Camp Ramah In California Staff Opportunities and Leadership Incentives 2 0 1 5 ui w HELPING HELP US ENHANCE CAMP BY YOU GROW JEWISHLY AND PROFESSIONALY! Dear Ramah Tzevet: At Ramah, we truly believe that there is no better place to gain real life experience! We recognize that there are many opportunities out there and you make a conscious choice to spend your summer with us. We want to be sure that we are constantly challenging you, evolving and providing you with a wide range of skills that you can add to your resume and repertoire! (and a little extra cash $$$ is always nice!) Every year the opportunities are different and we are always open to new suggestions and ideas. We are THRILLED to offer THIRTEEN awesome ways to contribute to camp and help better meet the needs of our staff. Review these opportunities and let us know what catches your eye! Please email Amy, [email protected], with questions about any of these great additions! And for the first time ever, we have asked a number of last year’s tzevet to share with us on film their experiences from these leadership opportunities. Click here to see the compiled video! We look forward to hearing from you and all the creativity you have in store. Todah Rabba and B’hatzlacha, Rabbi Joe, Ariella, Amy, and Hannah 1. Early Signing Bonus COMMIT TO CAMP EARLY THIS YEAR … and increase your salary! Avoid the stress of back-and-forth thinking (Do I return to camp? Do I explore the world of retail or filing?) and decide to join the fantastic Kayitz 2015 team right away. This year we are offering two early signing incentives: Staff that submit their applications by NOVEMBER 14th and return as staff this Kayitz, will qualify for a $50 bonus. Staff that sign and return their 2015 contract within seven days of receipt and return as staff this Kayitz, will qualify for a $50 bonus. - This bonus opportunity will expire at the end of February 2. Jewish Education Stipend In efforts to promote Jewish learning amongst our COLLEGE-AGE-STAFF, Camp Ramah in California is proud to offer the 2015 staff the opportunity to obtain up to $100 towards post-high school Jewish learning. These stipends will be given to high school graduates who enroll in a college-level course in Judaic Studies or Hebrew Language or spend a semester or year in Israel. Eligible college-age staff members will receive up to $100 added to their summer salary. Please be prepared to submit a camp form describing your course or time in Israel for approval by March 31st! 3. Pre-Summer Va’adot Join our pre-season planning through “hands-on” Pre-Summer Va’adot! Va'adot will meet 3-5 times throughout the year in person or through conference calls. Members will produce written materials on their programmatic ideas and see that the ideas are implemented through at camp. These Va’adot will present their work to the entire tzevet during Shavuah Hachanah. Have an idea for a va’ad? Do you think an aspect of Camp or Staff programming could use a little tweaking? Send us your proposal to [email protected] and perhaps one of the pre-summer va’adot will focus on your idea! 4. Ikar Society: Creative Program Grants Do you have an idea for camp that you want to see come to fruition? Got a special project to benefit campers? Camp Ramah will soon accept applications for creative program grants through the Ikar Society, a granting program to fund innovative, Jewish programming by summer staff. Some previous recipients are: Eve(y) Havivi for her Anti-Bullying Project Mollie Kesten for her Tallis Making Workshop. Aaren Alpert for Ramahcapella Selected grantees will be awarded a budget of up to $2,000 for their projects, and a financial stipend of $500 for their efforts. Programs will be implemented during 2015, alongside the grantee’s main job. More information, guidelines and a deadline for proposals will be available soon! 5. NRC Winter Retreat– 2 great cohorts! Tzevet members who will return for Kayitz 2015 are invited to join us at our Winter Staff Training Retreat held at very own Ramah California on January 5-8. The retreat brings together Ramah staff from across North America for a joyful week, incredible Jewish learning, intensive staff training, the sharing of best practices, and the development of new programs. Our Winter retreat includes several cohorts: 1. The Bert B. Weinstein Institute for Counselor Training: Each year, the Weinstein Institute brings together the finest madrichim from all of our camps. If you are selected to participate, you will help to create a dynamic, spirited and meaningful learning community. The program is geared for entering second or third year madrichim who anticipate having greater programmatic and mentoring responsibilities during the 2015 season. 2. Staff Members from all Ramah Special Needs Programs (Tikvah, Breira B'Ramah and Camp Yofi): Madrichim and educators working with our special needs programs are encouraged to participate. The cohort will discuss programmatic initiatives and the complexities of working with various populations at camp. We anticipate that over 100 Ramahniks from across North America will gather together for this spectacular event in sunny California. There is no cost to attend the program and Ramah will cover up to $450 towards the cost of your air fare. In order to participate, you will need to commit to returning to camp for the 2015 season. 