Honoring Kim Lori Sokol

Kim Lori and her husband Howard first joined the Ramah Nyack mishpacha (family) when their three daughters, Alana, Dana and Lauren, were very young (ages 7 and younger). Kim Lori’s first summer on staff was as Rosh Baby Gan, where she was responsible for managing the babysitting program available to staff members whose children are at camp, but who are too young to be campers. In this role, Kim Lori ensured the safety and well-being of camp’s youngest children, and managed a group of ambitious teenage babysitters who looked after the children one-on-one. Kim Lori and her family had an incredible experience that very first summer, and knew then that Ramah Nyack would become their forever summer home.

The following year Kim Lori transitioned to Sports Staff. This is where she firmly planted roots and has spent most of her time at camp. Teaching chanichim (campers) new skills on the soccer field, tennis courts, baseball diamond or in the gaga pit has certainly come easily to her, and she’s had fun doing it. But what she has loved the most about camp, has been the opportunity to mentor American and Israeli tzevet. Kim Lori’s approachable and outgoing nature has helped to form strong connections and build cohesion among the staff, year after year.

Kim Lori ultimately became Rosh Sport (Head of Sports), and in this role through the years her focus was to create a program centered on good sportsmanship, kindness and respect. She has taught countless tzevet the importance of instilling confidence in our chanichim so that they feel good about themselves both on and off the field (or court, or gaga pit, and everywhere in between). This summer, she is excited for the next stop on her Ramah Nyack journey, as Rosh Edah of Solelim (Division Head for rising third graders).

Outside of camp, Kim Lori teaches history at Suffern High School in Rockland County. She is an active member of the Orangetown Jewish Center (OJC), where she has volunteered for many years and has served on various committees, including on the Board of Trustees, Executive Board, and as OJC’s President (2010 – 2012). She first learned about Ramah Nyack through her connections at OJC, and she is grateful to be a part of both of these amazing communities.

Kim Lori’s twenty five summers at camp have been filled with happiness, meaningful relationships, joyous dancing on the migrash, and an ever growing love for Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel). So much of the Sokol family’s Jewish identity has been enhanced due to their summers spent at Ramah Nyack. Kim Lori’s daughters grew up at camp as chanichim, made beautiful, life-long friendships, and Dana and Lauren followed in her footsteps and joined the tzevet as well. Kim Lori is honored, humbled and greatly appreciates being recognized for her years and contributions to a place which she holds so dear.