The second-generation, Jewish-Iranian community of Los Angeles, concentrated heavily in the San Fernando Valley and the West Side, serves as the cross-sector of customary Persian tradition and Western influence.
The weight of future marriage eligibility, stringent and theological moral codes, as well as double-standards among sons and daughters, pushes deviant behavior into the shadows of secrecy, while simultaneously creating a contradictory modern sub-culture of dating rituals.
(grace after meals), intense and often heated Maccabiah competitions or “color wars” and musical theater performances.
Smith believes in the mystique of the Ramah romance and points to values that were largely learned and honed at Ramah as the foundation of her relationship. Rabbi Joe Menashe, the executive director of Camp Ramah in Ojai, expressed to the Journal his admiration for Ramah’s forward thinking and commitment to its vast network of alumni.
“The Ramah movement now welcomes over 10,000 campers and staff a summer, and why should we limit the potential to find our to only one camp limited by one’s year?
Ramah users will simply subscribe to JDate and provide their Ramah background with such pieces of information as camp attended and years at camp.
Then, Ramah users will receive a badge that will be featured on their profile.
Cohen claims that Ramah can identify at least 700 such couples — and more than 300 Ramah marriages are registered on ramahmarriages.org, complete with touching stories of how the couples met.
With others undoubtedly uncounted, Cohen said he firmly believes there are well over a thousand couples who met at Ramah.
“David and I have a lot of similarities because of the camp experience,” Ross said.
“It’s definitely something that came up.” Sarah Shulman, the education director at Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge and newly appointed camp director at the soon-to-be Camp Ramah in Northern California, met her husband, Nate, while staffing together at Ramah Outdoor Adventure in Colorado five years ago.
“It’s not always easy to find people who share common values and interests and that are also Jewish,” Shulman said.
“It wasn’t always easy to meet people who wanted to spend their summers like I did.
It will give alumni of the Conservative Camp Ramah movement — campers and staff — the opportunity to mingle online and possibly even quiet the Rabbi Mitchell Cohen, the National Ramah Commission’s national director, told the Journal that parents of Ramah alums have been adamant for years that the experience of camp shouldn’t stop after camp.