Comedian Joel Chasnoff will be headlining fourth annual Ramah in the Rockies event, Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m. at Herman’s Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway.
A Ramah alum and parent to two Ramah in the Rockies campers, Chasnoff is a stand-up comedian and writer with stage and screen credits in eight countries.
In February, 2010, Simon & Schuster published Chasnoff’s comedic memoir, 188th Crybaby Brigade, about his year as a combat soldier in the Israeli army. The book made the Denver Post’s bestseller list.
“The goal of the event is to support scholarships for campers who otherwise couldn’t afford to experience camp as well as to fund improvements and upgrades to the camp facilities including a new staff building and retreat center to open in June, 2014,” explains dinner co-chair Amy Topelson.
In 2013, Ramah completed its fourth summer camp season which brought 350 campers from 26 states and internationally, including Canada, Mexico and Israel.
Ramah in the Rockies is the only kosher, Shabbat-observant camp in the nation that features an outdoor adventure program, Ramah Outdoor Adventure. This program includes overnight wilderness camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, kayaking and horseback riding along with environmental sustainability and awareness.
The camp strives to encourage campers to challenge themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually, all with the support they need to feel and be successful. This summer Ramah continued its month-long inspirational leadership program known as the Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute (JOLI), which is designed to empower rising 11th and 12th graders to becoming inspiring Jewish stewards and leaders.
JOLI includes an extended outdoor excursion, training in wilderness survival, first aid certification and counselor training.
The Dec. 8 event will be a fun, informal, camp-style evening that will include drinks, appetizers and desserts.
Event chairs are Stacy Wasserman and Amy Topelson.