Family man, Paul Malool, is proud of his Armenian culture. Since childhood, Malool’s heritage and roots have been a huge part of his life!
Paul Malool’s childhood memories are enriched by his family’s love of their Armenian culture. Celebrating Divine Liturgy every Sunday has always been more a part of the Malool family lifestyle than a simple tradition. Now with a family of his own, Paul Malool is keeping the love of culture alive by teaching his daughter all about Armenian culture, traditions, food and music.
Like most youngsters, Paul Malool eagerly anticipated his summer vacation each year. A highlight of each summer was attending Camp Nubar. Sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Camp Nubar is an overnight summer camp nestled in the vibrant Catskill Mountains of New York. Just two and a half hours from Manhattan, the Camp’s 365 acres of forestland are home to grounds where timeless memories are made every summer. Founded in 1963, Camp Nubar is dedicated to offering Armenian youth learning opportunities that encourage high self-esteem, socialization and a lifelong pride in their Armenian heritage.
Each summer, campers at Camp Nubar are required to attend Armenian classes. Hoping to instill a lifelong pride in their culture and heritage, the Armenian classes at Camp Nubar consist of lessons on numerous aspects of cultural identity. Lesson focuses include traditional language instruction, history, dance, song, cooking and other cultural activities. Classes are grouped according to each camper’s level of proficiency in the Armenian language.
Paul Malool deeply enjoyed attending Camp Nubar each summer. To this day, he maintains lifelong memories of his adventures at the Camp! Outside of his Armenian classes at Camp Nubar, Malool also enjoyed many other outdoor and creative activities, like archery, arts & crafts, boating, camp craft, ceramics, chess & tavloo, fishing, photography — and so many more! When the Malool family visits his home for the holidays, the Armenian family man enjoys reminiscing over a game of tavloo (AKA Armenian backgammon).