Camp Ramah, a network of Conservative Jewish summer camps operated in the U.S., Canada and Israel, received a shout-out in the “Hannah’s Diary” episode of HBO’s Girls when Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet) has a chance encounter with an old friend from camp on a New York City street.
After exchanging pleasantries, Shoshanna and Matt Kornstein (Skyler Astin), who recalls her “legendary summertime kitchen raid” end up spending the day togheter.
The summer camp shout-out, according to the show’s creator, producer and star Lena Dunham, was not auto-biographical. In a statement released to New York Jewish Week, Dunham said, “I didn’t attend Ramah but I know many amazing children who did and it always sounded like a fairyland for neurotic children! I am jealous, so I wrote it into my fantasy history.”
Ramah, which has an estimated 200,000 alumni from its eight overnight camps, three day camps and programs in Israel, has had previous brushes with pop culture – with references in NBC sitcom Will and Grace and shout-outs from alumnus Wolf Blitzer. The camps’ famous alumni list also includes names like Ben Bernanke, Chaim Potok, Debra Messing, Michael Dell and Henry Waxman, among others.