By Andrea Lieber [This article is the eighth, and final, in a series written by participants in the Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] I live a double life as a Jewish educator. Most of my colleagues know me as a professor and director of the Jewish studies program at Dickinson College, a small liberal arts school where I have the privilege of tenure and hold an endowed chair. In this … [Read more...] about Experiential Education: An Approach. Not a Place.
By Shoshana Hebshi Kids who love Jewish overnight camp will have one more local option to choose from this summer. Eden Village West, the first expansion of Eden Village Camp in upstate New York, will open near the Russian River in Sonoma County on June 19 for the first of three sessions focused on farming, food, outdoor education and homesteading crafts. And, of course, building Jewish connections. Its debut will bring the total number … [Read more...] about S’more and s’more Jewish Summer Camps around the Bay
By Amy Skopp Cooper In 2010, as part of a strategic planning process, the National Ramah Commission determined that one of its objectives would be to further leverage the Ramah camping movement brand and extend the Ramah mission beyond the scope of summer camps. Action steps included: increased year-round programming; more young adult engagement opportunities; investment in additional staff leadership programs; and stronger … [Read more...] about Extending the Ramah Mission: 7 Years of Remarkable Growth
Ramah brings 100 volunteers to Israel, raises more than $1 million for Tikvah inclusion program By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman eJewish Philanthropy More than 100 riders and hikers - male, female, teenagers and seniors - are trekking through Israel now, raising funds for an age-old program at Camp Ramah, which has become a modern buzzword: inclusion. Ramah’s fourth Israel Bike Ride and Hiking Trip runs May 9 to 16 and has raised more than $1 … [Read more...] about Hike for Hope
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?