We are excited to introduce you to our 2013 Rashei Aidah!
Nathan Brodsky, Rosh Nitzanim
Shalom Darom! I am so excited to be Rosh Nitzanim for Kayitz 2013! This will be my 4th year on staff and I was previously a camper for six summers. I am originally from Sarasota, Florida, recently graduated from Tulane University, and will be working at the American Hebrew Academy (AHA) in Greensboro, North Carolina after camp. I am looking forward to a great summer and am thrilled to share with everyone my love of swimming and boating in the agam and enjoying Shabbat soup on Friday nights! I love Ramah Darom and look forward to getting to know all of the energetic chanichim through extraordinary programs, new art projects at omanut, and lots of fun chugim and sports! I look forward to seeing you all soon in Clayton!
Hallie Chandler, Rosh Sollelim
Sollelim was my first summer as a camper at Darom, so I am extremely excited to be Rosh Sollelim this summer. Two weeks ago I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a major in music with a piano principle and minor in communications. Ramah has always been an integral part of my summers. I was a camper for six years, a staff member for three, and also staffed Ramah Poland and Israel seminar. The beautiful friendships that I have made from my involvement with Ramah will last me my entire lifetime and I am glad your children will have that same opportunity. From hiking to the waterfalls, eating grilled cheese and tomato soup, dancing and experiencing a beautiful Havdalah service to having conversations about G-d, Camp Ramah has provided me with wonderful opportunities for which I am grateful. Next year I will be working as a child and family educator at Temple Emunah in Lexington, Massachusetts, where I will be continuing my dedication and passion for Jewish experiential education. I am a middle child, a firm believer in being outdoors, left-handed, love singing and peppermint patties and can’t wait to be Rosh Sollelim for this wonderful upcoming summer!
Judah Kerbel, Rosh Halutzim
I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but I spend most of my time (when I’m not in camp) in College Park, Maryland at the University of Maryland. I have just one more semester left at UMD and will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies and Psychology. This is my ninth summer at Ramah Darom, my fifth on staff. Each summer, the meal I look forward to most is the first night fried chicken – it’s just so tasty. This summer, I can’t wait to go boating with chanichim during lake time! My personal favorite activities as a camper, though, were peulot tzrif (bunk activities) that my madrichim planned. One more fun fact about me is that I played violin for 10 years. I look forward to meeting all of the superstar Haultzimers this summer!
Jennifer Spielman, Rosh Cochavim
Hi! My name is Jennifer Spielman, and I am so delighted to be Rosh Cochavim for Kaitz 2013. I am from Atlanta, but have spent my last four years at Washington University in St. Louis. I recently graduated with a degree in psychology and received a minor in communication design. This will be my thirteenth summer at Camp Ramah Darom, and I am a proud alum of Ramah’s Israel Seminar as well. I was a senior counselor for Cochavim in 2010, and I am very excited to return to my roots this summer as a Rosh Eidah for Cochavim. My favorite childhood camp activity was always amanut (art) and volleyball. My hobbies at camp include many varieties of crafts, and I am most famous for drawing custom designs on white sneakers. In addition to my love for art, I am very passionate about positive psychology, and am excited to bring my knowledge of positive psychology to the Ramah Darom community.
Ayala Wasser, Rosh Shoafim
I grew up in Tampa Florida and spent my college years studying in New York City. I cannot begin to express how excited I am to work with my staff and create exceptional experiences for the campers at Ramah Darom. I recently graduated from the joint program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. After the summer I will begin to pursue a masters degree in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. I am a life-long Ramahnick, having been a part of the Ramah Darom community since 1997. Now as I enter my 5th summer on staff i have the incredible opportunity to be a Rosh Aidah and to make each day of this summer meaningful and special for the children. In my free time I enjoy exploring the great city of New York, spending time with friends, reading a good book, and playing different sports. I enjoy every aspect of camp from singing and dancing to Yom sport and our Shabbat meals where we come together and celebrate Shabbat as a camp. I greatly look forward to getting to know your child and making this summer one that is filled with exciting programs, new adventures, and lifelong memories.
Joe Lustig, Rosh Nachshonim
I am from New Orleans and studied Political Science and Economics at Tulane University.This is my 14th summer at camp. My favorite activity as a camper was climbing the tower, and my favorite meal at camp is grilled cheese & tomato soup (duh!).I am most excited to see my former chanichim (Gesher ’11) thrive in their new role as madrichim. Ramah Darom is a truly magical place where young Jews live, learn and love within a completely Jewish community. I love my role as a rosh eidah because I have the opportunity to facilitate this experience in a way that allows to truly see the growth of each and every camper.
Daniel Levy, Rosh Nivonim
I am originally from Efrat, Israel, and received my degree in Political Science from Hebrew University. I am a former IDF special forces fighter and am currently a shaliach in Washington, D.C. In my free time, I love reading, playing guitar, MMA training and baking challah. I’ve been at Ramah Darom forthe past four summers. My favorite camp meal is grilled cheese! This summer, I am most excited about creating long-lasting memories with Nivonim.
Rachel Herman, Rosh Gesher
I am from Nasvhille, Tennessee, have been a part of the Ramah Darom community since 1999, and am entering my seventh year on staff. I’m so excited to be a part of making this summer a great one for my staff team and campers. I received my B.A from Indiana University in 2011 where I studied Jewish studies and International studies. I’m currently working toward a M.A from the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davison School of Jewish Education in experiential Jewish Education. After receiving my undergraduate degree I spent the year in Israel working for the Nativ College Leadership Program. I spend a lot of time traveling between America and Israel and just finished another semester of study in Jerusalem. While in Israel I also got to participate in the Ramah bike ride that raises money for all of the Ramah camping movement’s special needs programs. I love all things Ramah Darom related and am greatly looking forward to the summer ahead!