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Summer 2018 Edition
Welcome to our online alumni newsletter!


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Ramah Reunions

We had a great time seeing so many members of Nivonim 2005 and Nivonim 1993 at their reunions this summer!

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Nivonim 2005 13th Reunion

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Nivonim 1993 25th Reunion

We look forward to welcoming Nivonim 2006 and Nivonim 1994
to their reunions at camp in 2019!

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Nivonim 2006 13th Reunion
June 21-23, 2019
Register Now!

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Nivonim 1994 25th Reunion
July 19-21, 2019
Register Now!

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Alumni Profile: Aaron Feldman, Randy Sklar and Jason Sklar

Jason and Randy Sklar and Aaron Feldman (all Nivonim 1988) have been friends since their Machon summer. Recently they embarked on a project born out of a relationship that was formed at Ramah.

In a conversation with Alumni Coordinator Robin Rubenstein, Jason and Randy said that the decision to go to Ramah was a big moment in their lives. It was a turn from focusing on sports to exploring new areas. They had leads in the Nivo English play and gained new skills. Looking back at the experience, they feel that Ramah played a huge part in paving the way to their success.

sklarThe Sklar Brothers grew up in St. Louis and while they were at the University of Michigan they decided to pursue a career in comedy. They have released 4 critically acclaimed comedy albums, have had two Comedy Central Half Hour Presents specials, and have a Netflix special titled “What Are We Talking About.”

Randy and Jason are also writers, directors and actors appearing in a wide variety of shows from Entourage to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to Maron to Curb Your Enthusiasm. They are perhaps most well known for their show Cheap Seats, a cult hit that appeared on ESPN Classic for 77 episodes.

feldmanTheir camp friend Aaron Feldman, who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, is a feature film director, writer and producer with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has sold and developed screenplays for Hollywood studios such as CANAL +, MGM, FOX, and FoxASIA. Before entering the film industry, Aaron worked in counter terrorism in the DC area. He sold his first feature film about his experience.  

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Ramah Runs Update

This past weekend Ramahniks ran the Ragnar Great River Relay to raise $2,000 for campers scholarships! Ramahniks included Tracy Rubinoff, Elana Abraham, Miriam Thorne, Laura Thorne, Hannah Porter, and Rebecca Rapport, with support from Sophie Pepper. It’s not too late to support the team, check out their page at ragnargreatriver.ramahwisconsin.com.

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chicagohalfmarathon

Would you like to Run with Ramah? Join RAMAH RUNS for the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K on September 23, 2018! RAMAH RUNS members receive complimentary race registration and will be part of an exciting team raising scholarship funds for campers in need! Email Sam at scaplan@ramahwisconsin.com to join. To support the team, click here.

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Ramah Sings Hame'irah

Inspired by the Israeli phenomenon Koolulam and utilizing a mash-up of original music from our very own Josh Warshawsky and his collaborator Coleen Dieker and the inspiring work of Nava Tehilah in Jerusalem, this summer our campers and staff came together to sing, harmonize and hum these beautiful words based on the Shacharit morning service:

הַמְּאִירָה לְאֶרֶץ וְלַדָּרִים עָלֶיהָ בָּרַחֲמִים
וּבַטּוֹבָה מְחַדֶּשֶׁת בְּכָל יוֹם תָּמִיד מַעֲשֶׂה בָּרָאשִׁית 

“The Holy One, who lights up the world and all of her inhabitants with mercy. And in God's goodness, every single day, She renews the act of creation."

Check out the amazing video below!

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Alumni Updates

Engagements:

  • Mazal Tov to Elli Smerling (Nivonim 2006) and Andres Sevi on their recent engagement.
  • Mazal Tov to to Marci Fiedler (Nivonim 1998) and Nathan Kramer on their recent engagement.
  • Mazal Tov to Assistant Director Adina Allen (Nivonim 2007) and Josh Warshawsky (Nivonim 2006) on their recent engagement.

More Engagements

Weddings:

  • Mazal Tov to Elan Green (Nivonim 2004) and Shira Dickstein on their marriage in May 2018.
  • Mazal Tov to Daniel Olson (Nivonim 2006) and Rabbi Benjamin Goldberg on their marriage in June 2018.
  • Mazal Tov to Gila Drazen (Nivonim 1996) and Rob Vincent on their marriage in June 2018.

More Weddings

Births:

  • Mazal Tov to Tal Halperin (Nivonim 1999) and Anton Kawalsky on the birth of their son Axel Shawn in March 2018.
  • Mazal Tov to Katie (Hanus) (Nivonim 2000) and Matthew Doscher on the birth of their son Noah James in March 2018.
  • Mazal Tov to Sarah and Jeremy Sherman (Nivonim 2002) on the birth of their son Aden Henry in April 2018.

