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 1970s.
I met Steve on the staff train up to camp in 1968 (I was 17 1/2.) when I sat on the arm of his chair to have a discussion with others around him. It was love at first sight, all the better because my other job at camp was as a swimming teacher, so we worked together daily.
I met David when he was training CITs in camping. We spent free time and days off together all summer and continued the relationship through the next year.
My best friend from school came to visit camp and her boyfriend from the previous summer.
Read Bob and Loretta's story in "Some Enchanted Summer: Many a Marriage Has Started with an Encounter at Camp," which appeared in the Washington Jewish Week in August 2008.
Dan and I met in June of 1967, right after the Six Day War. Palmer was an amazing place to be at that time, especially for me, as I was new to the entire Ramah experience, and was coming for the first time on staff.
We met as staff on a USY leadership weekend. Marty was head counselor and a teacher. Jill was a girls bunk counselor.
We met at Ramah in Canada in 1968, where we were both madrichim.
Jonathan (then called "Yoni") was a graduate of the Mador Program at Poconos and was assigned (against his wishes, since he was a Poconos camper) to Berkshires.
We met as counselors at Camp Ramah in Glen Spey. After our wedding we celebrated sheva berachot at Glen Spey two years later in 1971.
I met Jerry my very first day at Ramah, the week before the campers arrived. The rest is history.
Renee arrived the same day as the campers. I had been there for the staff week.
David Blecker and Norma Shifrin Blecker met in the Mador program in 1965 and were married in 1971.
Rabbi David Mogilner, z"l, told Robin Sue that he could see something special about the two of us. Forty years later we still have that special Ramah feeling in our lives.
Ronnie moved to Ramah Wisconsin from Ramah California the summer before we met at the urging of his friends from JTS.
On our way up to Mt. Carmel, Marylin was saying how she could not stand Southern accents and Danny Berger, an old friend from Ramah Wisconsin said meet Marty Berman from Jacksonville, Florida.
We met at Glen Spey in 1971. Gila, who had spent many summers at various Ramah camps went to be a counselor in the Tikvah program.
We didn't meet at Ramah California, but during our junior year abroad in 1967 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. We were engaged the summer of 1971 and after our June wedding 1972, we came to Ramah California and it was as if it were Sheva Brachos for us!
We met at age 12 in Edah Gimmel and were together at Ramah California again the following summer. On the Shabbat following our wedding, we celebrated Sheva Brakhot back at Ramah in Ojai.
We were both campers at New England for many years (starting at the camp in Moodus) and met in 1968. Alan was a waterfront counselor and I was the Omanut counselor along with Roz Arzt (whose husband Ray was the director for many years).
We had made plans separately to be staff at Palmer. When Palmer closed that year, we were both arbitrarily (Who believes in "arbitrary"? We both believe it was the hand of G-d directing us to each other) assigned to Glen Spey.
We met the first night of camp after Kabbalat Shabbat Services and we married each other two years later.
Before camp in 1970 Ronnie Garr had been in Minneapolis and wound up at Sue's house for dinner.
I began attending Ramah in 1961. I was a camper for 4 years, and I have been on staff for 36 years. My husband, Allan, and I met and dated for around a week when I was 16 and he was 19.
Gershon Schwartz and Shuly Rubin Schwartz met in the Mador program in 1970 and were married in 1973.
Though we were both at Berkshires in 1964, we did not actually know each other then. Sharon was a camper in Machon on B side and Richie was a counselor on A side.
Shira was Eve and David was Adam in a winter session play in California. We became friends and our relationship got less tacky than playing the Garden of Eden.
Shira and James spent the summer of 1969 at Ramah Berkshires and became very close friends.
The first time we met I was in Nivonim and Joey was a junior counselor in Bogrim. I had permission to miss the peulat erev and was sitting in my favorite tree overlooking Lake Buckatabon near the library.
Judah Silverman and Margo Lightstone Silverman met at Camp Ramah in Canada in 1972 and were married in 1974.
Robert Edward Novak and Yael Bauer Novak met at Camp Ramah in Canada in 1972 and were married in 1974.
Morton Steinberg and Miriam Bernstein Steinberg met in 1959, and again in 1969, at Ramah Wisconsin and were married in 1974.
