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Chaverim

An Annual Newsletter for Friends of Camp: Highlights of 2013 — Our 50th Year


Mission Statement

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amp Ramah in the Berkshires is a vibrant summer camp community, where children grow in a beautiful and safe setting, surrounded by life-long friends and nurtured by spirited role models.

Ramah is a transformative Jewish experience for its campers, staff, families and the communities of the New York metropolitan area, and a place where Judaism is lived, Shabbat is cherished and every moment is elevated.

From sports to the arts and from swimming to outdoor adventure, Camp is infused with the best of the tradition and values of Conservative Judaism; love of mitzvoth, Hebrew language and the land and people of Israel; commitment to inclusion and Tikun Olam; and the joy of learning and prayer.

Capital Campaign Thank you to the following people who supported us in our 2013 Capital Campaign: Dr. Gabriel Feldman Sue Och and Brian Kalver Jessica and Adam Kaplan Melissa Kushner and Jeremy Kaplan Joanna Kasirer and Josh Kaplan Debra and Robert Kasirer The Jane and Daniel Och Family Foundation Rita Halbright and Jonathan Och Dr. Michael Och Rabbi Stuart Saposh and Linda Holof-Saposh ON THE COVER Photo of the backstage wall of Beit Am Bet, a CRB archeological treasure trove bearing colorfully adorned names dating back to Camp’s opening in 1964. Generations of campers have upheld the inscription tradition each summer.

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arking time is something we do often in camp. Whether it is a weekly activity or a daily activity, whether it happens just once a summer or every day, campers and staff members alike mark their 51 days in camp. Recognizing the 50th anniversary of our camp was an amazing opportunity to reflect on what we have done; and how we can do more and better in the next 50 years. We are constantly looking at our program, staff training, communication and engagement with alumni. Your support of the Annual Fund Campaign enables us to do this with greater creativity and vibrancy. Just as we celebrate the extraordinary impact Ramah has had on our lives and our families and friends over these past 50 years, our celebration can only be complete when we ensure that Ramah is a camp of true excellence for our most deserving campers and staff. It can only be complete when we financially ensure that every child, every family and every community has the opportunity to be the beneficiary of the transformative Ramah experience. Today camp is in a good place. We have been at capacity enrollment for many years. We continue to innovate in so many areas of camp. We have had and continue to have wonderful and engaged Board members who actively support camp, wave the flag and work hard to make CRB the best place it can be for 1,000 campers and staff members each and every summer. Camp and the camping industry, in general, is very different than in the past. For instance, we no longer give a one-size-fits-all presentation. Depending on the edah (age group), one day can be very different from another day. How much choice a camper has also

depends on their developmental stage in life. In addition, artists and coaches are inserted into the “regular” program of camp as enhancements. Staff training has not only become a priority, it is essential for developing strong leaders. Junior counselors receive on-line pre-season training along with three intensive sessions in the Spring. Through the efforts of the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the National Ramah Commission, some 25-35 staff members have additional training in May. The list goes on and on. All this could not occur without your support of the Annual Fund Campaign. As the 50th anniversary concluded, all of us together—our lay and professional leaders, our alumni and parent body, and all who have generously supported all events throughout the year—have transformed our enormous love and appreciation of our Ramah past into dedication and commitment to improving and enhancing our present, thereby ensuring an even greater and brighter future for the new generations of the Ramah community. This Annual Report is meant to give you a snapshot of some of our greatest achievements over the past year. It is clear that our achievements would not be possible without the generosity of our donors and supporters. Every new capital advancement, staff training development, program enhancement and camper scholarship is made possible by supporters of our Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, and Yerusha Legacy Society. We thank you and invite you to continue your commitment and partnership.

