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There’s no place like camp in the summer

Originally written for the September issue of The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee Thanks to the generous support of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, I was fortunate to spend this summer with my husband and two daughters at Camp Ramah Darom, working as Rosh Ivrit, the Head of the Hebrew Program. Camp Ramah Darom is a […]

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Renewal: A Rosh Hashana Message from our CEO

Please don’t tell anyone, but my favorite part of last weekend’s LimmudFest at Ramah Darom was not the amazing speakers, insightful panels or incredible music. My favorite part of the weekend was the half hour I spent on Saturday afternoon reading PJ Library books to the Gan (nursery). As I sat around a picnic table […]

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Acceptance, Openness & Shira

My Ramah story started at Wisconsin in 1985, where over the years, I was a camper, counselor, music guy, and teacher. I worked a couple of summers at Ramah Poconos at their traditional summer camp and participated in their Tikvah Family Camp program. I first came to Ramah Darom in the fall of 2006 for […]

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Reflecting on a Summer Like No Other

I’ve just returned to Atlanta after spending an amazing summer at Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton. As I write, I’m catching up on local news – most of which is focused, sadly, on Covid’s impact on the new school year. Every local newscast is showing unhappy kids being sent home for virtual school after positive […]

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Camp Staff Additions

From the smiling faces of chanichim (campers) taking pre-Shabbat photos and dancing together as a kehillah (community) to the tears shed last night at Havdallah and Sunday morning as our busses loaded, the final days of Camp were filled with emotion. It was a kayitz sababa – an awesome summer. When our summer tzevet (staff) […]

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A glimpse into Shabbat at Camp

I wish everyone could experience Shabbat at Camp. Since we’re not able to take photos and videos on Shabbat (yes, I admit I’ve secretly considered hiding a camera under my kippah to give parents a glimpse), this week I kept a mental timetable of how I spent the day. I know words won’t do it […]

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From T-Shirts to Torah Table

In my role as “former Rosh Omanut (Head of Art),” I recently led a Camp Ramah Darom Alumni Association (CRDAA) virtual limmud (learning) program and taught about Hiddur Mitzvah – the practice of making each mitzvah as beautiful as possible.  The inspiration comes from a passage in Shirat HaYam (Song of the Sea) where the […]

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Helping Your Child Prepare for Camp

We are excited to welcome our Session Bet campers to Camp this Wednesday, July 14! Thank you for being our partner in preparing your child(ren) for a successful summer by discussing the following with them before they arrive at Camp. What it will feel like to live with others. After a year in which many […]

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5 Packing Tips from Mom-Pros

This was originally posted May 31, 2019, but I thought it could be useful for all the first-time camper parents. In addition to all the info below, we now have an online store where you can purchase almost everything on your packing list and fill your camper’s duffle with Ramah Darom logowear. Check it out […]

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Honoring Dr. Audra Kaplan

In 2015, Fred Levick and Geoff Menkowitz recruited Dr. Audra Kaplan to help create a new Tikvah program at Ramah Darom. While other Ramah Camps had been running successful Tikvah programs for several years, Audra had a unique vision: to make Tikvah part of the fabric of the overall Camp community. Rather than a separate […]

Avatar Wally Levitt