Announcing our 2017 Hanhallah!

We are very excited to announce our line-up of amazing Rashei Edot (Division Heads) for kayitz (summer) 2017!

Emma Neusner – Rosh Kochavim: Shalom Kochavim! I am so excited to be your Rosh Edah this kayitz! This will be my thirteenth summer at camp. I am from Chevy Chase, Maryland, and I am currently a student at Virginia Tech (go hokies!) where I study psychology. In my free time, I dance on my school’s dance team. I’m so excited to meet you all and have fun together in Kochavim!




Andy Weissfeld – Rosh Ilanot: Shalom! I am very excited to be Rosh Ilanot this summer! I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and currently live in Bethesda, MD. I will graduate in May 2017 from University of Maryland with a degree in Jewish Studies and Sociology. I grew up attending Camp Ramah in Canada and was Rosh Kochavim last summer. I have staffed USY on Wheels and I currently work at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, MD as the Youth Programming Associate. After a gap year, I plan on enrolling at JTS for Rabbinical School. I enjoy biking, watching baseball, and I am an avid Star Wars fan. I am very excited to return on tzevet (staff) at Camp Ramah in New England for kayitz 2017!


Emily Farbman – Rosh Solelim: Shalom! I am so excited to be Rosh Solelim this kayitz! This will be my 13th year at Ramah, and 4th on tzevet (staff). I am currently a junior at Brandeis University studying Neuroscience and Biology, and I plan to go to medical school. This past fall I studied abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and enjoyed every moment of exploring Israel. When I’m not studying, I enjoy running, baking, and talking with my camp friends. I can’t wait to get back to Palmer to meet you and create an unforgettable kayitz together!



Claire Mendelson – Rosh Shoafim:
My name is Claire Mendelson and I am thrilled to be your Rosh Edah for kayitz 2017!!! I am a current junior at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, although I am originally from Maryland! I graduated from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in 2014. I love food, music, tie dye, and just about everything camp. This will be my 13th kayitz at Ramah, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with your edah. I hope you getting as psyched as I am!!! I can’t wait to meet you all.



Adina Golob – Rosh Amitzim: Shalom! I am beyond excited to return to Palmer for my 15th kayitz. When I’m not at Machane Ramah, I live and work in Boston, MA. I am a City Year Americorps member serving in a 3rd math classroom. When I’m not thinking about Machane Ramah or the Tikvah Family Shabbaton, I love to cook and hang out friends. I can’t wait to spend many Shabbatot this summer taking Shabbat walks and handing out many yasher koach awards. See you soon, Amitzim 2017!



Maddie Gelfand – Rosh Magshimim: My name is Maddie Gelfand and I am so excited to be your Rosh Edah this kayitz!! I’m from Westport, Connecticut and am a junior at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering studying computer science and psychology. I’m also the president of my Hillel this year. This will be my 8th kayitz back at camp and I know it will be the best one yet! I love everything Ramah and all things camp, and I also love fun socks, reading, coffee, Israel, and cooking! I cannot WAIT to meet you all soon and hope you’re all getting as pumped as I am for the best kayitz ever!!!



Sarah Glickman – Rosh Bogrim: I am so excited to be Rosh Bogrim for this summer!!! I was a camper at Ramah for 9 summers, before being a counselor for two more, and after a short break cannot wait to be back in Palmer this summer to be a Rosh! I am about to graduate from Brandeis University with a degree in Psychology and Business. In my free time, I can be found cooking lots of yummy food, and reading a good book. Next year I will begin a new adventure working in Chicago! I’m looking forward to an amazing summer, and I can’t wait to see you all soon!!



Maor Gordon-Guterman – Rosh Machon: Shalom Machon 2017!! I am incredibly excited to be your Rosh Edah during the coming kayitz, and I cannot wait to spend my second summer as a Rosh Edah at Ramah New England!! I have previously spent four summers as part of tvatot (staffs) at Ramah camps, including one at Ramah Berkshires and two at Ramah Wisconsin, and I look forward to continuing my time at my favorite Ramah camp!!! I graduated in 2016 from Washington University in Saint Louis where I studied Economics and Political Science. After graduating and working at Ramah, I briefly moved to Israel where I am having a great experience working at a management consulting company and volunteering for the non-profit activist organization Shatil. In my spare time I can be found playing Ultimate Frisbee, watching the British Premier League or reading (mostly) Israeli literature. This coming kayitz, I hope we can share the experience of deepening the meaning and value of Ramah in our lives, and I cannot wait to share my experience with and passion for Ramah with you all! I am excited to meet all of you and to have the greatest kayitz ever!

Aryeh Kalender – Rosh Nivonim: Oceans Rise. Empires Fall. The Ground Shakes. The Mighty Trees grow tall. And all roads lead to Nivonim. My name is Aryeh Kalender of the fourth royal family of Kalender, and I am honored to serve this great edah in the role of Rosh Nivonim this kayitz. I have been training with endless workout montages in order to be a part of what will be a kayitz to remember. I stand before you all excited to see what magic Nivonim 2017 will bestow upon this earth. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation, as your Rosh Nivonim. It all started about a year ago when an extraordinary set of circumstances led me to end up living in Riga, Latvia for a year. Many, countries, lots of Russian, two influential Bulgarians, one Latvian movie cameo, and 73 feet of snow later, I ended up back here. This will be my 5th time through the Nivonim program. I’m a University of Maryland alum, and a lover of all things Machane Ramah. I am beyond thrilled to return to this lovely Machene and cannot wait to undertake a mighty quest all together. The quest for Nivonim greatness. I’m ready. Your tzevet of a lifetime is ready. ARE YOU?