Multi-Generational Families on Staff at Ramah Camps 2013*
This summer, there were more than 50 families at Ramah camps with both a parent and a child working on staff, sharing a Ramah summer together. There was even one grandparent-parent-child combination! Here they are--some of them even told us that the best part of camp was being together. Enjoy!
*If we've missed any families, please let us know!
Camp Ramah in Wisconsin (4 families)
Nina Harris (Yoetzet) and Jonah Harris (Rosh Nagarut)
Dr. Bob Karasov (Camp Physician) and Matan Karasov (Madrich)
Ralph Schwartz (Director of Special Needs Programs) and Aviva Schwartz (Madricha)
Ralph and Aviva Schwartz
David Sherman (Visiting Photographer) and Caleb Sherman (Rosh Edah)
Ramah Philadelphia Day Camp (3 families)
Sue Ansul (Director) and Liora Segal (Rosh Edah) (see photo in Poconos section)
Michelle Ravitch (Rosh Edah) and Sara Ravitch (Rosh B'recha)
Sara and Michelle Ravitch
Nomi Shapiro (Rosh Omanut) and Elijah Ackerman (Madrich)
Nomi Shapiro and Elijah Ackerman
Camp Ramah in New England (3 families)
Howard Blas and Abigail / Dan Blas
Dan, Abigail, and Howard Blas
Talya Kalender and Aryeh Kalender
Talya and Aryeh Kalendar
Marcia Glickman and Hannah / Sarah Glickman
Hannah, Marcia, and Sarah Glickman
Ramah Darom (2 families)
Cathy (Rosh Yahadut) & Fred Berkowitz (Summer Business Manager) and Greg Berkowitz (Assistant Business Manager) / Leah Berkowitz (Madricha)
Amy Wasser (Yoetzet) and Ayala Wasser (Rosh Edah) / Shira Wasser (Madricha)
Amy and Ayala Wasser
Amy: I have been so fortunate to watch Ayala develop from a chanicha to rosh edah. For 20 summers we have shared our love of Ramah and to see her now leading chanichim of her own is invaluable. Her energy and passion for instilling a love of Judaism and camp in all that she does is a credit to the exceptional experiences she had growing up at Darom. I am so lucky to have shared this with her and look forward to more summers with her and her siblings as we continue to reap the benefits of Ramah.
Ayala: Most people would think having your mom at camp is lame. However, I have learned so much from my mother and see her in a different light. It is rewarding to see how she works with my peers and that she is able to help me develop as a leader in camp. My family has been at Darom together for the past 17 years, so having her here is pretty natural and has enabled us to bring Ramah home. Also, where else would a self-respecting 22-year-old be in a lip sync with her mom?
Camp Ramah in Canada (3 families)
Rona & Dan Mink and Ahbra Mink
Marlene Noveck and Yoni Goldstein
Netta Zweig (Yoetzet) and Rachel Goldberg (Rosh Edah)
Cari Cohen (Yoetzet) and Tali Cohen (Tikvah Educator)
Cari and Tali Cohen
Renee Fineman and Rachel Blatt
Sue Hetsroni and Gil / Sivan Hetsroni
Michele Lavin (Head Nurse) and Jonah / Ari Lavin
Camp Ramah in the Poconos (8 families)
Sharon Bromberg and Yonah Bromberg-Gaber
Harriet Caplan and Shana Caplan
Sarah & Michael Goldberg and Benjy Goldberg
Bruce Lipton & Meryl Sussman and Rachel Lipton
Nava Isseroff and Shani / Oz Isseroff
Elise & Larry McAfoos and Ilana McAfoos
Sue Schwartzman and Mark Schwartzman
Dr. Sion Segal and Eliana Segal
Sue Ansul, Liora Segal, Eliana Segal, and Sion Segal
Sion: During the past 15 years, I have watched my daughters grow up at the Ramah Philadelphia Day Camp and Camp Ramah in the Poconos, absorbing the values of Ramah, and embracing its mission as tzevet members. This summer, as camp psychologist, I have the pleasure of working with both Liora, Rosh Cochavim at the Ramah Day Camp, and Eliana, a madricha in Machon at Ramah Poconos. In addition to the "nachas" I experience from seeing the professionalism, dedication, warmth, and insight that they bring to their roles, it is amazing to work with them as members of the same team.
