Ramah Expands Programs for Campers with Special Needs

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Camp Ramah’s network of inspirational programs for children, teens and young adults with special needs continues to expand and innovate. Moreover, in the past several years, Ramah’s programs dedicated to inclusion – Tikvah, Breira B’Ramah and Camp Yofi – have attracted increasing philanthropic support.

Both the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Neshamot Fund of UJA-Federation of New York have supported videoconferences for campers and staff in the camps’ special needs programs and professional development training for their staff members. This spring, the Ruderman Family Foundation awarded the National Ramah Commission a grant to increase the scope of the Tikvah vocational education programs for older teens and young adult campers. Ramah will be able to provide a greater number of participants with training and employment opportunities during the day and enriching Jewish programming in the camp’s inclusionary atmosphere after work hours. Also for summer 2013, a generous gift from the Lieberman family of Harrison, New York, will make the Ramah Israel Seminar accessible to campers with mobility challenges.

In addition, for the second time, participants on the April 2013 Ramah Israel Bike Ride and Hiking Trip traveled hundreds of miles and raised more than $350,000 for special needs programming.

Find information about Tikvah, Breira B’Ramah and Camp Yofi at www.campramah.org, or by calling the National Ramah office at (212) 678-8881.