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Ramah Darom's Fall 2011 Newsletter

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  • The Newsletter of Ramah Darom 1

    The Newsletter of Ramah Darom / Fall 2011Derishat Shalom

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    On the Inside:

    Building on Ramahs Strategic Plan 2

    Building the Ramah Darom of the Future 2

    Think Outside the Camp! 3

    Gesher 2000 Reunion: Going Back, Giving Back. 4

    Annual Fund Aims Higher 5

    Lynette and J.B. Mazer: Investing in Yiddishkeit 5

    Exceptional Experiences at Ramah 6

    Life 101: They Learn it at Camp! 7

    And more...

    hydoesafamilyfromTeaneck,NJtravelnearly1,000milestospendPassoverinClayton,Georgia? JustasktheSpielmanclan,awonderfulextendedfamilythatcouldhavechosenfromplentyof

    PassoverhotelsintheNortheast,butinsteadhaveanalmostunbrokenrecordoftravelingsouthtoRamahDarom.

    OneofthetrulywonderfulthingsaboutRamahDaromishowitfacilitatesthecomingtogetherofgenerations,YaelSpielmansays.Inourfamily,wevehadthreegenerationsjoinusfortheholiday.Cousinswereallydontgettoseeduringtheyearhavejoinedus.RamahDaromallowsmetoactuallyenjoymyfamilyonPassover.WeallmigratetoClaytonforPesach,settledowninadjoiningrooms,andenjoyoneanotherscompany!

    TheSpielmanslovetheinformalityofcampcombinedwithtop-tierfacilitiesandstrictKosherforPassoversupervision.RamahDaromprovidestheperfectbalance:Youcangotoshul.Youcanplaybasketballordoyoga.Youcanstudywithgreatscholars.Youcanplaymahjong.Youcaneatreallygoodfood.Youareintheheartofbeautifulmountainsinasimplenaturalsettingandyet,youaresleepinginacomfortablebedwithagoodshower.Thepeoplearegreat,thepriceisright.ItjustdoesntgetmuchbetterthanRamahDaromforPassover.

    With11yearsofhostingfamiliesforPassover,RamahDaromdefinitelyhasitsshareofgroup-ies,evenamongtherabbis.In2012forthethirdyearinarow,RabbiHaroldKushnerwillbeavisitingscholar,alongwithhisfamily.RabbiBradleyShavitArtsonfromtheAmericanJewishUniversitywillbetherewithhisfamily,alongwithRabbiJoelRothfromTheJewishTheologi-calSeminary,makingPassover2012anincredibletrifectaofrabbinicwisdom.

    ItsnosurprisethatPassoveratRamahDaromfrequentlysellsout.WordofmouthandaloyalbaseofreturningfamiliesmakeitahotticketforpeoplefromtheSoutheastandasfarawayasIsrael,Chicago,Texas,CaliforniaandCanada.

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    Exceptional Experience: Art is an inter-generational activity during Passover at Ramah Darom.

    Exceptional Experience: Table settings create the

    ambience for our seders at Ramah Darom.

  • 2 The Newsletter of Ramah Darom

    twasaspecialyear.Weapprovedastrategic planinMarchwiththreecomponents: buildingprogramming,buildinginfrastruc-tureandbuildingourRamahcommunities.Thenmydaughter,Rachel,gotmarriedinMayandgaveElaineandmeourfirstson,herhusband,Shaya.ElaineandIsaid,WearefollowingtheRamahstrategicplan.Wearebuilding.

    WebegantoimplementourstrategicplanatoursummerBoardmeeting.WeheardthevisionofournewDirectorofExceptionalExperiences,AmyBram,andwestrategizedwaysinwhichwecouldtakemicro-stepstobuildRamahprogramminginourcommunities.

    Afewweeksago,IspentSimchat Torahinoneofourmanyvibrantcommunities:Jacksonville,Florida.JacksonvilleisahugesupporterofRamahDarom.ItsendslotsofcampersandstafftoCamp,andalsosendsdayschoolstudentsonanannualretreattoourcampus.YetthemostintriguingthingisthateveryoneIspoketohashisorherownRamahstory.Foreachoneofthem,weareapartoftheir

    lifeandexperienceasaConservativeJew.Asavisitor,IcouldfeelRamahDaromisanimportantthreadinthiscommunitysbeautifulfabric.

