Founder / Director - Camp Arazim - Oakdale, CA
Founder / Director - Camp Arazim, Soquel, CA
Youth Director - Mosaic Law Congregation, Sacramento, CA
Co-Founder United Synagogue Youth Program - San Francisco, CA
Accused of incest and molesting other children back in the 1960s and 70s. He was born in 1930 in Los Angeles
Sheldon Mitchell left USY in 1973 and Camp Arazim in 1976 — whether he was fired or left of his own will is unclear. He moved to Cleveland soon after, where he had business, but he came back and forth to visit his family — and attend USY events — until his death. The Bay Area Jewish community turned out in force for his funeral in Sacramento.
Table of Contents:
- Camp Arazim closes after 30 years in N. California (06/23/2000)
- Former Bay Area Jewish leader accused of molesting boys in '60s and '70s (10/24/2013)
- Staying Silent Hurts Us All (1024/2013)
Camp Arazim closes after 30 years in N. California
By Joshua Brandt
Jewish Weekly - June 23, 2000
Former Bay Area Jewish leader accused of molesting boys in '60s and '70s
Jewish Weekly - October 24, 2013
_________________________________________________________________________________“I don’t want you to change your happy memories of USY or Arazim, you can’t. You have to reconcile that there were good things that came out of your experiences with Arazim and USY with the fact that they were the result of a child molester’s dreams… His known and unknown victims, and their families, have suffered greatly. We owe our empathy to them to take the memory of Sheldon Mitchell off his pedestal and put it where it belongs.
“Some might find comfort in praying for his soul.”
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