Dr. Hugh Polla

ck, President

Rabbi Paul Re

snick, Director

Dr. Hugh Pollack President Rabbi Paul Resnick Director

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Sunday evening, December 8, 2013, marked CRB’s Annual Fund Dinner and concluded a year-long 50th anniversary celebration. Held at the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, New York, 350 gathered to pay tribute to a most distinguished Chairman, Rob Hirsch and to revel in the accomplishments of the 50 years of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Rob Hirsch, Chairman and Past President, is friend to many. His years of dedication and leadership to Camp has cemented the status of CRB well into the future. Flanked by his family—which includes his wife, Judy, their beautiful children Josh, Sigal, Sarah, and Max—Rob graciously accepted the honor and gifts bestowed upon him.

It has been 50 years in the making for the other Annual Fund Dinner honoree. For five decades, CRB has been the place where thousands of children lived, learned and laughed with their summer family. Watching a newly released video of the History of CRB (the highlight of the program) captured the crowd’s emotions. In addition, a video dedicated to Rob, followed by a sumptuous Leyl Steakim, with Chef Rob serving his favorite steak meal, was the perfect way to entertain all attendees. The evening concluded the year during which over $550,000 was raised for the Annual Fund, which enables camp to meet scholarship, enhance programmatic needs, and provide better and more extensive staff training.

Annual Fund Dinner Honoring Rob Hirsch & Celebrating CRB’s 50th Anniversary

As my mother likes to report, back in 1967, my parents were told that if they send us to Camp Ramah, they will get Jews for life. I think it worked! …There were lots of accomplishments during my term as President. The facilities improvements….the governance changes, the fundraising structure and successes we’ve had. All of these are great and made it worthwhile, but the reason I love giving of my time for Camp is the relationships that are formed…. This is what Ramah exudes, all within the Jewish environment that we believe is true Judaism. What more could we want?

Hirsch Family: Max, Sigal, Rob, Judy, Sarah, and Josh

- Rob Hirsch

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Designed by artist Harriet Finck, this collage—a beautiful community art project—was created by over one thousand people representing the best of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires.

When Harriet Finck went to camp in the 1960s, writing letters home was a big part of the experience. So when she was asked to create an art project for CRB’s 50th anniversary, she designed a collage that is, in essence, a giant letter to Ramah. Fashioned from over one thousand 3x3 postcards, the collage includes memories and drawings from campers, alumni, current and former Board members, counselors and staff who were invited to depict what they love

about camp in words or pictures. During Camp, each edah gathered separately to compose their postcard. Zeke Rosenblatt, a Tzeirim 2013 camper, inscribed his postcard with “I love everything and everyone.” Another camper wrote, “I love all the friends I made here.” “Collage is a democratic process. Everyone from the youngest camper to the most experienced former camper or Board member can do it equally.” The project, Harriet says, is based on

the idea of “forming community out of little humble slips of paper that are then transformed into a treasure.” The squares are glued randomly on a mural 12 feet by 6 feet high that will be prominently displayed in Camp. Fifty green squares from Board members shape the 50 and the word “Ramah” is painted over it in an acrylic blue wash. This spectacular artwork is a permanent legacy that will adorn Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for many generations.

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YERUSHA Legacy Society Through this Legacy gift, I want to make sure that this institution can survive and flourish, and support scholarships for those who can’t afford a camp experience. - Joan Bucholtz, Longstanding Board of Trustees Member

YERUSHA LEGACY SOCIETY MEMBERS* Rabbi Jerome Abrams Barry Allen Robert Allen & Timberly Whitfield Anonymous (3) Audrey Atlas Amy & Rick Atlas Mark Badash Andrea Barnett Ira Beer Jane Berkowitz Dr. Suzanne Brown Berkowitz & Jack Berkowitz Rebecca & Ari Berman Aaron Blum Joan & Dr. Harvey Bucholtz Paula & Rabbi Marim Charry Stacey & Marty Chazin Dr. Amir Cohen Rabbi Burton Cohen Betsy Covitt Karen & Dan Covitt Renee & Mark Covitt Marc Damsky Pat & Dr. Alan Davidson Brenda & Dr. Jerry Deener Michelle & Michael Dittelman Melinda & Matthew Dunn Rabbi Moshe Edelman Dr. Shulamith Reich Elster Amy & Rob Feilbogen Miriam Feldstein Jacqueline Simons & Kenneth Fink Rabbi Ezra M. Finkelstein Richard Friedman Jonathan Funk Rabbi Matthew Futterman Arielle Glaser Nina & Gary Glaser Marlene Noveck & Steve Goldstein Betty Golomb Karen & Howie Goodman Shoshana Savitz & Hal Greenberger Harold Grinspoon

