“The first Seminar to Israel was organized in 1962, and we were the 5th group of wide-eyed 16- and 17-year-olds that Ramah brought to Israel for an 8-week summer experience of touring, exploring, and learning. We came from Ramah camps in Pennsylvania, New York, New England, Wisconsin, and Canada. Many of us had never traveled […]
My association with Ramah began when I was twelve years old in 1948 at Ramah in Maine. Fast forward to Ramah in Wisconsin, 1958.
My grandchildren, Ramah Nyack campers Maya, Coby, and Liana Rabinowitz, are only 11, 9, and 5 years old, but Camp Ramah has been in their blood for almost 60 years!
I grew up on Long Island in a relatively assimilated home. My parents went to the local Conservative synagogue three days a year. Our home was not kosher, yet my mother lit Shabbat candles each Friday night, often after getting home late from the family paint store.
I started my twenty-five years at Ramah in the summer of 1951 as a junior counselor at Ramah in the Poconos. My senior counselor was Yochanan Muffs, z”l. On the other side of the bunk, the senior counselor was Samuel Schafler, z”l, later to become president of Hebrew College.
Camp Ramah in the Poconos, 1950: I was twelve and had received a scholar- ship from my synagogue so I could attend camp that summer. I think I was the only girl in my bunk who was not the daughter of a rabbi, a cantor, or some other Jewish professional.
Robert Alter, Robert Chazan, Ray Arzt, David Mogilner, z”l, Walter Ackerman, z”l, Gloria (Sussman) Silverman, z”l, Zalman Schachter Shalomi, Zvi Dershowitz, Saul Wachs, Shmuel Leiter, z”l, Gladys Gewirtz, Shalom Schwartz, David Lieber, z”l, Lee Levine, Nat Entin, z”l, Uri Simon — these are some of the people who were my counselors, teachers, camp directors, and […]
Daniel Grossberg and Millie Feinberg Grossberg met in 1957 at Camp Ramah in Connecticut and were married in 1966.
Michael Bohnen and Joyce Oppenheim Bohnen met in 1961 at Camp Ramah in Connecticut and were married in 1969.
I think we met on the tennis court. Ramah was a great way to meet Jewish boys. We have been avid supporters of Ramah and tried to get our synagogue to support the program. With a change in leadership, it finally does.