Alison Goldstein Lebovitz (CRNE 1982-85, Seminar 1987) is an author, television host, speaker and nonprofit executive.
More importantly, Alison
is a Ramahnik.
The summers of 1982-1985 were some of the most memorable and meaningful ones of her
Those were the summers she
spent at Camp Ramah
in New England.
Those were the summers that laid the foundation for her
Those were the summers that would ultimately influence her decision to become the co-founder and president of One Clip at a Time, a nonprofit inspired by the Paper Clips Project that promotes student activism, and to serve as co-chair of National Young Leadership for Jewish Federations of North America.
It was during those summers she
made friendships that would span a lifetime.
And because of her
experiences at Ramah, she
husband-to-be, Alan, that she
not only wanted their children to go to Jewish overnight camp one day, but also insisted that it be Camp Ramah
jokingly suggested they include that stipulation in their ketubah.
and Alan now live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and are blessed with three boys, Arthur, 13, Abe, 11, and Levi, 10, all of whom are proud Ramahniks and longtime campers at Ramah Darom.
comforted him by saying, "Arthur, Daddy and I are sending you to Camp Ramah
because it is a gift.
And this isn't something we can give you later in life, because there are no do-overs when it comes to camp.
You may not understand it now, but I promise you will appreciate it later."Arthur cried on the last day of camp too, but this time it was because he
was so sad to leave.
favorite part of camp was unequivocally Shabbat.
"Because there is still nothing better than Shabbat at Camp Ramah
And since a Ramah Shabbat is so special to Alison's family, they decided to celebrate Arthur becoming a Bar Mitzvah at Ramah Darom last May.
rthur said it was the best Bar Mitzvah ever, and Alison
and Alan were thrilled to share this special Shabbat experience with their friends and family.