Annual Dinner Honorees

Remembering Mindy Fischer ז’’ל & Honoring Daniel Fischer

Daniel fell in love with Ramah during his first camper summer in 2001. Mindy, joined Daniel and our staff community a year later and became a beloved member of the Ramah Nyack education staff. Mindy’s passion for Jewish teaching and Jewish learning inspired countless children and adults at Ramah, Ansche Chesed (her NYC home) and the Jewish Theological Seminary where she was a rabbinical school student until her untimely death in 2017. We are grateful to her husband and Daniel’s father, Adam Teitelbaum, for allowing us to honor Mindy. She is missed dearly.

Daniel has remained at Ramah since his first Nitzanim summer! He has held a variety of summer positions and upon graduating from Yale University this December, joined our year-round staff. Daniel is working on developing ParkMada, set to open next spring.

Remembering Miriam Massen ז’’ל & Honoring Jerry Goldman

Miriam’s life was devoted to family, friends and our Jewish community; she was adored by all. After receiving her JD and working as an attorney, Miriam focussed her professional energies on enriching the Jewish community. Until her untimely passing this fall, she served the executive director of Temple Israel Center in White Plains. She is missed dearly.

Jerry has devoted his life to education and music and was a beloved math and science instructor in the Yonkers School District gifted and talented program. A Vietnam War veteran and a member of the SR2 band, Jerry has spent over a decade working at Ramah Nyack where he is affectionately known as Mr. Mini Golf!

Jerry has 2 sons, Glen, married to Mary, and Seth, married to Megan Tan. He has four wonderful grandchildren, Jonah, Elliot, Kaya and Nico. Jerry and Miriam’s daughter Hava, has grown up at camp and will be spending her first summer as a residential staff member this summer.

Honoring Debby Tamir & Honoring Deborah Weinberger

Deborah Weinberger served as our co-rosh mayim (aquatics director) for 12 years and will be sorely missed this summer. Deborah’s passion, exuberance and commitment to excellence have inspired our entire community. She has trained hundreds of our staff to become exceptional life-guards and motivated countless children as they became confident swimmers. Deborah is a wonderful Jewish role model and Jewish educator. She and her husband Jay have opened their home to mishlachat members every summer and consider each one an extension of the Weinberger family. Deborah’s three children Liana, Sam and Oriyan have all attended Ramah Nyack. Deborah has served as the co-president of Hebrew Institute of White Plains where she volunteers and manages the thriving HIWP Back Door Thrift Shop. She and former Nyack “swim-mom,” Michelle Dittelman, have recently launched, “Senior Relocations Partners,” downsizing and move management for senior citizens and their families. Deborah, Jay (a beloved Nyack Shabbat guest) and their children live in White Plains.

Debby Tamir has served as our co-rosh mayim (aquatics director) for almost 2 decades and remains a fixture in our community. Originally from Mamaroneck, Debby, her husband Glenn (a Berkshire’s alumnus) and their three children Orly, Avi and Liat made aliya in 2006. The family built a home in Shorashim and graciously host many members of our Nyack family. Orly, Avi and Liat graduated our camp program, worked at camp and served in the IDF with distinction. During the non-camp season, Debby serves as a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, lactation consultant and doula. She has taught countless new parents infant/child CPR in private classes throughout Israel. We are grateful that she returns to Ramah Nyack each summer. Debby has taught thousands of children to swim, mentored hundreds of young adults on our swim staff and serves as an adviser (and mother) to our mishlachat.

Benefitting the building of ParkMada

A state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor science exploration and discovery center to teach innovative science education through a Jewish lens. Designed with the input of a team of young-adult Ramah leaders studying and working in the science, technology, engineering, and Jewish education fields, ParkMada will be built with the support of foundations and friends of Ramah Nyack.