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Deret Musselman, Director of Community Care and Inclusion at Ramah Galim, traveled to Israel last month as a staff member on the National Ramah Tikvah Birthright trip to Israel.
We are excited to announce that the Ramah Sports Academy will be included as a new speciality track option at Camp Ramah Galim in Northern California this summer. After five years of operations in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, Ramah Sports Academy (RSA) is moving west! Not only will this change give athletes access to our breathtaking campus on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, RSA campers will be part of a vibrant summer community – joining with over 180 Ramah campers each session for social, recreational, and religious programming outside of their sports majors.
With pride and excitement, we announce Camp Ramah in Northern California’s new Board of Directors.
Our volunteer leadership provides strategic direction and oversight for Ramah, ensuring that our Camp is able to serve families in Northern California and beyond and advance our mission to provide transformative Jewish summer experiences.
On the day I arrived at camp this summer, I heard something that stuck with me.
Rosh Edah Maya Wasserman shared, “I came back to Ramah Galim this summer because I realized after my experience here in 2021 that this place is where I become by best self.” I imagine that many of us who have spent significant time at a Jewish overnight summer camp can probably relate to these profound words. For me, they struck so poignantly in my final days as Director of Ramah Galim both as a meaningful reflection on the transformative community we have built for so many individuals, and because I remember feeling this same way after my first experience at Ramah many years ago.
This week’s Torah portion, Kedoshim, has historically offered us some of our most enriching Torah. In the same week that we seemingly revisit the 10 commandments, we also read of what many of us have come to understand as the “golden rule” – וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ – Love your fellow as yourself (Vayikra 19:18). In my many summers as a counselor, I would support my campers in making their own cabin brit or covenant, on our first night together. Without fail, the charge to treat others the way we want to be treated was on the list every single time.
Camp is only a few short weeks out of a long year. But that’s part of the beauty of it. Camp is a sacred oasis in time, and while we’re there, time actually feels almost nonexistent. It’s because we only get to be there for a few weeks of the year that camp is so special.