Summer Staff Information
Ramah in the Rockies hires an outstanding team of people who have extensive wilderness training and backgrounds in outdoor education. We pride ourselves on having an extraordinarily mature, experienced, and well-trained tzevet (staff) that is uniquely accomplished and is amongst the most highly regarded of any Jewish summer camp in the country. We know that safety is absolutely critical to the success of our program, and as such, ensure that every excursion that leaves our base camp is staffed with at least one madrich (counselor) who has been trained as a Wilderness First Responder.
Our madrichim also act as role models for our chalutzim. Through sharing Jewish values and traditions, teaching outdoor activities, and connecting personally with chalutzim, our summer staff serves as a fully mobilized support system for all campers. This supportive, non-competitive and friendly environment encourages chalutzim to move beyond their comfort zones to experience new, unexpected levels of confidence and personal achievement.
Summer Staff Experience
- Ramah in the Rockies aspires to educate and inspire a new generation of young Jewish leaders who:
- are Jewishly and environmentally literate;
- are committed to living enlightened Jewish lives;
- actively strengthen the broader Jewish community;
- preserve and protect the earth’s natural gifts;
- inspire positive change in the global community through their example of environmental stewardship and the perpetuation of Jewish values.
Click HERE for a little taste of our staff experience!
Our Year Round Team
Rabbi Eliav Bock
Executive Director &
Camp Life Director
Program and camper team
Simon brings his profound love for outdoor adventure, Judaism, the environment, and experiential education to his role as Program Manager at Ramah in the Rockies. After spending his formative years in Tulsa, OK and Nashville, TN, he attended Davidson College in North Carolina. There, he majored in Environmental Science and minored in Computer Science, played viola in the orchestra, served as Co-President of Hillel, and made wonderful memories with friends. Eleven summers at Ramah in the Rockies instilled in him a passion for mountain biking, rock climbing, and backpacking, and as a Trip Leader for Davidson Outdoors, he deepened his connection to those activities, as well as picked up caving and whitewater paddling. After graduation, Simon worked as a Teva Educator in CT, engaging in Jewish experiential environmental education with Solelim-aged children, alongside a cohort of other amazing educators. There, he began re-prioritizing the spiritual connections between Judaism and nature, a practice he continues to this day. Simon served as Program Director at Congregation B’nai Emunah in Tulsa, OK during 2020, and is looking forward to strengthening the already-powerful connections between CBE and Ramah in the Rockies.
Director of Camp Wellness
During the school year, he is a school social worker in Columbus, OH, and has experience as a teacher and social worker across pre-K through college in Tulsa, OK and New York, NY. He has a BA in sociology from The Ohio State University and an MSW from Columbia University.
When not working on the ranch, Brent is also a seasoned outdoorsman adept at ultra running, canyoneering, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, backpacking, and mountain biking, to name a few. Regardless of the weather or season, expect to find Brent outside doing something exciting!
As a lifelong learner, Brent is constantly looking for opportunities to expand his skill set. In 2021 Brent earned his NOLS Wilderness First Responder and SSI SRT-1 Swiftwater Rescue Technician certifications. As Ranch Manager, he is looking forward to continually improving the grounds and facilities at Ramah in the Rockies while conserving the beautiful ecosystem we love dearly. He is fortunate to live year-round up at the ranch!
BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy Team
BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, a program of Ramah in the Rockies, supports emerging adults who are struggling on their journey from adolescence to adulthood and serves at-risk young adults (18+) struggling with mild to moderate social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. Click here to learn more.
Jory Hanselman has dedicated her personal and professional career to engaging youth and emerging adults in meaningful outdoor experiences and helping youth build personal resiliency and the skills necessary to grow and thrive in a complex world. Jory has experienced wilderness programs from the client and staff perspective, from the field and the office, in Jewish and secular settings, and in the private industry and the non-profit sector. She has spent 400 professional “field days” managing youth from 13-26 through organizations focused on education, recreation, therapy, and workforce development. Jory is extremely excited to be joining the Ramah in the Rockies’ team, and to help move the Jewish Wilderness Therapy program from theory to actuality. Jory sees the wilderness therapy model as an extremely powerful environment, and believes that Ramah in the Rockies can help magnify that impact, and through Jewish learning provide a foundational tapestry for clients that builds Jewish identity and provides the framework for youth to experience meaningful transitions to independent and healthy adult lives.
Thank you for your interest in a seasonal summer position with Ramah in the Rockies. This application will take you approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
If you have any questions, please call 303-261-8214 x104 or email email@example.com.
We look forward to reviewing your application. Thank you!
Please provide a non-university or school connected email address and mailing address for your account.
Vocational Educational Training
Our vocational education program provides adults (18+) with special needs an opportunity to receive job training in a camp setting. Participants have the opportunity to work in one of several job areas to develop skills such as responsibility, reliability, and efficiency. As a part of a cohort, our vocational education participants meet several times a week to engage in life skills training, social skills training, and Jewish learning together. They live in staff housing with neurotypical staff and have opportunities to engage with each other and other staff members on a regular basis.
- Job training in a placement in one of several program areas throughout camp (still being finalized but likely to include kitchen, art, farm and horses).
- Life skills training such as goal setting and financial planning.
- Social skills training
- Jewish learning
- Independent living (in ohel with other staff members)
- Community experience
- One day off each week (transportation is provided to Woodland Park or Denver)
- $100 weekly stipend with annual increase of $10
- Two start date options
- $2,500 for 4 weeks. Needs based financial aid is available.
- Must possess ADL’s (activities of daily living/self-care skills)
- Must be motivated to work and engage seriously in an educational program.
- Must be able to follow camp rules (no drinking, smoking, etc).
How to Apply:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a preliminary meeting with the Director of Inclusion. This meeting is intended to assess program suitability.
Application will be made available after this meeting, if appropriate.
Our Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training will take place from June 1 – 11, 2021.
We have limited spaces available for the training, and have reserved the vast majority of spaces for staff working at Ramah or URJ Camps in 2020.
If you would like to be added to our email list about WFR, please email Julia Chatinover at email@example.com.