A half –century ago, over 700 campers and 300 staff, journeyed to rural Wingdale, New York, nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, and opened Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for the very first season. Flash forward to June 25, 2013, and witness thirteen coach buses, filled with 571 excited campers, headed down Route 22, and arriving in the same spot 50 years later. An historic milestone for the founders and current CRB Mishpacha.
Today’s CRB mission, vision and values reflect the pioneering spirit that motivated Camp’s Board in 1964. Dramatic facility improvements, infrastructure adjustments, and grounds keeping upgrades demonstrate current camp changes . Yet, the underlying ruach remains constant as great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents continue to send their children and their prodigy to Ramah in the Berkshires. An amazing legacy connects all as we develop plans for the future… for the next 50 years and beyond.
In the spirit of the first day of the 50th season, chanichim (campers) and tzvet (staff) embraced their old friends and cheerfully greeted the new as they plunged into activities, unpacking, and forming a kehilah (community) within each edah. Glorious sun soaked days filled with afternoon bursts of rain showers allowed each camper the opportunity to swim in the lake, study, dance, shoot hoops on the basketball courts, hike, enjoy ga-ga, devour mitbachon’s famous chocolate chip cookies, artistically design projects, chatter in Hebrew, form bonds with their counselors and bunk-mates, broadcast on Kol Ramah, plant on our farm, select peulot (activities) and much much more. Check out our photos, videos, blogs, and podcasts for a glimpse into CRB in action.
Returning or new to camp all of us are thrilled to be together in Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. We anticipate a wonderful Shabbat and a terrific summer.
Rabbi Paul Resnick[youtube=http://youtu.be/tJsSdkGzzvg]