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Spring 2019 Edition
Welcome to our online alumni newsletter!


Are you ready for summer? We know that hundreds of children are counting the days until they are back at camp, surrounded by fun, friendship and the joys of Jewish living.


With just a few short weeks until camp, we ask that you help fill these cabins with a gift to the Scholarship Fund. 

With one click YOU can make a real difference in the life of a child.

Please help ensure that every child has the opportunity to dance on the kikar with friends. We are still in need of raising critical funds to assist many families. We humbly ask that you do what you can today.

On behalf of our campers, todah rabbah!

Jacob Cytryn
Executive Director


Ramah Reunions

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


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


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

New this summer we will also be hosting our first 50th reunion for Nivonim 1969. We can't wait to welcome them back to the kikar!

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Nivonim 1969 50th Reunion
August 2-4, 2019

Register Now!


Alumni Profile: It Started in the Chadar Ochel

When Rachel Angulo (Rachel Billow, Nivonim 1997) and her husband, chef Benoit Angulo, first hatched the plan to start a food truck, their goal was to extend the importance of hospitality and customer service from a five-star restaurant to a cafe on wheels. “Our idea was - it doesn’t matter if you’re in a casual location or a fine dining establishment,” Rachel explains, “you can make the same dining memories for your guests.” The first La Cocinita (“little kitchen”) opened in 2011, serving classic Venezuelan street food. Rachel and Benoit now operate food trucks in New Orleans and Chicago, as well as a food stall in the Pythian Market in New Orleans and a full-scale restaurant in Evanston, IL.


Ramah has also become a network within the food truck community. When Sarah Weitz (Nivonim 1998) wanted to start her own food truck business, she called Rachel. They had originally met at Ramah, and became closer friends through a Jewish Newcomers program while both living in New Orleans. “My husband and I were so inspired that we came down to work on her truck,” Sarah said. Sarah and her husband, Sam Barron, met while studying in culinary school, and were planning to open a food truck in Chicago. In 2012, after their weeklong trial working at La Cocinita, they opened up their own truck, The Fat Shallot, in Chicago. From the start, it was a huge success. “We started our truck immediately after Chicago passed a law allowing cooking on food trucks; we were #5 in the entire city. We sold out within one hour on our first day.”


Rachel Angulo’s brother, Jamie Billow (Nivonim 1995), has also found his way into the food truck business. As head of the Chicago Food Truck Hub, Jamie focuses on “food truck and event management with a unique flair.” When a client hires him for an event, he looks for the right food truck partner that is in line with the budget and interests of the client.

In expanding and growing his business, Jamie’s work has brought him back to Ramah. “I am now working with one of my best friends from camp, Lee Lampert (Nivonim 1995), who is helping us grow our business. We were cabin mates in the ‘90s!” Jamie said.


Lisa Kornick (Lisa Koch, Nivonim 1981) is another Ramah alum bringing a values-based philosophy into her work in the restaurant industry, and beyond. Working alongside her husband, chef Michael Kornick, Lisa managed their flagship restaurant, mk, for 18 years, and their restaurant business has now grown to 8 restaurants, with additional projects in the pipeline. “A formula for success is investing in all of our people and making everyone feel appreciated," Lisa explains. "I have the same benefits and vacation package as my dishwasher. We have very happy employees who have longevity with our company.”

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Ramah Leadership Initiative

Congratulations to the first cohort of the Ramah Leadership Initiative (RLI) on the successful completion of their first of a two year program developing the next generation of Ramah lay leadership. RLI is a new leadership initiative to expand engagement with Ramah alumni in their mid-20’s and 30’s.

Cohort I members include: Laura Elkayam, Avram Fraint, Jeremy Frankenthal, Jackie (Wolff ) Friedman, Lauren (Vandersluis) Kaplan, Debbie (Kaplan) Mnookin, Bruce Ratain, Tracey Rubinoff, Adam Seidenberg, Dani (Wolf) Weiss, Daniel Weiss, and Jonathan Zimbler.

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin is launching RLI Cohort II in Chicago this summer, and Cohort III in New York later this year. Are you interested in developing your professional contacts and business networks? Looking for a way to give back to camp and build experience serving on a community board? Were you in Nivo 2001-2011? Then this is the program for you!

If you are interested in serving as a member of a future cohort, or know someone who might, please contact Sam Caplan, 312-690-8332 or scaplan@ramahwisconsin.com

Additional information on RLI can be found at www.RamahWisconsin.com/RLI.


A Tribute to Rabbi Soloff

On May 5, over 550 people gathered in Highland Park, Illinois to pay tribute to Rabbi David Soloff and his remarkable career. It was an amazing evening filled with “Soloff Stories” and memories of summers on the shore of Lake Buckatabon. Proceeds of the event benefit The Rabbi David and Emily Soloff Scholarship Endowment, a lasting legacy enabling more children and families to experience the transformative impact of Ramah. Support for this event – including pledges made the evening of May 5 – exceeds $500,000! To see event photos and videos, buy a Rabbi Soloff Tribute Brick, or support the Rabbi David and Emily Soloff Scholarship Endowment, visit the event website at www.RabbiSoloffTribute.com.

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Alumni Updates


  • Mazal Tov to Jason Dyme (Nivonim 1999) and Elizabeth Jansen on their engagement.
  • Mazal Tov to Eddie Gandelman (Nivonim 2005) and Stephannie Kia on their engagement.
  • Mazal Tov to Ron Rosenberg (Nivonim 2006) and Melissa Title on their engagement.

More Engagements


  • Mazal Tov to Zakai Kozberg (Nivonim 1995) and Maggie Henderson on their wedding in October 2018.
  • Mazal Tov to Yaela Garr (Nivonim 1999) and Moshe Miller on their wedding.
  • Mazal Tov to Ariela Shaoul (Nivonim 2007) and Ian Harkavy on their wedding.


  • Mazal Tov to Rebekah (Baum) (Nivonim 1995) and Ilan Shalit on the birth of their son Ziggy James in January 2019.
  • Mazal Tov to Reena (Benson) (Nivonim 1996) and Martin Ritter on the birth of their son Lev Irving in January 2019.
  • Mazal Tov to Jessica and Raif Melhado (Nivonim 1998) on the birth of their daughter in January 2019.

More Births

General Updates:

  • Mazal tov to Rabbi Jeremy Fineberg (Nivonim 2005) who will become the new Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emanu-el in Bergen County, NJ on July 1.
  • Click here check out Eitan Kantor (Nivonim 2008) playing violin and singing in this new klezmer band.
  • Click here to read an article by Deborah Zlochower on her sons' (Kasriel and Netanel Linzer) experiences in the Tikvah program at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.


  • We share the sad news that Zave Gussin (first decade alumnus) passed away in January 2019. We extend our condolences to his entire family, including his wife Judy, his children and his grandchildren, some of whom are current campers.

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!


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!


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!


Ramahniks at Yaela Garr's recent wedding got together to sing Himnon Ramah.


Round-Ups for Ramah

Round-Ups are a fun new way to support Ramah every day! With a simple sign up process, your every day purchases are rounded up to the nearest dollar and those round-ups automatically become a donation to Ramah. Learn more or get started by clicking here.


Ramah Runs

Join RAMAH RUNS for the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K on September 29, 2019! 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 for more info.



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. 


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

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. 


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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