Honoring Abra Goldemberg
Abra first fell in love with Ramah Nyack when she spent a summer on tzevet (staff) during her college years. That initial experience made a great impact on her, as a young Jewish adult beginning to map out a career in education. Several years later, Abra and her husband Michael planted roots in White Plains, N.Y., conveniently located only a short drive over the bridge from Nyack. When their eldest son Judah was of age for Kochavim, Abra was excited to join him and return to Ramah as commuting staff. A self-proclaimed “camp person,” Abra sought an even more immersive experience and jumped in with both feet to take on the role of Rosh Edah (Division Head) of Kochavim. Abra loved being a part of Ramah Nyack’s residential staff and treasures the summers she lived at camp with her family.
Known for her enthusiastic, booming voice and endless supply of Kochavim-Red T-shirts, Abra has supported chanichim (campers), tzevet (staff) and camp families along their Jewish journeys. Abra has a true gift for listening, and helping others to feel heard. In this respect, she has served as an important mentor to the many young adults who have worked with her as Co-Rashei Edah through the years. Now that her children are both Ramah Nyack alumni, Abra has transitioned to a new role at camp. This summer, Abra will be a yoetzet (advisor) for the younger age groups in camp and we are grateful that she will continue to share her many talents with our community.
Abra has taught at Beit Rabban Day School in Manhattan for the past four years. Previously, she was the Early Childhood Jewish Education Director at Temple Israel, New Rochelle. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director of the Rosenthal JCC’s Early Childhood Education Program in Pleasantville, NY. In this role, Abra supervised all aspects related to the provisions of Early Childhood and Early Intervention Services.
An active volunteer, Abra is a member of the White Plains Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and served as a Mentor for the Matan Early Childhood Institute. She is a member of Temple Israel Center of White Plains, where she has served on the Board of Trustees, the Nursery School Advisory Board, and most recently the Inclusion Committee. Abra holds a B.A. in Childhood Education from Syracuse University and Dual Masters in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College. Abra and Michael still live in White Plains with their two sons Judah and Caleb (who are most certainly “camp people”), and their dog Wade.
Young Leadership Award
Harris Mevorah spent six magical summers at Ramah Nyack as tzevet (staff) for Tzeirim, and continues to dedicate his time to camp by serving as a member of the year-round Advisory Committee. Ramah is important to Harris because “it provides the framework for living out a passionate Jewish life infused with Zionism.” When Harris was on summer staff, during his free time at camp, he could be found agonizing over whether the SPUMR (softball) field was playable after an early morning Shabbat rain. Harris is a Senior Associate in KPMG’s Financial Services consulting practice. He graduated from Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary with degrees in Economics and Talmud.
Haylee Mevorah made many life-long friendships during her five years as tzevet at Ramah Nyack. She believes Ramah is “the epitome of a proud Jewish and Zionist community where there is a collective goal of instilling this pride in the next generation of Jewish leaders.” Haylee was a counselor for Solelim, and most recently served as Rosh Edah (Division Head) during Kayitz (summer) 2021. A Client Services Associate at AlphaSights in New York, Haylee graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Management and Marketing and minors in Judaic Studies and Disability Studies. During her junior year, Haylee participated in The Nachshon Project, a semester based in Jerusalem with a large focus on Jewish leadership.
DJ Mevorah was really excited to join the Ramah Nyack tzevet last summer, following in the Mevorah tradition. DJ is a counselor for Kochavim and an RA (Resident Assistant) of Gould. She recently completed a gap year program with Hevruta at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and will attend Binghamton University in the Scholar’s Program this upcoming fall.