This year, as we prepare for our seders, we are thinking about numbers: eight days of Passover, four cups of wine, three matzot, and one Elijah’s cup. We think about the year that has passed since we last gathered around the seder table. We remember the hundreds of thousands who have died, the millions of students who have had to adjust to limited or remote schooling and the untold numbers of people who were ill with COVID. Thankfully, we can now think about the millions more who have been vaccinated and the tens of thousands of children preparing to return to their Jewish summer camps. Here is a look at some of our own numbers at Ramah in the Rockies:
15,674 Pounds of CO2 saved due to the highly efficient solar arrays on our new Mirpa’ah (Health Center). We hope to raise funds to build two more arrays in the coming years.
14,000 Gallons of waste water we can process and return to the Denver water drinking supply each day in our expanded wastewater treatment plant
4,953 Square footage of the new dining hall we are ready to open this summer
1,071 Square footage of our new covered dining patio
200 Maximum number of campers on site at any one time during the summer
84 Days until we welcome our first chalutzim back to the chava (ranch)
60 Number of new Kelty backpacks we plan to purchase for 2021
26 Chicks incubated and raised by The Denver Jewish Day School until they move to camp in June to lay eggs for our community all summer (Only the hens are invited to camp, the roosters will likely end up on someone’s dinner plate; how many of each is TBD)
20 Number of picnic tables we are purchasing for 2021 to allow for more outdoor meetings and activities.
16 horses coming to Ramah in the Rockies
4 Additional camper tents we will construct to enable us to accommodate our community this summer
3 Raised beds we will build to begin our new kitchen garden (ultimately growing to 10+ over the next few years)
2 Additional space for campers in kayitz 2021
1 New garden and nature center opening this summer
0 Dogs currently planning to be with us at camp for the whole summer (help us “adopt” a calm kid-friendly camp dog this summer!)