Ramah Day Camp in Nyack
Ramah Nyack Multi-Generational Staff Families
Arlene Cox (Office Staff--grandparent), Ellen Abrams (Rosh Gan--parent), and Mitchell Abrams (CIT--grandchild)
Shari Brodsky (Office Coordinator) and Rachel Brodsky (EA)
Amy Skopp Cooper (Director) and Eitan Cooper (Rosh Edah) / Yoni Cooper (Madrich)
Amy and Yoni Cooper
Mindy Fischer (Morah) & Adam Teitelbaum (Kitchen Staff) and Daniel Fischer (Migdal)
Rachel Greenwald (Co-Rosh Chinuch) and Hannah Greenwald (Gan)
Pam Greenwood (Rosh Sha'ar) and Liat Greenwood (EA)
Carol Karlin (Ceramics) & Gary Karlin (Security Guard) and Michal Karlin (Gan)
Gerri Kurland (Office Staff) and Ami Kurland (Madrich)
Cindy Levine (Bishul) and Cara Levine (EA)
Liz Marcus (Omanut) and Talia Marcus (EA)
Sharon Rappaport (Yoetzet) and Josh Rappaport (Maintenance)
Tova Shapiro (Morah) and Liav Shapiro (Rosh Edah)
Kim Lori Sokol (Sports Staff) and Dana Sokol (CIT)
Debby Tamir (Rosh Mayim) and Liat Tamir (EA)
Debby: My kids grew up in this camp. We came when they were 2, 5, and 7. They are now 16, 19, and 21. Leadership skills, the ability to work as a team, to make decisions, to have patience and be creative--these are all skills that were cultivated and nurtured here at camp. Skills that stay with them for a lifetime! It doesn't take a village, it takes a camp!
Paula Wolosky (Ceramics) and Ross (Teva) / Samuel Wolosky (Kitchen Staff)
Ramah Day Camp - Chicago Area (2 families)
Linda Abrams (Office, Pottery) and Elana Abrams (Bishul, Teva)
Elana and Linda Abrams
Linda: When your child goes to school, you only get to see report cards. At work, you get to see how they're actually doing day to day. Everyone comes up to tell me what a hard worker she is. It's very gratifying. We also get to be a team. We get to talk after work and support each other. Because we share the camp experience, we can be more supportive and understanding.
Leila Zuckerman (Lifeguard, Gardener, Bishul) and Tali Zuckerman (Madricha)
Leila and Tali Zuckerman
Leila: I get to spend a lot of time with her, which is especially nice because she lives in Israel now....She gets to see what I do. She supports me at work by encouraging her chanichim to follow the pool rules. Since I also do a lot of cooking here, she gets to enjoy my food too. The best part: It's great to see how much the chanichim and madrichim enjoy being with her. She gives me hugs during the day and calls me "Mommy" in front of her kids. That makes me feel proud and makes me smile.
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires (7 families)
Rabbi Barry & Carol Chesler and Rafi / Aliza Chesler
Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky and Didi Kalmanofsky
Rabbi Elliot Malomet and Yaakov Malomet
Rabbi Paul Resnick (Director) and Dori Resnick
Rabbi Paul and Dori Resnick
Paul: Having my third child work here for a second year makes my summer even more fulfilling. I am blessed to have had each of our children work on staff here over the past seven summers.
Wendy Rosen and Sarah Rosen
Karen Legman-Segal (Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives) and Orli Segal
Leslie Tubul (Director, Breira B'Ramah) and Naamit Tubul
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&…