would give them the kind of guidance to help them follow the right path.”

Shelton tells the story of his dad moving to Houston as a small boy during the Depression and living in a small garage apartment near midtown with his brothers, sister and mom.  She was a single mother, who worked while the boys sold newspapers.

“My dad was working since he was 10 years old. In the past few years, he spent a lot of time at the J and during the summer months he would always talk about the kids, and how special it was that they could have the experience of camp.  Because of their financial situation his family was unable to send him and his siblings to camp.”

Shelton and his sister, Terry Goldfarb, helped establish the fund in honor of their parents because of that unassuming wisdom, Bernard’s wisdom, that children learn from the peers not just their parents.

 “Words cannot describe the wonderful man my dad was and he is missed every day of my life,” said daughter, Terry Goldfarb. “He had a heart of gold and loved and cherished his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was smart, kind and so much fun as he always radiated happiness. He loved life.”

            Bernard Abrams leaves behind a son and daughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

To learn more about applying for the Bernard Abrams Family Camp Endowment Fund or to get more information about creating your own legacy today please contact Anita Bormaster at or 713.595.8192. Visit for more information about our programs and services. Find us on Facebook. 

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