Shechunah Shel Ramah – Ramah’s Neighborhood #1

 This summer hot off the press we have added a new daily feature as part of the blog. Drum-roll please…we introduce to you “Shechunah Shel Ramah.” Shechunah is the Hebrew word for neighborhood, and our Ramah neighborhood is filled with Tzevet (staff) from around the world who come to CRNE to share their amazing skills and wisdom with our Chanichim (campers). Everyday we will feature a new Tzevet member to help you get to know the people in our neighborhood here at Machaneh Ramah.

Today meet Avishay Wohl Rosh Nagarut (head of woodworking). This is Avishay’s second summer at Machaneh Ramah in New England. Avishay said that he loves being on Tzevet especially in Nagarut because it gives him the opportunity to teach Chanichim in a hands on experience of taking an idea that they have and working with them to turn it into a concrete project. 

When Avishay is not at camp he is the director and co-founder of the Secular Yeshiva in Jerusalem. The Secular Yeshiva leads educational and cultural programs for young adults who are curious about and would like to re-connect with their Jewish identity through learning, meeting the other, community activities, and the unique atmosphere that Jerusalem offers. Avishay has been leading the Yeshiva’s large scale events in recent years, including “Patishim Ba-Laila” (Independence Day celebration), “Mishte Purim” (Purim fest), a monthly “Hafla” event, and many more. Following his IDF service as an officer in the Golani infantry brigade and an instructor in the IDF officers’ school, Avishay began studying for his undergraduate degree. After graduating, he became a home room teacher at Rene Kassin High School. Avishay holds a B.A. in general and comparative literature and Bible studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is a graduate of Kerem Institute for teacher training. Born and raised in Karkur, Avishay studied at Makor Chaim Yeshiva Tichonit and graduated from Shalom Hartman High School. Avishay, an educator at heart, lives in Jerusalem with wife Ayala and three wonderful children: No’am 8, Dafna 6, and Shachar 2.