Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Director
Rabbi Rami Schwartzer is proud to bring Camp Ramah to the Washington, DC community! An alumnus and long-time Ramah senior staff member, Rabbi Rami spent two years as the Director of Programming at Camp Ramah in New England and three years as the Special Projects Coordinator at the National Ramah Commission. In addition to extensive Ramah experience, Rami trained as a congregational rabbi through the Gladstein Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Rabbinic Leadership, through which he served both established and emerging congregations in Westchester, New York; Houston, Texas; and Beersheba, Israel. He also completed a full unit of clinical pastoral education while serving as a chaplain at MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care in New York City. Rami is the recipient of the Gladstein Fellowship, the Myers Foundation Rabbinic Initiative, and the Leffell Israel Rabbinic Fellowship with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and has received specialized training in both community organizing and social entrepreneurship. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received rabbinic ordination. Rami is passionate about harnessing the power of Judaism to foster strong interpersonal and spiritual relationships.
Sharon Rosenberg Safra, Assistant Director
A Bowie, Maryland native, Sharon Rosenberg Safra received her BA in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Jewish Education from the Davidson Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sharon worked as the yoetzet (parent liaison) at the Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington this past summer and has served as the Family Education Director at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville since 2003. Prior to 2003, Sharon worked as a Hillel professional, synagogue Program Director, and Regional USY Director. She and her husband, Rabbi Michael Safra, are the proud parents of three children and happy Ramahniks, Rebecca, Ethan, and Gila. Rebecca and Ethan will return to Ramah New England this summer; Gila will go to the overnight camp in Palmer for the first time for two weeks and will return to the Ramah Day Camp for 4 weeks.
Shira Rosenbaum, Program Coordinator
Shira Rosenbaum is a West Hartford, CT native who spent many summers as a senior staff member at Camp Ramah in New England. Shira served as the Assistant Director of the Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington this past summer and is looking forward to her continued work with the Day Camp! Shira received her BA from Binghamton University in Psychology and Judaic studies, and returned to school at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health sciences to receive a B.S. in Nursing. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 3 years in Arlington, VA and is thrilled to be starting a new job at Children’s National Medical Center in DC!