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It was an inspirational and magical summer for campers and staff
all across the Ramah Camping Movement. Enjoy reading about these highlights!

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NEW CAMPS AND SPECIALTY PROGRAMSheadingnewprograms
Ramah Greater Washington washingtonRAMAH DAY CAMP OF
GREATER WASHINGTON, D.C.
New this Summer!
Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington, D.C. got off to a great start this summer! Run by Ramah New England staff and based at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, M.D., the camp served 41 campers (entering kindergarteners through fourth graders) for a one-week session in August. Learn more 
Ramah Nyack nyackRAMAH DAY CAMP IN NYACK
Ramah Outdoors, Performs, & Blasts Off!
Ramah Nyack launched three new specialty day camp programs this summer, Ramah Outdoors; Ramah Performs; and Ramah Blasts Off (rocketry and the physics of flight). Two other specialty offerings, Ramah Sport and the Sha'ar Hebrew immersion program, completed a second successful summer.
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Ramah Poconos poconosRAMAH POCONOS
Ramah Tennis Academy
This was the inaugural summer of the Ramah Tennis Academy powered by Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs at Ramah Poconos. This new specialty sports track within the second session general camp program builds on the successful Ramah Basketball Academy model. Read more and view photos 

ADVENTURES IN THE OUTDOORSheadingoutdoors
Ramah Canada canadaRAMAH CANADA
Etgar Ramah
This summer, Ramah Canada launched the exciting Etgar Ramah program, with biking, hiking, gardening, and many other outdoor activities. Campers loved using the newly-purchased bikes and gear on the camp's brand new trails. Watch video

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Yom Sport
On a very rainy Sunday in Session A, Ramah Darom hosted Yom Sport, inspired by the story of Noah and the Flood and run by the Gesher (oldest edah) campers as part of their leadership development program. After an early morning shower, the sun finally came out! Watch video 

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Specialty Masa'ot ("excursions")
Chalutzim (campers) at Ramah Outdoor Adventure in the Colorado Rockies spend half of the summer on masa'ot lasting 1-5 nights each. Chalutzim choose among archery, art, farm, and horse masa'ot. The entire camp comes back together each Friday for Shabbat. Read more 
Ramah Day Camp Philly rdcphillyRAMAH DAY CAMP - PHILADELPHIA
Topsy Turvy Teva Bus
The Topsy Turvy Teva Bus travels across the U.S. powered by used restaurant vegetable oil. Campers at Ramah Day Camp - Philadelphia made pesto by riding a bike that powers a blender, and used a solar-powered oven to bake cookies! View photos 

Ramah Israel Seminar seminarRAMAH ISRAEL SEMINAR
New Seminar Outdoors Track
Kvutzat Shvilim enjoyed their three masa'ot tremendously. Their first masa included an exploration of the Upper Galilee along Shvil Yisrael, the Israel Trail. During Etgar, they challenged themselves with adventures in the Jezreel Valley and Gilboa Mountains. Watch video 

NEW EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVESheadingeducational
Ramah Day Camp Chicago rdcchicagoRAMAH DAY CAMP - CHICAGO AREA
Kef B'Ivrit
Chanichim at Ramah Day Camp - Chicago area had a blast with the new Kef B'Ivrit program, which focused on integrating fun and games with Hebrew learning. Through innovative games and activities, chanichim actively improved their Hebrew skills while having a great time. Read more 

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Intensive Hebrew Learning
Chanichim at Ramah New England had the opportunity this summer to participate in twice-daily intensive Hebrew learning facilitated by trained instructors from Ulpan-Or, a well-respected program based in IsraelRead more 
Ramah Wisconsin wiscRAMAH WISCONSIN
Female Empowerment Curriculum
This summer, girls in Solelim and Bogrim at Ramah Wisconsin had thoughtful discussions about what it means to be a female Jewish leader. They reflected on leadership roles they have taken over the course of the summer, as well as important female figures in politics, business and culture. Read more 

PERFORMING ARTSheadingarts
Ramah Berkshires berkRAMAH BERKSHIRES
Theater Arts Program
The theater arts department at Ramah Berkshires was revamped this summer, resulting in a robust program with a variety of choices, well-coordinated events, and a higher level of performance than ever before. Read more 
Ramah California californiaRAMAH CALIFORNIA
Dalia Music Festival
Ramah California chanichim performed their edah songs and celebrated the beauty of Israeli music during the annual Dalia Music Festival, dedicated this year to the memory of renowned Israeli singer-songwriter Arik Einstein. Read more 


ISRAEL AND AROUND THE WORLDheadingisrael
Ramah Israel Institute riiRAMAH ISRAEL INSTITUTE
Summer Poland Trips
Experienced educators from Ramah Israel Institute led three adult groups on inspirational journeys to Eastern Europe this summer: Herzl-Ner Tamid of Mercer Island, WA; American Friends of Neve Hanna in Israel; and Beth Jacob Congregation of St Paul, MN. Read more 


Travel to Poland with Ramah Leaders, October 26-30, 2014
Join the next Reshet Ramah adult trip to Poland this fall! We will trace the splendor of outstanding Jewish communities in our history: Krakow, Lublin, Warsaw, and more. Trip cost is $1,250 (land only, additional $180 for single supplement). This price includes three eals per day and tips for the Polish tour guide and bus driver. Limited spaces are available.  Learn more | Register now
Jerusalem Day Camp jerudayRAMAH JERUSALEM DAY CAMP
Bechira - Specialist Electives
Chanichim at the Ramah Jerusalem Day Camp spent the first hour of every day focusing on a specialty such as Ivrit (Hebrew), sports, shira (singing), omanut (art), rikud (dance), and drama. This gave campers the opportunity to learn and sharpen new skills in an activity of their choice. Read more 
Ramah Noam noamRAMAH NOAM
The Ramah NOAM summer camp in Israel is run by Masorti's youth branch, NOAM, and provides a strong traditional and egalitarian Jewish community along with an Israeli camping experience. Ramah NOAM serves approximately 600 young Israelis each summer and offers programs for 5th-11th graders, as well as programs for campers and staff with disabilities. 
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Ramah-Ukraine ukraineRAMAH-UKRAINE
A Project of Midreshet Yerushalayim
at the Schechter Institutes
This year, Camp Ramah-Ukraine played an especially important role in the lives of 135 Jewish children caught in the midst of a deadly war at home, as well as the worry for the safety of Israel and its citizens. The ten-day experience provided an island of tranquility, especially for those families living in war zones like Kharkov. Read more 

RAMAH ISRAEL BIKE RIDE AND HIKING TRIP 2015
Support Tourism in Israel and Support Tikvah!
Ramah Bike Ride and Hiking Trip
We are now gearing up for our 2015 Bike Ride and Hike to raise funds for Tikvah and all Ramah programs for campers with disabilities. Registration has been overwhelming and these trips are now full and waitlisting. To join thousands in support of Tikvah, please consider sponsoring a rider or hiker
 
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following business and family sponsors. For more information about becoming a business or family sponsor, click here.

Summit Sponsor: The Poses Family Foundation
Alpine Sponsors: Anonymous; Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation; Manstein Plastic Surgical Association; Nefesh B'Nefesh; The Skier Family; Your Part-Time Controller
Expedition Sponsor: Beth Kopin Interiors
Links to Individual Camp Highlightscamplisting
 

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Ramah is the camping arm of Conservative Judaism. Together, our programs provide Ramah experiences for 10,000 children, teens, and young adults annually. The National Ramah Commission of The Jewish Theological Seminary provides oversight and educational planning on behalf of the network of Ramah camps throughout North America and Israel.
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