Marriages:

Mazal Tov to Gila Drazen (Nivonim 1996) and Rob Vincent on their marriage in June 2018.

Mazal Tov to Anna Tarkoff (Nivonim 1996) and Nessie Ruiz on their marriage in August 2018.

Mazal Tov to David Price (Nivonim 1997) and Michelle Edgar on their marriage in June 2018.

Mazal Tov to Mike Eisenwasser (Nivonim 2000) and Tans Yabut on their marriage in July 2018.

Mazal Tov to Elan Green (Nivonim 2004) and Shira Dickstein on their marriage in May 2018.

Mazal Tov to Bruce Ratain (Nivonim 2005) and Hannah Feldman on their marriage in August 2018.

Mazal Tov to Daniel Olson (Nivonim 2006) and Rabbi Benjamin Goldberg on their marriage in June 2018.

Mazal Tov to Eitan Frankel (Nivonim 2006) and Alexandra Crooks on their recent marriage.

Mazal Tov to Alex Kahn (Nivonim 2007) and Jared Kwait on their recent marriage.

Mazal Tov to Kevin Rahmanim (Nivonim 2009) and Yari Rostamian on their marriage in June 2018.

Mazal Tov to Leora Balinsky (Nivonim 2011) and Sam Glauber on their marriage in June 2018.

Mazal Tov to Sari Cornfeld (former year round staff) and Danny Levy on their marriage in August 2018.

Births:

Mazal Tov to Samantha (Daniels) (Nivonim 1995) and Samuel Feinberg on the birth of their son Avichai Saul.

Mazal Tov to Shanna Baumgarten (Nivonim 1996) and David Jadwin on the birth of their son Bernie Moe in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Becca Coren (Nivonim 1998) and Sanoon on the birth of their son Liev Ruh in June 2018.

Mazal Tov to Amanda and Benjy Shyman (Nivonim 1998) on the birth of their daughter Sienna Novelle in August.

Mazal Tov to Ariella and Marc Fiedler (Nivonim 1998) on the birth of their son Samuel Emmet in August.

Mazal Tov to David Katz (Nivonim 1998) and Amanda Russell on the recent birth of their daughter Reva Eliora. 

Mazal Tov to Ilana Gleicher-Bloom (Nivonim 1998) and Daniel Gleicher-Bloom in the birth of their son Lev in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Tal Halperin (Nivonim 1999) and Anton Kawalsky on the birth of their son Axel Shawn in March 2018.

Mazal Tov to Katie (Hanus) (Nivonim 2000) and Matthew Doscher on the birth of their son Noah James in March 2018.

Mazal Tov to Becca and Jonathan Bubis (Nivonim 2000) on the birth of their daughter Pennielle Wade in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Loren Bach (Nivonim 2000) and Naomi Hoffman (Nivonim 2000) on the birth of their daughter Laila Ruth in May 2018.

Mazal Tov to Sandra and Sasha Chack (Nivonim 2000) on the birth of their daughter Aviva in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Tammy (Linne) (Nivonim 2001) and Adam Smith on the birth of Judah Caleb in July.

Mazal Tov to Sarah and Jeremy Sherman (Nivonim 2002) on the birth of their son Aden Henry in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Avi Allen (Nivonim 2002) and Sarah Gold (Nivonim 2003) on the birth of their son Hugo in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Donielle (Lavintman) (Nivonim 2002) and David Frankel on the birth of their daughter Eden Julia in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Miriam and Evan Dreifuss (Nivonim 2002) on the birth of their daughter Talia Ruth in May 2018.

Mazal Tov to Lisa (Banoff) (Nivonim 2003) and Matt Rothenberg on the birth of their daughter Leora in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Zahava and Ari Berkowicz (Nivonim 2003) on the birth of their daughter in June 2018.

Mazal Tov to Rachel and Ari Parritz (Nivonim 2003) on the birth of their daughter Hannah Rose in August.

Mazal Tov to Heidi (Zimmerman) (Nivonim 2004) and Matthew Simons on the birth of their daughter Adina Lynn in May 2018.

Mazal Tov to Aviel and Daniel Peaceman (Nivonim 2004) on the birth of their son in May 2018.

Mazal Tov to Jenny (Sander) (Nivonim 2004) and Michael Kirschenbaum on the birth of their daughter Naomi Rose in May 2018.

Mazal Tov to Rebecca (Elkayam) (Nivonim 2007) and Mike Miller on the birth of their son Shai in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Program Director Gal Atia and Adi Atia (Mishlachat/Current staff) on the birth of their daughter Ayala in April 2018.

