Rav Na’ama Levitz Applbaum
Director of Ramah Israel Seminar
A seventh-generation Jerusalemite, Rav Na’ama has a wealth of experience in Jewish education, Israel education, and running programs in Israel for North American teens. She most recently served as the Director of Community Engagement at Mechon Hadar in Israel. Na ‘ama held the position of Director of Israel Operations at Golda Och Academy, heading the school’s semester-long senior program in Israel. Na’ama also served as a Program Manager at The Israel Experience. She received her ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes in Jerusalem in 2016 and has studied at various educational institutions on her path to becoming a Rabbi. She enjoys leading communities in tefila and has served on the leadership team at Washington Square Minyan in Boston, and most recently at Kehillat Sod Siach in Jerusalem. Na’ama was on mishlachat at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin in 2002 and was Rosh Tefila at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in the summer of 2016. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband Ari and their four children.
After 18 summers spent at Camp Ramah in Canada, as a chanicha, madricha, Rosh Edah and year-round professional, Leora is excited to join the Ramah Israel Seminar mishpacha! Born and raised in Thornhill, Ontario, Leora always dreamed of making Aliyah and moving to Jerusalem (and living right next to Machaneh Yehuda). She holds a B.ED and Teaching Certificate from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. After completing her degree, she went on to staff the Nativ College Leadership in Israel program from 2016-17. She then worked year-round as the Program Associate at Ramah Canada from 2016-2019. In early September 2019, Leora officially made Aliyah and is now working as the Seminar Coordinator. When she is not in the office, you can find her eating the most delicious breakfasts that Israel has to offer (and listening to all of Idan Raichel’s classics).
Executive Director, Ramah Israel
Meir has extensive skills in organizational management and educational leadership, including 23 years of experience as a director in the fields of Jewish camping and Israel experiences for youth and young adults. Meir served as Director of The Israel Experience: Educational Tourism for English-Speaking Countries. Meir spent many years as a director in the Young Judaea Zionist movement, in different capacities among them as the director of Camp Judaea in NC and Director of their national teen camp, Camp Tel Yehudah. Meir lives in Modiin, with his wife and their 3 children.