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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

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Remembering Sim Jacobs

A few weeks ago, I lost an old friend, and our camp community lost one of the legendary figures from the formative years of Ramah Darom, Sim Jacobs. I call Sim a friend but I must admit I feel a sense of guilt about having drifted away from Sim since 2003, the last summer he […]

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The Double Decker Guest: An Untold Story

Once upon an early June 2000, there was a shiny new double-decker cabin up a hill from a glistening lake. Ambling through the woods, Goldi-Bearg found it to be a cozy place to beat the summer heat. He tugged on the screen door, and it tore right off into his claws. In his excitement to […]

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Yom Hazikaron & Yom Haatzmaut Dvar Torah

After eight incredible summers spent at Machane (Camp) Ramah Darom, I knew my Jewish journey would not stop there. Little did I know, my journey was just beginning to grow. Following my senior year of high school, I made the life-changing decision to spend a year in Israel on the Nativ College Leadership Program. When […]

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The Baker’s Journey

Twelve years after Liora Dressler stepped foot onto Ramah Darom’s campus for her first Passover Retreat, she has returned as the Passover Baker. Ramah Darom has been an integral part of her life and now she gets to combine it with her passion for baking. From Passover participant to camper to summer photographer to Passover […]

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Tumbling Waters: A Work of Art

When Marilyn Rose told me that her award-winning watercolor of the Ramah Darom waterfall was a “pandemic painting” and that she painted it from a photograph, I had to admit to her that I was stunned. When I first saw the painting called Tumbling Waters, I immediately recognized the waterfall in the mountains on the […]

Avatar Liana Slomka

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Celebrating Pesach with Ramah Darom

For me, passing the cows is like crossing the Red Sea. Anyone who has ever driven to Ramah Darom in Clayton knows the cows. You see them lounging – sometimes on the left, sometimes on the right – just before that last curve in the road as you approach the south end of our campus. […]

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Spice Up Your Seder

Say goodbye to your chametz, and hello to a Matzalicious Pesach! The Camp Ramah Darom Alumni Association wants to Spice Up Your Seder! Enjoy this Passover Guide, created and compiled by alumni and families from 25 years of Ramah Darom. You’ll find shopping tips and recipes, memories, teachings and suggestions to beautify your festive table […]

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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 […]

Avatar Anna Serviansky