By Steven M. Cohen A few months ago, the National Ramah Commission released the results of the study I conducted of former campers. Drawing upon the analysis of over 5,000 Ramah alumni, I cautiously wrote: “We can infer that Camp Ramah has been critical to building a committed and connected core of Conservative and other Jews.” And, “Serving as a Ramah staff member is linked with higher levels of Jewish engagement.” Truth be … [Read more...] about Why is it that Researchers Can’t Talk Straight?
The Ramah Camping Movement has released the results of "The Alumni of Ramah Camps: A Portrait of Jewish Engagement." This survey of more than 5,000 camper alumni was conducted by Professor Steven M. Cohen of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University. The study found that the alumni of Ramah camps are highly engaged in Jewish life, years and decades after having attended a … [Read more...] about Ramah Releases Alumni Survey
Camp Ramah in California has closed escrow on property adjacent to its Ojai, California, facility. The new land on the northern border will extend the camp to the north and west from its current location and bring the total camp acreage to 445 contiguous acres. The purchase of the 174 acres of additional property will enable Camp Ramah to grow with the changing needs of current and future summer campers as well as service non-summer retreat … [Read more...] about Camp Ramah in California adds 174 acres to Ojai Property
By Rabbi Sarah Shulman with Sophia Landress, Deanna Neil and Marci Greenberg When our staff and lay leaders set out to start a new Ramah summer camp along the shores of Monterey Bay, we knew that we would learn tremendous lessons along the way about Jewish camping and about our own ecosystem of campers, staff, and marine flora and fauna. As a process-oriented rabbi and educator, I welcomed this unfolding journey of learning and reflection for … [Read more...] about Thinking on Our Feet: Lessons Learned from Launching a New Camp
By Rabbi Eliav Bock [This is the sixth in a weekly series “When and how does effective leadership make a true difference?” written by alumni, staff, and faculty of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary.] Some say leaders are made. Others believe that leaders are born. I believe that leaders are nurtured and developed from a young age in spaces where failure, honesty, fun, and creativity … [Read more...] about Effective Leadership: Building a Place Where Failure, Honesty, Fun, and Creativity Can Thrive