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topKol Ramah: The Newsletter of Ramah Nyack
Friday, July 22, 2016 / 16 Tammuz 5776

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Dates and Announcements

Shabbat Shalom!
Candle lighting time: 8:02 p.m.
Parashat Balak
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. Register here.

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countdownL'hitraot First Session Campers
We'll Miss You!
On the migrash this afternoon, we said goodbye to our first session campers. We will miss you! We are incredibly grateful to have had the joy of watching your children become more confident swimmers, athletes, climbers, artists, and mitzvah-doers. We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you back on the migrash next summer!

If you would like to acknowledge your child(ren)'s counselors or other staff members in a meaningful way, please consider:

1. A donation of any amount to Ramah Day Camp in Nyack in honor of the staff member(s). Please remember that staff members are not permitted to accept gratuities. 

We have created donation forms by edah. To donate, please click on an edah below. Todah rabbah!

2. A written expression of thanks. Personal notes of thanks from both parents and campers are a special way to show hakarat hatov (gratitude) to our tzevet members! Whether a handwritten note, drawing, or poem, your expressions of appreciation will be forever meaningful to our staff. 

We look forward to welcoming our second session campers on Monday! New campers, please be sure to wear your camp t-shirt and name sticker on Monday! 

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 grades 6-8)

scienceRamah Science
A Week of Discovery and Exploration
We just wrapped up a tutim week of Ramah Science! The theme of the week was "Gravity Schmavity," and chanichim who participated:
  • Constructed rockets made of straws 
  • Designed parachutes for eggs and tested them from the ulam (tower)
  • Engineered balsa wood airplanes
  • Participated in a Shark Tank-style peulah designing tikkun olam inventions to make the world a better place
  • Made and launched solar balloons

Solar photography

Egg drop from the ulam
Launching rockets
Solar balloon taking flight

auctionIn Case You Missed It
Video & Photo Highlights from the Week 

Ramah Performs "Musical Revue"
Zimriyah 5776
Migrash Dance 
"Ad Sheharamkol Nofel"


Arts & Crafts at Ramah Nyack
Campers are tapping into their creativity in omanut (arts and crafts)! This summer's theme for omanut is "Modeh Ani" and chanichim are giving thanks through artistic expression. First session projects include Hanoch Piven-inspired self-portraits showing gratitude for being alive; room nameplates expressing gratitude for our homes; and picture frame pinwheels showing gratitude for family. 

Omanut bechira (elective) chanichim made luxurious spa kits that included body scrubs, lip balms, embellished flip flops, body lotion, fizzy bath balls, rainbow soap - all made here at camp! Other projects in bechira are havdalah sets containing amazing candles, tutim besamim boxes, and beautifully embellished havdalah brachot, and bedroom decor sets containing candles, mirrors, an earring holder, and lightswitch plate.

Havdalah set
Bedroom decor 
Rainbow soap
Body scrub and lip balm

Hanoch Piven-inspired self-portraits

tripAugust Trip Information
Ramah on the Road
Tuesday, August 9th - Thursday, August 11th: CHALUTZIM & BOGRIM
(entering grades 6, 7 & 8)
Two-night out-of-camp trip with 6:00 p.m. dismissal on Thursday, August 11th

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

Thursday, August 11th - Friday, August 12th: TZEIRIM & NEVONIM
(entering grades 4 & 5)
Trip and overnight with regular dismissal on Friday, August 12th

Detailed trip information will be emailed closer to the date of the trip.

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.   

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 Family Trips to Israel 
Enjoy Israel With Ramah Families

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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pjpoolPJ Library Pool Party
Kochavim and Shorashim Families, Please Join Us! 
Cool off from the summertime heat at a pool party here at camp with our friends from PJ Library of Rockland County. All families with Kochavim and Shorashim-aged campers (entering kindergarten and 1st grade) are welcome to join us Tuesday, August 2 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. for a free barbeque, singing, stories, and swimming. Please note that while there will be lifeguards on duty, parents and caregivers are asked to be in the water with their children at all times. For more information, email Lara Epstein.

Click here to RSVP.