Photos from the Ramah Alumni Lunch and Learn
April 22, 2018 in Chicago
May 3, 2018
Last week was an outstanding gathering of nearly 60 Camp Ramah in Wisconsin campers and counselors from 1947-1960. For those of you that were able to attend, thank you, and those of you that weren’t able to make into Chicago, keep reading to hear what you missed! Alumni gathered from coast-to-coast, and everywhere in between, to celebrate Ramah and the campers that were the true pioneers of the institution. Chaviva Jacobson (Vivian Bassett) delivered a remarkable lecture on her work with Marc Chagall which culminated in a bus-load of Ramahniks led through the halls of the Art Institute of Chicago for a tour of Chagall’s works. Perhaps long overdue, the opportunity to reconnect prompted several alumni to share the following thoughts:
Ramah summers had an enormous effect on my life. They influenced who I am today and helped shaped what is important to me.
…summers at Ramah, remains such a significant memory for us and had such a profound impact on our lives…And our madrichim, faculty, and camp administration, together with our parents and the founders' insight, all made that possible.
We also had a chance to hear from the current Camp Director, Jacob Cytryn. In his remarks we heard how camp has changed, and specifically how the performing and visual arts programs have been enhanced over the decades. There are some very exciting developments on this front for the next generation Ramahniks.
First decade camper, and now past-President of camp, Alan Silberman, reflected on how for nearly seven decades he’s maintained his ties to Ramah as a camper, parent, board member, grandparent, and donor. Alan announced the launching of the Chevrah Scholarship Fund. This is an exciting project specifically focused on reengaging with the pioneers of the first decade at camp that paved the way for the future generations. The Chevrah Scholarship Fund will be scholarship dollars held perpetually in camp’s Endowment to assist families with significant financial need to make Ramah a reality for their children.
We ask all alumni from 1947-1960 to participate now in the establishment of the Chevrah Scholarship Fund.
Gifts to the fund can be made in three different ways:
- Through traditional methods to the Annual Campaign by check, credit card, or stock transfer.
- Becoming a member of the Camp Ramah Legacy Society – making arrangement in your estate plan to provide for future generations of Ramah campers in perpetuity. Incredibly, almost half of the alumni at last week’s event are already members, Thank You!
- Art for Ramah- This is an exciting opportunity to donate works of art to benefit camp and the Chevrah Scholarship Fund. We are able to pursue this project through the generosity of Rebecca Michelman, a Ramahnik who also happens to be a private art dealer in New York City. Her company, Michelman Modern Inc., evolved from 15 years of experience as a principal in Michelman Fine Art, a family business, founded over forty years ago by Joan Michelman. Both are boutique operations specializing in Impressionism, Modern, and Post-War Art, located in a private salon-style space on 7th Street between Fifth and Madison and providing fine art advisory and brokering services. Rebecca will assist donors in arranging for art to be appraised, sold, and shipped with the proceeds donated to Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. If you are interested in this project please contact Rebecca at:
Please do consider joining this important effort to ensure that Camp Ramah in Wisconsin has the scholarship resources necessary to allow aid for generations of campers to come.