News From
Ramah Day Camp Logo
November, 2013 

We're Not Leaving!

Thoughts on leaving, returning, and then leaving camp again.


The road is long and winding, and inevitably nausea accompanies the ride. There are the classic landmarks: the windmills, Waymart, the cows, the White Church (St. Juliana's by the way), Mile Hill, and then you are there - Camp Ramah in the Poconos.

As soon as you arrive you feel at home again. The air is cleaner, nature surrounds you, and troubles seem to slip away. These feelings of peace are compounded when your arrival at Camp comes in the middle of October, and not at the beginning of June!

Having just completed our annual Fall Reunions I am left with an overwhelming sense of happiness, tranquility, and of course, the desire to go back again.

This feeling was best expressed by members of Shoafim 2013 (Gesher 2014) who shared with me the following thoughts on the last day of our reunion last Sunday:


We're Not Leaving!
We're Not Leaving!

In some ways this is the essential Ramah experience - the feeling of always being at home in a place which is far away from home.


Or as our Halutzim 2013 (Bogrim 2014) camper Seth Elkins calls it:

My Second Home!

Click Here to listen to his amazing original song.


Rabbi Joel Seltzer



You can follow Rabbi Joel on twitter at @joseltzer

You can also read his monthly articles in

News from Camp Ramah in the Poconos 
Keep those applications coming!
Our new online enrollment system, CampMinder, launched in October and we are having huge success! Don't forget to get the application in for your child. 

If you did early enrollment- you still need to do the online application through CampMinder, but you do not need to submit a deposit. 

Click here to get started!
Camp Wide Reunion
Sunday January 5, 2014 

Playdrome Bowling and Entertainment Center
1536 Kings Highway N
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Save the Date
Annual Camp Ramah Tribute Dinner
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Har Zion Temple
 Rabbi Archie Ruberg (learning) 
Dr. Mark and Ruth Joffe (leadership)
Geoff Menkowitz and Rabbi Avi Orlow (innovation)
Parent Survey 2013

Dear Parents,


Last month we sent you a camper and parent survey and we informed you of our intention to:

a) Collect the Data

b) Analyze the Responses

c) And to Share the Findings with our Constituency.


We thank all of those who took the time to fill out the surveys and we greatly appreciate your feedback.

We learned a lot - and an executive summary of the survey results can be found by clicking here.



Todah Rabbah,


Rabbi Joel 

Ramah on the Road
                              Monday, November 11: Parlor Meeting, Baltimore
                                Shabbat, November 22-23: Beth El, Cherry Hill
                                Sunday, November 24: Temple Israel, Scranton

Sunday, December 8: Bucks County Jewish Camp Fair 
Sunday, December 8: Kellman Brown Parlor Meeting, Voorhees
Shabbat, December 13-14: Chizuk Amuno, Baltimore
Sunday, December 15: Beth Shalom, Columbia, MD

Shabbat, January 10-12: Beth El, Harrisburg
Sunday, January 19: Temple Sinai Camp Fair, Dresher
Sunday, January 26: MetroKids Camp Fair, Conshohocken

Shabbat, March 21-22: Temple Sinai, Dresher

For more information on our recruitment events, contact Michelle Sugarman at 215-885-8556 or
Tastes of Ramah Cookbook
A perfect Hanukkah gift!
You can  still buy our first ever Community Cookbook, Tastes of Ramah! 

$36- Tastes of Ramah Cookbook
$15- Ramah Apron 
$45- Both Cookbook and Apron

To place an order, please contact Deborah-Jo Essrog, Development Director, at
We thank you for supporting Camp Ramah in the Poconos!
Wear your Ramah T-Shirt Day!
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Wherever you are!
Started by Poconos Alumnus, Ari Magen (Gesher 2007)!
Proudly wear your Ramah Poconos gear, and post it on Facebook, or email us the picture at so we can display all of the Poconos pride in our December Newsletter!
Ramah T-Shirt Day!
Ramah T-Shirt Day!
Spend Time in Israel!

Ramah Israel Seminar Info Session
November 20, 2013
Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park
Seminar 2013
Rabbi Ed Snitkoff, Director of Ramah Israel Seminar will be presenting at the meeting. 

TRY (Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim) Info Session
Try Alumnae Karly Forman (2010), Eden Strassburg (2011), Rachel Diamond (2011), and Marnie Wachs (2007)

Click here for more details. 
Upcoming Events in our Community

Jewish Educators Assembly 
Gala Honoring Jewish Education 
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Temple Sinai, Dresher

We are proud of our Ramah Poconos Staff and Parents that are being honored this evening. Please join us in honoring them!

Larry Abrams, Joanne Adar, Dana Fallick, Sara Kreisman, and Karyn Salkin
Click here for details.

V'Yismach Libeinu
Honoring Alumni of Adath Jeshurun
Composers Russell Nadel and Ari Sussman (Ramah Poconos Alumnus and current staff member)
Sunday November 17, 2013
Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park
Click here for details.

Jewish Learning Venture
 Opening the Gates of Torah
Inclusion Yom Iyyun (Symposium) 
 Sunday, December 15, 2013
Chabad of Montgomery County
Click here for details.
Proud of our Alumni: Eric Schorr
Click here for an article in the International Jerusalem Post featuring Ramah Poconos alumnus, Eric Schorr! 
Stay Warm in Ramah Gear from Lands' End!
(Also a terrific Hanukkah gift)
From sweatshirts to fleeces to raincoats, we've got it all to keep you warm this winter! You can customize any of your purchases with the Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Ramah Day Camp, or Tikvah Family Camp logo!

