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topKol Ramah: The Newsletter of Ramah Nyack
Friday, August 5, 2016 / 1 Av 5776

In This Issue

Dates and Announcements

Shabbat Shalom!
Candle lighting time: 7:48 p.m.
Parashat Matot-Masei

Enrollment Extensions
Click here to indicate your interest. Limited spots remain.

Monday, August 8-Friday, August 12

Ramah Video 

Tuesday, August 9-Friday, August 12
Second session edah trips. 

Friday, August 12

Last Bim Bam Shabbat 

Monday, August 15

Tuesday, August 16
Last day of camp

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countdownYoms Around Ramah
Special Themed Days at Camp
Throughout the summer, yamim meyuchadim (special days) are planned as a fun way to build bunk and edah togetherness, while also expanding on the active learning that happens every day at camp. Some of our "yoms," as they are called, have included Yom Adom (red), Yom Olympics, Yom Pajama, Yom Star Wars, Yom Kvish Hachof (road trip), Yom Ani B'Atid (Me in the Future), and many more! 

Below are some pictures from yoms around camp!

Kochavim showing adom (red) pride on Yom Adom
Chalutzim making hamentaschen on Yom Purim b'Kayitz
Shorashim G4's Yom Dinosaur
Nevonim visiting the White House on their "road trip" on Yom Kvish Hachof

Thank you parents for all your help in making these yoms a success for our chanichim!

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. 

(entering K) 
(entering grade 1) 

(entering grade 2)
(entering grade 3) 

(entering grade 4) 
(entering grade 5) 


(entering grade 6) 

(entering grades 7 & 8)
scienceRamah Outdoors
A Week of Discovery and Exploration 
We just wrapped up an incredible week of Ramah Outdoors! Chanichim who participated:
  • Explored nature in our camp woods
  • Hiked the Shvil Ramah hiking trail
  • Learned how to set up tents
  • Searched for suitable firewood and built campfires
  • Developed wilderness survival skills
  • Hiked and camped overnight at Harriman State Park
  • Learned about the outdoors from a Jewish perspective

Click here for photos of our amazing week!

festivaleFestivale is Coming
Performing Arts at Camp
Join us at Festivale, our performing arts festival, featuring your children
performing dances to high-energy Israeli music!

Festivale will be held here at camp on Monday, August 15 at 1:30 p.m. (Rain date: Tuesday, August 16) If your schedule permits, we'd love for you to join us! The performance will last approximately one hour.

Information about Festivale has been emailed to you. Parking information will be emailed in the coming days.

As the excitement builds for Festivale, many families have expressed interest in the dances and music that have been selected for each edah. We have created videos which feature tzevet members performing each of the Festivale dances. Please click the links below to enjoy these videos with your children!  

Kochavim     Shorashim     Nitzanim     Solelim

adventureSpotlight On: The Arts
Creativity at Camp
Each day at camp, chanichim have the chance to explore a diverse array of artistic media, all while engaging in hiddur mitzvah--putting one's own sense of the beautiful into a mitzvah! 

Watch our video highlighting the arts at Ramah Nyack, and read below for descriptions of what your campers have been up to in the creative arts at camp!

Avodat etz (woodworking) is busy having an "etz-cellent" kayitz! From sivivonim (dreidels) and challah trays to games, the chanichim are sanding, assembling, gluing, hammering, and finishing their projects. We always practice safety first, add in some ruach, and have lots of fun!

In ceramics, campers marvel at how they can transform a lump of clay into a stunning piece of Judaica! Campers sculpt and paint their creation, and then it gets fired in the kiln. In ceramics we learn about Shabbat and holidays and get our creative juices flowing as we produce beautiful objects, many of which can be used throughout the year at your family holiday celebrations!

Ma'ayan (beading) gives chanichim a chance to work with crystals, gemstones, and other materials to create beautiful jewelry, accessories, and Judaica! Campers enjoy spending time on our shady and relaxing deck, where they've been making besamim holders, bangle bracelets, bottle cap jewelry, candle holders, and challah baskets (pictured).
In Arigim (fabric arts), it's all about tie-dye! Campers learn the techniques of tie-dyeing and fabric-painting, creating not only t-shirts, but also beautiful and unique Judaica projects such as their own tallitot. Past projects have included pillowcases, mezuzah cases, challah covers, and more! 

Bishul allows chanichim to measure, mix, and then nosh their culinary creations! Whether they are kneading challah dough or filling delicious hamentaschen, bishul is always a favorite for campers.

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

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

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

  • 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). 
geziOur Shabbat Visitors: Gezi and Demoz 
A Journey to Make Aliyah
Last week, we had the privilege of hosting Gezi and Demoz, two Ethiopian Jewish young adults. While visiting with our Chalutzim and Bogrim chanichim on Friday and our tzevet on Shabbat, they shared with us their journey from the Jewish compound in Gondar, Ethiopia and their hope to one day make aliyah. 

Demoz, a 24 year old student at Gondar University, and Gezi, a 21 year old with a dream of becoming a doctor one day, live among the approximately 9,000 Falash Mura Jews in Ethiopia.

notesNotes from the Office
Last Chance! 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 and Found
At Festivale, all lost and found items will be available to pick up on the White House porch. Please stop by and take a look! Please note that any items remaining in the lost and found at the end of the camp season will be donated to a local shelter.

berkshiresRamah Family Trips to Israel 
Enjoy Israel With Ramah Families

Please click here for more information and to register. 


pjLast PJ Library Bim Bam Shabbat
Our Final Bim Bam Shabbat
Join us for the last time this summer as we co-host Bim Bam Shabbat 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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