Wisconsin Reflections

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Rick-Malter

Rick Malter’s Reflection


“My first summer at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin was in 1949. Over the next few summers, Rabbi Seymour (Shlomo) Fox, z”l, the camp’s director, brought the University of Chicago influence to camp. He introduced many of us to John Dewey, Sigmund Freud, and Bruno Bettelheim’s psychoanalytical approach. Somehow, Rabbi Fox made it all come together […]

Real World Ramah

Alan Silberman’s Reflection


If you went to Ramah, it was probably at camp. For me, it was the beginning of an understanding that, despite the confusions of adolescence, everything really can come together in a reasonably-consistent whole: friends and community, Jewish learning and practice, liberal educational principles, participation in the civil society of the 20th-21st century, and a […]

Rabbi Ronald Levine’s Reflection


It was Friday night, June 29, 1956 — the first Shabbat of the first full summer of Camp Ramah in California. One hundred and fifty of us, probably dressed in white, sat nervously on benches in Kikkar Tziyyon, as that area of camp had been named, waiting for the kabbalat shabbat service to begin.