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 1990s.
My wife of nearly 15 years, Ilene Spark-Greenberg, was a camper at Wisconsin and a counselor at New England. I was a staff brat, a camper, a counselor and a rosh edah at New England.
Betsy was in graduate school after serving two years as a rosh edah at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. I was on the Ramah Wisconsin Executive Board.
Julie and I met in Halutzim in 1979. From the moment I met her, I thought she was the cutest girl at camp, but we didn't "go out" until Machon in 1981 (for almost 6 full days).
We were staff in the same edah in the summer of 1985 at Ramah Poconos. Harriet, who was from Baltimore, was a counselor and I was a junior counselor from Dresher, PA.
Ephie and I met by chance at a staff basketball game one summer evening in 1985. We spent the rest of that summer getting to know each other and continued a long distance relationship (letters, phone calls, etc) over the next two years (Ephie in TX, and myself in NJ).
Yoni Charry and Yael Fischman met at Camp Ramah in New England in 1987 and were married in 1990.
Lisa and I actually met in college but learned early on that we had both been Ramah campers the same years
During staff week I was playing ultimate frisbee and I misthrew the frisbee and it landed near Ilyse...when I went to pick the frisbee up....we fell in love.
Gil Goldberg and Cindy Schonbrun Goldberg met in 1980 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 1990.
We met at Camp Ramah, and had many friends in common. However, our romance did not begin until 18 years later when we met again via jdate.com Jewish dating web site.
We met outside the staff laundry room... Dani was at camp for the first time following completion of his mandatory Army service in Israel.
Bev and I became good friends while teaching swimming together over 2 wonderful summers.
We first met unloading luggage from the buses at camp. I missed staff week that summer, and came up with the campers.
We met in preparation for our work on Israel Seminar.
Stuart Katz and Marni Smith Katz met in 1986 at Camp Ramah in New England and were married in 1991.
We met in 1978 as campers. We had an amazingly close edah that kept in touch and saw each other often throughout the years.
We met at USY encampment during tallis making. We both have enjoyed each other's company ever since - and hope that our children will go to a similar camp program at Ramah.
We had the pleasure and fun of meeting at Ramah Berkshires while on staff from 1989-1992. We got engaged in camp on the tennis court and then had a rousing hora in the dining hall with the full camp community.
Our parents were on staff at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin so we met as "staff brats" at around age 6-7. We were fast friends but there was no "romantic interest" until we were campers several years later.
Our Ramah romance story is a "classic" and serves as an example of how several years together at Ramah can help build a foundation for a relationship many years later.
We first met in our Shoafim year and were again at camp together the next year in Bogrim. We were friendly but never more than acquaintances.
We met the summer of 1987 as Sollelim counselors. Matt was a senior counselor and I was a junior counselor.
Summer of 1983. I was finally in the oldest edah, Gesher. It was Alan's first summer at camp as a counselor. However, it wasn't until 1987 that we truly fell in love.
We were engaged around Thanksgiving 1991, and married on Hanukkah in 1992. Cheryl Magen, our chadchanit, made our ketubah and was one of our witnesses.
We met the summer of 1989, and were thrown into a two-and-a-half-year long distance relationship. I (Phyllis) continued working at camp until our wedding in 1992.
Aaron and I met and became good friends on Ulpan Ramah Plus (I think it is now called SEE). He went to CES-JDS in Rockville, MD and I went to Solomon Schechter in NJ.
I always loved Camp Ramah. I was a camper at Berkshires for four summers. Sandy, too, loved Ramah - he was a camper at Nyack throughout his entire childhood and came there as a counselor as soon as he was old enough to be one.
Down by the agam? At a staff Peulah? In a quiet pagoda? Nope.
Mark Snowise and Elisa Cook Snowise met at Camp Ramah in New England in 1981 and were married in 1992.
Jeremy Sacks and Belinda Mason Sacks met at Camp Ramah Berkshires in 1982 and were married in 1992.
Jeffrey Sosland and Mindy Weisenberg Sosland met at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 1980 and were married in 1993.
It was a typical Ramah summer romance that we continued during the year, despite being 1,000 miles apart. Ramah continues to be an important part of our lives. For the past eight summers we have been on staff at Ramah Darom.
Alisa and I met first met at camp when she was in Gesher and I was attending my first year at Ramah working in the kitchen (influenced by Barry Magen thru USY).
Jonathan Rosentein and Edith Korin Rosenstein met in 1989 at Camp Ramah in Canada and were married in 1993.
Andrew "Coach" Scott Mayer and Marla Weiss Mayer met at Camp Ramah in California in 1973 and were married in 1993.
I saw Michael and instantly thought, "Wow! I really want to meet that guy!" He was a couple of years ahead of me so I thought we wouldn't get to meet.
Brian and Selina met in the summer of 1985 at Camp Ramah in California. They were both counselors at the time but did not start dating until many years later.
We were at camp at different edot in 1981 and basically did not know each other. (She would never talk to a boy in a younger edah!)
Daniel and I were both Solelim counselors in 1984. We got to know each other well that summer and began dating in the summer of 1985.
