2016 Professional Specialists

Abby Maeir ABBY MAEIR teaches the art of fused glass to aspiring artists of all ages in Chicago.  A lifelong arts enthusiast who first nurtured her love of art at the JCC in Pittsburgh, Abby inspires her students to imagine and then create their own one-of-a-kind pieces including mezzuzot and jewelry.

This summer Abby will work with campers to create mixed media installations (metal & glass) inspired by Israeli poet Zelda’s famous work, Everyone Has a Name. Campers will choose words they want associated with their name, stamp the words onto metal in Hebrew or English, and add fused glass to complete meaningful pieces of art. The artwork will be installed throughout camp to inspire conversation and reflect on the importance of this historic poem.


ShimritSHIMRIT GIGI is a professional basketball player and coach who has loved basketball for as long as she can remember. In high school she led her team to a first-place finish in the 15th Maccabiah Games and was named the Distinguished Player. She continued to play basketball at the college level at Siena College in New York, where she earned a BS in marketing management and international business.  Recently Shimrit played for the Israeli National Basketball Team and for Anda Ramat-Hasharon.

Shimrit will join us as coach-in-residence, sharing her considerable skills and experience with our campers and staff.

AJ RosenbergALEXANDER (AJ) ROSENBERG holds a Master of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation Science and is currently a Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. AJ is also a strength and conditioning coach certified by the National Association of Strength and Conditioning.

AJ believes that exercise is an essential component of a healthy life. At camp he will share his knowledge of exercise science to inspire and energize the Ramah community.


head shotORI WEISBERG holds a Ph.D. in English Renaissance Literature from the University of Michigan. He has over two decades experience in Jewish education and has taught for a range of academic institutions in the US and Israel, where he now lives with his family and works as a translator and editor. Ori is also the composer of Hashoshanim, a full setting of the Hebrew text of Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs) in an 18-song song cycle.

Ori will offer one-on-one and group sessions for campers of all ages interested in developing their own creative voice through music, using “Hashoshanim” as one model for Jewish-artistic expression.

Lilach SchragLILACH SCHRAG is a visual artist and educator from Highland Park, IL. Using a large range of materials and methods, Lilach’s artwork draws from Jewish tradition and myth, focusing on characters such as Elijah and Lilith. As an art teacher, she specializes in helping people create visual interpretations of Jewish text in a communal context. To see Lilach’s artwork, visit lilachschrag.com

HAPPENINGS IN ART will create meaningful individual and collaborative artwork.

Lilach also will serve as a consultant to all at camp who need aesthetic and technical support in visual art.To see one of the projects from last summer, visit https://www.ramahwisconsin.com/tag/art/