Dear Rabbi Joel, A few months ago,when many in-person camp experiences were officially canceled, including all Ramah camps, you put into words what I struggled to express: "The Things We Will Lose." You quantified “the unquantifiable emotional losses of a cancelled summer,” man … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to My Camp Director: “The Things We Have Gained”
By Rabbi Sarah Shulman When Camp Ramah in Northern California made the same painful decision as other Jewish camps around the country to cancel our 2020 camp season, we knew that our anticipated vision of campers running into the arms of old friends and, by the end of the … [Read more...] about Mentor Relationships Provide Calm During the COVID-19 Storm
By Danny Herz The atmosphere was incredible, the crowd was electric, and the tension was palpable. It was the fall of 2007. Two great high school teams were competing in front of a sold-out crowd at a college basketball arena. As the head coach of one of the participating … [Read more...] about Collaborating with the Competition: Everyone Wins!
By Rabbi Ed Gelb and Rhonda Parker The COVID-19 pandemic caused an economic crisis for Jewish not-for-profit summer camps across North America. Several factors made this past spring especially challenging. We didn’t know whether government authorities would authorize camps to o … [Read more...] about COVID Camp Crisis: How Relationships, Transparency and Bold Action Saved Ramah New England
By Howard Blas The light bulb went off in the final minutes of the Zoom discussion of the movie “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” with disability rights pioneer and icon, Judith Heumann. In the Q&A for members of the Ramah camping community, one participant asked, “How d … [Read more...] about Tikvah at 50, ADA at 30: Time to Reflect on Our History, Celebrate – and Keep Going!