Karen Legman and Deena Segal became fast friends in Machon, in 1968 at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. To this day, their friendship is thriving as they formed deeper bonds in June 1975 when they became sisters-in-law. Deena introduced Karen to Eric back in high school not even imagining what would ensue. Later on, Deena also met her husband, Rabbi Sam Fraint, at Ramah Berkshires. You can read Deena and Sam's story by clicking here. Karen and Eric’s 1970 summer romance endured peaks and valleys until 1974 when they became engaged. They both credit David August, former Camp Director, for bringing them together in December 1973 by scheduling back to back camp interviews and insisting that Eric escort Karen downtown after their meetings. David realized early on that the two were meant for each other. And he was right. Sharing their love for Camp Ramah has certainly cemented Segal family values as Karen and Eric raised their four children with the highest regard for Camp and a true appreciation for the institution. Once Orli, Karen and Eric’s youngest child, was toilet trained the family packed its bags and summered at CRB where Karen was a longtime yoetzet. Karen and Eric could not think of a better way to raise their kids. Today, each Segal child (Shira Lee, Adi, Hillel and Orli) has matured after experiencing Camp as a camper and staff member and each attribute many of their friendships and successes to CRB. A recent bonus for Karen and Eric was witnessing a second generation Ramah marriage, their son Adi Segal to Danielle Schindler, who exchanged wedding vows on June 14, 2015.
We initially met through the Minneapolis LTF (Leadership Training Fellows) programs in the late 60's. It was the best source of both Ramah connections and reunions during the off camp months, but also connected us with the rabbis.
Alan was from Wisconsin Ramah, Diana was from Poconos Ramah.
The camp environment fostered natural and comfortable friendships across genders.
We met over the volleyball net the Shabbat afternoon of pre-camp, and have been eating sunflower seeds together ever since.
Our eyes met across a crowded Bet Am but our first date was a disaster.
We met at the Poconos in the summer of '61. We were six years old, and enjoyed the run of the camp. Some may remember Wendy's dad, Avi Wolman, as the head of nagarut and subsequently, as business manager.
Kathy and I attended Camp Ramah in California in the 60's.
We were both counselors in the same edah and became friendly.
Kenny Hoffman and Janet Andron Hoffman met in 1973 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 1976.
We met when she was taking Senior Life Saving. I was her victim but she was afraid to come in and save me.
Mindy: Ramah in Nyack was a unique place in those years. Naturally, we were there for staff days and Barry had been there for "pre-staff" days.
We met at Ramah as campers and had many mutual friends although we were never a couple. We continued to write each other occasionally after Ramah, and Marty once visited me in New Orleans.
We initially met BECAUSE we were both at Ramah.
My husband and I met at Camp Ramah in Canada and then went on Israel Seminar together. We both attended the University of Michigan and ended up in the same dorm. Our son, Aaron, also met his wife, Marci Orman, at Camp Ramah in Canada.
Camp Ramah is simply put, among our favorite places in the world, right up there with Teaneck and Jerusalem.
Moti Hanochi and Naomi Stamler Hanochi met at Camp Ramah in New England in 1975 and were married in 1977.
Arnie and I met the summer before Palmer closed for reorganization so the atmosphere at camp was loose and casual with easy mixing of staff and campers.
We met at American Seminar in Nyack, NY the summer of 1968. We were in the Mador Program at NE Ramah in Palmer, MA the summer of 1969.
Etan and Deborah met at Ramah California in 1973 and were married in 1978.
After Havdallah, evening walk around camp.
I first saw Jeff on the steps of JTS leaning on his guitar.We were on our way to Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for the Mador program just out of high school.
We met early in the summer of 1969 (my first summer at Ramah - Shimon had been going for a few years) when the Women's League were visiting and 2 senior (it was called Machon then) campers were chosen to speak to them.
Charles Sherman and Leah Hurowitz Sherman met in 1969 at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and were married in 1979.
We both started at Ramah in the Poconos when we were 12, and continued as madrichim while in college. We met only briefly; he was one of the big kids.
We were in Bogrim in 1969 and hardly spoke to one another. In 1970, we became fast friends at the start of camp and maintained a friendship through most of college.
We met and became friends during daily camp activities during my first summer at Ramah and his second summer at Ramah.