Yesterday I listened to Aviva Millstone of Ramah Canada share in a Dvar Torah that “the 56 days of the kayitz at camp are the Shabbat of year.” This meant that for our chanichim and tzevet that their summer session(s) provides an annual restoration, growth and inspiration similar to that of our weekly Shabbat. I was struck by this idea as it so beautifully captures the sacred life-long impact of what Ramah and Jewish Camping does.
Over the past three days I was also fortunate to enjoy another annual Shabbat at a conference of the senior professional Ramah leadership held at beautiful Camp Ramah in New England. For me the opportunity to compare notes, share struggles and collect new ideas amidst the extended Ramah family additionally recharges, challenges and inspires me.
As I re-enter recruiting season for campers and staff, looking forward to significant and joyous upcoming gatherings of the Tour de Summer Camps (October 28th for scholarship) and the Ramah Gala (November 4th for financial accessibility) as well as budget and insurance renewal seasons, I am ever committed to this Ramah enterprise creating a brighter future for the Jewish community and the world. It has taken and takes countless people to make this Shabbat, i.e, Ramah, happen with Jewish joy each summer at camp and over this Journey for a Lifetime.