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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 […]

Avatar Wally Levitt

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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 […]

Avatar Laurel "Dafna" Robinson

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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 […]

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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