The Baker’s Journey

Allison Sherman3.31.21

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 Baker, Ramah Darom has been a lifetime connection for Liora Dressler.

In the spring of 2009, Liora’s parents, Sam and Eddie, decided they wanted their children to experience Ramah Darom before sending them off to Camp. So the family of four, including her younger brother Amir, headed to Passover at Ramah Darom. At the age of 9, Liora had no idea how big of an impact this place would have on her life.

Liora and her friend Liana as young campers.

Liora arrived for her first summer at Camp in 2010 as a rising 5th grader. She remembers getting to Camp and immediately seeing a friend she knew. Her mom was excited and relieved that the transition to camper was smooth and easy for her. But this was just the beginning of her Ramah Darom journey.

Liora spent seven summers as a camper and is a proud member of Gesher ‘16. She has attended 10 Passover Retreats with her family at Ramah Darom, participated in other year-round retreats and joined her high school (The Weber School) for Shabbatonim (weekend getaways) at Ramah Darom. She was a photography tzevet (staff) member at Camp for two summers, worked as a photographer at a couple of year-round retreats, is now the Passover Baker and who knows what comes next!

Passover Retreat participants this year not only get to eat Liora’s delicious baked goods but also watch her grow as a member of the Ramah Darom community.

Liora has always loved baking.

Baking has always been in Liora’s blood. As a child, she grew up in the kitchen with her family. She has fond memories of learning to bake from her mom and grandparents. After her gap year in South America, Liora decided to pursue her longtime baking passion. She started working at 2B Whole, a gluten-free bakery in Alpharetta, GA. A master of baking without flour made her a great fit to bake for Passover at Ramah Darom. She now works at Session Stand, a small bakery and coffee shop in Marietta, GA, where they make everything from scratch, which Liora says is the “best way to do it.” She is excited about her new role at Ramah Darom and learning from Chef Todd and his team. Her dream is to one day open up a bakery of her own.

Liora and two of her Passover Retreat friends.

Fun Liora Facts:

Favorite Things to Bake: Cookies (Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Crackle to be specific)

Favorite Passover Treat: Chocolate Flourless Cake (Yum!)

Favorite Thing to Do at Passover Retreat: Play Mahjongg (which is where she learned how to play)