Incoming President’s Message – Rebecca Kahn

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Rebecca KOver the past 4 years, I have had the privilege to work with and learn from Lani Kustanowitz.  She has taken RBAA to new heights with her vision and dedication.  Under her leadership, the RBAA has taken on new initiatives and rejuvenated old ones, specifically, creating new initiatives around community service, networking and young alumni engagement. She has done all of this with her unique blend of enthusiasm, spunk, and an admirable devotion to camp. Her love of camp is truly infectious. Spend five minutes talking to Lani, and you too will inevitably become a Camp Ramah lifer.  She is the perfect poster child for what it means to bring Ramah home with you.

I have known Lani since my first summer at camp in Nitzanim.  Even that first summer, she had a huge smile on her face and was eager to meet the next Ramah Kahn.  For many years she was just a  “character”  in my Ramah experience. First,  my brother’s friend, then Jeremy Kaplan’s girlfriend, then my counselor Nava’s little sister, then Rosh Edah of my sister’s edah and eventually the wife of Simmy, a counselor from my edah.  But over the past 4 years, Lani has become my friend and mentor.  Her commitment to camp and creating stronger links between alumni and camp is amazing and I can only hope to follow her tremendous lead. The alumni association has grown tremendously under her leadership, and I hope to continue her legacy.