By Rabbi Eliav Bock With a call going out on our emergency walkie-talkie channel, in early morning hours of August 7, 2017, I awoke to the horrifying news that our main lodge was on fire, billowing flames that could easily start a massive forest fire! With flames shooting … [Read more...] about Plan for the Unknown
By Michael Fingerman Camp leaders work through major challenges all the time - it’s a burden we take on each summer when we literally build a city in the middle of the woods. With such responsibility, seasoned leaders have seen it all: storms, floods, blackouts and even c … [Read more...] about From Screen-Free Camp to Camp-on-Screen
Dear Rabbi Joel, A few months ago,when many in-person camp experiences were officially canceled, including all Ramah camps, you put into words what I struggled to express: "The Things We Will Lose." You quantified “the unquantifiable emotional losses of a cancelled summer,” man … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to My Camp Director: “The Things We Have Gained”
By Rabbi Sarah Shulman When Camp Ramah in Northern California made the same painful decision as other Jewish camps around the country to cancel our 2020 camp season, we knew that our anticipated vision of campers running into the arms of old friends and, by the end of the … [Read more...] about Mentor Relationships Provide Calm During the COVID-19 Storm
By Danny Herz The atmosphere was incredible, the crowd was electric, and the tension was palpable. It was the fall of 2007. Two great high school teams were competing in front of a sold-out crowd at a college basketball arena. As the head coach of one of the participating … [Read more...] about Collaborating with the Competition: Everyone Wins!