Hundreds of Ramahniks have fallen in love and married someone they met at camp or on a Ramah Israel program. Below are Ramah marriage stories from the 1960s.
My association with Ramah began when I was twelve years old in 1948 at Ramah in Maine. Fast forward to Ramah in Wisconsin, 1958.
Rosalie and I met at the USY program at Logan Square Congregation Shaare Zedek in Chicago in 1955. We both were at Ramah Wisconsin in 1956. We continued to date throughout our college undergraduate years and were married at Temple Emanuel in Chicago in June 1961.
Our families knew each other as we attended the same synagogue. We went out for the first time on New Year's Eve, and the rest is history.
David Jeremy Lyons and Myrna Wedlan Lyons met at Ramah Wisconsin in 1956 and were married in 1961.
Lee Levine and Mira Karp Levine met at Camp Ramah in Connecticut in 1956 and were married in 1961.
Barbara was reading a book on "the rock'" when I happened by in a canoe. I said something really foolish like, "Are you going my way?" From the moment she came into my canoe we have been sailing together.
We actually first met in Israel in the summer of 1958. Bart was in Israel for the year and Charna came on the second USY Pilgrimage.
I met Bill in 1957 the first day of camp that summer. Sheila Goldberg noticed the new guy as we piled out of the dining room. His smooth friendly face was covered with patches of gentian violet, but Sheila struck up a conversation with him and we discovered that he was the younger brother of the handsome, Jim Gross whose baby face we used to swoon over the summer before.
My college roommate, Mike Graetz, knew Rananah from Ramah and suggested we stay at her house before the camp season.
Betsy and I met in 1959. We were at the time otherwise involved. We re-met in 1961 and were married in 1963. Our two girls were both on staff at Ramah, Sarah in Nyack and Rachel in the Berkshires.
We began our relationship at an LTF Kalla in Atlantic City in the fall of 1959 and by the summer of 1960 we were a couple.
Israel Nathan Silverman and Gloria Sussman Silverman met in 1962 at Camp Ramah in Connecticut and were married in 1963.
We met in the first Mador (the summer of '59) at Ramah in the Poconos. Although I had gone to the Poconos all along, Stuart was from Ramah in Connecticut (a predecessor of Ramah in New England).
We met as campers, began "dating" at age 14, have stayed together since.
I saw Gail across a crowded chadar ochel at the end of the summer. I lured her back to camp for a special training program.
We met on the kikar the first day of camp. Michael was holding a tikkun, preparing a Torah reading. We sat back to back at meals because we each were counselors in the oldest cabins.
How wonderful to be claimed by more than one Ramah!! Ivan and I spent our camping years at Connecticut where we were in the same edah but went out with others. We started going out together in Nyack the year it opened in 1961 and continued to see each other in Connecticut in 1962 before getting married in 1964.
Dan and Ruth Krasner met in 1960 at Camp Ramah in Nyack and were married in 1964.
Fredi: I drove to Ramah that summer with my rabbi's family (from Phoenix), Moshe and Margie Tutnauer and their boys. The summer before was my first summer ever at Ramah, when at age 16, I was in Machon.
Joel was Rosh T'filah at camp when Barbara was a camper, and then a Jr. Counselor. We married when Joel was at the Seminary as a student in 1965.
We met at Poconos in 1960 and were "friends." We both lived in Brooklyn and started dating in the fall of 1960.
We met at Camp Ramah in the Poconos the summer of 1963. I told my bunk that Asher Freedman surely was an example of what Ramah was about.
Helene and I were students at JTS and had met briefly there, but it was at Ramah in the Poconos, where we were both staff members in 1963, that we got to know each other better and our romance began.
Edward Bromberg and Marian Wolarsky Bromberg met at Camp Ramah in Connecticut in 1960 and were married in 1965. Their daughter, Deborah is also a Ramah marriage and you can see her story here.
We met during Steve's first summer at Ramah - Andrea had been a camper for years. We were married in June of 1965; and, after a two-day honeymoon on the Cape, spent the summer at the new Ramah in New England.
I roomed on the first Israel Seminar with Ellen Panush Zelenko through whom I met her brother, Richard, a many year veteran of Wisconsin Ramah.
We were really a mixed marriage because Elliot grew up in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin camp and Marlynn grew up in Philadelphia and the Poconos camp. We met in Mador in 1961, which at the time was a national program for training counselors.
We met in the summer of 1961 and became friends. He went back to JTS in NY and I to high school in Philadelphia.
Miles was asked to drive the Baum Meat Truck from NY with luggage. As he followed the bus of staff to camp, two girls made faces at him from the back window of the bus.
Daniel Grossberg and Millie Feinberg Grossberg met in 1957 at Camp Ramah in Connecticut and were married in 1966.
We met at Camp Ramah in Connecticut the summer of 1962.
David Zisenwine and Anne Brickman Zisenwine met at Camp Ramah in Nyack in 1963 and were married in 1966.
Howard Tamler and Nechama "Nancy" Imberman Tamler met in 1961 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 1967.
Meeting at Ramah made it much easier to get to know each and come to love each other.
Ramah is an ideal place for one to meet a spouse. Our son Daniel also met his wife Liz at Ramah in the Berkshires. The people who attend or work at the camp already have a common value system.
My husband and I met at Camp Ramah and decided to follow the trend of meeting one's spouse at Ramah along with three other couples. We have been married 39 years and have Harold Spevack and his actions to thank for it all.
Met as campers in 1960, started going out in 1964 and married in the spring of 1968 returning as a couple that year.
We met sitting across from each other in the hadar ochel in the Poconos. Barry was a machon counselor and Cooki was a Madornik.
Jack spent the summer of 1965 with my junior counselor who would come back to the bunk and talk about him.
Jonathan Woocher and Sherry Fleisher Woocher met in 1965 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 1968.
Adina was in the Israeli mishlachat in 1967. She was in the omanut (art) department.
We crossed kikar paths a few times as campers but "met" as junior counselors. We formed an amazing friendship, which grew into a meaningful relationship through our college years, then a 40+ year wonderful marriage.
We met on the train to camp....and what else can I say!
Judy and I were counselors in Edah Gimel where Shacharit services took place in a circle. Our eyes met one day, and one thing led to another.
Michael Bohnen and Joyce Oppenheim Bohnen met in 1961 at Camp Ramah in Connecticut and were married in 1969.