Meet Rosh Rishonim Ilana Orrelle-Meltzer!

Welcome back to Rosh Rishonim Ilana Orrelle-Meltzer! (Rishonim is the day camp program for staff children.)

Years at camp:
This will be my 3rd year as Rosh Rishonim

Other Ramah experience:
I started in 2002 as a member of the Mishlachat (Israeli staff delegation) at Camp Ramah Canada and returned many years there. I also led Ramah Seminar in 2004 and 2005. I met my husband Ross at camp and we both took a break when our kids were born. When they were old enough we decided to try Ramah Wisconsin.

Other camp experience:
Being born in Israel my summer experience was going to day camps and traveling with my family. After the army I was exposed to Camp Ramah when I was a member of the Mishlachat, and I became a Ramahnik ever since!

Favorite thing about camp:
The singing and ruach (excitement), the agam (waterfront) and the family feeling.

Most looking forward to:
Having LOTS of fun with the Rishonimers. Singing, making crafts, swimming, laughing and playing.

Life outside camp:
I studied early childhood education at David Yellin College in Jerusalem.
I am currently a Hebrew Immersion Teacher at Associated Hebrew Schools in Toronto, Canada.

Hometown:
I was born and raised in Jerusalem and currently live in Toronto, Canada. We plan to stay in Toronto for one more year and then move back to Israel.

Fun fact:
I went skydiving in New Zealand and felt so free, like I was in a dream flying like a bird.

Something exciting for this summer:
Rishonim will be having a maker space! We’ll be creating crafts from food and many other kinds of materials.

Anything else?
I am so excited!

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