2016-07-06 / Obituaries

Arie Gluck, was director of Camp Harlam


ARIE GLUCK ARIE GLUCK Arie Gluck, who directed the Reform movement’s Camp Harlam for 37 years and ultimately oversaw all 12 of the Reform movement’s camps, died June 23 at the age of 86. He also served as Health & Wellness director at the JCC when it was at its previous location on Route 70 in Cherry Hill. He was the Katz JCC’s 2012 Sports Award Dinner People’s Choice Award honoree. He was a resident of Voorhees.

Mr. Gluck was born in Czechoslovakia in 1930. His family emigrated to Palestine, and he fought—and was wounded—in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence.

He was a member of Israel’s first Olympic team, running in the 400 and 800 meters at the 1952 Helsinki Games.

In an interview with the Voice six years ago, Gluck recalled that historic Olympic moment: “We were glad that we represented the nation of Israel for the first time and that the Israeli flag flew with the flags of other nations.” He recalled the emotion of the moment when the Finnish army played Hativkah, Israel’s national anthem, when the Israeli flag was raised at the Olympic Village. “Jews on teams from other countries came just to see the ceremony. Many people cried when they heard Hatikvah played and saw the flag of Israel.”

He was the beloved husband of the late Elaine Gluck. Father of Roni (Paul) Detrick, Ruth Gluck and the late Gill Gluck (Jodi Segeren). Grandfather of Sara (Lauren) Scott, Samuel Detrick (Sarah Emam), Ellie Gluck, Sydney Gluck, Coby Gluck, Mya Gluck and Ruby Gluck. Contributions may be made to URJ Camp Harlam www.campharlam.org or Jewish National Fund, www.jnf.org. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. 

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