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Adina Avery-Grossman & Harman Grossman Fanny & Shelly Handel Stephanie Handel Dr. Judy & Rob Hirsch Josh Holden Susan Horowitz Leslie & Moshe Horn Marcia Jacobson Judith & Andrew Jaffe Ilana Kahn Marcia Kahnowitz Naomi Katz Michael Kraner Rabbi Paul Kurland Dr. Ilana & Simmy Kustanowitz Mindy Smith & Ira Leiderman Miri & Jeffrey Levine Alyssa and Sam Levy Aliza & Benjamin Mann Beth Mann Barbara & Dr. Charles Mann Ehud Marcus Dr. Fredric Miller Joyce Miller Roberta London Morse Dr. Cliff Nerwen Helga Noveck Susan Och Chava & Craig Ortner Lloyd Parodneck Joy & Bob z”l Perla Sheri Perlman Rebecca & Rabbi Ari Perten Vivian Fried & Lee Podair Martha & Dr. Hugh Pollack Renah & Rabbi Mayer Rabinowitz Laura & Larry Reiter Martha & Rabbi Paul Resnick Shari Gersten & David Rosenblatt Susan Ticker & Hazzan Henry Rosenblum Amy Perle Rosuck Rabbi Amy Roth

Adina Rothman Naomi & Josh Savitz Suzanne & Howard Samelson Daniel Schafler & Family Mindy & Alan Schall Lisa & James Schlesinger Carol & Steve Schulman Karen Legman Segal & Eric Segal Debra & Michael Seiden Aviva & Steve Seiden Julia Keltz & Zachary Seiden Harriet & Rabbi Joel Shaiman Dr. Saul Shapiro z”l Jeffrey Shlefstein Heidi & Rob Silverstone Robin & Rabbi Gerald Skolnik Mike Slifer Sarah & Joshua Smith Sarah & Jeremy Sokolic Elizabeth & Philip Solomont Harriet & Harold Spevack Diane Spiegel Belok Deanna & Rabbi Howard Stecker Drs. Ellen & Jay Steinberg Michele & Jay Steinmetz Sarah & Michael Stern Sandi & Alexander Stern Janice & Matthew Tannin Ayelet & Jeffrey Teitelbaum Ilana & Skip Vichness Judith Wachs Adam Wallach Randi Weingarten Eric Weinstein Eileen & Larry Weiss Elaine & Joseph Zeitlin In memory of Chaim Zelman Ruth Zelman *List as of December 2013.


With Camp Ramah in the Berkshires! Over 35 synagogues celebrated CRB’s 50th Anniversary through our Shabbat Machaneynu program!

Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, Englewood Park Avenue Synagogue, New York                                                        Congregation Shaare Zedek, New York Shelter Rock Jewish Center, Roslyn Congregation Beth El, South Orange              Town & Village Synagogue, New York B’nai Shalom, West Orange Temple Israel Center, White Plains Congregation Sons of Israel, Briarcliff Manor Midway Jewish Center, Syosset Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell Congregation B’nai Israel, Millburn Congregation Beth Sholom, Teaneck Adath Shalom, Morris Plains Beth El Synagogue Center, New Rochelle Highland Park Conservative Temple Congregation Anshe Emeth, Highland Park Temple Beth Israel, Pt. Washington Temple Emanu-El, Closter Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, Riverdale Ansche Chesed, New York Bet Torah, Mt. Kisco B’nai Jeshurun, New York Congregation Or Zarua, New York East Brunswick Jewish Center, East Brunswick Forest Hills Jewish Center, Forest Hills Huntington Jewish Center, Huntington Hollis Hills Jewish Center, Hollis Hills Kehillat Kesher, Community Synagogue of Tenafly and Englwood, Englewood Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, New York Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange Temple Beth Sholom, Roslyn Heights Temple Israel of Great Neck, Great Neck Westchester Jewish Center, Mamaroneck