We met as campers when Larry was in Gesher and I was in Machon. We were just friends then and did not begin dating until after we had graduated from college.
Craig Gittleman & Stacy Cooper Gittleman met in 1985 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 1994.
Michael Leifman and Sharon Samber met in 1989 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 1994.
Liron Gitig and Diana Goodman Gitig met in 1990 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 1994.
We first met as campers in Machon at age 14 in 1983. While we didn't know each other well that summer we did remember one another when we re-met as Madors in 1986.
Joshua Greenstein and Carol Goldklang met at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 1989 and were married in 1995.
Shalom Bochner and Orli Loewenberg met at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 1989 and were married in 1995.
At the start of second session, Bruce was relocated into my edah. We had lots of mutual friends and hung out together.
Although we first met one another in Shorashim (11 years old), it wasn't until we both returned to Camp on staff in 1989 (17 years old) that we started to date.
I’d worked the previous summer as rosh mayim at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and returned for a day’s visit. I noticed Sarah Klagsbrun—a first-year instructor whom I’d remembered vaguely from when she was a camper—and made a mental note of the wide smile (and yes, the red bathing suit).
Berkshires Labor Day Weekend Retreat 1991: I, Laurel, had Ramahnik friends who encouraged me to apply to attend the retreat even though I never officially was a camper.
We met at a Berkshires alumni reunion. Yuval had been a camper and staff member at Berkshires and Nyack. I attended with a group of friends.
We had actually met and dated briefly three years earlier in USY, but had completely lost touch until the summer of 1993.
Technically, we met as campers, but really we met and became friends on Tzevet Solelim. Distractions such as television were not an issue. We had one another's undivided attention.
We originally met through our involvement in international USY, but we "re-met" in the summer of 1995, when we were both group leaders for Ramah Seminar.
Todd and I met on a canoe trip to Silver Birches on Lake Skeleton the first week at camp.
We met on Ramah Seminar in Israel in 1990, and had a romantic walk under the stars in the Negev.
We actually met during a course together but didn't get to know each other until the summer. One day one of the staff members told me that Zip had her eye on me.
I had been at Ramah since Shorashim, but Solelim was Sandi's first summer.
We sang Rad Hayom at the end of our wedding with all of our camp friends linked arm in arm.
We met while I was a JC and John was an AA. We "went out" for three long days and then broke up. We did not speak for the rest of the summer.
Little did I know that one day, Harriet Spevack, Rosh Mayim, and Harold Spevack, Rosh Teva (see their story), would be my mother and father-in-law!
Although we were both at camp at the same time as campers for a number of years, we never met because we were in different age groups.
We were both working on a Ramah weekend. I had been a camper and staff (including summers) for years, and Eric had worked Hebrew high weekends as staff.
I met Laura at the Berkshires in 1975, when she was 11 and I was 18. I was her swimming instructor and made a very, very big mistake – I failed her.
Sarah (Gesher 1988) and her husband Jeremy (Gesher 1986) live in Manhattan with their three children, Isaiah , Coby, and Arianna.
Well, it depends who you ask but it all started on the bridge connecting A-side to B-side. Ramah changed both of our lives forever! After meeting for the second time (the first was when our younger sisters shared a bunk bed in their Machon summer), we had a lot of fun working together as staff members.
Jon and I met at Ramah as campers when we were 13 years old and were best of friends. We kept in touch through letters for the year following that summer, but then we lost touch.
I am a second-generation Ramah marriage as my parents Rabbi Steven and Andrea Glazer are also a Ramah marriage.
Julie and I met our Machon year, but did not become friendly until Nivonim and then Ramah Seminar in Israel.
We first met when Marni was a bratty camper with her bratty friends. We re-met as staff members and friends.
Nirit and I first met during the summer of '94 while working as counselors for the Israel Seminar in Jerusalem. Nirit was one of the local Israeli counselors, and I, a native Californian, was finishing up my junior year abroad at the Hebrew University.
We officially met in USY, but spent summer of '93 working together at camp.
Josh and I always joke that we first met when I was in Sollelim and he in Nivonim when he was a CIT for the boys in my edah. Over the years, he was a counselor in my edah and I was on his staff when he was a rosh edah.
I attended Berkshires, but Dan is actually a Ramah Wisconsin alumni.
We met in the Rikudiah Band, where he played bass and I played drums.
Liell Karni and Idit Sonnheim Karni met through Ramah Israel Seminar in 1997 and were married in 1999.
We met at counselors at Ramah. Brian had never been a camper and his first summer as a counselor, I was in Israel.
We met during a staff week peulat erev, "Win Lose, or Draw." Josh disappointed the team by being an omanut counselor who couldn't draw.
We met during our summer as counselors in Cohavim. We immediately hit it off, but only started dating during the last two weeks of camp.
We met at the Camp Ramah Berkshires Memorial Day singles weekend, 1998. For me, Ted, it was love at first sight. At Oneg Shabbat, I saw her across the room.
Micky and I dated the year he went to Israel with Meritz, while I was back at camp. (We were friends a year earlier).
We met Gesher pre-camp during the summer of 1993. Michael had just finished his freshman year at Berkeley and I had finished my sophomore year at Tulane.