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Welcome to our Alumni Newsletter!

Fall 2017 Issue


In this Issue

Ramah Reunions
Alumni scholarship Phonathon
Alumni Profile: Andrew and Sarah Shulkind
Alumni Events
Alumni Updates
Give the Gift of Ramah this Hanukkah
Leave Your Mark
Reshet Ramah Alumni Network
my.ramahwisconsin.com
Ramah Israel Programs

 
 
 
 
 
Ramah Reunions
 
 

We look forward to welcoming members of Nivonim 2005 and Nivonim 1993 for their reunions this summer! Watch your email for registration information.

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NIVONIM 2005

13th Reunion
June 15-17, 2018

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NIVONIM 1993

25th Reunion
July 27-29, 2018

 
Send photos of your Ramah reunions to rrubenstein@ramahwisconsin.com.

 
 
 
 
Alumni Scholarship Phonathon
 
 

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Alumni in Nivonim 1994-2010 are invited to help with the 2017 Alumni Scholarship Phonathon! We have two locations this year, in Chicago and the Twin Cities, so we hope to see you there. If you can't attend, you can make a donation online at call4camp2017.ramahwisconsin.com or make your pledge when one of our phonathon volunteers gives you a call!
 
 
 
 
Alumni Profile: Andrew and Sarah Shulkind, Nivonim 1994
 
 
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Originally from the Midwest, Nivonim 1994 alumni Sarah and Andrew Shulkind now call Los Angeles home.  It’s the place where they decided to marry, where they’ve raised their young children over the years and where they both innovatively lead the way in their respective fields of work. Through all the individual and shared successes they’ve enjoyed in Los Angeles, their experiences at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin continue to monumentally shape their lives.

Neither Sarah nor Andrew attended camp from the start. Originally from Wilmette, Illinois, Sarah came for the first time in Shoafim knowing no one. Despite spending much of her time feeling homesick throughout the summer, she signed up to return for Bogrim.

In Machon, she met Andrew, who was new to camp and lived in Kansas City at the time. The two clicked early on in the summer, as Sarah had already been friends with many of Andrew’s friends from home. They bonded over an interest in art, helping to make their aidah plaques in Machon and Nivonim. They dated as Nivonimers and returned as staff members two years later, remaining friends over the years despite living in different places and working with different aidot at camp. Click here to read more.

 
 
 
 
Alumni Events
 
 
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New York City alumni celebrated Sukkot together at a potluck in October.

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Chicago alumni gathered in September for a fun afternoon at Ramah Day Camp. Alumni and their families had the chance to participate in a workshop with the Rope Warrior and make Sukkot decorations.

 
 
 
 
Alumni Updates
 
 
•   Hannah Barg (Nivonim 2007) is doing great work at the Israel Story podcast! Click here to check it out.
 
 
•   Mazal Tov to former Ramah staff member Dr. Jane Shapiro on being a 2017 recipient of the Covenant Award. Click here to see the video describing her work as a co-founder of Orot, a center for adult Jewish learning in the Chicago area.
 
 
•   Lynnsie Balk Kantor (Nivonim 1977) donated a kidney to Hazzan Leon Lissek, former Ramah staff member and grandfather of current campers. Click here to read more.
 
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Engagements:
 
 
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Mazal Tov to Nava Kantor (Nivonim 2006) on her engagement to Ben Fox.

 
 
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Mazal Tov to Daniel Olson (Nivonim 2006) and Ben Goldberg (Staff 2010) on their engagement.

 
 
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Mazal Tov to Risa Herbtsman (Nivonim 2008) on her engagement to Jason Wachtler.

 
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Weddings:
 
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Members of Nivonim 2006 at the recent wedding of Molly Hoffman (Nivonim 2001) and Yael Zinkow (Nivonim 2006). Mazal tov!
 
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Mazal Tov to Ethan Schwartz (Nivonim 2006) on his marriage to Leah Sarna.

 
 
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Mazal Tov to Bekah Hakimian (Nivonim 2008) on her marriage to Stu Almeleh.

 
 
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Mazal Tov to Ariella Rotenberg (Nivonim 2006) on her marriage to Tyler Logigian.

 
Click here for More Weddings
 
 
Birth Announcements: Welcome Nivonim 2033-34!
 
 
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Mazal Tov to Ben Hofkin (Nivonim 2000) and Tamar Green (Nivonim 2002) on the birth of their daughter Noa Shoshana in August 2017.

 
 
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Mazal Tov to Shira and Jon Oberlander (Nivonim 1997) on the birth of their son Judah Ami in August 2017.

 
 
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Mazal Tov to Moriah and Yoni Grey (Nivonim 2010) on the birth of their daughter Michal Bayla in August 2017.

 
Click here for More Birth Announcements
 
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Contact Robin Rubenstein at rrubenstein@ramahwisconsin.com if you would like a "Future Ramahnik" onesie for your baby!

 
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!
 
 
 
 
GIVE THE GIFT OF RAMAH THIS HANUKKAH!
 
 

When you make a donation at www.ramahwisconsin.com/donate you can click on the “notify someone” button and send a Hanukkah card via email or regular mail.  There are a variety of cards available to celebrate, to honor and to remember.  Questions?  Contact Linda at LHoffenberg@ramahwisconsin.com.

In addition, you can make Ramah part of your Hanukkah celebration by doing your online shopping through Amazon Smile! Simply click on this link and a portion of your purchases will go to support Ramah!

 
 
LEAVE YOUR MARK
 
 

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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!
 
 
 
 
Reshet Ramah - National Ramah ALumni & Community 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.


Upcoming Events:

Chicago Alumni Shabbat Dinner at Anshe Emet - January 26
Watch your email for more details.

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Include Ramah in Your Celebration!
 
 
 
brand new peer to peer fundraising program design
My.ramahwisconsin.com is a brand new 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. Are you running a marathon? Marking a special birthday or anniversary? Celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Honoring or remembering a loved one? Make it an
 
occasion to support Ramah! It’s easy to set up your page and before you know it you’ll be helping kids get to camp next summer! For more info contact Sam Caplan, Chief Development Officer, at scaplan@ramahwisconsin.com or 312-690-8332.
 
 
 
 
Ramah Israel
 
 

Ramah Wisconsin was well represented at the Ramah Israel 1967 Seminar Reunion this fall! Watch the video below.

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Ramah Israel Institute has a lot of great trips coming up for Ramahniks of all ages:

Ramah Women -

March 5-13, 2018

Adult Mini-Seminar -
July 8-12, 2018

Poland Journey for Adults
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July 23-29, 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
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