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Camp Highlights of Week 5

The first few days of Session Bet were fun, fantastic and filled with new perspectives. New campers took swim tests, learned new dances, learned group cheers, made their beds (twice now!) and made friends too. I watched campers playing energetic soccer, painting carefully in the omanut (art), cooking (in Hebrew!) and fishing in the lake. […]

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Send Your Child to a Jewish Summer Camp

Jewish summer camp is not merely a worthy summertime activity, but it represents entry into a life-long journey. Jewish camping builds Jewish identity through immersion into an intensive Jewish community atmosphere. Every parent should send his or her sons and/or daughters to a Jewish summer camp, year after year. The cumulative effect is profound. A […]

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Camp Highlights of Week 4

As we approached the last Shabbat of this session, we paused and reflected on our wonderful week here at Camp Ramah Darom. By far, the highlight of this past week was “Yom Sport,” our version of a Camp Olympiad – a celebration of sport, spirit, creativity, and collaboration. Our Gesher campers planned this entire day for the […]

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Camp Highlights of Week 3

We began last week at Camp Ramah Darom with our community-wide song festival called, “Zimriyah.” It is a magical evening with the entire Camp gathered around a giant campfire overlooking our beautiful lake. Against a setting sun, each Aidah in age-order took the stage and performed a Hebrew song. The theme of Zimriyah this year […]

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CONFESSIONS OF A RAMAH PARENT (turned Ramah Darom CEO) 

I have a confession: as a longtime Ramah parent, I’ve always wished I could secretly spend a day watching our kids going about their regular Camp routine. Over the years, our kids have done their best to explain how they spend their days at Camp. But as someone who never had the chance to attend […]

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Camp Highlight of Week 2

Shavua Tov from Machaneh (Camp) Ramah Darom! We had an amazing week enthusiastically launching all of our activities! This week, our “Taste of Ramah” campers (3rd & 4th graders) went out of Camp ton a field trip to swim at the beach on nearby Lake Burton and to pick blackberries at a neighborhood orchard. Halutzim […]

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Camp Highlight of Week 1

With great excitement, we opened our gates on to welcome our first session and full summer campers. After the last of the buses from the airport arrived, Israeli music playing from the loudspeaker lured everyone to the Kikar – the grassy field in front of our Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall). Without any instruction necessary, our […]

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Meet the 2019 Rashei Aidah

We are thrilled to introduce you to our Rashei Aidah (Age-Division Heads). Each one brings years of experience, a passion for Jewish living and learning and a deep love for Ramah Darom. (Hover over each image to what the Rosh Aidah looked like way back when.) Rosalie Shays Rosh Garinim & Nitzanim (Rising 3rd-5th Grades) […]

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5 Packing Tips from Mom-Pros

Opening day is 12 days away and this will be my 7th year packing my kids for Camp. I remember my first year, oh was I a mess. “I don’t know where to start”, I cried to my veteran camp-packing friend. She just laughed and said, “go to Target and get it done”. Six years […]

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Packing Dos, Don’ts & Duhs

I’ve been a Ramahnik, since 1987. Each summer, I’d take two airplanes and a 90-minute unairconditioned school bus ride to get to Camp Ramah in New England from Birmingham, Alabama. (Camp Ramah Darom didn’t exist back then). My mom had one packing mantra she shared with us, “If you can carry it, you can bring it.” While […]

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