Click here to browse through our catalog. 
Guess Who!?
Can you guess the chanichim in 1969's Bunk 23? Put your answers on our Facebook Page, for a chance to win a prize!

Congratulations to Jodi Saunders, Ramah Alumna and current Ramah Poconos Parent for the highest number of correct guesses in our October Guess Who?!
News from Ramah Day Camp 
A Note from the Director



The weather is changing and so is the focus of the day camp.  We thank you for your participation in the Parent Survey, and we are carefully looking at the results to best prepare for Kayitz 2014. We look forward to another great summer with an excellent sports clinic and a brand new clinic in the arts. Our outstanding program reached more campers than ever. We could not have done it without
your help. We are so proud of our program, we want every family to have the ability to experience a life changing summer at Ramah Day Camp.


Now is the time to share the Ramah Experience with your family, friends, and neighbors. Let's work together to keep expanding the Ramah family for next summer! Tell those around you about our first Open House of the year, for a taste of the fabulous Ramah Day Camp experience! 


-Sue Ansul 

RDC Early Enrollment: There's still time!

From top left: Claire Mansheim, Ravi Stein, Caroline Schure, Becky Dunn, Sam Nejberger, Jordana Goldstein, , Neomi Kaganovsky, Dalya Dunoff, Brett Frajerman, Ofek Yagur, Gabe Cohen, Lily Wolnek, Anael Brodski, Noa Richard, Lila Elkins 
*Available until November 15th*

Enroll your child(ren) now for Kayitz 2014 for a special early registration tuition rate, and a Ramah Day Camp blanket!

Click here for more info!
Spotlight on: Athletics

RDC offers baseball, flag football, hockey, track and field, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, field hockey, badminton, archery, ultimate frisbee, frisbee golf, kickball, dodgeball, gaga, indoor tennis and much more!

Any child can go to camp and learn how to play baseball, soccer, or lacrosse, but children at Ramah Day Camp gain so much more than athletic skills alone. Not only do our chanichim gain practical sport skills and have fun, they also develop social connections, self confidence, and team building. We work  to ensure that all campers feel included and challenged.Our staff serves as great role models and provides constant encouragement. For sports enthusiasts, we offer more intensive involvement in sports through our chugim, track, and newly added elective programs. In addition to sports track, electives allow campers in Solelim, Arazim, and Etgar more specialized options and more intensive sport experiences.

We were so excited to offer our first sports clinic this past summer. We partnered with UKElite, a premier soccer coaching organization, to provide a more comprehensive soccer training experience. Their highly trained and professional staff immersed our chanichim in the technical and tactical development of soccer skills. They also mentored our sport staff and gave additional soccer training, which was invaluable for the rest of the summer and for many summers to come.

We constantly strive to improve our athletics program, and we are confident that your camper will develop all of the physical, mental, and emotional skills necessary for becoming an excellent athlete and team player!  

News from our Ramah Family
Mazal Tov! 
Congratulations to these members of our Ramah Family:
Ronit Boyd (camper parent)- Recipient of the Staff Appreciation Award at the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey

B'nei Mitzvah- 





























Jena Jenofsky to Jeremy Pashak

Ephram Levin to Carlie Hershgordon (met at camp!)



Yoni Avital to Dorry Aben

Aaron Fraint to Amy Glick

Jonathan Makar to Jordyn Cutler 

Tomer Perets to Leehee Avrahami (met while on Mishlachat together!)



Mazal tov to Amanda Sugarman and Dan Sullivan on the birth of their son, Jack. 


If you would like to share news of your s'machot, please send your announcement to

HaMakom Y'nacheim Et'chem
Camp Ramah in the Poconos Mourns the Loss of the Following Members of our Community:

Jerome Sapiro- father of Melissa (Doug) Sayer, grandfather of current camper, Lindsay.


Harold Lefkowitz- husband of Ramah alumna Miriam Lefkowitz, father of Ramah Day Camp Staff Member Sarah, and Ramah Poconos camper Rachel. 


Lorraine Sutton- mother of Terry Sutton-Kravitz, past Day Camp and Ramah Poconos staff member, and grandmother of Moshe and Avi, Day Camp and Ramah Poconos alumni and staff members. 


HaMakom Y'nacheim Et'chem B'toch She'ar Aveilei Tzi'yon virushalayim.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of those who mourn their passing.
Our 2013-2014 Board of Directors
Lee Sussman, President
Rachael AbramsJon AdlerDebbie AlbertDavid AxelrodJulie Berger
Jay DorschBruce EnglemanDebbie Fleischman

David Goldstein

Shira Goodman
David I. HaasJudith HessLynn HornAlan KaufmanDon Miller
Rabbi Micah PeltzNathan RellesJosh RomirowskyMichael SaewitzDoug Sayer
Richard SoloffMartin WachsMichael Wachs
Rabbi Eric Yanoff

Stay Connected
View our videos on YouTube   Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   View our profile on LinkedIn

"Ramah makes Jews."

- Rabbi David Mogilner z"l
CCamp Ramah in the Poconos
2100 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19103