NRC Statement on Israel Education
We, the leadership of Ramah, are proud that Zionism is a central part of our core mission, as we nurture within our campers and staff members a deep and enduring love for Israel.
Unfortunately, some recent articles in the Jewish press have mischaracterized our educational mission, leading some to believe that our 70-year history of strong pro-Israel ideology has changed. It has not.
A Better Understanding of Living with a Disability
Detroit native Hindy Finman has helped to shape BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, which serves young Jews struggling with mental health issues. “We’re taking the best of a Chabad house, a summer camp, a treatment center and hiking in nature, and smushing it together. That’s what we’re about,” she says.
What Does Zionism Mean to Me?
In February, after a mean case of the flu, I ended up in the hospital for meningitis. A couple of days into my treatment, I developed a brain bleed (a rare side effect of meningitis) that led me to lose mobility on my left side. This was the first time I had personally experienced physical disability. Until now, my experience was limited to working with students or campers with physical disabilities. I could try to imagine what it was like, but I was not in their shoes. Now it was happening to me.
Ramah Gets Set to Open a Jewish Sports Camp in Fairfield, CT
Dalya Kahn, an alum of Ramah California, won first prize for “Unity,” her entry to the 2018 Mercaz/WLCJ Essay Contest on “Rethinking Zionism ~ What Does Zionism Mean to Me?”
70 Years of Transformative Jewish Experiences
For many years Camp Ramah has provided Jewish summer camp experiences for kids that inspire Jewish commitment. But Rabbi Mitchell Cohen, Ramah’s national director, says that some campers and parents were looking for something a little more…athletic.
Young Adult Engagement on University Campuses and in Communities
For more than 70 years, campers and staff members have had transformative Jewish experiences at Ramah camps and Israel programs. This new publication highlights our many programs.
Ramah Tikvah Programs: A Standard for Jewish Inclusive Camping
The Ramah Camping Movement, with generous foundation support, has launched numerous new programs that engage hundreds of college students on campus, in their local Jewish communities, and in new Ramah training programs. This investment is helping to create a strong Jewish leadership pipeline as we give young adults numerous opportunities to envision and plan events and participate in meaningful Jewish programs. In any given week, young adults--our "Amitei Ramah"--organize over 20 Ramah events across North America.
Ramah Launches Its First-Ever Summer Sports Camp
In the late 1960’s, Herb and Barbara Greenberg, two teachers working in the field of special education, approached several Jewish summer camps with a novel idea: why not include children with disabilities at camp?
At the time, this was an unheard-of idea, and the Greenbergs encountered a lot of pushback and opposition.
“We started RSA because we felt that there was a great demand for a summer camp that could provide elite sports instruction in an inspiring Jewish summer community, and in the process enable us to expand the Ramah umbrella,” - Gabe Nechamkin, Ramah Sports Academy board chair.