We’re excited to announce our Hanhallah (Senior Staff) for kayitz (summer) 2022!
Hey hey Kochavim! My name is Emma Gelb (she/her) and I cannot be more excited to be your Rosh Edah for kayitz 2022!!! Camp is my second home, and I am counting down the days until we return! This will be my seventeenth kayitz at camp and my fifth on tzevet Kochavim! When the kayitz begins, I will have recently finished my first year of graduate school at Lesley University where I am studying special education. When I am not working or studying, I love making art, singing, dancing, and playing guitar, which are all hobbies that I found a love for at camp! Kochavim is the best edah at camp and we’re going to have so much fun together! I cannot wait to share the kayitz with all of you! L’hitraot B’Palmer! (See you soon, in Palmer!)
Hey Ilanot! My name is Josh Strauss (he/him) and it would be an understatement to say that I am excited to be your Rosh Edah this kayitz! Both my journey as a chanich (camper) and my journey as a madrich (counselor) began in Ilanot, so I am thrilled to be able to spend my twelfth summer at camp as the Rosh Edah of Ilanot. I am going into my second year of graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where I am getting my Masters in Social Work. I have a slight obsession with ultimate frisbee and also enjoy playing the saxophone and cooking soup (especially chicken soup!). I am passionate about singing in the shower, but at camp, I get to take my mediocre singing talents to the medurah (campfire). I cannot wait to show everyone why Ilanot is the best edah in camp and for us to have the best kayitz ever! L’hitraot b’Palmer!!!
Shalom adat Ha-Solelim! My name is Yoav Rozenblat, and I’m so excited to be your Rosh Edah this kayitz (summer)! I am from the small town of Shoham in Israel, and I have recently completed my military service. I served in the IDF as a combat paramedic in the 71st armored battalion and later in the special operations unit Maglan. In my free time I love reading and playing chess, and I am a big fan of all Atlanta sports teams. This is my fourth kayitz on tzevet (staff), and I look forward to seeing all of you having a great time at camp. L’hitraot b’Palmer!
Hey Shoafim! My name is Eytan Layman (he/him), and I am super excited to be your Rosh Edah this kayitz! Camp has been my second home for twelve years and this kayitz will be my thirteenth and first as a Rosh Edah. At the start of this kayitz, I will have recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English. I love playing frisbee, which I fell in love with at camp, as well as board and card games. Camp is my absolute favorite place in the world, and I cannot wait to create so many lasting memories with you all! L’hitraot b’Palmer!!!
Hey hey Amitzim! My name is Lily Jacobson (she/her) and I am so excited to be your Rosh Edah for kayitz 2022! I started camp as an Ilanot chanicha (camper) in 2010. Since then, I have worked as a madricha (counselor) in Amitzim for four years, and this will be my first kayitz as a Rosh Edah. I am currently finishing my senior year at the University of Rochester, where I study Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Psychology. In my free time I love cooking, doing puzzles and spending time with friends. I am so excited to get back to camp and spend the kayitz with all of you! L’hitraot b’Palmer!
Hi Magshimim! My name’s Jacob Kaplan-Lipkin, and I’m so excited to be joining the 2022 Hanhallah for my first kayitz ever at Ramah Palmer! I’m a first-year Rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and before that I worked at DOROT doing youth and teen programs. I’ve lived in New York the last couple of years, but before that I was a life-long resident of Northern California until I graduated from Stanford (go Cardinal!) in 2019. I was a part of the founding staff of Ramah Galim, where I worked for three summers as a madrich (counselor), s’gan, and Rosh Edah. This kayitz, you can find me balancing my time between going crazy for rikud, playing lots of basketball, learning some Torah with you all, and chilling by the agam. I’ve been waiting for years to return to camp, and I can’t wait to be your rosh this summer! L’hitraot b’Palmer!
Shalom Bogrim! My name is Shira Farbman (she/her), and I am so excited to be your Rosh Edah for kayitz 2022! I am thrilled to be back at camp for my seventeenth kayitz with all of you! I am originally from Needham, Massachusetts and now I live in New York. At camp you can find me singing by the medurah (campfire), playing on the basketball court, dancing in the chadar ochel (dining hall), or splashing on the fun water activities. I can’t wait to do all these incredible peulot (activities) and more with you as we have a kayitz full of ruach (spirit) and kef (fun)! L’hitraot b’Palmer!
Hey Machon! My name is Emma Neusner (she/her), and I am so excited to be your Rosh Edah for kayitz 2022! This is my eighteenth kayitz at Ramah New England, my sixth as a Rosh Edah, and my third as an in-person Rosh Machon. In May I will graduate with a master’s degree in social work from Fordham Graduate School of Social Service, and I currently work as a geriatric social work intern at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood. I also spend time working at QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community) as a housing advocate. In my free time, you can find me running, dancing, and exploring the city with my friends! I can’t wait to get back to camp, and for all the fun we are going to have together. See you soon!
Hi Nivonim! My name is Andy Weissfeld (he/him), and I’m thrilled to be back for my seventh summer at Camp Ramah in New England and third stint as Rosh Nivonim. I can’t wait to come together as an edah to plan Yom Sport and watch each of you transform from campers into leaders through our Hadracha program. I believe that this will be the best summer of your life (until you come back on staff, of course!). A little bit about me: I’m a rising fifth year Rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. I grew up in Pittsburgh, but my family now lives in Bethesda, MD. I like going on runs, following my favorite sports teams (such as the Pittsburgh Steelers & Washington Wizards), watching Star Wars, and vegan cooking. I’m looking forward to learning, growing, and having a silly amount of fun with Nivonim 2022 this coming kayitz!
Guide to Edah names:
Kochavim – current 2nd & 3rd graders (rising 3rd & 4th graders)
Ilanot – current 4th graders (rising 5th graders)
Solelim – current 5th graders (rising 6th graders)
Shoafim – current 6th graders (rising 7th graders)
Amitzim – multi-grade camper program for campers with disabilities
Magshimim – current 7th graders (rising 8th graders)
Bogrim – current 8th graders (rising 9th graders)
Machon – current 9th graders (rising 10th graders)
Nivonim – current 10th graders (rising 11th graders)