Dear Members of the Ramah Community,

For over 60 years, Camp Ramah in the Poconos has been synonymous with excellence in Jewish education in the warm, nurturing environment of Jewish summer camp. This summer, at long last, Camp Ramah in the Poconos will open our doors to campers with a wide range of disabilities, including development and intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and neurological impairments, with the establishment of our Tikvah Residential Program. 

Our new Tikvah Residential Program will join our current offerings for children and families with special needs at both Ramah Day Camp, and our Tikvah Family Camp.

Today, we are thrilled to announce the hiring of Orlee Krass as the director of our Tikvah program.

Originally from Rockland County, New York, Orlee grew up at Ramah Nyack, going from camper to counselor to Rosh Edah. As a life-long Ramahnik, parent of young children, and aunt of a child on the autism spectrum, Orlee is committed to creating and implementing opportunities for all children to participate in the Ramah camping movement. A graduate of Jewish day school, the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Mercy College, Orlee holds bachelors and masters degrees in Judaic Studies and Education. Most recently Orlee has served as the Director of Education at Matan, the Director of Camper Care at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, and the Tikvah Network Coordinator for the National Ramah Commision. Orlee lives in New City, New York with her husband Matt, and their children Micah, Raya, and Gavi.

As our Tikvah Director, Orlee will oversee our continuum of Special Needs offerings, starting with our youngest Tikvah campers at the Day Camp, continuing to work with Adena Sternthal, who directs our Tikvah Family Camp, and of course, supervising the day-to-day and strategic growth of our newly-established Tikvah Residential program.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Ramah Community, we welcome Orlee to our incredible team, and we hope that you join us in our excitement that Ramah Poconos is now for everyone.


Rabbi Joel Seltzer
Executive Director

Please enjoy the following visual updates of our construction project!

Architectural Rendering of our new Tikvah tzrifim

Foundation being poured
Demolition of staff housing units 48 & 49
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