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GESHER Fund Representatives from Va’ad Keren Gesher 2013, the Gesher Fund Committee, enchanted parents and campers at a special Visiting Day 2013 presentation. The entire Gesher edah funded a gift to CRB as their way of giving back to a place that has enriched their individual and collective lives. The Gesher Fund is a project designed to give the oldest campers an opportunity to improve Camp while leaving a permanent legacy behind. In 2009, Gesher families donated money and developed the Gesher fund that resulted in the creation of a new shiron. The shiron is filled with quotes and photos of Gesher 2009 camp experiences and is now used every Shabbat during shirah. Since that time, every Gesher edah has followed suit by producing projects that have enhanced Camp life and helped beautify mikomot (spaces). This year, Va’ad Keren Gesher spent considerable time thinking and brainstorming and finally elected to build a Treehouse—Eytz Chaim. Though a bit unconventional, this out-of-the box structure will be a multipurpose area where an entire bunk can gather.

Gesher 2013 envisions their treehouse to be built around a tree with a staircase at its entrance. Ben Claar, a Gesher 2013 camper and a five-year vetBonnie Rosenfeld, parent Co-chair, eran of Camp, loved the idea Gesher 2013 Fund, addresses Gesher 2013 and parents on Visiting Day of a treehouse saying that “….it will provide our camp with a fun new space. Space is one of the most valuable elements there is at Ramah Berkshires. Long-lasting camp memories are born in special areas. A special space provides special activities, prayer experiences, or hangouts with friends. Any camper or staff member can and will find a meaningful experience in the Etz Chayim, or Tree of Gesher 2013 Song Life.” As Solly Zisser, a member of Gesher Verse 1: 2013, reflected about the incredible Through all our years in impact of a treehouse in CRB, he said, Machaneh Ramah “….this is the essence of Camp Ramah in We have always been in awe the Berkshires. There is nothing more With experience of what we do transformative and elevating than a We are presenting this to you cubbfn ubhhva ,ubav kufc treehouse. This new makom will spirihbmnak sjt cuvtk rumt tk tually elevate chanichim to feel closer We never get tired of being here to nature, their friends, and God. Our With all the peulot, year after year Eytz Chaim will be everlasting…” Chorus: We love camp vnr ,t ohcvut And all the special things we do With our tzrif and edah Varsity chug, swim in the agam ,hrcgu lubj OHH!!! What fun!

Toddah Rabbah!

Verse 2: We started off Cochavim '06 Pretty quickly we got into the mix ch vbjnc ut th vbjnc ;hf ubk vhv inzv kf Things that we do every day Include tefillah and sports we play ,hrugc ,uzjn We dance with our feet [Chorus]

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Gesher 2013


vnr hrduC okut Toddah Rabbah to all the friends and families who have generously supported the building of Ulam Bogrei Ramah. The donor wall acknowledges our Chaverim for helping to create this new space in which our entire camp can gather.

