With every rocky step we took, the sun beat less and less miserably against our backpack laden teenage shoulders. The mountains grew against the sinking ball of light, and darkness blanketed every inch of the cooling desert floor.
Every Ramah alumni story is different, but the message is always the same: the lasting impact of Ramah is incredibly powerful. Read what others have written and share your own story as well! To submit a reflection please email email@example.com
Michael Dittelman and Michelle Cole Dittelman met in 1993. Mike attended Camp Ramah Berkshires and Michelle attended Camp Ramah in California. They were married in 2000.
Hi, my name is Mitch Paschen and I’m autistic. No, I don’t stare at the wall for hours without saying anything, but I do have most of the U.S. Atlas memorized.
In the early spring of 1992, my best friend Robbie and I were told by our parents that for some reason, they had decided to give us what they called a “gift.” Of course, Robbie and I spent the next few weeks trying to figure out why we were being punished.
I have been to day school (9 years!), I am active at shul, I am part of the first ever class at the American Hebrew Academy (Jewish boarding school) in Greensboro, NC. However, most importantly, I am a part of a family that I will never forget.
This year I got up and I went to the land. Actually to more than one land but I did not leave my deep Ramah roots at home in Toronto. I am writing this because my Ramah experience has not been a typical one.
New campers know that Shabbat is part of Jewish life at camp. But they don’t yet know when Shabbat begins. Perhaps it begins Friday afternoon in the kikar, camp’s “town square,” when speakers start blasting music and campers and staff of all ages converge to dance to Israeli pop.
As you know, I have recently spent four months of my high school career in Israel on a program called Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim.
My name is David Block, I’m a partially blind journalist and documentary producer and I made two documentaries on blind athletes, which were on the Philadelphia PBS station WHYY TV 12 in Philadelphia.
This is the D’var Torah given by Lavi Brown of Dallas Texas, Machon camper at Ramah California, on Machon’s last shabbat as campers.