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Ramah Reflections: a year of growth, change and momentum

  I’ve always loved the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah. Growing up in Montreal, the imminent arrival of the new Jewish year always had a very specific feel. Everyone was freshly back in school (classes only started after Labor Day), shorts and t-shirts were replaced by jeans and light sweaters, colorful leaves began to […]

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Hannah’s Path Along the Yellow Brick Road

“You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” – Glinda the Good Witch Imagine if you will, that my youngest daughter, Hannah, is a little like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. She leaves Kansas, (or Alpharetta, GA) for a mythical wonderland of Oz (or Camp Ramah Darom). […]

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The Little Torah

When I was a kid, I went to a summer camp in the Berkshires. I was there from 1949 thru 1959, as a camper and then as staff. The camp was called Camp Lenox and was (and is) just outside of Lee, MA, near Pittsfield. It was a Jewish camp insofar as the campers were […]

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Final Message from Camp 2019: “Bookends of the Summer”

This is my final message that I am writing from Camp this summer. We have just concluded Camp Yofi, Ramah Darom’s nationally recognized Family Camp program for families that have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This extraordinary program is a beautiful bow tied on top of the precious gift that is our summer at […]

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Camp Highlights: Week 8

At Ramah Darom, we go out strong. This last week of Camp has been fun-filled and action-packed. And, as I’m sure you saw from the SmugMug galleries (Part One and Part Two!), Yom Sport was the major highlight. Yom Sport is our version of a camp-wide Olympiad in which four teams compete in arts, sports, […]

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12 Things You Can Only Spot at a Ramah Camp

There are several experiences common to most summer camps: campers swimming with their friends, playing soccer and other team sports, participating in art projects, learning to become more independent, making new lifelong friends. But there are some things that are truly unique to Ramah camps…things you likely won’t see anywhere else. Inspired by my first […]

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Camp Highlights: Week 7

Is there a Jewish way to say, Hakuna Matata? This question struck me while I was watching the Kochavim (7th grade) production of the musical “The Lion King”. The first major theatrical production of our second session brought every animal of the Savanna out into our Beit Am (Theater Pavilion). Elephants and giraffes, zebras and rhinos standing ten feet tall, […]

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Havdallah Live Session Bet

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Camp Highlights: Week 6

On Thursday, I spent part of the morning assessing the physical accessibility of our entire campus with my colleague, Anthony Franklin, the General Manager of our facility. With support from the Foundation for Jewish Camp, Ramah Darom has been working on a plan to enable individuals with mobility challenges to navigate our campus more easily. […]

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Camp Highlights: Week 5

The first few days of Session Bet were fun, fantastic and filled with new perspectives. New campers took swim tests, learned new dances, learned group cheers, made their beds (twice now!) and made friends too. I watched campers playing energetic soccer, painting carefully in the omanut (art), cooking (in Hebrew!) and fishing in the lake. […]

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