In addition to her roles leading summer camps, Black was reportedly the first female board member to take a seat on the bimah at her conservative synagogue in Elkins Park.
Annette "Netsy" Black, a longtime active board member at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park and co-director of a popular Jewish camp, died Jan. 6 at the age of 82.
The Olney High grad attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her future husband, Marvin. They were married for 63 years.
Her activity in Adath Jeshurun life included serving on the board for many years as well as being president of the synagogue’s Women’s Association.
Black reportedly was the first female board member to take a seat on the A.J. bimah, a Conservative synagogue where women were once not allowed to do so.
She also served as co-director of Pine Forest Camp, a private Jewish camp in northeast Pennsylvania. She was the daughter-in-law of Pine Forest’s founders, Hughie and Selma Black, and with her husband, helped grow the camp’s legacy as a popular camp that drew many local attendees.
She also was co-director of the Pine Forest-affiliated Lake Owego and Camp Timber Tops.
For a number of years, Black was executive director of the Eastern Pennsylvania Section of the American Camping Association; she founded ACA’s Pioneers in Camping Foundation.
Taking part in many local charities, Black was cited for communal excellence with the Israel Bond Heritage Award.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Lauri Mufson; a son, Mitchell; a sister, Elaine Charny; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.