More Births

General Updates:

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Condolences:

  • Baruch Dayan HaEmet – We extend condolences to the Drazen Family on the death of Rabbi Paul Drazen in June 2018. Paul was a Ramah Wisconsin camper (Nivonim 1968) and met his wife Susie (Alpert) (Nivonim 1970) at camp. Through the 1970’s, during his graduate student years, he served as Camp Ramah in Wisconsin Program Director, Business Manager and Assistant to the Director. During his rabbinic career as Assistant Rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, MN and as Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth El in Omaha, he was very instrumental in sending campers to Ramah. Paul and Susie’s children Gila (Nivonim 1996) and Yoni (Nivonim 2000) were both campers and staff members. In the 90’s and 2000’s, Paul served as camp rabbi-in-residence and Susie and Paul led educational retreats at camp. Paul was a valuable Ramah partner in his roles as Executive Director of the Mid-Continent Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and as Special Assistant to the CEO of USCJ. Most recently Paul served as the rabbi of Temple Adath Yeshurun in Syracuse, NY.
  • Baruch Dayan HaEmet -  We extend condolences to the Bonowitz Family on the death of Marvin Bonowitz in August 2018.  Marvin worked as camp nurse for many years and his wife Anne was our Rosh Hinuch.  Marvin and Anne’s children Alan (Nivonim 1978), David (Nivonim 1979) and  Susan  (Nivonim 1983) were campers.  Marvin served on the faculty of the Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus and later retired from The Ohio State University Hospital.

Ramahnik Updates are a part of every issue of Beynenu so please let us know what's new with you! Send your update to: Alumni Coordinator Robin Rubenstein at rrubenstein@ramahwisconsin.com.

Did we get something wrong? Let us know so we can print a correction. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Let's see those future Ramahniks! Contact Robin Rubenstein at rrubenstein@ramahwisconsin.com if you would like a "Future Ramahnik" onesie for your baby! Be sure to send pics when you receive it!

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Follow Us

Do you follow us on social media? If not, then you should! We post fun photos and videos almost every day and it's a great way to stay connected to camp and your camp friends. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Be sure to follow the Ramah Day Camp Facebook page as well. We know a lot of you are alumni or have children who went to the day camp, so check it out!

For those of you who are alumni of either camp, make sure to tag us when you post photos with your camp friends, especially when you're getting together for s'machot! We love seeing Ramah friends at weddings, baby namings, engagement parties, etc. We are @campramahinwisconsin or @ramahday on Facebook and @ramahwisconsin on Instagram. You can also send your photos to our Alumni Coordinator Robin Rubenstein at rrubenstein@ramahwisconsin.com for inclusion in upcoming issues of Beynenu!

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Ramahniks at Daniel Olson and Rabbi Benjamin Goldberg's recent wedding.

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Ramahniks at Leora Balinsky and Sam Glauber's recent wedding.

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Leave Your Mark

You still have the opportunity to leave your mark on the new Nivonim campus! Go to www.GivahCampaign.org to design your brick today and forever leave your mark at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.  If you are interested in Hebrew engraved bricks, please contact Shaina at SSugar@ramahwisconsin.com or 312-690-8333. 

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Check out www.givahcampaign.org for more information on the new campus and to take a 360 virtual reality tour of the original cabins!

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Reshet Ramah - Alumni and Community Engagement Network

The Reshet Ramah website has a lot of great resources for Ramah alumni! Check out the alumni directory, the job board, the Ramah marriages registry and more.

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Upcoming Events


November 9 - Young Alumni Shabbat Across Ramah Dinner at Anshe Emet in Chicago, Illinois. Watch your email for more details.


November 29 - Ramah Wisconsin Alumni Scholarship Phonathon. Watch your email for more details.

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April 2-9, 2019 - Ramah Bike and Hike across Israel to support Ramah's special needs programs. Click here for more information.

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Include Ramah in Your Celebration

Are you marking a special birthday or anniversary? Celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Running a marathon? Honoring or remembering a loved one? Now you can include Ramah in your special occasion. 

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My.ramahwisconsin.com is a peer to peer fundraising program designed to provide current campers, parents, alumni and friends of Ramah with tools to help raise much-needed scholarship funds. The site offers personalized fundraising pages and provides inspiration every step of the way. For more info contact Sam Caplan, Chief Development Officer, at scaplan@ramahwisconsin.com or 312-690-8332.

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Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 606-9316

Summer Address:
Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
3390 Ramah Circle
Conover, WI 54519
(715) 479-4400

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