Ilanot Madrich Introductions

Our Ilanot madrichim (counselors) are excited to meet all of our hanichim (campers) tomorrow!!

Tzrif 5

First of all, shalom!  My name is Rom Bardugo and I am a shalich (emissary) from Israel.  I am so excited to get to know you all this kayitz. I want to tell you a little bit about myself: I am 21 years old and will be turning 22 during camp!  I live in Rishon Le Zion in Israel, and I got out of the army 3 months ago where I served in the Israeli navy, based in beautiful Eilat!  In addition of my being your מדריך/madrich (counselor), I am going to be a lifeguard at the אגם/agam (lake).  I am excited to get to know all of you and hearing about you!  See you very soon!!

Hi there, my name is Ben Kruger, although most people call me “Benjy.” I am a graduate of CESJDS in Rockville, Maryland, and I will be studying psychology in the fall at Case Western Reserve University. In my free time, I like to see friends, be active, or sit down with a good book. Year after year, מחנה רמה (Camp Ramah) has given me the time of my life, which is why I am very excited to be a מדריך/madrich (counselor) and play a part in recreating that fun and meaningful experience for you all! I cannot wait to meet and learn more about you over the summer! Let’s make this קיץ /kayitz(summer) the best one yet!

Hello! My name is Elijah Labowe-Stoll and I am 18 years old. I’m from Madison CT and I will be a freshman at Franklin and Marshall College this fall. I love to swim and play Ultimate Frisbee. I have two younger brothers, two older sisters, and one younger sister. We all live in a big house on the top of a hill. I am so excited to be your מדריך /madrich (counselor) this summer!  I will also be working as a swim instructor.  I can’t wait to meet you!  We will play sports, use arts and crafts, and swim in the אגם/agam (lake).

Tzrif 8

Shalom tzrif 8! My name is Ben Harris and I am so excited to be one of your madrichim (counselors) this kayitz (summer)! I am from Bethesda, Maryland and this will be my 10th kayitz at camp! Ilanot summer was one of my best summers at camp, and I can’t wait to spend it together. This summer I can’t wait to have great medurot (campfires) together and eat delicious s’mores. My favorite chug (elective) when I was on A-Side was ropes/adventure course. This year I’ll be working on ropes staff too, so I’m here to help you climb the alpine tower if you want as well. Can’t wait to meet you guys soon!

Shalom tzrif (bunk) 8! My name is Itai, I’m 22 years old, and I’m from Israel. I live in a city named Kfar Saba which is near Tel Aviv and I have one younger brother (15 years old) and a younger sister (20 years old). I just finished my army service last month and I am so excited to come to camp (and to the USA for the very first time!). When I was little, I was in the Israeli scouts (youth organization), and I have been a madrich (counselor) for 2 years during high school. I love volleyball, stand up paddle boarding and swimming (I’m counting the days to see our agam (lake))! I am sure that this kayitz (summer) is going to be amazing and I am really looking forward to it! I am here to help you with anything you need and am always around to talk. We’re excited to help make sure you have fun, make new friendships, and have an amazing summer!

Hi Everyone! My name is Zach Katz and I’m thrilled to be one of your madrichim (counselors) this kayitz (summer)! This is my seventh summer at camp, and my second time as a madrich. During the school year, I attend Brandeis University, where I study Creative Writing. I love movies, musicals, and climbing (safely, of course!). This kayitz I will also be working on the Alpine Tower and the Climbing Wall, which I’m super excited about! See you soon!

Tzrif 9

Shalom everyone! My name is Bo Rider, and I am so excited to be your מדריך/madrich (counselor) this קיץ/kayitz (summer). I can’t wait for all of the fun that we will have together! My favorite thing about camp is the קהילה/kehilah (community) that we share and my favorite חוג/chug (elective) has always been boating. After so many years of having fun as a camper at camo, this year my job is to make sure that we all have the best time together! I’m so excited to meet all of you!

Hello chanichim (campers) of tzrif (bunk) 9! My name is Noah Kuperberg (though some call me NoKu, I’ll respond to either) and I am going to be one of your madrichim (counselors) this summer! I love basketball, Shabbos zmirot (songs) and a good book. I want to make sure that together we can build the best summer possible together as a tzrif. I’m looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. See you soon!

Shalom, Ilanot! My name is Daniel Golod. I live in Israel, and is my first time at camp, so I am probably as excited as you are! A few months ago, I completed my service in the Israeli army, and now I am enjoying my free time as a civilian. I love sports and science. I am here for you if you need anything while we are together at camp! I can’t wait to see you all in Palmer, we are going to have a lot of fun!

Tzrif 11

Shalom! My name is Hadar Pepperstone and I am so excited to meet you all soon! This is my seventh summer at camp, and my second as a מדריכה /madricha (counselor). A few of my favorite things to do at camp are bishul (cooking) and kashatut (archery)! I also love peulot tzrif (bunk activities), because it’s a chance to bond with all of your new friends! I can’t wait to meet you! See you soon!

Hi! My name is Hadas Seltzer and I am so excited to be your מדריכה /madricha (counselor) this קיץ /kayitz(summer). I just graduated from the Hebrew High School of New England last month and will be spending next year on the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel. I am so excited to be spending my 16th kayitz (summer) at camp with all of you. I am looking forward to getting to know you during our awesome peulot tzrif (bunk activities). I can’t wait to eat some Shabbat brownies and teach you some of my favorite shirim (songs) and rikudim (dances)! See you soon!