    ForRamahDaromtocontinuetobeimportant,wehavetostayonthecuttingedgeofJewishlife,bothatsummerCampandinouryear-roundprogram.Ourmissionisnotaclich.Wereallyareaboutexceptional experiences in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

    IhadawonderfulexperienceinJacksonville,butIknowtheyarenotunique.ThegoalofourBoardandmypersonalgoalinthenextyearistocontinuebuildingaRamahDaromthatbecomesmorespecialineveryoneofourcommunitiesandinallofourlives.Notonlyfortodaybutevenmoresofortomorrow.

    DavidKrueger,PresidentRamahDarom

    tshardtobelievethatthemasterplanning forRamahDarombeganin1992,nearly20 yearsago.Theoriginalbuildershadavisionandtheforesighttocreateafacilitybuilttoendure.

    Whilemuchofourfacilityisasrelevantandfunctionaltodayasitwaswhenweopenedin

    1997,ourworldhaschangeddramaticallyinthelast20years.Trendsandforcesarereshapingthewayweworkandplay,thewaywelearnandstudy,thewaywenetworkandcommunicatewitheachotherandevenwherewelive.WillourRamahfacilitiescon-tinuetomeettheneedsofourcommunitytwentyyearsfromnow?

    Ourchallenge,incontinuingtofulfillourmissionofprovidingexceptionalJewishexperiences,buildingstrongJewishcommu-nitiesandsustainingthevitalityofJewishlife,istounderstandtheseforcesandtrendsandtousethisunderstandingtoadaptandmodifyourRamahDaromfacility,asnecessary,sothatitwillcontinuetobeasrelevant,functionalandengagingin2032astheoneplannedin1992.

    WhataresometrendsthatwillshapetheRamahDaromofthefuture?

    nGrowingemphasisinthefieldofcampingonspecializationandspecialtyexperiences.Thisincludesprogramsforspecialpopu-lations,aswellasthosethathelpcampersbuildlifeskillsandsustainandretaincampersthroughoutthecampandstaff-agedyears;

    nThegreeningofoursociety.Environmentalresponsibilitywillbeanessentialpartofsustainingourselvesinthefuture;

    nEmergingtechnologyanditsinfluenceonthewaywenetwork,communicateandconnect.Wewillcontinuetovaluetheimpor-tanceofcommunalexperiencesthatarepersonalandspiritualandprovidearespitefromtheworldoftechnology,butweneedtounderstandtheimpactoftheseforcesandtousethemtoen-hanceourJewishconnections;

    nTherisingcostofJewishlife.Accessibilityto,andaffordabilityof,Ramahexperiencesiscriticaltooursuccess,especiallyinthefaceofincreasingpressureonthemiddleclass;and

    nDemographicchangesthatareaffectingpatternsofJewishaffiliation,andimpactingsmallerJewishcommunities.

    InthecomingmonthsaswecontinuetheimplementationofourStrategicPlan,wewillbeaddressingtheseandotherissuesthataresocentraltoourmission.Welookforwardtoyoursupportandyourparticipationinthisprocess.

    FrederickR.Levick, CEORamahDarom

    Building on Ramah Daroms Strategic Plan

    Building the Ramah Darom of the Future

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    urrecentstrategicplanningprocess generatedaboldgoalforRamahDarom: To double the number of individuals who participate in Ramah Darom experiences.Thisisnotasimpleundertakingbecause,afterall,thereareonlysomanypeoplewhowewilleverbeabletobringuptoourmagicalcampusintheNorth

    GeorgiaMountains.Inorderforustogrowinthemission-centeredwaystowardswhichweaspire,weneedtobegintothinkoutsidetheCamp.

    OurtacticinpursuitofthisstrategicgoalistobringthemagicofRamahDaromdirectlytocommunities.WearepoisedtounrollseveralinitiativesthisyearwhichwillenableustodeliverRamahDaromtolocalsynagogues,schoolsandeventheoccasionallivingroom.ThefirstoftheseprojectsisatravellingtrailerwhichourNivonim Aidah(10thgraders),underthedirectionofourRosh Omanut,DafnaRobinson,decoratedandfilledwithritualartmadebycampersineveryagegroup.LiketheRamahDaromsTreeofLifeShtenderwhichIhavebroughttoshowcaseandteachwithonvisitstomanycommunities,ourvisionistosuper-sizethiscon-ceptbyrollingintotownwithatrailerfullofcamper-createdartandalltheequipmentweneedfortefillahexperiences,dancingandsinging,story-telling,andmuchmore.Wealsointendtoshowcaseournewtrailerateventsandfestivalslikecommunity-wideHanuk-kahcandle-lightingprogramsandkosherBBQcompetitions.

