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 2000s.
We are both happy that Ramah decided to open a camp in the South. We will always be known as Darom's first married couple.
Jeremy Rosenthal and Gwen Shelden Rosenthal met in 1998 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 2000.
Michael Dittelman and Michelle Cole Dittelman met in 1993. Mike attended Camp Ramah Berkshires and Michelle attended Camp Ramah in California. They were married in 2000.
Andrew Bloom & Ronda Janowski Bloom met in 1991 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 2000.
Jared and I met when I was teaching, or rather trying to teach, his youngest brother, Shael, how to swim.
I came late to camp that year (it was my 4th year) because I had to take summer courses for grad school. My second day back at camp was Amir's birthday, and he had been out celebrating with other mishlachat.
We met on the bus on the way to Ramah from LAX, both of us from Phoenix, but never having met before. We were twelve and thirteen, on our way to our second session Sollelim summer in 1992.
Harry Joseph Pell & Lisa Eiseman Pell met in 1993 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 2001.
I came back from Israel to be at Ramah. Hadas was Sgan Teva and was impressed with my Hebrew.
Andrew Shulking and Sarah Zimbler Shukind met in 1992 at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and were married in 2001.
Eitan and I met in '92, mostly ignored each other until '95, and then were "just friends" until 2000.
A thin wall in the crafts building separated them...but not for long! They had a shtetl-like wedding in the woods, where the groom harvested young maple saplings for chuppah poles and used his great-grandfather's tallit as a canopy.
Matthew Binstock and Yaira Singer met at Ramah Nyack in 1997 and were married in 2001.
Adam Wall and Debbi Bohnen met in 1988 at Camp Ramah in New England and were married in 2001.
We first met when I was a counselor in Marcy's edah in 1985. We reconnected in 1996 when we were both living in New York City and were active in Ramah alumni events and social gatherings.
So, Solelim '96 had to pray every morning and so it was Michelle and my tafkid as va'ad tefillah to coordinate the campers' tefillah experience. Not only did the campers have a great tefillah experience that summer but a new Ramah relationship was born.
Benji Bearman and Faye Hammer Bearman met at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 1998 and were married in 2002.
I was always envious of Ramah love stories, as I never had the chance to attend.
Elana and my sister grew up in the same edah at camp. In the summer of '93, I was Elana's younger brother's counselor. But we didn't really get to know each other until years later.
Daniel Brandes and Shana Kurlandsky met at Camp Ramah in Canada in 1998 and were married in 2002.
We did not actually meet at camp. Josh was a counselor in my sister's edah, so when we ran into each other years later we knew who the other was from our mutual Ramah history.
Joseph Menashe & Deborah Ann Musher met in 1999 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 2002.
Eytan and Rebecca met in 2001 at Ramah Wisconsin and were married in 2002.
Michael Varon & Sepi Farivar Varon met in 2000 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 2002.
David Ross and Lauren Schmidt met for the first time in Los Angeles in May 2000. Or at least, the couple is pretty sure that was the first time.
When we first met, we were nine years old - in Nitzanim at Camp Ramah in California. We were friends and pen pals for years.
Ilana and I sort of knew each other when we were campers at Ramah in the Berkshires, but I was an edah older than she and we didn’t really become friends until we worked together on staff in 1997.
We met when we were 15 years old and both campers in Machon. Jonathan had been there for many years but it was my first summer.
Scott and I met initially at Ramah Nyack, but didn't become friends until much later in 2001 when we joined a co-ed volleyball team through Makor in NYC.
Eric and I met for the first time the summer of 1998. It was my first year on staff and his first year as a rosh edah. We connected instantly and actually hugged each other the first time we met for no explicable reason.
During the summer of 1995, we met for the first time as Shoafim campers at Ramah Poconos. Sarah was returning to Ramah for her fourth summer, while Ricky was brand new to the Ramah scene.