6. Cornerstone Fellowship CALLING RAMAH'S SENIOR-MOST COUNSELORS!!! We hope to select a cohort of senior-most counselors to participate in the prestigious Cornerstone Fellowship funded by the Foundation for Jewish Camp in May 2015. Fellows are ideally entering their junior year of college and must have two years of counseling experience under their belt. More details will be available soon provided this Fellowship program is renewed for 2015 after a successful 2014 season with Ramah CA. 7. Internship in Partnership For many of us, the outside pressures of needing other work experience can often stop us from returning to camp year after year on tzevet. However, now, with the help of our partners, we are able to offer our Internship in Partnership (IIP) program. IIP allows you to gain work experience in other fields in the weeks leading up to camp before returning for another summer on tzevet. After you apply for IIP, we match you with an internship in one of many intriguing fields for the weeks prior to your summer at camp. Last summer, we offered 4 of our staff members internships in entertainment, production, and finance. A generous stipend will be added to your salary for participating in IIP. If you are interested in this program, you must commit to returning to camp for a full summer in 2015. Please email Hannah ([email protected]) by February 1, 2015 if you would like to fill out an application for IIP 2015. 8. Song Leader Boot Camp (SLBC) Do you look forward to singing in the Chadar? BKR? Well, get ready for the 3rd annual Shira Boot Camp. This year, Ramah CA will partner once again with the Jewish Rocker himself—Rick Recht. We will send a cohort to Shira Boot Camp training in February. If you are interested in learning how to be a song leader and teach chanichim all about the Ramah music - this is the perfect leadership opportunity ! If you are interested in this leadership opportunity. Veteran staff who are interested will receive a stipend of $200 in addition to their summer salary. Please notify Amy ([email protected]) by January 1, 2015! Spaces are limited for this once in a lifetime opportunity! 9. Ramah Service Corps Fellowship We are looking for dynamic and spirited Ramah tzevet members to comprise the 2014-2015 cohort of Ramah Service Corps Fellows. As an RSC fellow, you will bring your energy and enthusiasm to a synagogue or school setting to create more year-round Ramah programs, and inspire additional families to consider Ramah for their camper-age children. As an RSC fellow, you will act as a Ramah ambassador and will work four to five horus a week to organize Ramah style programs for children, teens and families. This year’s RSC retreat will be from November 7-9, 2014 in New York as well as at Weinstein in January. Please email Hannah ([email protected]) if you are interested in being a Ramah Service Corps Fellow fir 2014-2015. 10. B’Yachad Training Course in Israel Are you spending the year in Israel? Would you like to find a meaningful way to bring your experiences back to camp and collaborate with our wonderful Mishlachat at camp? B'yachad (“Together") - now in its fifth year, trains American staff together with shlichim who work at camp, to help you become more effective informal educators and jointly support the Israel education work with the shlichim at camp next summer. You will receive a stipend of $150 upon completion of the B’yachad course and returning to camp. 11. Achva–For Shlichim Only Achva provides distinct training courses for our shlichim who plan on returning for a second, third, fourth or more summer, as well as a separate training seminar for delegation heads. A significant stipend will be awarded to those shlichim who participate in the Achva Program. 12. Winer: Rosh Edah Training Program Winer is a National Ramah training experience for first time and returning Roshei Edah. This retreat will give you all the tools you need for your first summer as a Rosh as well as the opportunity to learn from previous Roshim, meet peers from other Ramah camps, and get into the Ramah mode. Winer will take place from May 26-29, 2015 at Ramah New England. 13. Rakazei T’fillah/Kriyat HaTorah Are you particularly skilled in t’fillah and interested in making t’fillah as engaging as possible? Do you love reaching out into the community to find Torah readers and participants? Then consider being one of our Rakazei T’fillah or Rakazei Kriyat HaTorah. Responsbilities may include: * Train Staff – on matbeah and nusach, meaning & pronunciation of t’fillot as needed * Support Chanichim—on nusach, meaning & pronunciation of t’fillah * Model Leadership – by leading t’fillah on certain occasions to demonstrate good hazanut * Coordinate Torah/Haftorah Readings – recruit Torah and Haftorah readers as needed Rakazim will participate in pre-summer planning for their work through meetings and/or phone conferences. Rakazim who are also madrichim will be assigned to work with their edah. ****NEW FOR KAYITZ 2015: For the first time, we are introducing a year-round t’fillah training track to improve tfillot and to strengthen the role of the Rakaz T’fillah in Camp. Participants will attend a training program (Dates TBD) and receive a stipend of $350 in addition to their salary. Rakazim who do not participate in the year-round training will receive a $150 stipend in addition to their salary. SEE YOU IN OJAI!
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