I have to admit, sometimes I feel intimidated by the number of years my colleagues have been going to the camps they lead. I was not a counselor or Rosh Edah at Ramah Galim back in the 80’s or 90’s like many other Ramah Directors. There was no Ramah Galim back in the 80’s or 90’s to attend! Yet at the same time, I feel lucky to be a relative “newbie” to Ramah. Why? Because I am able to truly appreciate the blessing of finding one’s home at camp for the first time and to welcoming new members into our community as leaders.
Happy Passover from Rabbi Sarah, Lielle, and the entire Ramah Galim tzevet (staff)!
With gratitude and excitement we introduce our kayitz 2017 specialty track directors (Rashei Maslul). Each of these leaders brings to camp incredible skills, professional experience, and passion for working with Jewish youth. Under their leadership our specialty track teams will help campers to master new skills from scene writing to stand up paddle boarding while fostering deep connections with one another, with Jewish ideas, and with the world around them!
From Kabbalat Shabbat to Havdallah, I experienced the power of community-building between Kerem and our Mexican Jewish hosts. As we sang the familiar words of shalom aleichem together, arm-in-arm, and banged passionately on the tables during birkat hamazon, I was reminded of how deeply Ramah connects young Jews of different cultures to one another and broadens the definition of what it means to be Jewish and to be part of a global community.
In this three piece blog series, Sophia Landress, Deanna Neil, and Marci Greenberg share profound lessons learned as founding staff members of Ramah Galim! Introduction and conclusion by Rabbi Sarah Shulman. Originally published in eJewishPhilanthropy on September 22, 2016.