Anonymous (3) Marlene and Daniel Arbess Diane Spiegel Belok and Gregory Belok Jody and Jonathan Caplan Stacey and Marty Chazin Marsha and Mark Chazin Nava and Adam Cohen Amy Sugarman and Marc Damsky Rabbi Moshe Edelman Erica and Ephraim Edelman Dana and Adam Fine Shari Gersten and David Rosenblatt Lisa and Josh Golomb Betty and Hank Golomb Rena and Andrew Goodman Adina Avery-Grossman and Harman Grossman

Leslie and Moshe Horn Susan and Dr. Mark Horowitz Sue Och and Brian Kalver Jessica and Adam Kaplan Melissa Kushner and Jeremy Kaplan Joanna Kasirer and Josh Kaplan Drs. Lynn Buckvar-Keltz and Marty Keltz Dr. Ilana and Simmy Kustanowitz Aliza and Benjamin Mann Drs. Judy and Ivan Marcus Illana and Adam Margolis Debby and Steve Markowitz Meredith Berkman and Daniel Mintz Chava and Craig Ortner Lisa and Rabbi Harry Pell Vivian Fried and Lee Podair Martha and Dr. Hugh Pollack

Ramah Berkshires Alumni Association Martha and Rabbi Paul Resnick Lisa and Jim Schlesinger Aviva and Steve Seiden Harriet and Rabbi Joel Shaiman Shira Gordon and Philip Shaw Heidi and Rob Silverstone Sarah and Jeremy Sokolic Drs. Ellen and Jay Steinberg Eric Steinthal z"l Memorial Fund Elizabeth and Todd Stewart Danielle Stupak and Daniel Kagan Janice and Matt Tannin Ayelet and Jeff Teitelbaum Elaine and Joseph Zeitlin Judy and Stuart Zeitlin

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Festival @ 50

June 9, 2013, the largest pre-season gathering at any Ramah Camp ushered nearly 1,000 people to celebrate CRB’s 50th anniversary—our Festival @ 50—into our home in Wingdale, New York. Rediscovering, reuniting, rejoicing, walking down memory lane, and shmoozing filled every acre of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. The program included reunions, planting, rock wall climbing, kids and toddler activities, sports of all sorts, dancing, singing, studying and eating. Diane Spiegel Belok, Festival @ 50 Chair, remarked: “Today we have planted a garden, we have created a memory quilt and we have shared our memories of Camp at the reunions with old friends…as we celebrate 50 summers, not only have we created our own special memories; we have also created a collective memory and in so doing have strengthened our identity as Jews as a camp and as a community.”

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THE ANNUAL FUND Making Camp All It Can Be

Staff Training (with a positive beat)

Excerpts from Jacob (Milk) Sandler’s letter to Rabbi Ari Perten, CRB Assistant Director Thank you for sending Carol, Jeff and me to Song Leader Boot Camp 2014! It is a wonderful feeling to sing the music of our people, old and new, while connecting to God and each other. I do not believe my words can accurately portray the overwhelming positive energy

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that ensued. What separates the Song Leader Boot Camp community from other like-minded, musical, and spiritual communities is its dedication to providing practical skills and tools to use and apply to our communities back home. We were taught that 7 percent of our effective communication is the words we say, while 38 percent is the tone of voice we use. This leaves the other 55 percent and arguably more of our effective communication to our body language. This includes facial expression, muscle tension, posture, and more. Getting the group involved is so important for creating memorable musical moments. Getting them to clap or do hand motions engages more kids. For instance, those who are shy about singing can clap along and still be musical. It is also great to have them stand up, jump around or dance a little. It will get the blood flowing and it is a ton of fun. It was a really great chance to meet other leaders and talk to different

Jewish musicians about the things they do in their home communities. I was fortunate to get one of the 10 spots in Mikey Pauker’s workshop. Here, I had the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians through the lens of Jewish text. I want to thank you and Rabbi Resnick again for providing me with this amazing opportunity. I cannot overstate how much I learned, and how excited I am for Kayitz 2014. This summer will be the summer of preparation and intention. Our mission statement proclaims that “Ramah is a transformative Jewish experience for its campers, staff, families, and the communities of the New York metropolitan area—a place where Judaism is lived, Shabbat is cherished, and every moment is elevated.” It is through music that I plan to execute this mission. I look forward to working together to make it a reality. Milk “Jacob” Sandler Tzevet 2012-2013


It was an awakening of another way of looking at being Jewish. Camp Ramah made me a Jew by choice, even though I was born Jewish. We're all Jews by choice; we have lots of choices and lots of pathways that our lives can take. Imagine what a summer can do.

