Ramah Begins Its 73rd Summer of Excellence
Dear Friends of Ramah:
We are thrilled to announce the opening of Ramah's 2019 summer season! Yesterday, the Chicago-area Ramah Day Camp opened. Today is opening day for campers at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia, and tomorrow is opening day for campers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. On June 25, Ramah Sports Academy (RSA), Ramah’s first overnight sports camp, will open for its second year of operations on the beautiful campus of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Over 190 campers from twenty states and five countries will attend.
In the coming weeks, all of our ten overnight camps, five day camps, and our Israel Seminar will begin. Overall, more than 11,700 campers and staff will participate this summer in a Ramah program.
More than 420 children, teens, and young adults with disabilities will participate in one of our inspiring Tikvah programs.
More than 350 Israel shlichim will serve as counselors, specialists, and teachers at our camps this summer, sharing their love for the Jewish state with our campers and staff members.
More than 1,700 college-age young adults, powerful Jewish role models for our children, will be working at our camps this summer.
Over $18 million of philanthropic investment will enrich this summer's Ramah programs in North America and Israel.
With the help of many Federations, foundations, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the support of many of our partner synagogues, and the extraordinary efforts of our camps' professional leadership, boards of directors, and individual donors, Ramah has been able to meet the financial needs of the overwhelming majority of families seeking a Ramah experience for their children, providing over $5.2 million in financial assistance.
196 teens, all graduates from our camps, will travel to Israel this summer on the Ramah Israel Seminar, strengthening their love for and connection to the State of Israel.
As we begin our 73rd summer of intensive Jewish identity-building within the fun, informal atmosphere of excellent summer camping, all of us at Ramah feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to the powerful experiences that influence the lives of more than 11,700 participants in our camps and programs.
Wishing everyone a safe, enjoyable and meaningful summer,
Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, President
Jay Reisbaum, Senior Vice President
Rabbi Mitchell Cohen, Director
Amy Skopp Cooper, Associate Director
National Ramah Commission, Inc. of The Jewish Theological Seminary