Rami Schwartzer

Occult-movie goer, fantasy football maven, avid cyclist

Born in Kentucky and raised in West Hartford, CT, Rami discovered his love of Judaism as a teenager at Camp Ramah and has never looked back. It’s the camp spirit that drives his career in search of creating enriching and nourishing communities. He has worked as the Director of Programming at Camp Ramah in New England and the Special Projects Coordinator at the National Ramah Commission, where he organized the first Ramah Israel Bike Ride to raise money for special needs camp programs. Today he is also the Director of Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington, DC, where he loves the opportunity to remain an eternal kid, and help others unleash the kid in them.

Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rami trained as a congregational rabbi through the Gladstein Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Leadership, and has served as a rabbi for congregations in New York, Texas, and Israel. He has also worked as a chaplain at MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care in New York City, helping people walk through all stages of life with support, awareness and dignity. He has particularly cherished being a guide through Israel for groups of teens, young professionals, and cyclists of all ages.

Rami is the recipient of the Gladstein Fellowship, the Myers Foundation Rabbinic Initiative, and the Leffell Israel Rabbinic Fellowship with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and has received specialized training in both community organizing and social entrepreneurship. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also received a master’s degree in Midrash & Scriptural Interpretation.

Rami loves teaching Jewish philosophy and listening to jazz music. Join him for an impromptu discussion about science fiction movies or an early morning bike ride through Rock Creek Park.