    Afterasuccessfulpilotprogram,wearealsobeginningthefirstfullyearoftheRamahServiceCorps,aprogramoftheNationalRamahCommissionwhichembedsRamahstaffmemberswithin

    synagoguecommunitiestocreatecommunity-wideRamah-styleeducationalexperiences.Wearedoublingourparticipationinthisnationalprogrambyengaginginternsinatleastsixcommunitiesthroughoutourregion.In2011-2012,ServiceCorpsinternswillbesharingthemagicofRamahDarominBocaRatonFL,AtlantaGA,DurhamNC,GainesvilleFL,OrlandoFLandNewOrleansLA.

    Finally,wehavereengineeredourrecruitmentmodelsothat,inadditiontoinformationsessionsthroughouttheregion,thevisitsfromoureducationalleadershipwillalsoincludeRamahprograms.Wewillsponsorcommunity-wideRamahhavdallahexperiencesandinmanyotherwaysdemonstratethattheRamahmagiccanhappenevenwhenwearenotinthemountains.

    RamahDaromvaluesthepartnershipthatwehavewiththecom-munitiesweserve.Withallofthesenewinitiatives,ourintentistocomplementandenhancetheprogrammingwhichexistsinlocalsynagogues.InthesamewaythatwesendchildrenhomefromCampwiththeexcitementandpassiontoenhancesynagoguelife,ourhopeisthat,bybringingRamahDaromexperiencestolocalcommunities,wecannotonlyinspiremoreindividuals,buthelpinvigorateeducationalexperiencesandrituallife.RamahDaromhasalwaysbeenmorethanjustasummercamp.OurefforttodeliverRamah,year-roundandlocally,isthenaturalevolutionofourapproach.

    GeoffreyMenkowitz, DirectorCampRamahDarom

    Think Outside the Camp!

    Exceptional Experience: Campers play hockey on Yom Sport.

    Exceptional Experience: Campers don tefillin they made in the tefillin workshop with Noah Greenberg.

    Exceptional Experience: Learning the Camp dances during Camp Yofi.

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  • 4 The Newsletter of Ramah Darom

    astJulyRamahDaromhostedtheGesher 2000Reunion, thefirstorganizedreunionoftheoldestalumnicampers. Foronememorableweekend,thispioneeringgroupofRamahniksreturnedtoCamptoreconnectwitheachotherandexplorehowCamphasimpactedtheirlives.

    WhatshappenedtoGesher00,Nachshonim99,Shoafim98andKochavim97overthelastdecade?Theyarenowintheirmid-twenties.Severalarerecentlymarriedandonehashadachild.Most,however,areintheircareer-buildingyearsclusteredincitieslikeNewYork,AtlantaandpartsofFlorida.

    AsRamahDaromhasmatured,wecontinuetobeveryproudofthisfirstgenerationofcampers,saysDirectorGeoffMenkowitz.Thisgroupwasalwaysthefirsttheoldestcampers,thefirstcohortofhome-grownstaffmembersandnowtheyareleadingthedevelopmentofourAlumninetwork.

    WhatdidreturningtoCampmeantotheGesher2000group?Beyondthesweetnostalgiaofbeingbackandseeingoldfriends,theywereoverwhelmedbyhowCamphasgrownandchanged.StayingintheWelcomeCenter,whichdidntexistbackintheday,wasawow.SowasseeingtheOdysseyhighropescourse,andexperiencinghowtheruachofhavdallahatCamphasampedupwithanexplosionofnewmusicandIsraelidancing.

    Asthefirstalumnitotourthenewartinstallationsatcamptheysawevidenceofhowsucceedinggenerationsofcampershavelefttheirmark.ItwasspecialhearingDaphnaandPaulsharethestoriesthatledtothecreationofthebeautifulpiecesscatteredacrossCamp,andthesefeelingswereheightenedbythesenseofpridepeoplefeltastheypointedoutprojectsthattheyortheircampershelpedtodesign,saidalumnaAndreaKass.

