The official podcast of Camp Ramah New England! Many of us live "ten months for two" - or ten months for ROO (our kangaROO mascot)! Join hosts Rabbi Ed Gelb, Josh Edelglass, and Michelle Sugarman to discuss all things Ramah New England! We'll share exciting news, debate our favorite (and least favorite) camp meals, and delve deep into the magic of Ramah. We'll also interview special guests who represent the GOATs (Greatest of All Time) of Ramah!
"All Aboard!" with Amy Skopp Cooper
This week we were honored to chat with National Ramah Director Amy Skopp Cooper, who got her start at Camp Ramah New England!
Amy tells us all about her deep roots at Ramah New England (wait until you hear her wild train story!!) and the many ways she thinks our camp is special. Amy reminisces about Ed Gelb's interview (b'ivrit) to become the Director of Camp Ramah New England, and her early memories of Michelle and Josh. We talk about Yom Avatiyach (Watermelon Day) swag, the similarities and differences between the Ramah overnight camps, the role of National Ramah in supporting the Ramah camps, and Amy shares the worst mistake she ever made on staff at Ramah New England. Amy also has an important message for our Bogrim, Machon, and Nivonim campers!
"Acheinu Has to be Fourth!" with David Offit
On this episode we were delighted to be joined by the "golden pipes" of the one and only David Offit, long-time Ramah chanich (camper), madrich (counselor), Rosh Edah (Division Head), Program Director, and current board member!
David, sporting a glorious Hanukkah sweater that we wish you all could see, talked with us about change at camp, specifically the Alpine Tower and the K'far Nivonim. We reminisced about his famous harga'aot (his night-time singing performances for tzrifim), his favorite Seudah Shlishit songs and his opinions on their proper order, and the best camp machazemers (plays/musicals) that he's ever seen. We also explored David's many momentous achievements as a Ramah staff-member, from appearing on an edah t-shirt, to having an a cappella song composed about him, to having a life-size cardboard cut-out made of him to mark the path to the new Chadar Ochel.
Be sure to listen to the end for a fun musical surprise!
Deep-Fried Popcorn with Jackie & Sean
We're thrilled to welcome Jackie Romito-Carey & Sean Carey to our podcast this week! Sean & Jackie are the incredible team who run our Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) over the summer, and they also oversee all of the retreats and events that happen at camp during the off-season.
In this episode, we'll peel back the curtain to talk all about food-service at camp! You'll get to hear Jackie & Sean talk about their favorite and least-favorite meals to serve, what meals are the most popular with our campers, and so much more. We talk about Sean's deep-fried popcorn, Mexican lasagna, Friday night brisket, late-night staff snacks, and all the different types of events we host at camp during the off-season (including the recent B'not Mitzvah of Josh's daughters Tahlia & Reya, for which Sean & Jackie served an incredible array of food about which Josh can't stop raving during our conversation). We also talk about bald eagles and other wildlife at camp!
Origins & Engagements with Emma Neusner & Andy Weissfeld
We're excited to welcome our first guests to the podcast: Emma Neusner & Andy Weissfeld! Emma and Andy (who recently got engaged and plan to get married at camp!) are beloved long-time Ramahniks, both of whom have spent many years as Rashei Edot. Emma was most recently Rosh Machon and Andy was Rosh Nivonim.
In our far-ranging discussion, Emma & Andy share their Ramah origin stories and the story of their engagement. We also discuss how we all first met, Josh's binder/yoman, Andy's never-seen t'fillah warm-up dance video, and the 2005 camp-wide "False Idol" competition. We also talk about some great TV shows, including Avatar: The Last Airbender, Andor, Seinfeld, and The West Wing.
Additionally, Rabbi Gelb issues a retraction, and we discuss Josh & Michelle's recent promotion to be Co-Directors of Camp Ramah New England!
We had some audio problems this week, so we apologize for the inconsistent audio quality. We're learning as we go, and we'll try to do better in the future! Thanks for listening!
Rabbi Gelb, Josh and Michelle get to know one another better by asking each other questions from the Vogue 73 Question Challenge. Rabbi Gelb waxes poetic about Bruce Springsteen and discussed the proper pronunciation (and meaning behind) the word Vayidgu in Hamalach Hagoel Oti, the popular Seudah Shlishit song. Michelle reveals that she appeared on a billboard as a child, and Josh talks about an important car lesson he learned from his dad.
Ramah Origins (or: "When the Roo Runs Free")
Welcome to the first ever episode of Ten for ROO, the official podcast of Camp Ramah New England! In this episode, co-hosts Rabbi Ed Gelb, Josh Edelglass, and Michelle Sugarman share their Ramah origin stories. They also discuss trout fishing, the virtue of mini-donuts, Ed and Michelle's shared Scrantonian heritage, and share some exciting news and updates about camp.
I feel so much more connected now
Thank you for pulling back the curtain and letting us get to know the heart of Ramah and what keeps it pumping
Ten for roo is amazing
It’s really good
i love camp
i love this