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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 […]


Debate it Forward

Leah Shapiro & Josh Aaronson | Camp Ramah Wisconsin Leah Shapiro recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Comparative Human Development. Hailing from Minnetonka, MN, she currently lives in Chicago working full time as Debate it Forward’s CEO. Leah went to camp every summer from Garinim through Nivo 2012. Josh Aaronson […]


Danube Guy in Town

“The exact brand of Judaism that I grew up with at Ramah doesn’t exist here, but my Ramah experience has energized me to explore the vast Jewish community of Budapest. I have prayed with the Masorti kehillah, in small steibel minyanim, and in beautiful Neolog (a Hungarian denomination) synagogues, eaten Shabbat and yomtov meals with […]


Going Home

“Something profound happened to me during those summers in Wisconsin which changed the trajectory of my life. I remember feeling something powerful even then, but not really having the words or perspective to adequately describe what I was experiencing. How could eight weeks, four consecutive summers, have had such a powerful effect on my life’s […]


Beth Heifetz: Drawing US Supreme Court clerks to her firm

Growing up in one of a small number of observant families in my hometown, summers at Camp Ramah provided an essential opportunity for me to experience the joys of sharing Jewish life and Jewish practice. Those summers at Ramah instilled in me an important roadmap for active Jewish living, for continued Jewish learning and growth, […]


Rick Malter’s Reflection

“My first summer at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin was in 1949. Over the next few summers, Rabbi Seymour (Shlomo) Fox, z”l, the camp’s director, brought the University of Chicago influence to camp. He introduced many of us to John Dewey, Sigmund Freud, and Bruno Bettelheim’s psychoanalytical approach. Somehow, Rabbi Fox made it all come together […]