Ready for Kayitz 2014!!!

It’s been an incredible shavuah hachanah (staff week) here at Camp Ramah in New England, and we are so excited for all of our first session hanichim (campers) to arrive tomorrow morning!

As has become our habit, we kicked off the week with a fierce edah-versus-edah competition.  It all began with a video:

Raiders of the Lost Etz Hayim from Camp Ramah NE on Vimeo.

Ultimately it was TZEVET MAGSHIMIM who prevailed.  Congratulations!

This began an incredible weak of training and bonding.  Each day more and more staff members joined our community, and it was incredible to see how quickly this group of incredible men and women bonded into a powerful kehillah.  Our staff participated in workshops on first aid and emergency procedures, on preventing bullying (we heard a powerful speech from special guest Anthony Zitoli), on our systems for camper care, on creating fun and educationally vibrant programming, and so much more.  National Ramah Director Mitch Cohen spoke to our staff about the Conservative Movement and our staff’s critical role in shaping the future of the Jewish people.  Our specialists worked tirelessly to ready their program areas, and our counselors have planned an exciting array of peulot (programs) that the hanichim arriving tomorrow are going to love.

The week was rich with crazy fun and incredible spiritual moments.  Here are two peeks at our music-filled “Shira B’Shishi” musical davenning this past Friday morning:

And now, this incredible community of over 200 amazing and devoted staff-members are ready to open the doors, tomorrow, to our REAL community: well over 500 hanichim who will be arriving at camp after 10 AM.  We are so excited to give our campers the summer of their lives.  We hope you’ll check back here often, as well as visit our photo galleries and our facebook page, so you can see regular updates on the amazing experiences that your children are having with us at camp.  Thank you for being a part of the Ramah family.

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