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Camp Highlights: 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: 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 Highlights: 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 Highlights: 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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Creating an inspiring “pop-up community”

Every year at the Pesach Seder, we are challenged to personally connect to the experience of leaving Egypt. It’s incredible to think that our ancestors walked through the desert for 40 full years, a makeshift community of wanderers who managed to keep their faith alive until they reached the land of milk and honey. The […]

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Some big news about our Clayton campus

In my first few months at Ramah Darom, many members of our community have shared personal stories about our organization’s rich history. I’ve had the great fortune to meet several of our original founders and have heard countless anecdotes about so many others including three very special men: Leonard Kaplan (z”l), Mayer ”Bubba” Mitchell (z”l) […]

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One Degree of Ramah Separation

Last week, several members of our team had the opportunity to attend a Ramah Professionals Conference in New Jersey. It was a gathering of about 100 leaders from every Ramah Camp and program in North America and Israel, organized by the team at the National Ramah Commission. This was actually the second National Ramah meeting […]

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Making Camp a Home Away from Home for Every Child

Five years ago, I was given the awesome task of making Camp Ramah Darom a place for every child, regardless of ability or perceived “limitations.” So began the Tikvah Support Program. Every summer, we work hard to bring education to staff throughout camp, enabling us to better support campers with varying needs. We have grown […]

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