- Beth Mann, CRB alumna and former Board Member

Every Moment Is Elevated

The Abelow Sisters Love Camp Ramah Berkshires Reprinted with permission of Park Avenue Synagogue

Emily, Lauren and Sophie Abelow, daughters of Rose Abelow and Susan Cantor, have begun a new tradition— spending their summers together at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires! Emily (9th Grade), Lauren (6th Grade) and Sophie (3rd Grade) can’t wait to head up to Wingdale, New York, for a summer of fun with friends, sports, dramatics, group activities and Shabbat services. Here’s what they have to say. For Sophie, a highlight at camp is swimming in the lake on a hot day because the water is cold. But the lake is not only for swimming. Tefillah

(services) takes place overlooking the lake, and for Sophie, to pray overlooking the lake “is really cool.” She went to camp for the first summer with her best friend from preschool. “It’s really fun, because you are always with your friends.” Lauren loves camp because of her friends and the fun activities. There is an awesome slide in the lake and evening activities are always great. Lauren plays a lot of sports at camp and she think Ramah is a great camp for anyone who likes sports. The camp plays are also wonderful. Each age group performs an adaptation of a modern play, done in Hebrew with fun musical and dancing numbers. For Emily, camp is the best place because all of her best friends go there. All of the counselors are great too. Emily is busy with all kinds of activities at camp, and she gets to play tons of basketball, which she loves, but there’s also down time to hang out with her friends. The Kabbalat Shabbat services in the amphitheater overlooking the lake are a regular highlight for Emily, and there are also awesome special activities. Last summer Emily spent three days hiking the Appalachian Trail. Other special programs included a fourday cooking elective, a biking trip to Massachusetts and a basketball clinic. For all the Abelow girls, “Ramah is the best place!”

A Note About Scholarships:

Scholarships have become increasingly important and are an integral part of the Annual Fund, allowing all donors to participate in this mitzvah. CRB thanks our generous donors for making sure that all eligible campers are never turned away due to financial hardships. In 2013, over $250,000 provided support for 125 scholarships, ensuring a Ramah experience for campers who might not otherwise have been able to become part of our Ramah family.

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New Programming in Summer 2013 Building Bridges and Exploring Personal Growth Hanging out with good friends. Zmirot Shabbat in the chadar ochel. Capture the Flag on the baseball field. There are so many classic camp memories to cherish each summer. But Ramah staff is always on the lookout for new ideas in camp programming in order to help campers develop their very individual talents and interests. In 2013, CRB launched a number of new programs while introducing new aspects to current programs, in order to continually refresh and expand upon an already robust list of unique camp program experiences. Some of the programs were offered throughout the summer; others took place over short periods of time, even for a day. All of them infused new ideas, excitement, and inspiration into the learning and social bonding that were integral parts of the experience. Bogrim’s two signature programs, Sababa and Etgar, were combined this summer into a successful mash-up that made it possible for campers to choose experiences from each program. By streamlining the Etgar outdoor adventure trip weeks, campers could also choose to participate in Sababa programs, which gave them options such as participating in the Bima arts camp at Brandeis, learning kosher culinary arts, engaging in social action projects, or joining a Ramah Poconos basketball clinic. Combining the two programs gave Bogrim campers more individual program options to explore. For the slightly younger campers in Tzeirim (entering 7th grade) and Solelim (entering 8th grade), another type of

