This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.
A staff member was killed and four others were injured when a tree fell on a campfire circle at Camp Tawonga, a Jewish overnight camp in Northern California, on Wednesday.
Annais Rittenberg died when the tree spontaneously fell, crushing the five young people outside of the camp’s dining hall. According to Rittenberg’s Facebook page, she was a 21-year-old student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The New York City native had just completed her junior year.
Lizzie Moore, Cara Sheedy, Juliet Ulibarri, and Anya Schultz, all staff members, were injured and taken to local hospitals. Sonora Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Gail Witzlsteiner told The Times of Israel that Ulibarri, 21, and Schultz, 20, were treated for minor injuries and released from her hospital’s emergency room. The other two women were being treated in Modesto—Moore at Doctors Medical Center and Sheedy at Memorial Medical Center.
Ken Kramarz , Camp Tawonga executive director, confirmed in an official statement that the campers were inside the dining hall having breakfast when the incident occurred, and that no children were injured.
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