As the sun set over Lake Buckatabon and the campers eventually went to sleep, the exciting part of our day began. We would stay up much too late shmoozing on the merpeset of Tzrif 21.
We met in 1997 as Solelim counselors. We continued to date from that point until 2003 when we married.
We met during our Nivo summer as campers, but didn't start our relationship until we were on staff as JCs in 1998.
Jon Hoffenberg and Sara Behr Hoffenberg met at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 1993 and were married in 2003.
Yaron Milgrom-Elcott and Miriam Sheinbein met in 2001 at Camp Ramah in California and were married in 2003.
Lawrence Michael Covitt and Melissa Chordock Covitt met in 1993 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 2003.
We were both campers for many years at Ramah Poconos but since we were four years apart, we did not know each other well. We had our first real encounter one oneg shabbat in the summer of 1992 when Marshall was visiting camp and Lisa was a JC.
We met during staff week in 1992. We dated the entire summer and broke up when we went back to school.
Charles Cohen and Jennifer (Jen) Neufeld Cohen met at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 1992 and were married in 2004.
Ari was a mishlachat member in the summer of 2001. He returned in 2002, Na'ama's first time on mishlachat.
Daniel Varon and Stacy Krasner Varon met in 1998 and were married in 2004.
Aaron Soffer and Hannah Bloch Soffer met at Camp Ramah in the Poconos in 1991 and were married in 2004.
Rachael and Josh met during the summer of 1995 as junior counselors. The following summer, they were counselors for Shoafim and became friends.
We met at camp and in USY. Ramah was the perfect place for a relationship to develop between two young Jewish people.
We were on the same bus on Seminar.
Matt and Lisa met the first day of the Seminar trip in the summer of 1996. Lisa attended Ramah in Ojai, CA. Matt was from Savannah, GA but attended camp in Palmer for many years.
In the summer of 2000, I (Eric Danis) worked as a madrich for Ramah Seminar in Israel. My co-Madricha was Anat Moshe. We got along instantaneously and worked well together.
We met on the basketball court. He was the basketball director and I was on sports staff.
Dave and I met as campers at Ramah in Palmer. We became good friends and shared mutual friends. It was not until after Ramah that we began dating.
Joshua and Rebecca were introduced in 2003 by a mutual friend who Joshua knew from Berkshires and who Becky met through Ramah's annual Weinstein training program.
Ron and I met on the drive down to Camp Ramah. We had a small caravan of Ramah kids and moms from the Bay Area (Walnut Creek, actually) and were heading down to Ojai, CA for the summer.
We were apparently in Gesher (8 years old) and Sollelim together, but didn't meet or become friends until our Machon year. I noticed Matthew because he always volunteered to lead morning services and read Torah.
Amichai Margolis and Kari Phillips Margolis met at Camp Ramah in New England in 2001 and were married in 2004.
Eric Ganezer and Tamar Skowronski met at Camp Ramah in New England in 1995 and were married in 2004.
Both being from Atlanta, we met on the way up to camp, although we were in different edot and didn't really know each other.
We met in the omanut building, where I was a CIT. When Rinna came in and sat down it was love at first sight (for me, anyway). I was able to pull myself together enough to talk to her, and we became friends.
Ari Ungar and Rebecca Tobin met in 2002 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 2005.
Steven Seiden and Aviva Queen Seiden met in 2000 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 2005.
We met at Ramah when Alex babysat my sister Karen, who was 3 years old.
Amy and I are an intermarriage, of sorts. We met on Ramah Seminar in 1993 -- she was from Berkshires and I was from Palmer.
We were on the same Yom Sport team.
When we first met, we were friendly, and then kept in touch for a few years.
Joel Seltzer and Eliana Katz Seltzer met at Camp Ramah in the Poconos in 1988 and were married in 2005.
We simply met at camp and became very close friends. Although I was interested in her we did not start dating for nearly three years, until the summer of 2002.