Tzrif 12

Hey tzrif (bunk) 12! My name is Abbe Piels and I am unbelievably excited to be your madricha (counselor) this kayitz (summer)! This is my 9th summer at camp and 1st on staff. I just graduated Livingston High School and am going to the University of Rochester next year where I’ll be majoring in computer science and political science! I love to sing, play the guitar and cook, but most of all I love Machaneh Ramah! From rikud (dancing) to shira (singing) to medurot (campfires), we are definitely going to have the best summer together! Can’t wait to meet you all!

Lachanihim hamaksimim! (To my dear campers!) Hello everyone! My name is Neta Ben Ari – נטע. I live in Tel Aviv and I completed my army service right before the beginning of this amazing summer! I can’t explain how excited I am to meet you all! I know we’ll have THE BEST קיץ /kayitz(summer) of all time! See you very soon! להתראות בקרוב  Neta 🙂

Tzrif 19

Shalom! I’m Gillian Weissman and I’m from Longmeadow, MA. I just graduated high school this past year and I’ll be starting at Binghamton University in the fall, studying something in engineering. This is my eleventh kayitz (summer) in Palmer, and I am so excited for countless rikud (dancing) sessions, amazing peulot (activities), and, of course, Friday night desert Shabbos brownies! I can’t wait to meet you all soon, and make this kayitz the best one yet!!

Shalom! My name is Rachel Ader, and I am so excited to meet you all and party in tzrif 19! I just graduated from Hingham High School in Hingham, Massachusetts (south of Boston). I will be a freshman (13th grader) at Case Western Reserve University in the fall, and I plan to study music.  Shirah (singing) at camp is the BEST, as well as swimming in the אגם/agam (lake) on a hot day. I cannot wait to watch you all have an amazing time with your friends. Get ready for the best קיץ /kayitz(summer) ever!!

Hi!!! My name is Abby Azia and I couldn’t be more excited for my first summer as a madricha (counselor) after 8 summers of attending camp as a hanicha (camper). I am from West Hartford, Connecticut, I am a huge Yankees fan and I love to bake chocolate chip cookies. My favorite part of camp is relaxing on Shabbat and hanging out with all of my friends. I can’t wait to see all that this amazing summer has in store!!

Tzrif 21

Hey guys! I’m Eliana Safer and I’m super excited to be your מדריכה /madricha (counselor) this קיץ /kayitz(summer)! This is my tenth kayitz at camp and my second on staff, and I’m so happy I get to spend it with you! I’m a competitive runner and run on the cross-country and track teams at Binghamton University! I’m not very good at singing or dancing, but I love to do both all the time! I’m really looking forward to doing all of the camp dances, singing all the camp songs, and doing lots of fun peulot (activities) with you! Ilanot is an incredible edah (division) and I’m so excited to help introduce you to camp! I can’t wait to meet and get to know all of you! See you soon!!!

Hello! My name is Hadar and I’m part of the Israeli mishlachat! I live in the city of Haifa, and I’m 18 years old. This past year I did a gap-year program called “Hevruta” in Jerusalem. After the summer, I will be joining the army (IDF), where I will be in a combat unit in the air force. I’m so excited for the kayitz and to meet you all!! Two things I’m really looking forward this summer are our tzrif activities, which I’m sure it will be kef gadol (big fun), and the second thing is the Shabbatot in camp, as I’ve heard they’re very special.  Can’t wait to see you all soon! 🙂

Hi everyone! My name is Ahna Bielik (said like the Frozen character Anna) I’m from West Hartford, CT, and I’m off to University of Pittsburgh in the fall! I love art, whether I’m looking at it or creating it by drawing or pottery (that’s why I’m gonna be hanging out at אומנות (omanut- arts and crafts) for a lot of the time as part of my job this summer), binge-watching Netflix and talking about all the shows and movies that I’ve watched! I’m super excited to meet you all, enjoy Shabbat at camp and really bonding as a צריף (tzrif- bunk) over this summer!! See you soon!!

Tzrif 23

Hello! My name is Julia Traiger and I am so excited to be your madrichah (counselor) for kayitz (summer) 2019. I have just graduated high school and will be attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Commonwealth Honors College this fall, studying biology. This is my thirteenth summer at Camp Ramah. This kayitz will be so much fun doing peulot tzrif (bunk activities), hargaot (evening activities), and dancing in the Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall).  Those are just a few of my favorite things at camp! In addition to being a madrichah for the best tzrif, I will also be working on tzevet agam (waterfront staff) for part of the day. I’m so excited to see all of you lovely ladies revel in your leadership roles as the oldest on tzad aleph! Can’t wait to meet all of you and have an incredible kayitz!

Hi! My name is Addie Bard and I can’t wait to be your Madricha this summer! This is my 9th summer at camp and my first time on staff. I am so excited to be back and to be spending my days full of fun camp peulot (activities). I am from Bethesda, Maryland and will be attending Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in the fall. I just returned from a 3-month long trip to Israel with my grade where we traveled, volunteered, and learned so much about Israel. I love to run, cook, and sing (though I’ve been told I can’t carry a tune), and I am so excited to begin our kayitz full of fun, friends, and happiness very soon! I can’t wait to meet you all, see you soon!

Hi tzrif 23! My name is Maddy Pliskin and I am so excited to be your madricha (counselor)!! This is my second year as a madricha. After the kayitz (summer), I am going into my sophomore year at Brandeis University where I study biology, public health, and business. I can’t wait to meet you all and have an amazing kayitz together!