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 1980s.
We met in Minneapolis (Rabbi Sylvan Kamens' front yard) where all the staff was gathering prior to our caravan drive to camp. We began dating later that summer.
Daniel Paul and Randi Heskins met at Camp Ramah in Glen Spey in 1971 and were married in 1980.
Joan was Rosh Drama, attempting to put on seven shows in seven weeks. I was a lonely guy trying to learn enough Greek in one summer to start 3rd year courses at Columbia in the fall without having taken any previous ones.
We actually don’t know exactly when we met for the first time. We shared a mutual group of friends that always went out as a group and got together frequently during the year.
We were both working in the same program and met the first night of staff training. We both did not want to be in a relationship.
Arlene and I met as counselors in the Tikvah program. I was there after my first year of law school for my only year as a staff member.
Ron Shulman and Robin Walzer Shulman at in 1976 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 1980.
We spent a day off alone together at Sturgeon Falls, Michigan. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then.
Ramah in Wisconsin, Ontario, the Berkshires and on Seminar gave me a love for Shabbat, Israeli dancing, and the best Conservative Judaism has to offer. I knew that I wanted to live Ramah 24/7. When I remet a Ramah Seminar peer while Israeli dancing at MIT, shared values and experience led to love and marriage.
Lori Beth and I went to camp for many years. I was best friends with her brother Joel and she was his little sister.
We met as staff members and were part of the same social circle for a few years. In the summer of 1978 we went to a game at Yankee Stadium with friends who had tickets to the game.
I was a long time camper and staff member at Ramah Canada. I moved to Boston.
Dana and I knew each other for two summers before we started dating during our Nivonim summer.
Judy was a counselor in my Edah (Solelim) in Wisconsin, and I was the Rosh Edah (would this even be legal today?!).
We were both working in the Tikvah program during the summer of 1981.The rest is history.
We had met a few times before, but it was definitely Ramah that brought us together! Both of us were specialists and wherever I was, there was Sheldon!
Noam and I met in 1974 and had an immediate friendship. We kept in touch throughout the year with reunions but it wasn't until the summer of 1975 that we became an official couple. I knew I would marry him.
Ralph was the Rosh Edah the summer that Marci came to Tikvah in Ramah Palmer to get experience in Jewish special education.
Steve Goldstein and Marlene Noveck met at Camp Ramah Berkshires in 1977 and were married in 1983.
OK, Sheri says she first noticed me as a guy who would spent time studying college catalogs trying to figure out what I would be taking the next semester or whether I should even transfer to a different school.
Chuck Perlow and Judy Lipnik Perlow met in 1969 at Camp Ramah in Canada at were married in 1984.
We met at a square dance on the tennis courts. I was shy so I had my bunkmate Lynda Taller tell Danny that I liked him.
In 1977, Bruce was assistant chef and Tamar was in charge of the dining room at Ramah Nyack. We also ran the winter weekends retreats at camp.
Andy Schiffmiller and Onnie Lovett Schiffmiller met at Camp Ramah in New England in 1975 and were married in 1984.
Eric attended Camp Ramah in the Poconos for over 10 years, first as a camper and then on Sports staff. In 1980, he felt he needed to try something different so he went to Palmer.
I met Jeff during staff week. I thought he was a nice guy, but I wasn't interested in a relationship. Unbeknownst to me, he had a big crush on me the whole summer of 1978.
Good friends in 1967, a couple in 1968. Lost contact after a few years, until we met for a drink in Atlanta in 1984. Talk about bashert!!
We met as staff working in the same edah.
Ronald Goss and Michelle "Mimi" Haligman Goss met in 1983 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 1985.
Stuart Goss and Yael Scharf Goss met in 1984 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 1985. Stuart and Yael's daughter, Roni, also is a Ramah marriage, you can see her story here.
We had each been campers and staff at different Ramah camps for years, as had our siblings. We had each been in Washington, DC in 1983, going to the same shul, at different times of the year, and not met.
Mark and I met as roshei edot at Camp Ramah New England. I had been working at the camp for several years. Mark is an Ojai product who came to New England when fellow Ojai staff member, Gil Graff became director of New England.
We were introduced by a mutual friend during the summer of 1983.
We first met at USY International Convention and started dating on Tisha B'Av that summer at camp when we were both counselors for Solelim.
Michael Goldberg and Sandra Polin Goldberg met at Camp Ramah in the Poconos in 1976 and were married in 1987.
Offer Isseroff and Nava Zwi Isseroff met at Camp Ramah in the Poconos in 1986 and were married in 1987.
Marty Goldberg and Sharon Zabitsky Goldberg met in 1984 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 1987.
We met at Camp Ramah in Israel in the magical summer of 1968. We were both 15.
Bob Mindel and Sheila Yossem met at Camp Ramah in New England in 1977 and were married in 1987.
Morry Re'em (Scholick) and Adina Friedman Re'em met at Camp Ramah in New England in 1985 and were married in 1987.
Larry Mishkin and Judy Teibloom-Mishkin met in 1975 at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and were married in 1988.
Michael Weiner and Lisa Shiner Weiner met at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 1982 and were married in 1988.
We were both on staff the summer of 1986. Steve worked as a counselor in the Tikvah program and Shira was a counselor for a Bogrim girls' cabin.
Aaron had been a camper at Ramah for many years and was away on Seminar when I spent my first summer at Camp Ramah in Canada, in 1980.
Missy had broken her ankle and was homebound. She came for visiting day, and her friends convinced her to stay and work for the second month.
Tara and I met when we were part of the Chavurah program as camp waiters in '79. We did not start dating until the next summer when I was a Mador and she worked in the kitchen.
Lisa (Columbus, Ohio) spent the summer working at camp before going to Israel to study at the Schechter Institute and Hebrew University.
Thanks to a Fourth of July talent show, we met as counselors in 1985 at Wisconsin. Being at camp let us discover that we had similar values, interests and a love for Jewish life.
We originally met as campers but did not really date until we were reunited as Ramah staff. Ramah has shaped who we are as individuals and as a couple.
Although we are both from Beth El in Highland Park, we didn't get to know each other until we were both on staff in the Northwoods.