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Ramah Goes to Mexico City!

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.

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A Shabbat Song Written by our Campers

Listen to a recording of “Shabbat Shalom,” an original song by session 1 performing arts campers! Guitar chords provided!

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What Do You Call Two Crawdads Crossing the Road?

Rabbi Sarah Shulman reflects on Parshat Noah: “This is just one of many weeks when my curiosity as a biologist meets my curiosity as a Jew.”

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Thinking on Our Feet: Lessons Learned from Launching a New Camp

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.

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Deanna Neil: Creation as Process

As we sat on the carpeted stage, I laid out the program to the attentive group of about 20 campers from ages 8-14: “You are going to create something from nothing.” Their eyes widened…

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Marci Greenberg: Sustaining an Ecosystem

Oh Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. And with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

This is the prayer I sang, together with the Ocean Exploration staff during staff training week…

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Shabbat Shalom from our Ramah Service Corps Fellows

We are thrilled to introduce our 2016-2017 Ramah Service Corps Fellows, David Herrera and Jacob Kaplan-Lipkin! The Ramah Service Corps (RSC) is a national Ramah initiative that extends the magic of Camp Ramah’s summer programming throughout the academic year. Born and raised in Northern California, David and Jacob could not be better suited to serve as local fellows and it is with great pride that we highlight them below!

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Here and Now: The Power of Tikvah

Suddenly, one of our amazing Tikvah campers had stood up to sing. “Come on guys, we can do better than that!” she exclaimed to her peers. Inspired by her challenge, all 100 people in the room stood up also and followed her lead. We sang and sang while this camper smiled from the front of the group….

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Celebrate Israel’s Birthday with Edah and Ramah Galim!

You’re invited!  Edah families will join together to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 68th’s birthday since the country declared independence in 1948.  The party will include an Israeli dinner, party games, the game of ga-ga, Israeli music and of course, birthday cake!

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Regional Enrolled Camper Events in May

Join us for two regional events in Northern California!  Santa Cruz-area campers and their families will gather for activities, a communal art activity and games on Sunday, May 15th at Natural Bridges State Beach.  Sacramento-area families will meet up on Sunday, May 22nd for snacks, sports and art at a private residence.  We can’t wait to meet you all!  To RSVP, please contact Maureen Krantz, Director of Community Engagement at maureen@ramahnorcal.org.

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