Nechama: Ramah Staff Wellness Fund
Beyond supporting the magical, life-changing experience of campers attending Camp Ramah in California, your generosity this evening will establish the Nechama: Ramah Staff Wellness Fund, named in memory of Nadia z’l, sister of 2019 Gala Honoree Jeff Wolman. Nadia was a passionate advocate for Jewish camp and the well-being of campers and staff alike. This Fund will underwrite new initiatives to provide Ramah staff with guidance, teaching, peer support and mindfulness training. Helping them to maintain physical and emotional health during their young adult Ramah staff years fosters a healthy and happy Ramah Journey for a Lifetime.
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Lesley and Jeff Wolman
Lesley and Jeff Wolman are passionate about Jewish camp. Born and raised in Canada, both attended Jewish summer camps for many years: Lesley at Camp Massad in Manitoba, and Jeff at Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia. Their children, Yale and Serena are Ramahniks through and through.
Lesley, a professional singer, actress and songwriter, with five albums, has performed on Broadway, TV, film and radio. She is also a fashion and lifestyle influencer and the author of the popular blog, “Fabulesley. “
Lesley is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, having graduated from the University of Toronto.
Jeff graduated from Dalhousie University School of Business, The Ontario School of Accountancy as well as the University of Toronto Law School. He is the owner and CEO of Wolman Wealth Management, which provides business management services to people primarily in the entertainment industry.
Lesley has served on the Board of Directors for the BJE and chaired it Arts and Cultural Committee. She was also a Board member of both Sinai Akiba Academy and Sinai Temple. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Body Traffic, a contemporary dance company, as well the advisory board of The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Lesley serves on the Executive Committee of Camp Ramah in California and is an active member of The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.
Jeffrey was the Board Chair of Sinai Akiba Academy and on the Executive Committee of the Milken Community School as Treasurer. He currently serves on the Board of the Foundation For Jewish Camp, is the Treasurer of that organization and sits on the Executive Committee. He is also on the International Leadership Council (US West Coast) for the University of Toronto and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California.
The Nechama Endowment is near and dear to the Wolman family, having been created in memory of Jeff’s eldest sister, Nadia. Nechama, which means comfort in Hebrew, was also Nadia’s Hebrew name. It is the hope that this endowment, which will promote mental and physical wellness amongst the staff at Camp Ramah, will bring tremendous comfort to all staff members for many years to come.
Amy Mendelsohn is the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors who came to this country committed to offering their children and grandchildren Jewish experiences — and that’s exactly what they did. Thanks to their vision, Amy spent 15 summers at Camp Ramah in California, beginning her journey in 1999 as a Giborei Yisrael camper and continuing on to be a counselor, Rosh Edah and Program Director for the organization. She holds a dual masters degree in Communication Management and Jewish Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern California and Hebrew Union College. Amy is currently the Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, where she works to enhance the Jewish teen engagement landscape in Los Angeles.