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COVID-19 Summer Update

To our Ramah Darom Community: As you know, we have been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 since the onset of this global pandemic. We have examined countless possible scenarios and contingency plans. We have engaged multiple task forces and committees and have considered an array of perspectives and guidelines from the medical community, camping community and […]

Avatar Geoff Menkowitz

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Ramah Darom at Home Through My Eyes 

In the past few weeks, I’ve learned how to make Shakshuka and braid challah. I’ve been part of Ramah movement-wide concerts and taken dance breaks with Rachel. I’ve studied with rabbis, joined in on a panel discussion and taken art classes with both Camp and Retreat specialists. I’ve listened to stories from Chelm and learned about a dozen […]

Avatar Robyn Diamond

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Next Year at Ramah Darom

Eighteen years ago, when I was a college student, I got a call from Ramah Darom. I had been on Camp staff the summer before and they asked if I would come back and staff climbing at their first Passover Retreat. I checked with my parents to see if it was okay for me to […]

Avatar Ashira Konigsburg

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The Power of Community in a Time of Crisis

This is not a post about coronavirus. (OK, that’s not entirely true because – let’s face it – everything these days is about coronavirus.) This is a post about the power of community. I’m writing from Toronto where my whole family is back together: Beth, my pediatrician wife who is working on the front lines […]

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Mazal Tov Rachel Dobbs Schwartz

Five years ago, we welcomed alumna Rachel Dobbs Schwartz back “home” to Camp Ramah Darom as our Assistant Director. It was a testament to how much our Camp has matured over the years that we had hired our very first home-grown Assistant Director. In her tenure, Rachel has been an extraordinary leader bringing passion, energy […]

Avatar Geoff Menkowitz

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A Commitment to Jewish Camping

When I think about which Jewish institutions have been an integral part of my life two come to mind, Ramah and Ahavath Achim (AA) Synagogue Sisterhood. I remember being 12 years old in Wisconsin and desperately wanting to go to Ramah, but my parents couldn’t afford to send me to camp. Fast forward many years […]

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On-Ramp to Camp

So you’re interested in sending your child to Jewish sleepaway camp, but you’re not quite ready to go full speed ahead. No worries. There are plenty of paths to Ramah Darom that will allow you to go slow, get comfortable and have a lot of fun along the way. Below are 3 ways for your […]

Avatar Robyn Diamond

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A Very Special Gesher

Our family has been going to Ramah Darom since 2005, when we were part of the first Camp Yofi with our daughter Maya. At the time we were a struggling New Jersey family with a struggling child with autism. On a whim, we signed up for something that had never been attempted (a family camp […]

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The Jewish Value of Sports

At Camp Ramah Darom, the same cool coach who ties campers into the harness for rock climbing helps them strap on tefillin. Waterskiing lessons are preceded by morning prayers, often on the boat and Archery begins by coming together and reciting the “Archers Prayer.” Athletic sessions begin with an emphasis on gratitude over cut-throat competition […]

Avatar Robyn Diamond

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Things We Could Only Hope For

My husband, Dan and I both spent our summers going to sleep away camp. Some of our best childhood memories were being outside, swimming in the lake, making new friends and being away from home. We knew that when we had kids we would want them to experience the joy of sleep away camp just […]

Avatar Toby Brodtman