    Evenwithallthephysicalchanges,Thereisalevelofcomfortthat,apparently,neverleavesyou,saidanotheralum.WalkingaroundCamp,feelinglikeyouneverleft,wasamazing.ItmademerealizeevenmorethepositivefeelingsIhaveforCampandmytimethere

    asacamperandacounselor.CampRamahDaromwasasafeenvironmenttogrowascamper,andsemi-professionallyasacounselor.

    Overthecourseoftheweekendmanyhadthepleasureofrunningintotheirownformercamperswhowerenowcounselorsthem-selves.TheyspokeabouttheirpersonalJewishjourneysandhowwhotheyaretodaywasinformedbysummersatCamp.

    AndreaKasssaid,Itwasniceseeingthemyriadwaysourliveshavechangedoverthepasttenyearsandtheimpressivecareerpathsweareeachpursuing.IlovedlearningaboutthewaysinwhichweareestablishingourselvesinourJewishcommunitiesandbeingchal-lengedtocontinuetogrowanddevelopasJewishadults.

    ThenextchapterinthegrowthofRamahDaromishowouralumninetworkstaysconnectedandengaged,Menkowitzbelieves.Youllbehearingmoreinthecomingyearaboutourplanstoreachouttoalumniatthisspecialmomentwhentheyaregrowingintoadulthood.ThisgroupthatgrewupatCamp,arethetruetrans-mittersofourvaluesystem.OvertheweekendwetalkedtothemopenlyaboutgivingbacktoCampinthefuture.Improudtosaythatasagrouptheysawitastheirdutytosetanexample.

    AndreaKass,whomadethepitchforgivingback,hadthistosay.ThereunionremindedallofushowmuchweloveandareimpactedbyCamp.Itwasgreatrememberingstoriesofoursum-mersascampersorstaff,andtherewasasenseofcommitmenttoensuringasimilarexperienceforcampersintheyearsahead.Wefeltexcitedtoestablishaprecedentforgiving.

    Tomakeyouralumnigiftandtolearnmoreaboutalumnioutreach,[email protected]

    Gesher 2000 Reunion: Going back. Giving back.

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    Exceptional Experience: 26 alumni and spouses gather for the Gesher 2000 Reunion.

    Exceptional Experience: Gesher 2000 alumni try their hands (and feet!) on the Odyssey.

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    Annual Fund Aims Higher

    Lynette and J.B. Mazer: Investing in Yiddishkeit

    hecyclesoftheJewishholidayyearprovidearhythmand aroadmapforeveryJew.AndsoitiswithRamahDarom. JustaswefinishreadingtheTorahinearlyautumn,andwithoutskippingabeat,startoveragain,RamahDaromsAnnualFundcampaignbeginsaneweachFall,providingcriticalsupportforRamahDaromandforcampfamilies.

    The2012AnnualFund,co-chairedbyJohannaNorryandMarthaBerlin,isRamahDaromsfirstgivingpriority,supportingourmissionrightnowandhelpingusbalanceacarefully-managedbudgettomeetourneedsforthecomingyear.

    The2011AnnualFundprovidedmorethan$400,000inscholarshipsandgrantssothatmorefamiliescouldaffordcamp.Ithelpedusbuildnewfacilities,andrenewandrepairourinfrastructure.Itsupportedourinvestmentinrigorousandrelevantstafftraining.Itallowedustocontinuetoprovideprogramsforchildrenwithspecialneeds.

    TheAnnualFundalsoprovidednewandcontinuingprogramopportunitiessuchasbringingprofessionalmusicianMattKailintocamplastsummertoproduceawonderfulnewmusicCD.ItsupportedNoahGreenbergstefillinmakingprogramfor7thgraders.Wearealwayspushingtheenvelopetoenricheachsummerwithnewexperiences.

    AswebegintheNewYearinastillfalteringeconomy,weexpectthatmorefamiliesthaneverwillberequestingtuitionscholarships.Thatswhyour2012AnnualFundgoalis15%higherthanlastyear,simplytomeetthesepressingneeds.

