Meet Ryan Potechin and Zach Rubin – 2018 Amitei Ramah Tzeirim Fellows!

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Shalom! My name is Zach Rubin, although most people at camp know me as Zeebo. I am a junior at Carmel High School in Carmel, NY. I have gone to Camp every summer since Cochavim and I can truly say that the Camp Ramah community is one of the greatest things in my life. When I first found out about the Amitei Ramah Tzeirim (ART) fellowship program I was so excited because I saw it as a great opportunity within the Ramah community to learn and lead. For my project, I’m taking a large role in a project developed by my rabbi called Caring Collective. Caring Collective consists of several different programs (cooking classes, visiting the sick, helping the elderly, etc.) designed to support members of the shul to become more engaged and immersed in synagogue life based on their individual needs and interests. I specifically have taken a leadership role in the physical health program of the Caring Collective. I am working on organizing a CPR training course as well as several hiking and biking trips for congregants of all ages to attend. I am so excited to be working on this project, both for my own leadership development and also helping to enhance the lives of other synagogue members.

My name is Ryan Potechin. I live in Short Hills, New Jersey and belong to Congregation B’nai Israel. My first summer at camp was 2012 when I was in Nitzanim. I have been going to Camp Ramah in the Berkshires every summer since then. For my project for the Amitei Ramah Tzeirim fellowship program, I am helping organize Tikkun Olam (repairing the world)  events for the Hebrew school at my synagogue in order to help teach the students about the value of Tikkun Olam and help them get involved in the community. So far throughout this project we have successfully run a Thanksgiving food drive and there are currently several other upcoming projects in the works. In addition, I am setting up a system where kids from the Hebrew school can sign up to volunteer, making it easier for them to find opportunities to volunteer multiple times throughout the year. As I go from classroom to classroom to help teach kids about Tikkun Olam, I love being able to demonstrate why we are doing these programs and how they deeply affect others. One of my biggest goals is to teach the students how they can give back to the community and show them the many different ways in which they can help repair the world.

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