Jason Philip Rogoff and Dara Elizabeth Schatt met in 1994 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 2006.
Although we didn't start dating until the summer of 2004 while living in New York City, we really go way back to 1982 when we were at the same elementary school.
We met on the Upper West Side of Manhattan the first time and were reintroduced at Ramah Berkshires at the Kehilat Hadar Shavuot Retreat. We are alumni of Poconos and New England.
We are from the same hometown but started our relationship at camp.
As a camper and a Seminar alum, it was only natural for me to return to staff at Camp Ramah Darom. Three weeks after high school graduation, I was on my way.
We met at a Koach Kallah in Chicago the Winter of 2002. We fell quickly for one another and began a long distance relationship. Working together at Ramah Darom was the perfect way for us to share our new commitment to each other.
Jonathan Robins and Leah Kaplan Robins met at Camp Ramah in New England in 1992 and were married in 2006.
Deborah and I both began at Ramah in first year Ilanot...but we "ran in different circles" throughout our summers as campers.
We met at USY Encampment, but the aura of being at Ramah contributed to our relationship.
Ari Saks and Rache Einhorn Saks met at Camp Ramah in the Poconos in 2000 and were married in 2006.
Marc Metson and Talia Gottlieb met in 2005 and were married in 2007.
Joe and I met when we were Nitzanim Staff together. We were friends throughout the summer and the rest of the year.
Michael and I were campers at the same time, but because we were a year apart, we never really interacted. It was not until we were staff members together in Tzophim that we really connected.
We met at Camp Ramah in the Poconos in the summer of 2002. Matthew was a counselor, entering his sophomore year at the University of Maryland and Stacy was a junior counselor, who had just graduated high school and was preparing to attend Muhlenberg College.
My first summer at Ramah Wisconsin, Gigi and I met on the bus to camp and kept bumping into each other during the first few days of staff week.
Sam Caplan and Sarah Ettinger Caplan met at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 2003 and were married in 2008.
Jeff Storey and Marcie Kohenak met at Camp Ramah Nyack in 2000 and were married in 2008.
Ari Saposh & Naomi Queen Saposh met in 1995 at Ramah Berkshires and were married in 2008.
Zachary Seiden & Julia Keltz met in 1996 at Camp Ramah Berkshires and were married in 2008.
Galia and Adam first met when she was a member of a shlichut to Ojai in Summer 2003. They became closer friends upon her return summer in 2004, but it was not until Adam was studying for the year in Jerusalem (2004-05) that the two started to date.
Joey and Amy became friends as campers in Machon. Two years later, as counselors, they started dating and shared their first kiss on the bench at the top of the hill.
We were in the same edah for 5 years. We didn't start dating until about 10 years later.
We first met in Israel on Seminar Plus, but we didn't keep in touch after the summer. Matt continued on as a counselor at Wisconsin, and Aviva returned to Palmer.
We met during Bogrim summer in 1998 but didn’t start dating until we were junior counselors in 2002 (Loren was on waterfront, Naomi was on Machon staff).
We had to come all the way from Israel to Camp Ramah in Wisconsin to meet each other...and when Barak planned to propose, he forgot the ring at camp!
We met at the age of 13 and began dating during first year staff.
Benjamin Brown and Meryl Kramer Brown met at Camp Ramah in Canada in 1998 and were married in 2009.
We met as campers when we were in Bogrim. We were friends during that summer.
In 2003, Dave was back for a third summer working in Tikvah and Emily was beginning her first.
Noah had just returned from a two-week trip to Israel to be a junior counselor in 2003. He was showing his pictures from Israel to a friend, and Shira peeked over to get a look.
Doron Greene and Rebecca Markowitz Greene met at Camp Ramah in New England in 2003 and were married in 2009.
We met at camp while on staff together. Evan was s'gan; Abby was a junior counselor.
We attended Camp Ramah in California at the same time and knew of each other through friends and cousins but were different edot years.