Mazal Tov to Angela (Goldstein) (former year-round staff) and Tal Cohen on the birth of their daughter Cobi Miri in July.

Mazal Tov to Jordan (Newmark) (former year-round staff) and Dan Wirt on the birth of their daughter Stephanie Golda in July.

Mazal Tov to Eric Samuels (Staff 2000s) and Racheli Rubin on the birth of their daughter Anaelle Naomi in August.

Engagements:

Mazal Tov to Marci Fiedler (Nivonim 1998) and Nathan Kramer on their recent engagement.

Mazal Tov to Elli Smerling (Nivonim 2006) and Andres Sevi on their recent engagement.

Mazal Tov to Carly Cooper (Nivonim 2006) and Aaron Wolff on their recent engagement.

Mazal Tov to Ariella Salsberg (Nivonim 2007) and Aaron Zuckerman on their recent engagement.

Mazal Tov to Assistant Director Adina Allen (Nivonim 2007) and Josh Warshawsky (Nivonim 2006) on their recent engagement.

Mazal Tov to Aaron Fineberg (Nivonim 2009) and Teri McGuire on their recent engagement.

Mazal Tov to Jacob Hanin (Nivonim 2009) and Paulette Crohn on their recent engagement.

Mazal Tov to Aaron Drexler (Nivonim 2012) and Carly Rubin on their recent engagement.

Mazal Tov to Phoebe Brown and Mike Becker (both Tikvah alumni) on their recent engagement.

General Updates:

 Rabbi Burt Cohen and Mayer Stiebel, both campers during Camp Ramah in Wisconsin's first season in 1947, are shown here during a recent visit to camp.

Rabbi Burt Cohen and Mayer Stiebel, both campers during Camp Ramah in Wisconsin's first season in 1947, are shown here during a recent visit to camp.

Mazal Tov to Andrea Rice Yablon (camper in the 1950’s) who will receive the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award from the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago in September.

Rabbi Burton Cohen (Wisconsin Director 1960-74, and a Ramah Wisconsin camper in the inaugural 1947 summer) has returned to Chicago after living in New York for 40 years.  He enjoys seeing Ramah alumni at the two synagogues he attends: North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, and the NTHEM Egalitarian Minyan in Rogers Park, not far from his son Yehuda's home, where he now lives.  NTHEM is the successor to Ner Tamid where Burt became a Bar Mitzvah.

Yasher Koach to Rabbi Betsy Forester (Nivonim 1981) on her ordination in June 2018.

Kol Hakavod to Brian Pogrund (Nivonim 2005) and Nisa Kwall (Nivonim 2007) on being named to Chicago's 36 Under 36.

Kol HaKavod to Rita (Botbol) Weintraub (Nivonim 2005) on receiving the Sue Pinsky Award for Excellence in Education.

Kol Hakavod to Leah Shapiro and Josh Aaronson (both Nivonim 2012) for their work on Debate it Forward. Click here to read more.

Condolences:

Baruch Dayan HaEmet – We extend condolences to the Drazen Family on the death of Rabbi Paul Drazen in June 2018. Paul was a Ramah Wisconsin camper (Nivonim 1968) and met his wife Susie (Alpert) (Nivonim 1970) at camp.  Through the 1970’s, during his graduate student years, he served as Camp Ramah in Wisconsin Program Director, Business Manager and Assistant to the Director.  During his rabbinic career as Assistant Rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, MN and as Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth El in Omaha, he was very instrumental in sending campers to Ramah. Paul and Susie’s children Gila (Nivonim 1996) and Yoni (Nivonim 2000) were both campers and staff members. In the 90’s and 2000’s, Paul served as camp rabbi-in-residence and Susie and Paul led educational retreats at camp. Paul was a valuable Ramah partner in his roles as Executive Director of the Mid-Continent Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and as Special Assistant to the CEO of USCJ. Most recently Paul served as the rabbi of Temple Adath Yeshurun in Syracuse, NY.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet -  We extend condolences to the Bonowitz Family on the death of Marvin Bonowitz in August 2018.  Marvin worked as camp nurse for many years and his wife Anne was our Rosh Hinuch. Marvin also performed with camp musicians and played piano for many of the musicals from 1975 through 1979. Marvin and Anne’s children Alan (Nivonim 1978), David (Nivonim 1979), Abe (Nivonim 1982) and Susan (Nivonim 1983) were campers, and Alan, David and Abe all returned on staff for several years in the early 1980s.  Marvin served on the faculty of the Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus and later retired from The Ohio State University Hospital.