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Shabbat Hagadol Dvar Torah

We are coming upon Shabbat Hagadol, which is always the Shabbat right before Pesach. Hagadol can either be translated as “the big” or as “the great.” As in, gadol vs. katan, just like we’d teach our chanichim (campers) – large and small. Or as in, referencing “the gedolim,” the great rabbinic scholars of Judaism. We […]

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Dvar Torah Vayikra 

With stomachs full of buttered and jammed biscuits, Sollelim me and her friends walked back to lower roads, hiking up to tzrif (bunk) 20 to begrudgingly participate in nikayon (cabin clean up) after breakfast. Her bunkmates shuffled in, carefully examining the nikayon chart to see which jobs were delegated to which person on that day. […]

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Parshat Vayakhel Dvar Torah

Let’s take a walk around Ramah Darom together. We start at the Margam (Lakefront Pavilion), pass by the medura (firepit), loop through the Beit Knesset (Sanctuary) and head upstairs to the Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) before exiting and making our way to the Beit Am (Covered Basketball Court) and up the hill to the MarHar […]

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Purim Dvar Torah

On June 13, 2017, fifteen-year-old me arrived at Camp about to begin my Gesher summer, the summer I had been waiting for my whole life. I stepped off the bus to be greeted by friends and counselors. Not even a minute after stepping foot on Camp grounds, I began to cry. Geoff Menkowitz approached me […]

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Meet Anna

I cannot wait for Kayitz (Summer) 2021 to begin! I feel fortunate to be able to work behind the scenes ensuring that this kayitz is an absolute blast for our chanichim (campers), and I am honored to be part of the team making the magic of Ramah Darom happen! What I love more than anything […]

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Parshat Bo Dvar Torah

בֹּ֖א אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֑ה כִּֽי־אֲנִ֞י הִכְבַּ֤דְתִּי אֶת־לִבּוֹ֙  G-d tells Moshe to go to Pharaoh because G-d has hardened Pharoah’s heart, and he wants Moshe to give Pharaoh a warning that there will be more signs of trouble ahead. Over and over again, the Torah tells us that Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and with no word superfluous in the Torah, it begs […]

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Welcome to Our 25th Year!

Welcome to 2021 and the beginning of a year-long celebration marking Ramah Darom‘s 25th. Twenty-five?? I know, I know…we don’t look a day over eighteen. The Ramah Darom story is one of vision, determination, commitment and a lot of heart. So many people have played a key role in getting us to this milestone year, […]

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The REAL Story of the Dreidel

Depending on whether your dreidel was made in Israel or outside of Israel, it will carry one of two series of letters: Nun Gimel Hay Shin OR Nun Gimel Hay Pay, standing for: Nes Gadol Hayah Sham (A Great Miracle Happened There) OR Nes Gadol Hayah Po (A Great Miracle Happened Here). And so the […]

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Practicing Gratitude

We have a Thanksgiving tradition in our house that started when my now “tweenage” daughters were very young. We have a big (stuffed animal) Gratitude Turkey. His feathers are pieces of card stock paper, and starting in early November we write things you are grateful for on them. By Thanksgiving Day, Doc McStuffings (yes, that’s […]

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Our New Camp Ramah Darom Team!

It is with immense excitement that we share details of the exceptional team that will lead Camp Ramah Darom as we look ahead to Kayitz 2021 – our 25th summer – and beyond. Ask anyone who has spent time inside the gates of 70 Darom Lane and they will tell you: it’s very hard to […]

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