Our 2017 Honorees

HONORING

ADINA AVERY-GROSSMAN

Adina grew up in New Rochelle and attended Camp Ramah in the Berkshires (Gesher 1977), where she was most well known for her starring roles in Pinocchio, Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma (whose Hebrew lyrics she remembers to this day). Adina culminated her Ramah experience when she traveled to Israel with Camp friends on Ramah Seminar in 1978. Adina is married to Harman (Gesher 1975) and they have two children (Zoe and Eli) and a daughter-in-law (Brenne).  Eli and Zoe collectively spent more than two decades in Camp as campers and staff members. They still consider Ramah to be “their happy place” and both continue to be very involved in CRB alumni activities. Adina has been on the Ramah Board for more than ten years, first serving as the Strategic Planning Committee Chair and then as Vice President of Development. She has helped Camp raise more than $6 million during her tenure, chairing the campaign to complete the Ulam and creating the Gesher Fund which encourages our oldest campers and their parents to give back. Most recently, she led the Development Committee in raising $1.8 million for the Art Opens Doors campaign that supported the building of a new Welcome Center and Art building, as well as Beit Am Bet theater improvements. In addition to Ramah, Adina shares her volunteer talents with the Zamir Choral Foundation and is a co-creator of Tzipporei Shalom, the kids’ choir of Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck. She also co-teaches in the Beth Sholom Lunch and Leyn program every Shabbat. Adina studied at Princeton University and Columbia Business School, and has worked in marketing and licensing her entire career. She founded Brandgenuity with three partners fourteen years ago.

 

SUE OCH

Sue is the Vice President of Finance on the Board of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. She spent three summers at CRB as an A-Side camper, and then returned for Ramah Seminar and three summers as a Ramah Berkshires madricha. She has been an active member of the CRB Board for more than ten years.  Sue works as Director of Finance at Gottesman RTW Academy, a Jewish community day school in Randolph, NJ. In her earlier career she was a market research analyst and a Wall Street trader. Sue earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from NYU. She is proud to be part of a three-generation Ramah family, from her mother, Golda z”l, and her uncle Bernie, to her brothers, Jon and Dan, and her daughter, Emily Kalver. Sue’s father, Dr. Michael Och, served on the Berkshires “Committee” for several years. Most significantly, Sue and her husband Brian Kalver met in Tzeirim, in 1976, back when Sue’s camp friends called her “Sochy.” Sue and Brian reside in Morristown with their children, Emily, Jonah and Jason. Brian is the Cantor of Congregation B’nai Israel in Basking Ridge, NJ. Formerly, Sue and Brian were long-time members of Adath Shalom in Morris Plains, where Sue co-chaired the ritual committee and was a frequent Torah reader, a skill she honed at Ramah.

 

ALUMNI LEADERSHIP AWARDS

MATT ALBERT

Following in the footsteps of his mother and two older sisters, Matt began his Camp adventure in Cochavim in the summer of 1994. After eight amazing summers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, he worked as a lifeguard at the Ramah Day Camp in East Brunswick and then returned to CRB for two years as a madrich in Shorashim and Solelim. Matt’s sustained love and dedication to Camp continued after college when he became a member of the Labor Day Weekend Committee.  After four years as Labor Day Weekend co-chair alongside the inimitable Annie Zaks Kaufman, Matt is now looking forward to taking on the role of co-Vice President of the Ramah Berkshires Alumni Association. Matt is currently employed at Hillel International as the Director of Board Operations. He and his wife, Batya, live in New York City and are fully committed to continued involvement with the Ramah community.

ORI FOGER

Ori spent six amazing summers at Camp kicking off an uninterrupted sequence of having a Foger at Ramah Berkshires every year since 1996. The seminal moment in Ori’s camp experience, athletic career, and perhaps even his whole life (aside from becoming a father and husband) remains making Chug Basketball in Bogrim, a memory which he’s replayed for his family more times than they care to hear. But it wasn’t all roses. Seminar and Ori didn’t always see eye to eye, and while he made it through kayitz 2001 in Israel, he opted to skip staff. His friends declared him AWOL & some thought he’d never return...until Labor Day 2007 that is. After spending the weekend in Camp, Ori was reminded why he fell in love with it in the first place; and like a phoenix, from the ashes of Ori 1.0 came a wiser & balder Ori 2.0. Ori started to get more involved with Ramah alumni events and eventually stepped into Ramah Basketball Association leadership, taking over from Eric Steinthal z”l and then serving as league commissioner for seven seasons. Ori grew up in Englewood, NJ and works in real estate.  He currently resides in Brooklyn with his beautiful wife Jenna and son Max (Gesher 2032). The Ramah community plays a big part in their lives (5 of Ori’s Gesher 2000 bunkmates were his groomsmen) and this past summer the whole family attended Labor Day Weekend at Camp where Ori made them listen to the B-10 bunk mix, again!

ANNIE ZAKS KAUFMAN

Annie’s long-term relationship with Camp Ramah began as a Nitzanim camper in 1996. She spent the next six summers at Camp, attended Ramah Seminar, and worked for three summers as a CRB Nitzanim and Gesher madricha and on Tzevet Sport. After spending a semester at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2007, Annie staffed Ramah Seminar. As a college graduate, Annie knew she wanted to reconnect with Camp and joined the Labor Day Weekend Committee, eventually becoming co-chair with Matt Albert. Professionally, Annie is the Global Business Coordinator at Revlon. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, David Kaufman, who she met at a Ramah wedding. While not a Camp alum himself, David has embraced the Ramah community and has been Annie’s Labor Day MVP for two years and counting.