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topKol Ramah: The Newsletter of Ramah Nyack
Friday, August 12, 2016 / 8 Av 5776

In This Issue

Dates and Announcements

Shabbat Shalom!
Candle lighting time: 7:39 p.m.
Parashat Devarim

Monday, August 15, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 16
Last day of camp
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countdownRegistration for Summer 2017
Join Us Again Next Kayitz
Registration for Summer 2017 will open next week. You will receive an email with instructions in the coming days.

We are happy to once again offer an early registration discount for families who enroll their children through November 1, 2016. Look out for our registration email with all the details! 

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 Video
That's a Wrap!
Ramah Video just completed a week of creative exploration! Our talented video instructors led campers in creative activities and projects that allowed them sharpen their videography and editing skills. Chanichim who participated:
  • Explored the visual effects that can be created with long exposure photography
  • Learned editing techniques such as reversing footage to create interesting effects and illusions 
  • Filmed a documentary-style video on-location during Nevonim's mitzvah hike 
  • Discovered the fun of green screen technology
We had an incredible time building our new filming and editing skills, and meeting friends in other edot in the process!

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.

Festivale Songs!
We have created videos which feature tzevet members performing each of the Festivale dances. Please click here to enjoy these videos with your children on the Ramah Nyack YouTube channel!  

shiurSpotlight On: Shiur
Dynamic Learning at Camp
Our unique Jewish education program at camp ensures that chanichim learn about Jewish tradition, history, and holidays through performance arts, active games, and crafts. So much has been happening at shiur throughout the summer! 

Kochavim, Shorashim, and Nitzanim chanichim "traveled" to Israel, crafted personal Torah scrolls, and explored the days of creation through art, nature, song, and more. 

Solelim, Tzeirim, Nevonim, Chalutzim, and Bogrim had a variety of shiur bechirot (electives) to choose from--performing in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," scrapbooking to themes of Jewish values, making tallit and learning about the halachot of tallit in arigim (tie dye), discussing "Is Harry Potter Jewish?", recording Parasha Podcasts, and more. 

Each edah helped transform Ramah Nyack into "The Shuk at Night." At Machane Yehudah, the largest shuk in Jerusalem, after the vendors close their doors for the evening, the artist Solomon Souza creates beautiful graffiti portraits of prominent Jewish figures. Those portraits are displayed on the walls and closed doors of the shuk creating a spontaneous, magical museum. Here at Machane Ramah, we turned our gym into a shuk and displayed art of the walls just like Machane Yehudah! Click here to view photos of our own version of the shuk, featuring your children's artwork!

Our gym served as the backdrop for "The Shuk at Night." 

Kol hakavod to our talented shiur staff, whose limitless creativity and passion for Judaism elevates Jewish learning to incredible heights! 

highlightsPhoto Highlights of the Week
Yoms and Trips! 
We had a busy week of yamim meyuchadim, trips, and overnights!

Kochavim at the Hudson River Museum
Nitzanim at the Maritime Aquarium
Nevonim during tefillot atop Hook Mountain

Shorashim's Yom Tov
Solelim & Nitzanim welcome a wallaby on trip day

Chalutzim & Bogrim at High Exposure

donationsDonations in Honor of Staff
Contributions to Ramah Day Camp in Nyack
If you would like to acknowledge your child(ren)'s counselors or other staff members in a meaningful way, please consider a donation of any amount to Ramah Day Camp in Nyack in honor of the staff members. 

Each staff member will receive a beautiful Rosh Hashanah ecard, filled with the names of campers and families who recognized his/her work by making a donation to Ramah. If you have already made a donation in honor of your child(ren)'s counselors, your names will be included.

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

notesEnd-of-Summer Office Notes
Camp Directory 
We will be sending a directory to all of our camper families in the coming days. This directory will provide contact information for all campers who attended Ramah Nyack this summer. 

If you wish to be excluded from the directory and did not complete an opt out form, please do so by Monday, August 15. To opt out, log in to your CampMinder account. Click on "Forms & Documents" and complete an opt out form. A form should be completed for each camper you wish to exclude from the directory. Directories will be distributed to those families whose listings are included.

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.