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topKol Ramah: The Newsletter of Ramah Nyack
Friday, July 15, 2016 / 9 Tammuz 5776

In This Issue

Dates and Announcements

Shabbat Shalom!
Candle lighting time: 8:08 p.m.
Parashat Chukat
Tuesday, July 19 - Thursday, July 21
First session edah trips 

Friday, July 22
Last day of Session 1. Click here to extend enrollment.

Mon., July 25 - Fri., July 29
Ramah Sport. Limited space available. Register here.

Thursday, July 28
Ramah Family Picnic in Manhattan. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 2
PJ Library Pool Party--details to come!

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countdownZimriyah 5776
A Magical Evening
What an incredible experience we had at Rockland Lake State Park on Wednesday night. Under picture-perfect skies, our entire camp community came together for a meaningful and joyous evening of song and ruach (spirit). Our chanichim (campers) sang about peace, friendship, and Eretz Yisrael. We are so inspired by them and their incredible performance.

Kol hakavod to our incredible Zimriyah directors Daniel Henkin and Dassi Rosenkrantz-Cabo, to our fabulous band and, of course, to the chanichim of Machaneh Ramah for a tutim evening. 

Zimriyah Aleph 5776
Zimriyah Bet 5776

newEdah News
Highlights from each edah (division) are posted on the Ramah Nyack website. Click on the name of an edah below to read this week's update. 

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(entering grade 6) 
(entering grades 7 & 8) 

circusRamah Performs 
A Week of Theatrical Exploration
We just wrapped up an incredible week of intensive performing arts activities with our thespians at Ramah Nyack. Chanichim who participated:
  • Sang, danced, acted, and explored improvisation techniques
  • Crafted their own animal impersonations
  • Performed an Ashrei acrostic poem
  • Recited monologues
  • Played theater games 
  • Starred in the Ramah Performs original "Music Revue"

auctionCamper Scholarship Online Auction Extended
Bidding Closes at 12:00 noon Sunday, July 17 
The Kayitz 2016 Online Auction has been extended by popular demand with new, one-of-a-kind items up for bidding! 

Ramah Nyack's 2016 online auction supports camper scholarships and special programs. Your donation will help ensure that no camper is ever turned away from Ramah because of financial difficulty. 

Two Theatre Tickets

Yankees Tickets

Rockland Boulders Tickets

Festivale 2016 VIP Package

Carlos & Gabby's Gift Certificate

Custom Camp Video

If you would like to make a donation directly to this important campaign, please click here.

Questions? Contact Ora Warmflash, Development Director, at ora@campramah.org.

Imagination Exploration
New to Ramah Nyack this summer is Makers. Our younger chanichim are using their hands and imaginations to build and construct. Campers work individually or collaboratively in projects using materials including cardboard, cups, straws, Lego, Play-Doh, and more. Jess Feiwus, Rosh Makers, guides chanichim in projects that include games (knock hockey boards), a model of the Kotel, a zoo, puppets, houses, and stores in a mall! 

tripJuly Trip Information
Ramah on the Road
Tuesday, July 19th - Thursday, July 21st: CHALUTZIM & BOGRIM
(entering grades 6, 7 & 8)
Two-night out-of-camp trip with 6:00 p.m. dismissal on Thursday, July 21st

(entering grades K, 1, 2, & 3)
Trip and dinner in camp. Buses & carpools depart at 6:00 p.m. 

Thursday, July 21st - Friday, July 22nd: TZEIRIM & NEVONIM
(entering grades 4 & 5)
Trip and overnight with regular dismissal on Friday, July 22nd

  • You may fax the prescription medicine form and your doctors' written instructions to (845) 358-6284. 
  • All medications must be handed directly to the bus counselor or carpool staff, who will give medications to the nurses.
  • Please also call the Nurses' Office at (845) 358-4307 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to let us know to expect the medication (or if you have questions).  
israeliBe a Host to Our Israeli Staff
Shabbat Hospitality is a Mitzvah
Our talented and creative mishlachat (Israeli staff) bring energy and a love of Israel to camp every day. If you are interested in welcoming any of our shlichim to your home for a Shabbat this summer, please click here. We thank you in advance for your hospitality! 

notesNotes from the Office
Reminder Regarding Food
Please do not send your child(ren) to camp with any food. We are a nut-free and Kosher camp, and for the safety of our staff and campers with food allergies we cannot allow any outside food on buses, trips, or at camp.   

Important Procedures for Early Pick Up
Your children are having so much fun here that we encourage you to keep them in camp until the regular dismissal time. We understand that there are extenuating circumstances that occasionally require you to pick up your child early. If so, please follow these procedures:
  • Your child may be picked up only by a parent or by an adult listed on our Pick-Up Authorization Form. The form can be found at the bottom of the Forms and Documents section on your Camp-In-Touch account
  • Please advise your child of the change in schedule and that he/she will be picked up at the camp office.
  • Please email us at travel@ramahnyack.org before noon on the day of the change and let us know what time you will be picking up your child. PLEASE DO NOT SEND NOTES OR INFORM BUS COUNSELORS OF TRANSPORTATION CHANGES. The office staff will notify your child's counselor and bus counselor of the revised dismissal plans. 
  • Upon your arrival, please park in the Gould parking lot (across from the entrance to Nyack High School). Please obtain a visitor pass from our security staff and proceed to the camp office where you will meet your child and sign him or her out. Please do not take your child out of camp without signing out.
  • All early pick-ups at the office must take place BEFORE 3:30 p.m. After 3:30 p.m., pick-ups will be carpool pick-ups in the Gould parking lot at regular dismissal.  

Direct Line to Nurses' Office
During regular camp hours, please contact the nurses by calling their direct line at (845) 358-4307. If that line is busy, please call the main office number at (845) 358-6240. After hours, please leave messages for our nurses on our voicemail.

Enrollment Extensions
If you'd like to extend your enrollment, click here to indicate your interest. Please note that only a limited number of spaces are still available.

Camp Tours for Prospective Families
Parents, you are our best recruiters! If you know friends, families, or neighbors who would enjoy being part of the Ramah Nyack family, let them know they can call (845) 358-6240 to arrange for a tour.

Lost & Found
A valuable piece of jewelry has been found at camp. If you are missing something, please call Cortney Kuperman at (845) 358-6240.

berkshiresRamah Nyack Family Trip to Israel 
Enjoy Israel With Your Ramah Nyack Family. 
Enjoy Israel with Ramah Nyack families as Rabbi Ami Hersh leads the First Ramah Nyack Family Trip December 20-29, 2016. 

Please click here for more information and to register. 
pjPJ Library Bim Bam Shabbat
Bim Bam Shabbat is Back!
We are delighted to co-host Bim Bam Shabbat again this summer with PJ Library of Rockland County. All young families are welcome! For more information, email Lara Epstein.

Please note:
  • Please park in Gould lot and proceed to security for a visitor's pass.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
  • We respectfully request that you do not visit your older children while you are at camp. This will help avoid interruptions in their daily routine as well as the routines of other campers. Thank you for your cooperation.  

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