    Morethan850familiessupportedtheAnnualFundlastyear.Tomeetournewtargetwedliketoseethatnumbergrowto1,000+nextyear.Helpusreachthisgoalbysendingyourtaxdeductiblechecktoday.Giftsmaybemadebymailusingtheenclosedremittanceenvelope,bygoingonlineatwww.ramahdarom.organdclickingonDonate,orbycallingMelissaKerbelat678-996-2831.

    heMapalLegacySocietyisaperfectvehicle forplannedgiving.Mapalmeanswaterfall inHebrew,andmuchliketherushingwatersofourownwaterfall,thisfundprovidesapowerfulandcontinuingflowofsupportforRamahDaromsfuture.

    TheMapalLegacySocietyhonorsdonorswhohaveprovidedforRamahDaromintheirestateplans.ThroughgiftstotheMapalLegacySociety,donorssignificantlystrengthenRamahDaromsendowmentfund,providingafiscalcornerstoneforlong-rangeplans,scholarshipassistanceandservicestofuturegenerationsofcampersandadults.

    OneextraordinaryMapalLegacyFunddonorfamilyisLynnetteandJ.B.MazerofBirmingham,Alabama.ThoughnoneoftheMazerchildreneverattendedRamahDarom,LynetteandJ.B.choosetogivetoRamahDaromoutofadeepcommitmenttoJewishcampingandtoKlal Yisrael.TheybothbelievethatwhenitcomestoinstillingYiddishkeitinthenextgeneration,RamahDaromisgettingthejobdone.

    Itshighlyunusualforaten-year-oldtolookyouintheeye,spontaneouslysayShabbat Shalom,andreallymeanit!ButthatswhathappenedwhenIvisitedRamahDarom.ThattellsmeIvemadeagoodinvestment,J.B.Mazersays.

    J.B.MazersownsenseofYiddishkeitwasshapedinBirmingham,ALintheheartofasprawlingJewishfamilywith22firstcousinswhogrewupasbrothersandsisters.Thefamilypatriarchwashisgrandfather

    amanhedescribesasprogressiveinoutlook,yetOrthodoxinreligiouspractice.

    EveryShabbosmygrandfatherwassurroundedbyhischildrenandgrandchildreninshul.Aftersynagoguehehadthewholefamilyoverforlunch.Grandmaneverknewhowmanypeoplewerecoming,buttherewasalwaysenoughfood.Mygrandfathertaughtalessonatthetableforaboutanhour,thenweate,andthenwentofftoourweekendactivities.

    MazeradmitsthattheworldhaschangedsincehischarmedSouthernJewishboyhood.Largeextendedfamilieslivingincloseproximityarenolongerthenormandonlyfourofhis22cousinsarestillinBirmingham.Camp,hebelieves,helpsfillinthegap,creatingawarm,lovingsummerfamilythattransmitsvaluesmuchlikehisgrandfatherstable.

    Ithinkofthestoryofanoldmanplantinganoaksapling.Hisneighborssay,Whyareyouplantingitnow?Youllneverseeitfullygrown.Hesplantingforthefuture.MyattitudeisthatinstillingYiddishkeitinourkidsisourresponsibility.

    MakeRamahDaromapartofyourlegacybyjoiningtheMapalLegacySociety.Formoreinformation,callSharonRosenfeldat404-503-2129.

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    Exceptional Experience: Rabbis and Jewish Educators study with D

    r. Walter Herzberg

    at our annual Kallah for Rabbis, Hazzanim and Jewish Educators.

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    Oneglanceatthescheduletellswhy.Everydayispackedwithoptionsforeveryagegroup.Erev Pesachguestscanstillparticipateinthefunofbedikat hametz,thesearchforleaven,withouthavingturnedtheirownhomesupside-downandinside-outintheannualritualofPassovercleaning.Childrenthroughteenshavetheirownage-appropriateprograms.Thereissinging,davening,hiking,studying,cardgames,crafting,filmsandmore.Truly,afamilycampexperiencewithfullPassoverobservance.

    TheAaronfamilyfromOttawa,CanadafeelespeciallyluckytohavediscoveredRamahDarom.Wehavefourkidsranginginagefrom6to18,includingonewithautism.Heis18nowbutwasabletomakethetripthefirsttime.Wewereabletofindapersontobeashadowforhimandwealldidquitewell.

