We need YOU! Are you interested in being a madrich, madricha, or moomcheh/
moomchit during our winter programs? If so, please email Amy or Lesley.
Winter program dates:
Contact us ASAP to let us know your interest and availability.
Rabbi Noah Greenberg: Artwork and Education
Many chanichim and madrichim can recall their amazing experiences with Rabbi Noah Greenberg. Whether he is discussing his shtender, or teaching how to make t'fillin, Rabbi Greenberg plays an important part in our summer program. Recently, Rabbi Greenberg's ability to educate people through his craft was featured in "Mishpacha" magazine. Click hereto read the full article and learn more about Rabbi Noah Greenberg.
This blog was created recently by Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Foundation. This Foundation now supports Ramah special needs programs and has been a pioneer in advancing the cause of Jewish special needs education in North America. Please read the recentblog postingby Howard Blas about the loving "Tikvah-Mishlochot" relationship!
LimmudLA is looking for
counselors for the Children's Program at the
LimmudLA 2012 Conference!
Counselors will come to the conference for FREE, and will help the kids have a great conference, too.
A summer at Ramah brings together friends, fun activities, Jewish celebration and learning to make a lifelong impact. Campers enjoy sports, aquatics, arts, outdoor adventures, Shabbat celebrations and lots more under the guidance of our accomplished staff members.
Interested in a Ramah summer program? Join us online to learn more about our program, staff, enrollment process and more. Grab your lunch and join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:30pm or pour a cup of coffee and join us on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Click on the following dates to register:
How To Bring A Little Taste Of Ramah Into Your Home
During our summer sessions, chanichim (campers) have the opportunity to participate in various chuggim (electives), ranging from drama and photography to cooking and krav m'gah (self defense). In one of our chuggim, Outdoor/Ropes Course instructor Amir Firestone taught chanichim to make fresh tea using the ingredients found around camp and in our new organic garden. Chanichim have been eager to share this recipe with family and friends, and now, courtesy of Amir, we are able to share it with you! Please feel free to share with us your thoughts on this recipe, and send pictures of you preparing and enjoying this tea to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Fennel (seeds and leaves)
Cups (for drinking the final product)
Hot water source
1 Mixing spoon
1 Strainer or filters
Step 1: Pour hot water into a pitcher filled with fresh mint, sage, and fennel (seeds and leaves)
Step 2: After about a minute, take out the sage (because it will become bitter if steeped too long) and squeeze in lemon juice.
Step 3: Pour in sugar to taste. Mix
Step 4: Dump a lot of ice cubes into the pitcher until it is almost full.
Step 5: Strain and serve.
Note: If the pitcher is made of plastic, use something different to hold the tea until after Step 4.
Step 6: Pour, drink, and enjoy!
Leaving Your Legacy
Because YOU, and others like you, choose to create a legacy with Ramah TODAY, we can imagine Camp Ramah 50+ years from now. Over a century old, Ramah continues to welcome generations of campers, strengthen connections to Jewish tradition and create special friendships that will last a lifetime. It continues to thrive after all this time thanks to those who thought ahead decades earlier and decided to leave a legacy with Ramah in their estate plans.
A planned gift to Ramah offers you the opportunity to be remembered by future generations as one who helped make a difference. While there are numerous options available, the simplest way to leave your legacy is by bequest. You may name Camp Ramah in California as the beneficiary in your will or living trust in the following ways:
A Specific Bequest specifies that Camp Ramah will receive a designated sum, or a particular number of shares of stock, or a piece of real estate, etc.
A Percentage Bequest specifies that a predetermined percentage of your estate will go to Camp Ramah.
A Residuary Bequest directs that everything remaining in your estate (after all other bequests have been distributed) will be directed to Camp Ramah.
Please be sure to check with your professional advisor for the proper wording and/or to seek additional advice in meeting your charitable and financial goals.
If you have already included Ramah in your estate plans, we'd love to know! We'd be honored to welcome you into the Alon Binyamin Legacy Circle and recognize your thoughtful generosity.
If you'd like to discuss the creation of a bequest, or explore the numerous other planned giving options, please contact Ilana Ormond, Director of Development, at
We would be truly honored to steward your legacy for generations to come!
Reflections from Israel
by Rabbi Joe Menashe
It'd been a decade since my summer work at Camp Ramah, and yet much of my entry back into the community has felt familiar. My favorite example is that the smell walking into the office at camp had not changed since my last summer in 1999. It was not a bad smell, just distinctive and the experience was oddly comforting, reminding me of many late night meetings during my years on staff in Ojai.
However, the single change over the years that surprises me the most is the growth and impact of our mishlachat - the young Israelis who come to work at Ramah for the summer as "ambassadors" for Israel. Each summer a couple dozen Israelis, who have passed a highly competitive application process, serve our community teaching about Israel, and working on the ropes course, at the pool, in a myriad of chuggim, and even as madrichim for our older campers. I can neither understate the impact these Israelis have on our American campers and staff, nor can I under represent how fundamentally transformative the Ramah experience is on the shlichim.
While Ojai is nearly 8,000 miles from Jerusalem, our summer experience feels intimately connected to the sacred beauty and complex nuances of our homeland. Amy and I recently returned from Israel where we had the opportunity to visit many of our Ramahnikim in Israel and interview a new class of talented and diverse Israelis who are going to join 15 returning members of our mishlachat. We look forward to welcoming these shlichim into our Ramah California community and, after returning from Israel, are excited as ever for an incredible kayitz 2012.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…