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Without a doubt the best part of doing this job has been the opportunity to speak with so many people who are passionate about the outdoors and excited that Ramah is finally opening an outdoor adventure camp. Some are Ramah alumni, other are campers while others are active members of their Jewish community and have Continue Reading »
I never went to Jewish camp as a kid.Â I went to Boy Scout camp instead.Â My parents did not want to send me to a place that they said was basically â€œa spa,â€ — which is how they described most Jewish summer camps.Â I loved my Boy Scout camp (Camp Kunatah in upstate NY), Continue Reading »
I wrote this on Thursday night, but due to our system uploading updates on shabbat automatically, I am only now posting this– on Sunday night I am writing this blog post on the way home from a recruiting trip to Houston.Â This week has been a terrific week for recruiting.Â It was the first week Continue Reading »
What is in a name? One of my favorite parts of starting this new Ramah camp has been the opportunity to reconnect with so many people who I have encountered in my 12 summers of working at Ramah.Â Some of the campers who were my students in swimming lessons back in the mid 1990s are Continue Reading »
For better or for worse, Jewish educators like to say that the year really begins once the chagim are over.Â From the end of the summer until the end of Sukoth/ simchat Torah the weeks fly by as we are either planning for a holiday or barely recovered from one when it is time to Continue Reading »
It has been two weeks since I have written a blog post. I have to admit, that when I was hiking last week with David, I had wanted to whip out a computer at many points and write some of my thoughts. But of course, we were in the back country and even though we did camp near our car each night, we did not have electricity and certainly no computer. In short the trip was amazing.
The reader of this blog (I am assuming that there is at least one) might think that I just decided to close up shop, as I have not posted in three weeks. However, despite my recent absence from the blogosphere, I am still doing well and Ramah Outdoor Adventure is still very much around. I Continue Reading »
Creating Institutional Memory: I am on my way back to Denver after spending last week visiting two summer camps. One of the great parts of having this grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation is that I have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the camping field. While I have spent many Continue Reading »
I just came in to Denver for a few hours to restock our food, but wanted to write a quick blog post to update everyone on our training week. In short, it is going amazingly well! As of Sunday night, we had 17 participants and staff on site. We hail from 10 states including Arizona, Continue Reading »
We at Ramah Outdoors are gearing up for our first staff training session which begins on Sunday. I am heading o the Ranch this Friday with 3 other leaders for Shabbat before heading to the airport on Sunday to pick up all the participants. I thought I would post the letter I just wrote to Continue Reading »