    TheyparticularlylovethefamilyfeelingthatdevelopsovertheweekatRamahDarom.Ourkidsareathomeonthecampus,theyap-preciatethefreedomofbeingabletorunaroundalldayknowingtheyaresafeandlookedafter,andourdaughterwithfoodallergiesneverneedstoworryaboutwhatsheeats.

    Onourlasttriphome,whilewerewaitingforourflightbacktoCanada,twootherfamiliesfromCampwerehurryingby

    tocatchtheirflight.Wesaidmoregoodbyesandgaveafewmorehugs.Theexperiencewassoheartfeltthataswereboardingourflight,anotherpassengeraskedifwewereallreturninghomefromafamilyreunion.Weansweredyes!Imean,howelsedoyoudescribeit?OrlyAaronsays.

    ToreserveyourplaceatRamahDaromforPassover5722/2012,[email protected]

    Exceptional Experiences at Ramah Darom henewlylauncheddepartmentofExceptionalExperiences istakingoffatRamahDarom.Withournewstrategicplan asaguide,wearedesigningandenhancingprograms,forgingpartnershipsandbroadeningouraudience.

    OurfirstnewExceptionalExperiencesinJewishLivingandLearn-ingwillbeaWinterBreakFamilyCampfivebeautifuldaysintheNorthGeorgiaMountainsforfamiliestolearn,play,rest,exploreandenjoy.Wellshowcasesomefavoritecampactivitieslikehavdallahanddancingandoffernewchoicessuchasastronomyandcooking.DrawingfromourcommunityandfamiliesnewtoRamahDaromwehopethiswillbethebeginningofagrowingcatalogofprograms.Onthehorizonfor2012wehaveaSinglesWeekend,aSmallCom-munitiesShabbatonandaHealth&Wellness/Yoga&Torahretreat.

    Ourpartnershipsarealsogrowing.Limmud,withtheirwelcomingapproach,ishelpingusconnectwithandprogramforanewdiverseaudienceofparticipantslookingforengagingprogramming.WeareworkingwiththeTevaLearningAlliancetobringJewishenvironmentaleducationtosoutheasterndayschoolsatRamahDarom.And,wehavebeguntheprocessofhostingauniqueeducatortrainingwithStorahtelling,afusionofstorytelling,Torah,artandtheater.

    Ourgoalistoconnectmoredeeplywithourcurrentclientele,embracenewprogramparticipantsandpartnersanduseourbeautifulfacilityasmanydayseachyearaswepossiblycan.WelookforwardtoseeingyousoonforanExceptionalExperience!

    cuy kzn (Mazal Tov)Mazal TovtoHilary Brown(CampRamahDaromstaffalum2005-2011)onhermarriagetoNathan Shumer(CampRamahDaromstaffalum20102011)onAugust14,2011inAtlanta.HilaryiscurrentlystudyingforherMastersDegreeinMidrashatTheJewishTheologicalSeminary(JTS)andaMastersDegreeinJewishEducationfromtheDavidsonSchoolofJTS.NathanisaPhDcandidateinJewishHistoryatColumbiaUniversity.

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    Passionate About Passover @ RD

    Exceptional Experience: Counselors help break the ice for the newly-arrived children at Family Camp with a game.

    Exceptional Experience: Campers learn about organic farming at Camp

    Ramah Darom.

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    Life 101: They Learn It at Camp! ifeskillsarelearnedearlyatsleep-awaycamp.Whetherits makingyourbed,sweepingthecabin,gettingalongwith strangersorlearningbirkat hamazon,childrenwhogotocampcomehomewithtremendouscompetenceandconfidence.

    Itsevenmoretruewhenourcampersbecomecounselors.Fully98%ofRamahDaromstaffishomegrown.Bythetimetheybecomecounselorstheyvespentyearslearningthecultureofcamp,trainingtobecomeleadersandunderstandingthatbeingentrustedwiththecareofotherpeopleschildrenisanawesomeresponsibility.

    CampDirectorGeoffMenkowitznotonlybelievesthatCampuniquelypreparesyoungpeopleforlifeandleadership;heassertsthatitcatapultsthemaheadoftheirpeers.Whenouralumnigettocollegeandlaunchtheircareerstheyvehadawealthofexperi-enceintimemanagement,conflictresolution,workinginteamsandquickdecision-making.Theyvehandledreallifesituationsthatrarelycomeupinanofficeorinaninternship.

