Dedication of the New Chadar Ochel

A huge crowd of enthusiastic Ramah-niks — including chanichim (campers), tzevet (staff), parents, alumni, Board members, past Board presidents, donors, and others gathered for the momentous occasion of the Dedication of the New Chadar Ochel.  The auspicious occasion coincided with Visiting Day and the end of First Session, which enabled the largest possible attendance.  A beautiful photographic image of our beloved Agam was unfurled, including the inscription of names of those being honored for their dedication to and support of this major new installation.  It is a great portent of the wonderful things to come, that so many were so deeply inspired to make this dream a reality.  The crowd was joyful, happy, and full of ruach.  And then full of…delicious BBQ.  It was another magically high moment at Palmer full of vitality, optimism and love.  Tov Li beMachane Ramah.

This large and impressive facility is a tangible investment in the future of the Jewish community as a whole and Ramah Palmer in particular.  The state of the art kitchen, air conditioning, expanded seating capacity, and comfortable restroom facilities have already had a significant and positive impact on the First Session Ramah community.  The facility together with its dedicated, tireless tzevet is poised to do likewise for Second Session and beyond.  To give a little “taste” of the facility: in its walls, the tzevet prepares and serves approximately 2700 meals per day, in 6 sittings, on a daily basis.  The Chadar is filled to the rafters with the din of happy chanichim, watchful tzevet, majestic Hanhallah (management), brachot (blessings), announcements in Hebrew, shira (singing) and rikud (dancing) every single day.   The largest screen projects the words to songs and brachot, and the slightly smaller screen projects detailed food allergy information.  The entire Palmer community is expected to abide by procedures that ensure safety, health and cleanliness, and to participate in the clean-up procedures after every meal.