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Reflecting on Summer 2016

Posted on August 16, 2016

Reflecting on Summer 2016:  Highlights and a Survey On most mornings over the past eight weeks, I have risen well before our chalutzim (campers) and left my log cabin to walk to the office. In this three minute walk, the words of “Modeh Ani” usually come rolling off my tongue, almost naturally, as I stop and take in the amazing Continue Reading »

Meteor shower

Weekly Email #8- Shabbat Shalom!

Posted on August 14, 2016

Another week has gone by on the ranch, and here we are at our very last day of waiting for our chalutzim (campers) to return from their masa’ot (excursions).  Our Adult Campers (who have been given the nickname of “Chachamim”- Wise Ones) went out on masa, returned to the chava (ranch), and departed for their Continue Reading »

Weekly Email #7- Shabbat Shalom!

Posted on August 5, 2016

Shabbat Shalom Ramah Family and Friends! Greetings from a cool and cloudy day at Ramah in the Rockies! For the first time in probably several weeks, our temperatures have dipped, the clouds rolled in, and much needed rain fell.  This has been another transition week for us here on the chava (ranch) as we said Continue Reading »

Weekly Email #6- Shabbat Shalom!

Posted on August 1, 2016

Shabbat Shalom Ramah Family and Friends! I am sitting in the chadar ochel an hour before lunch, Israeli music is blaring from the loudspeakers, and the sounds of chalutzim (campers) returning from masaot (excursions) fill the air outside.  Over the next three hours all our chalutzim will return from their masa’ot.  After the initial shrieks Continue Reading »

Weekly Email #5- Shabbat Shalom!

Posted on August 1, 2016

Shabbat Shalom Ramah Family and Friends! After a refreshing intersession with our staff and refocusing our energies on our goals at camp, the chava (ranch) is teeming with activity again.  The past two days have been full programing with chalutzim biking, climbing, creating arts and crafts, zumba dancing, mining, and so much more.  Each day Continue Reading »

Hebrew At Camp: A Glossary

Posted on July 22, 2016

We use a lot of Hebrew at camp, and we do this intentionally. We teach our chalutzim Hebrew via everyday activities and announcements. As an example, in Soosim (horses) kids learn the names of parts of a horse and saddle in both Hebrew and English. Below are some of our most commonly used words in Hebrew, Continue Reading »

Reflecting on Session 1

Posted on July 20, 2016

Reflecting on Session 1:  Monday, July 7, 2016 I am sitting on the porch of the dining hall in the late afternoon watching a late afternoon rain. To my left is a very wet Givat Ilanot. The shadow of Sheeprock (a local climbing mountain), the slick basketball court, and the cool breeze seem like the perfect way Continue Reading »

Weekly Email #4- Shabbat Shalom!

Posted on July 17, 2016

The sun is shining, groups are returning– it’s a beautiful late afternoon on the chava (ranch)! We had stunning weather this past week and it’s truly an incredible feeling to see this chava full of 300+ chalutzim (campers), tzevet (staff), and orchim (guests). Rabbi Mitch Cohen, the National Ramah Commission Director, who is visiting this Continue Reading »

Shabbat Shalom Update #1

Posted on June 26, 2016

Can you believe it? After months of planning, filling out forms, going over packing lists, and getting ready for the summer, camp is FINALLY here! Our chalutzim arrived at the ranch over the course of the day on Wednesday.  In a true Colorado fashion, we experienced both sunny skies and drizzling throughout the day as Continue Reading »

Are you ready for Camp? Top 10 ways to make sure:

Posted on May 31, 2016

We know it is that time of year: when everyone is scrambling to get ready for summer camp. We wanted to make your life a bit easier, and share this top ten list with you, adapted by our Director of Camper Care, Rafi Daugherty.   1. Print up our packing list to make it easy Continue Reading »

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