Bert B. Weinstein Institute for Counselor Training Held at Ramah California, January 3-6, 2011
More than 50 staff members and a dozen senior leaders, representing Ramah's overnight camps and the Nyack day camp, joined together for this year's Bert B. Weinstein Institute for Counselor Training. This four-day professional development seminar, sponsored and run annually by the National Ramah Commission, is a powerful educational experience, building counselors' skills and excitement for the upcoming summer.
Each year, Weinstein brings together the finest madrichim from across the Ramah Camping Movement. During the course of their four days together, they create a dynamic, spirited and meaningful learning community. In the process, they energize and inspire one another to remain engaged and committed to their Ramah work.
Ramah Staff Members Attend Jewish Leadership Programs During Winter Break
Kol Ha'Kavod to Ramah staff members who took part in a variety of Jewish leadership programs during the winter break. In addition to the Ramah Weinstein and JNF trips, Ramahniks participated in the AIPAC's Saban Leadership Seminar; the Maimonides Leadership Fellowship program to Spain, Morocco and Gibraltar; the Wexner Institute; the Hagshama Young Zionist Leadership Conference; Taglit Birthright; Drisha Institute for Jewish Education's Winter Week of Learning, and the Uri L'Tzedek Food Justice Leadership conference, to name a few.
We are proud that Ramahniks continue to be at the forefront of Jewish leadership in numerous and diverse ways.
Ramah Outdoor Adventure in the News on Tu B'Shevat
... we can take the lessons of Tu B'shevat and apply them to our summer camp lives. At Ramah Outdoor Adventure, we have created a program with the specific goal of reconnecting our youth with the natural world around them. ... From waking up with the sun, to living in a technology free zone with limited electricity, to eating sustainable food at meals, our goal at camp is to spend a few weeks living intentionally in the natural world.
Ramah and JNF Sponsor Alternative Winter Break Service Trip to Israel, January 2-10, 2011
Earlier this month, the National Ramah Commission partnered with the Jewish National Fund for our third annual Alternative Winter Break service trip to Israel. A group of 22 retunring staff members from Ramah overnight camps and Ramah Day Camp in Nyack participated in this inspiring week of social action and community building.
The social action projects that framed each day included painting apartments in Mitzpe Ramon, assisting swim instructors in the theraputic pool at Aleh Negev, beautifying a park in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, and spending time with soldiers on the Ramon Army Base.
Just in time for the birthday of the trees, you can plant a tree in Israel through the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and support Ramah camping at the same time.
JNF and the National Ramah Commission have a strategic partnership to support environmental projects in Israel and environmental education at Ramah camps in North America. By purchasing trees from JNF through this special link, a portion of all proceeds will benefit Ramah.
Ramah Galil Ride to Raise Funds for Ramah's
Special Needs Programs
Click here to donate to Ramah's special needs programs or to get more information about the Ramah Galil Ride 2011.
Donate to Ramah Camps and Israel Programs
Click here to make a donation to the National Ramah Commission, or to any of the Ramah camps and Israel programs.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…