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programmatic mash-up made it possible for middle-school aged campers to bridge the great divide between camp’s A side and B side. While Tzeirim, the oldest campers on A side, and Solelim, the youngest on B Side, are separated in their daily activities, the camp program staff recognized their developmental affinity and the fact that many go to school together during the year. A new “Yom Kehilah” for the two edot brought them together for social action projects around camp. They helped paint guest cottages, and participated in “We Walk 4 Water,” a social action campaign to benefit Free the Children, an international charity that promotes opportunities for young people to be agents of change. “Bringing the two groups together for a productive, creative day

of activities had a very positive impact,” said Andrew Belinfante, CRB’s 2013 program director. “We often feel that Tzeirim are just about too old to be on A side, while Solelim are just about too young to be on B side. There’s no real alternative to that. But having them share experiences helped connect


them in positive ways and gave them a day together to enjoy their unique places in the camp community.” In another new program, called “Sign Language,” Machon campers set up props around camp and Hebrewlanguage signs in the chadar ochel to promote musical performances. As part of this project, they built a lean-to on Ramah Mountain which they donated to younger campers for overnights. The goal of the project was to give Machon campers opportunities to use their talents and to add a positive impact into the camp program. The lean-to project allowed for a higher level of Al HaGova programming and a dynamic outdoor educational experience. Several programs benefited from the addition of new program elements or partners. CRB’s growing farm program

was given a boost this summer through the work of Amir, an educational nonprofit that promotes Jewish farming. Through Yahadut (Judaic) study classes, campers could choose to participate in an educational curriculum that focused on Jewish learning around farming and food production, as well as hands-on experience in growing vegetables. The produce they grew was donated to local food pantries. A restructuring of the outdoor education program gave campers more options than ever before. “Rather than running broad-based programs in Teva (nature), ropes, or Al Hagovah (climbing), we decided to offer specialty tracks that made it possible for camp-

ers to acquire real skills such as backpacking, knot tying, and survival skills,” Andrew noted. “Campers seemed to appreciate the opportunity to delve more deeply into specifics.” CRB continued its tradition of the Jewish Artists in Residence program.

Artists included Saul Kaye, a Jewish blues musician, and Naomi Less, a musician and Jewish educator. Kaye led special musical tefillot and jam sessions and held workshops on Jewish blues music; Less worked with Machon campers to write and produce an extraordinary text-based song from the Yom Kippur liturgy. “Music is a key part of the soul of Jewish programming,” Andrew said. “Our guest artists created an air of artistic creativity, ruach, and learning that touched every camper.” Summer 2013, like so many CRB summers before it, continued Camp’s long tradition of program innovation. New programs generate new ideas and experiences, strengthen campers’ skills in a variety of areas, and raise awareness for important issues affecting the camp community as well as the broader world. Through these and other programs, Camp continues to serve as a place where our campers can learn, grow, and gain new experiences that help prepare them for the next stage of their lives.

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Although I haven't been back to Ramah in 40 years , I feel it's the foundation to my own Jewish journey—let alone some of my dearest friends.

- Arthur Glauberman (Camper 1964-1967, Staff 1970-1973)

Yom Bogrei Ramah

We started the Alumni Association in 1990 and there was a small group of us...the initial impetus for the Alumni Association was to raise scholarship money because we heard about a couple of kids who really wanted to come to camp. If there was one thing that would bring alumni together it would be to raise money to get kids to camp. As the Alumni Association grew we got involved in other things: facilities projects and doing things for Camp like the climbing wall, things for the arts and sports...

