RAMAH TIKVAH PROGRAMS
Vocational Education Programs
Northern California | Wisconsin
Continuing its ongoing support of Ramah’s vocational programs, the Ruderman Family Foundation has granted $150,000 over three years (2015-2017) for vocational education at Ramah California, Canada, New England and Wisconsin, and to encourage vocational education inclusion programs at other Ramah camps.
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The Tikvah Program is a six-week program for teens with developmental disabilities, ages 12-21. The program provides recreational, social, and educational experiences for campers. Campers in the Tikvah program enjoy swimming, hiking, sports, and arts and crafts, and also attend daily services, study Hebrew, and learn Jewish customs. Each camper is integrated into the ongoing activities of the camp according to his or her abilities. The program includes a vocational education component for young adults ages 18-21.
Contact: Casey and Adam Green, Tikvah Directors, (416) 789-2193
Ramah Darom’s Vocational Training Program is designed for participants of post-high school age and will include job placements within camp. Participants will receive coaching in areas of employment, life skills, and relationship development. Placements take into account participants’ ability level, stamina, and vocational interests. Work placements include the following areas: early childhood, farming, dining hall, kitchen, infirmary, administrative/office, maintenance, mailroom, canteen, sports, and art center. In addition, participants are guided in developing meaningful projects based upon their interests and creativity. Participants are valued members of Ramah Darom, enjoying all aspects of our Jewish community.
Contact: Audra Kaplan, Tikvah Director, (404) 531-0801
Tochnit Avodah (Voc Ed) offers vocational training, socialization and a group living experience to young adults with disabilities. Through close communication with participants’ parents and year-round support professionals we develop a summer program individualized to each participant’s needs, focusing on goals in the areas of social skills, job skills, and independent living skills. We also offer summer employment with necessary supports to a select group of graduates of Tochnit Avodah. Contact: Bonnie Schwartz, Tikvah Director, (781) 400-0204
The Ezra Program offers vocational training for young adult campers ages 18 to 26. Individualized internship and mentorship opportunities include, but are not limited to, horse care, office/administrative work, and food services/hospitality. Ezra participants develop life and social/recreational skills through participation in age-appropriate camper and staff activities.
Contact: Howard Blas, Tikvah Director, (413) 374-7210
Atzmayim (Hebrew for “independent”), the Tikvah Vocational Program, is designed to strengthen social and vocational skills in participants who are high school graduates ages 18-21. It is intended to assist in transitioning to an independent living environment such as a college campus or developing the ability to select and engage in leisure activities at home.
Contact: Jacob Cytryn, Director, (312) 606-9316