Monthly Archives: December 2012

Hanukkah Challenge Quiz!


Ramah Hanukkah Challenge

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Hanukkah Haiku Challenge!


Click the PHOTO to take our Hanukkah Haiku Challenge.

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Hanukkah Challenge Quiz!

Hanukkah Challenge Quiz!

Take our Hanukkah Challenge Quiz by clicking on the photo above!

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Michael Sacks went to the GA!

On November 13th, 2012, I was given the exciting opportunity to represent the Weinberg Fellowship at the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America. The conference is designed to inspire and engage current and emerging Jewish leaders, tackle the most critical issues of the day, and showcase the best of the Federation movement. I was honored to highlight the Weinberg Fellowship of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles as a unique program that has a lasting, significant impact on those who are selected to participate. I spoke at the session entitled “From Apathy to Advocacy: Inspiring and Training Students to Actively Support Israel.”602464_10151177409552917_675477052_n

I first discussed the Weinberg Fellowship and then sat on a panel with David Dabscheck, the Deputy Managing Director of the Israel Action Network. Catherine Schneider, Senior Vice President of Community Engagement of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, led the panel, asking insightful questions focused on the Jewish community and its efforts to inspire high school students to advocate for Israel. Considering the recent crises in Israel and the global media’s often questionable portrayal of Israel, the conversation was especially relevant.

Attended primarily by Jewish Federation engagement leaders and leaders of Hillel chapters on college campuses, the specific goals and achievements of the Weinberg Fellowship resonated strongly throughout the Jewish community. After the session, many attendees approached me and Catherine to discuss the Fellowship further, hoping to replicate the program in their own communities.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for its contributions to my development as a globally conscious Jewish adult. My times at Ramah have completely altered my perspective, encouraging Judaism to become a defining force in my life. I want to encourage you to apply to programs similar to the Weinberg Fellowship in your own communities and strive to make Judaism relevant in your lives.

This was an unforgettable opportunity, and seeing my Camp Ramah community, young and old, represented at the General Assembly was inspiring.

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PALMER versus BERKSHIRES Hanukkah Competition

These challenges will officially begin on Monday morning (December 10th and will run until Monday morning December 17th). All submissions should be sent to Andrew Belinfante at

1. Picture competition:
Submit a picture of yourself lighting Hanukkah candles while wearing your Ramah T-shirt. These pictures will be placed on our Facebook Page. Then get other campers to “like” your posted pictures.

Whichever camp gets the highest total number of likes (adding together the number of likes given to each picture that is posted), will win this competition.

2.  Video competition:
Create a 2-3 minute Ramah Hanukkah Video, upload it to YouTube and send us the link.

Each camp will select one or two videos to be their official video and will post it on their Blog and Facebook Page. Whichever camp’s video gets the highest number of views on YouTube will win.

**Videos may be sent starting tomorrow, and must be received by December 12

3.  Volunteer Hours (TWO Ways To Win):
Volunteer at a non-profit throughout the week of Hanukkah. Log your volunteer hours on THIS GOOGLE FORM.

Whichever camp has the most people volunteer will win the first part, and whichever camp has the highest number of cumulative volunteer hours will win the second part.

4.  Dreidel Design Competition:
Design your own Dreidel, which incorporates your Ramah experience in some way. Submit pictures of your designs via email to Andrew Belinfante ( along with a short explanation about it.

Points will be awarded to the top 5 designs, and will be determined by a panel of neutral Ramah judges from other camps.

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