    DarylBrown,nowasenioratWilliamsCollege,didnotattendorworkatCampRamahDarom,buthedidspendatleastonesummerasacampcounselor.Theexperiencewassorewarding,itpromptedBrowntowriteanessayforUSA Today Collegethatnotonlypraisestheoccupation,butsuggeststhatbeingacampcounselorcanbeabetteralternativetothesummeremploymentsbiggestcompetitor:internships.

    Brownwrites:Interninginanyoffice,regardlessofthefield,willlikelymeanyouwillbeperformingmoresecretarialdutiesthanindustry-specificones.[Beingacounselortaughtme]themostimportantskillforanyjob:grit.WorkingatasummercampnecessitatesthatIhavetheabilitytoseemhappyandenthusiasticevenwhenIamnot.Ihavelearnedtodealwithchangesintheworkplaceonthefly,andIhavelearnedtodealwithpeopleintheworkplacethatIdonotlike.Inshort,youshouldspurntheskull-duggeryofyourpotentialinternshiptoworkatasummercamp.

    AndCampRamahalumniagree.AllanHorn,whoisnowafresh-manattheUniversityofPennsylvaniapursuingadualdegreeprograminManagementandTechnologythroughtheWhartonSchoolandPennEngineering,saysCamptaughthimvaluablelifelessonsininterpersonalcommunications.

    MyRoshAidah,DavidJaffe,emphasizedtheimportanceofdisagreeingwithsomeonesidearatherthanthepersonthemself.Hesaidthattherewerethreewayswecouldrespondtosomeonessuggestionsinastaffmeeting.Wecouldstartoffourresponsesbyeithersaying,No,butwecould...Or,wecould...,orYes,and...Davidspolicywasthatinordertocreateafriendlyworkingatmosphere,beingcautiousofhowyouspeaktoothersisessential.EnteringcollegeIdidntthinkmuchaboutmysummeratCamp,butbythetimeIarrivedoncampusandstartedmyManagementclass,Ifoundmyselfimplementingsuggestionsfromthatsummer.Itbecameclearthatworkingwithothersinsuchatight-knitenvi-ronmentforextendedperiodsoftimedoesntonlyexistatRamah,andthattheabilitytoeffectivelydosowouldbenefitmegreatly.

    FormercounselorLeahMargolisadds,Afterspendingelevensummersinabunkforeightweeks,youlearnhowtolivewithotherpeople.Peopleincollegecomplainaboutsharingsuchsmalllivingspaces,butIloveit.Itremindsmeofcamp!Asamadrich,youlearnhowtomanageyourtimeefficientlysoyoucanplanprograms,spendtimewithyourchanichimandstillhavesome

    timeforyourself.Incollege,thesetimemanagementskillshavehelpedmebalancemysociallifeandacademiclife.IfeelasthoughIamaheadofmyclassmates,becauseofwhatIlearnedatRamahDarom.

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    Exceptional Experience: Campers learn wood-working with veteran

    Camp specialist and artist, Paul Rovin.

    Exceptional Experience: Campers learn the art of Hebrew calligraphy.

    Exceptional Experience: Tefillah and Torah reading is a meaningful experience in our nature-filled davening areas.

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    toourRabbiswhohaveearnedthedegreeDoctorofDivinity,honoris causafromTheJewishTheologicalSeminaryinrecognitionoftheirservicetotheJewishcommunityforatleasttwenty-fiveyears.Yasher Koachto:

    RabbiJonathanCaseBethShalomCongregationColumbia,SouthCarolina

    RabbiMarkBoonFitzermanCongregationBnaiEmunahTulsa,Oklahoma

    RabbiPaulKerbelCongregationEtzChaimMarietta,Georgia

    RabbiNoamMaransAmericanJewishCommitteeNewYork,NewYorkRabbi-in-Residence,RamahDaromPassoverRetreat

    RabbiRickSherwinCongregationBethAmLongwood,Florida

    RabbiStefanJ.WeinbergCongregationAnshaiTorahPlano,Texas

    cuy kzn (Mazal Tov)

    Exceptional Experience: Mountain biking is a popular new addition to the Camp Ramah Darom activities.