In the last week of May, there was a lot going on in the Jewish camping world, particularly with Ramah. While the Foundation for Jewish Camp was hosting the Cornerstone fellowship, the National Ramah Commission had Winer- Rashei Edah training and Daber. Daber is a new program, funded through The AVI CHAI foundation, to support the comprehensive strengthening of Hebrew language education at the Ramah camps. The initiative includes intensive staff training, curriculum development, and special programs to be implemented at the Ramah camps to encourage Hebrew usage. Rami Schwartzer, Rosh Shoafim and a Daber participant wrote about his experience last week at Ramah Darom:
Last week's programs at Camp Ramah Darom
really got me into the spirit of camp. At the Winer conference, I got to
speak with other rashei edah from the other 10 Ramah camps, specifically
for me those who will also be working with Shoafim-equivalents in their
respective camps. This gave me a wonderful opportunity to share ideas in
order to put together the best summer possible, in all aspects, for Shoafim
2010 (and likewise for the other roshim in attendance).
At the same time, the new Daber Fellowship, sponsored by the AVI CHAI Foundation, had the Fellows, as well as the rashei edah present, beginning to shift gears into the language of camp in many respects. Between working through the brand new informal Hebrew curriculum written specifically for Ramah camps, and even simply the fact that the conference was conducted in Hebrew, we all dug down into our memories to pull up that Hebrew file and dust it off in time for camp. I think I speak for all of the 2010 Daber Fellows for Camp Ramah in New England in saying that we are very excited for the new plan to infuse Hebrew more into our day-to-day program at Ramah, in a fun, engaging, and non-threatening way. This, after all, is the gem that sets Ramah apart from all other summer camp experiences, and we are thrilled to be making this a focus of kayitz 2010.
I have not even moved into our Palmer home yet and kayitz 2010 is already off to a spectacular hatchalah (beginning). Can't wait to see you all there in only 21 days!!