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Sarah Attermann Topal & Scott Topal


(Originally appeared on The New York Times as “A One-Way Ticket to Chicago”.)   While Sarah Ariel Attermann spent a quiet evening at home on Jan. 18, 2019 sipping white wine on her couch in Washington, she sent Scott Michael Topal, who lived in Chicago, a Facebook message: “From what I’ve heard, you’re a great person […]

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Everything Will Change, Ramah Remains the Same


“Nobody tells you that life after college means you’ve entered an alternate universe – called reality. Within this new world you face some changes you never expected to face. Your friends get boyfriends and girlfriends, start having to put their phones down at work, move away and actually go to bed before 10 pm. Sometimes […]

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A Transformative Event, Then and Now: 1966 Ramah Israel Seminar, 50th Anniversary Reunion!


“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 […]