What’s Happening at Ramah
National Ramah Receives $1.8 million Grant
to Create Alumni Network
In an historic development that will formally link the incredible success of Jewish camping with year-round and life-long Jewish engagement, the National Ramah Commission is delighted to announce the launch of "Reshet Ramah," a Ramah movement-wide alumni network that will strengthen and connect Ramah camps' alumni associations and initiate a wide variety of new programs of Jewish engagement for adults of all ages.
The National Ramah Commission will initiate Reshet Ramah with the support of a generous grant of up to $1.8 million from the AVI CHAI Foundation and the Maimonides Fund.
The National Ramah Commission of The Jewish Theological Seminary provides oversight and support for all Ramah camps in North America and programs in Israel. There are currently eight Ramah overnight camps and three day camps in North America, and extensive programs in Israel. Together, we provide Ramah experiences for over 9,000 children, teens and young adults annually.
Ramah, the camping arm of Conservative Judaism, is widely recognized as one of the most effective programs for building strong Jewish identity. Ramah alumni have, for seven decades, taken leadership positions throughout the Jewish community. Ramah alumni networks fortify Jewish identity for a lifetime. Reshet Ramah will build upon this success by reconnecting many more Ramah alumni with Ramah camps and by utilizing the strong Ramah brand to create more opportunities for young adult and family Jewish engagement, for alumni and others, often in partnership with other organizations.
The National Ramah Commission will employ state-of-the-art technology and social media to create a movement-wide alumni network. A director of alumni initiatives and other staff will be hired early in 2012. We will also be building a strong committee of lay leaders to oversee and help advance the goals of this new project.
We are thrilled with this support from the AVI CHAI Foundation and the Maimonides Fund and are energized by the challenge to create and sustain our new alumni initiative: Reshet Ramah.