Speakers and Staff

rabbi AnaliaThis year we are thrilled to have Rabbi Analia Bortz at the helm of the 2015 Jewish Women’s Getaway. Always an inspiration to everyone she meets and nominated as one of Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Heroes, Rabbi Bortz embodies all things “holy and wholly” as spiritual leader at Congregation Or Hadash in Atlanta, a synagogue she founded with her husband, Rabbi Mario Karpuj in 2002. When she’s not leading services, teaching students or managing the myriad of projects at her synagogue and in her community, the multi-talented, multi-degreed, and multi-lingual Rabbi Bortz imparts her medical expertise and wisdom as a member of the bioethics committee at various Atlanta hospitals. She is also the founder of SEEDS of HOPE, a non-denominational group for women struggling with infertility. A distinguished orator and champion of social justice, Rabbi Bortz lives in Atlanta and has two daughters.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fabulous women who will also be teaching and helping out during our time together. 

Linda Klein HS

Linda Klein is our 2015 Artist-in-Residence. She brings a wealth of creativity, talent and ideas to our upcoming Jewish Women’s Getaway program. Linda served as art director at Camp Starlight for many years and studied various forms of art in both college and graduate school. This year, Linda is excited to share her jewelry making expertise with us by offering a unique workshop involving beading and antique eclectic pieces. She will also lead a clay mono printing workshop to showcase some of the innovative ways we can use clay to help print gorgeous pieces of art. Linda is anxiously counting down the days until she can meet everyone at this year’s fabulous getaway!


carynCaryn Hanrahan is recently retired as a certified nurse-midwife after spending 22 years at Grady Memorial Hospital. She is currently devoting her time to her elderly parents, four children and Siegel Insurance (the family business). She recently joined the boards of MACoM and Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies and enjoys rescuing food for Second Helpings Atlanta. This is her first year at the Jewish Women’s Getaway!




Sandie Ivers has been part of the Ramah Darom family since 2001, working as Director of the Dining hall for the last two summers, as well as planning programming for Passover Retreats, Family Camp and Camp Yofi. Sandie worked tirelessly on meals and logistics to make last year’s getaway a success, and we are thrilled to have her back this year!  During the year, Sandie is the Events Marketing Manager for her daughter’s company, Inspire Smart Success.




Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, PhD is the Rabbi in Residence at Be’chol Lashon, an organization which celebrates the global diversity of the Jewish people, and an alumna of Rabbis Without Borders. She teaches workshops and writes about the fullness of Jewish ethnic and racial diversity, as well as Jewish cooking and parenting. Rabbi Ruth is relocating to Atlanta with her family in July and is excited to visit Ramah Darom for the first time at the Jewish Women’s Getaway.



Rebecca Stapel-Wax is the Executive Director of SOJOURN, the Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity. She is dedicated to helping others navigate the pressures to conform, so that individuals do not have to choose between their faith and their gender/sexual diversity. Rebecca, who has an MA in Counseling, aims to facilitate candid conversations that spark understanding and enhance relationships. She has been married to her wife Jennifer for 23 years, and they have two children who enjoy their 2 dogs, playing ping pong, and kite-flying together.



lynncLynn Handmacher Chanin is a third generation Sephardic Atlanta girl. She has both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Dance and Exercise Physiology. She has been teaching ballet, contemporary dance, group fitness classes, and yoga for 41 years. After her four magnificent children, her passion is guiding beautiful women (and men) to find their fitness! She is excited to be teaching Flowing Meditation and Body and Soul, a strength and flexibility class, at this year’s Jewish Women’s Getaway.



Deena Pargman teaches yoga and cycling classes at multiple programs at Camp Ramah Darom, but the relaxation and invigoration one is her favorite! We guarantee you’ll feel better at the end of class! Deena will also lead us in an indoor cycling class as well as multi-style yoga class and another restorative yoga class. 


Greg Greer has been involved with natural history for his entire life.  Today Greg is a freelance naturalist working in Eco-tourism and providing educational live reptile programs throughout the Atlanta area.  Past work includes working with Peregrine Falcons, reptile collecting for numerous Texas Zoo, working in the reptile department at Zoo Atlanta, Executive Director of the Chattahoochee Nature Center and for 13 years, traveling the world as an Expedition Leader for International Expeditions. 

Beth Feldstein

Beth Tieman-Feldstein is a physical therapist with a PhD, who is currently using her skills as director of carpool management and logistics operations head of the Feldstein family. In addition, Beth volunteers at the Epstein school, MACoM community Mikvah, and B’nai Torah. She is thrilled to be back for her 4th year at the Jewish Women’s Getaway and will be leading the workshop entitled: Making a Spiritual Splash: Contemporary uses of Mikvah for self-reflection, renewal, and transformation.


Lisa Marks is truly a glass half-full type person.  She lives in Atlanta with my family and attend Congregation B’nai Torah.  She is also a 3 3/4 year breast cancer survivor and thankful for life itself. Lisa is the mother to four children who attend four different schools due to very different learning styles. Her children have taught her many things but the most important lesson I have learned is that every single person has a story. “My cancer experience taught me to appreciate the ups and downs of life, as we wouldn’t appreciate the ups if we didn’t experience the downs. If you need a positive slant on your life, come visit me.” Lisa will be leading us on our morning walk.

Debra Michaud is the Immediate Past President of the Ramah Darom Board.  She has been involved in camp since its infancy, when her son Alex started as a camper. After experiencing the importance of the camp first hand, Debra took a position on the Board to participate in its continued growth and development. Both of Debra’s children have participated in the Ramah experience and campers and as staff and she looks forward to being able to share that opportunity with her grandson, Benjamin.