The 2018 National Ramah Winter Leadership Training Conference

The 2018 National Ramah Winter Leadership Training Conference, held January 4-7, was a tremendous success. This year’s gathering took place at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California. The four-day conference featured several tracks, including an expanded Bert B. Weinstein Institute for Counselor Training for college freshmen, as well as training for counselors of campers with disabilities (Tikvah), veteran staff (“vatikim”), division heads (rashei edah), and year-round Ramah Service Corps Fellows and Ramah College Network Fellows.

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10 Amazing–And Accessible–Days in Israel

...people with disabilities are very capable of connecting in a meaningful way with Jewish ritual, practice, and knowledge, and with Israel. When our summer camps, synagogues, youth groups, schools, communities and Israel trips open their doors to include everyone, the payoff is as clear as the beautiful sky we saw from Jaffa on the last night of our trip of a lifetime.

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Winter Camping and Fighting Addiction at America’s First Jewish Wilderness Therapy Program

“When you go out into the wilderness, you just become open to all sorts of change,” said Rabbi Eliav Bock, director of Ramah of the Rockies. “When you go into the wildness, you strip away a lot of the noise we have around us — family, drugs, bad influences. You take somebody out of normal circumstances and force them to confront who they are as a person, what their core values are.”

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Jewish Wilderness Therapy Launched in Colorado Rockies

BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, an experiential outdoor education program for young adults struggling with emotional, behavioral, or academic challenges, will launch on January 24. BaMidbar is a program of Ramah in the Rockies. The therapeutic program includes four-day wilderness treks, with Shabbats spent at Ramah’s base camp. At base camp, participants will also have individual, group, and family therapy.

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My Community Is Bigger Than Your Button

To be a member of the Ramah kehilla (community in Hebrew) is a beautiful gift. We learn how to accept and love others for their weaknesses and not just their strengths....We learn how to ask for forgiveness and to forgive, to embrace our differences, to celebrate with immeasurable joy during the good times, and to comfort each other with endless sympathy during the hard times.

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Expanding Horizons at Day Camp

A variety of Washington-area day camps offer activities for campers to discover abilities and interests they didn’t know they have. Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington, in Germantown, MD, allows kids to take three electives per week in addition to swimming and activities like Israeli music and dance. Electives include candle-making, cooking, robotics and engineering.

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Rabbis Go Camping!

More than 150 rabbis and cantors spent time this summer at one of the Ramah camps, suggesting there’s increasing interest in Ramah’s secret sauce. One of those 150+ rabbis reports here on the summer he spent on staff at Ramah Berkshires.

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