Alumni Purim Carnival 2013

Kesharim

Reshet Connection RBA

Limud

Social Media: LinkedIn Project & Facebook Page

-Steve Goldstein, Alumnus and Former CRB President

Hanhallah planning meetings

ALUMNI

Events and Activities 2013

Shabbat Dinners in NYC Eric Steinthal z”l Memorial Basketball Tournament, Award and Fund

Networking for young professionals

Yom Bogrei Ramah Purim Carnival

Golf Outing

Eric Steinthal z”l Memorial Basketball Tournament awards ceremony

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Alumni basketball game at the Festival @ 50

Future Ramah basketball player in training


Sukkot Celebration Sukkot 5774: Camp Ramah in the Berkshires Celebrates with Chancellor Eisen It was an evening to be remembered…an evening celebrating 50 amazing summers…an evening of envisioning our future. With warm embraces to offset the chilly weather, over 80 attendees dined and celebrated together in the lush JTS sukkah. Chancellor Eisen welcomed our group captivating all with a brilliantly crafted and passionate delivery sharing his insight into the meaning of a sukkah and its relationship to Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and to the Jewish world. Inspiring all, Chancellor Eisen challenged us to think of the future and to build upon a vision of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires as inevitable partners with a common mission. Chancellor Arnold Eisen,

Sukkot 5774

Chancellor Eisen addresses CRB donors and friends in the JTS sukkah

CRB Alumnae Marcia Kahnowitz and Rebecca Kahn

Chancellor Arnold Eisen with Dr. Ilana Kustanowitz, Rabbi Paul Resnick, and Dr. Hugh Pollack

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Golf Outing

Golf Outing Co-chairs Jeff Teitelbaum (Gesher ‘00) and Steve Seiden (Gesher ‘97)

The Sixth Annual Golf Outing was held on Monday, July 29th at Salem Golf Club, North Salem, NY. Co-chaired by Ramah alumni Steve Seiden (Gesher ’97) and Jeff Teitelbaum (Gesher ’00),

the event welcomed 95 golfers and 40 more guests for dinner. Attendees included Ramah alumni and spouses, parents of current and past campers, and future Ramah campers. Over $40,000 was raised for Camp’s Annual Fund. Two new Co-chairs, Josh Hirsch (Gesher ’00) and Ari Saposh (Gesher ’00) are enthusiastically planning new features to be incorporated into the 2014 Golf Outing.

2013 Camp Ramah in the Berkshires EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Dr. Hugh Pollack, President Richard Friedman, Senior Vice President Sue Och, Financial Vice President Lee Podair, Vice President Eric Weinstein, Vice President

Rob Hirsch, Chairman Dr. Saul Shapiro z”l, Honorary Chairman

Eric Segal, Vice President Rick Atlas, Treasurer

Harriet Shaiman, Vice President Sarah Sokolic, Secretary

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Adina Avery-Grossman Ira Balsam Joan Bucholtz Marc Damsky

Amy Feilbogen Shelly Handel Steven Kauderer Ira Leiderman Benjamin Mann

Mark Covitt, Alumni Representative Dr. Ilana Kustanowitz, Alumni Association President

Dr. Judith Marcus Dr. Cliff Nerwen Steve Seiden Jeffrey Shlefstein Heidi Silverstone

Diane Spiegel Belok Dr. Jay Steinberg Jeff Teitelbaum Adam Wallach

Pat Davidson, Honorary Vice President James Schlesinger, Honorary Vice President Pauline Siegel, Honorary Vice President

Steve Goldstein, Past President Dr. Charles Mann, Past President Richard Skolnik, Past President

ADVISORY COUNCIL Ari Berman Steven Cohen Dr. Alan Davidson

Brenda Deener Saul Finkelstein Lynne Gordon

Jordan Horvath Atara Jacobson Judy Jaffe

Dr. Marty Keltz Dr. Fred Miller David Morris

Gabe Nechamkin David Perla Orlie Prince

Adi Rabinowitz Yoni Saposh Noel Siegel

Leslie Teicher Susan Werk Andi Wolfer

Rebecca Kahn, Alumni Representative

STAFF Rabbi Paul Resnick, Director Rabbi Ari Perten, Assistant Director

Amy Perle Rosuck, Business Manager Eileen Weiss, Development Director Rabbi Jerome Abrams, Director Emeritus

Karen Legman Segal, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications

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