Monthly Archives: May 2013

rosh cochavim – sam alexander

Sam Alexander

Sam is very excited about his first kayitz in Ramah Berkshires as Rosh Cohavim.  As a  long-time Ramahnik he attended Ramah in the Poconos as a camper and counselor.  Sam graduated the  List College Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in May, 2013 and will be working as an Americorps VISTA for FIRST Robotics, in New York City, in the Fall. Sam is totally enthusiastic about learning and growing with his chanichim (campers)  and  tzevet (staff) this summer.

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rosh nitzanim – paula sass

Paula SassPaula is incredibly excited to return to Ramah Berkshires as Rosh Nitzanim again for Kayitz 2013!  This will be her fifth summer on tzevet (staff), and when she’s not at camp, Paula is studying to be a Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  She’ll be spending next year in Jerusalem, the only place she loves more than Wingdale.  Paula’s favorite parts of camp are Rikkudiah (dance festival), Shabbat, and of course, her chanichim (campers)!

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rosh shorashim – bryan wexler

Bryan WexlerBryan Wexler grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey.  He attended Brandeis University where he was a member of Jewish Fella A Cappella and was very active in Hillel- serving for three years on the Hillel Student Board (one year as president).  While at Brandeis, Bryan was also a Hebrew school teacher  and B’nai Mitzvah tutor. Bryan spent his undergraduate summers as a counselor at the URJ Kutz Leadership Camp, learning at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, studying Hebrew at the Language Immersion Program at Middlebury College, and teaching History and Literature at Higher Achievement in Washington, DC respectively.  Bryan graduated from Brandeis in 2009 with a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Philosophy, and Hebrew.  After college, Bryan worked for two years as the full-time Youth Director and Community Educator at Temple Aliyah in Needham, Massachusetts. Currently, Bryan is a Wexner Fellow and is a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary (he just completed his second year). He also spent this year working as the Rabbinic Intern for the Youth and Family Department at B’nai Jeshurun in NYC and as a Friday Shabbat Service leader at the Atria (and upper west-side assisted living home) and a Saturday morning Shabbat Youth Service Leader at Ansche Chesed.  Bryan also works as a Hebrew and B’nai Mitzvah tutor for several communities in the Upper West Side.  Last summer Bryan was a full-time student at Yeshivat Hadar in Manhattan. Bryan is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and he enjoys spending time with his family and his friends. Bryan and his wife, Becca, are  very excited to be joining the Ramah Berkshires family.  They look forward to meeting everyone and are excited to have an awesome summer!

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rosh tzeirim – hannah grossman

Hannah GrossmanAfter graduating with a BA in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, a BA in Comparative Literature and a certificate in Coastal and Marine Sciences from UMass Amherst in 2011, Hannah spent a fantastic year volunteering as a Jewish Service Corps fellow with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Mumbai, India.  She is currently studying in the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators in Jerusalem and am excited to begin an MA program in experiential Jewish education at JTS in the Fall.

While this will be Hannah’s first summer at Ramah, she is not new to Jewish camping!  She grew up in Young Judaea camps where she spent five summers working in various roles- including counselor, education specialist and religious life coordinator. During Hannah’s year with the JDC she spent time at the Szarvas International Jewish Summer Camp in Hungary and helped prepare and lead Jewish camping experiences for the Indian Jewish youth group.  Hannah is thrilled to be Rosh Tzeirim this summer.

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rosh solelim – eli jacober

Eli JacoberEli Jacober hails from Camp Ramah in California where he spent 4 summers on staff  followed by one summer at Ramah in New England. He is now thrilled to experience his first summer at CRB as Rosh Solelim.

When not at camp, which isn’t very often, he fills his California days baking, skiing, shooting and developing his own pictures.

This summer Eli is most excited to meet so many new people at camp, and secretly excited about the idea of rain & thunderstorms in the summer which do not exist at all in California.

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rosh bogrim – gabriella mervis

Gabriella MervisGabriella Mervis is just back from 2 years in Israel: first as a fellow on OTZMA, where she volunteered in Karmiel, Haifa, and Jerusalem, and then as a madricha for Young Judaea’s Israel Discover and Year Course. Gaby received her BA from Goucher College with a degree in Dance Administration and minors in Psychology and Management, and served as Hillel President during her time at school. She loves to dance, learn, and be silly, and may be the biggest Red Sox fan in Boston.  She is so excited to join the Ramah team for this summer!

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rosh machon – hillel buechler

Hillel BuechlerAfter graduating from Brandeis University last May and then spending the summer as a rosh edah in Wingdale, Hillel headed to Jerusalem for a year of learning at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. And now he’s very excited to be returning to camp for Machon 2013!

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rosh gesher – becca weintraub

Becca WeintraubBecca Weintraub is excited to return to camp as Rosh Gesher, this summer, as she has spent every summer  in  Ramah Berkshires since Cochavim.  Serving on CRB staff since 2007 Becca  admits that this is her third Gesher summer and she is “super psyched” to be a part of this incredible Edah again.  Becca  graduated the University of Maryland  in 2012 and just completed  a year of study  at Yeshivat Hadar. She can’t wait to see everyone in Wingdale!

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rosh mayim – mark neustadt

Mark NeustadtMark Neustadt, our Rosh Mayim, is a high school studies teacher during the school year.  He grew up at Ramah in the Berkshires and he feels lucky to have met his wife Rachel at Camp, back in the 1980s.  Mark reprised his role as Rosh Mayim in 2006, and he has been in the position ever since.  Today, Rachel and Mark’s two sons are campers at Ramah, continuing the legacy.  This summer, the waterfront program will be full as always.  In addition to instructional and free swims and boating on beautiful Lake Ellis, chanichim can look forward to a variety of special activities, including sliding down the inflatable summit slide,  jumping on the trampoline, a waterskiing trip for Machon, lifeguard training for Machon and Gesher, swim teams, and much more.  Kayitz 2013 at the agam will be fantastic!

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rosh mayim – auren renford

Auren RenfordFive years ago, Auren Renford  arrived in Camp Ramah as a very young and enthusiastic Shalich to become a lifeguard at the most beautiful Agam he had ever seen. When Auren first saw our amazing Agam and experienced the unique atmosphere of camp he realized that this was where he wanted to be, and  came back every year since, 3 times as a lifeguard and last year as Rosh Mayim.

He believes that the Agam is one of the most beloved places in camp and intends to keep it fun and safe for all of camp’s kids, staff and guests.

He is proud to be a member of the Ramah family.

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