Max Silverstone, cantorial student at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School – JTS and member of the music staff Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, shares his research on the history of our camp in Wingdale, NY. He has unearthed wonderful musical recordings from the earliest years of Camp Ramah as well as its predecessor on the site, Camp Kee-Wah.
From 1934 to 1963, Camp Kee-Wah operated on the property that we know as Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. It was split as Camp Kee-Wah-We for Boys (today’s A-Side) and Kee-Wah-Ke for Girls (today’s B side Boys Kikar from 1934-1951, and all of B-side from 1952-1963). In 1961, the camp created a vinyl record. Side two consists of the cheers of the girls’ junior camp (first 4 tracks) and camp wide Kee-Wah spirit songs (the last 5 tracks)
Max visited with Mitch Mernick for this special presentation of Kol Ramah BaBayit!
We have featured tracks from these two albums on this podcast.
An evening in Wingdale – 1965. Camp Ramah in the Berkshires
Velvel Finkelstein, David Tilman, Aviva Kligfeld
Recorded by Ken Tarlow
Ride the Chariot
Kee-Wah Camps in the Berkshires
Directors: Isidore L Mones, Adolph Geiger
Alma Mater Recording Company, Riverdale 63, New York
Wah Alma Mater