Our Staff

Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Director

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Rabbi Rami Schwartzer has been Director of Ramah Day Camp since its inaugural summer in 2015 after over a decade of Ramah experience. Prior to opening the DC area day camp, 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 his work with Ramah, Rabbi Rami is the founder and co-director of the Den Collective, a new kind of Jewish community in the DC metro area. Having trained as a congregational rabbi through the Gladstein Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Rabbinic Leadership, Rami has served congregations in New York, Texas, and Israel, and as a chaplain at MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care in New York City. Rabbi 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 in 2018 he was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland State Youth Camp Safety Advisory Council. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received rabbinic ordination.

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Sharon Rosenberg Safra, Assistant Director

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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 in its initial summer and served as the Family Education Director at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville from 2003 to 2016. 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. Sharon believes strongly in the power of community and enjoys her work building a diverse summer kehillah each year.

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Linor Shemesh, Registrar & Program Coordinator

Linor Shemesh is a recent graduate from the University of Hartford, where she majored in Communication Studies and Teacher Education. Linor grew up in Maryland, attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and spent summers at Camp Ramah in New England. Prior to joining Ramah Day Camp full time, Linor spent two summers working as the Communication and Logistics Coordinator. She also taught Hebrew School in the Hartford area. Linor enjoys traveling to Israel and visiting her friends and family there.

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Elisheva Layman, Tikvah Director

Elisheva Layman graduated from the University of Maryland with a Masters degree in Special Education and has worked as a special educator at a Jewish day school in New Jersey for the past six years. She is a longtime leader in the Camp Ramah in New England community, having served nine summers in the Tikvah Program at the Palmer overnight camp and one summer as a senior staff member here at our DC area day camp. In summer 2018, Elisheva worked on the camper care team in Palmer, supporting campers with various needs throughout the camp community. In her free time she enjoys seeing Broadway shows, cooking and spending time with her friends. A Maryland native, she now lives in New York City.

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Billing & Financial Aid (Boston Office)

Ed Pletman
Director of Finance and Operations, Camp Ramah in New England

Ken Milgram
Finance Associate, Camp Ramah in New England

 

Rabbi Ed Gelb, C.E.O., Camp Ramah in New England

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