National Ramah TIkvah Network
Programs for Campers
The Ramah Camping Movement is a pioneer in the field of inclusion for Jewish campers with a wide range of learning, developmental, cognitive, and social disabilities. Since the first Ramah Tikvah program opened in 1970, a variety of programs for campers with disabilities—overnight and day camp programs, vocational education programs, and family camps and retreats— now operate in all Ramah camps across North America.
The goal of the programs in the National Ramah Tikvah Network is to enhance Jewish identity and teach Jewish values in a supportive, inclusive, fun environment. At Ramah, campers with disabilities have many opportunities to connect and participate in activities with campers throughout the camp. These interactions provide an exceptional benefit to the entire Ramah community by fostering a heightened sensitivity toward individual differences.
Regardless of their geographic location, families are directed to the Ramah camp that best suits their child’s needs. Summer program offerings include:
National Ramah Tikvah Network Named as One of Eighteen Leading Jewish Organizations Committed to Fostering Inclusion of People with Disabilities
The National Ramah Tikvah Network is a powerful incubator for young Jewish professionals who are motivated and trained to work with individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community. The network builds upon summer camp, which has proven to be an innovative and effective platform for disabilities initiatives in the Jewish community, and coordinates its disabilities-focused activities in year-round and professionally enriching ways. Staff alumni benefit from year-round professional development training and opportunities to sustain connections with their campers through weekly Shabbat-themed videoconferencing programs.
Slingshot evaluators called the Ramah Tikvah Network "a trailblazer," and noted "only the Ramah Tikvah Network is creating a cohort of young Jewish leaders committed to promoting inclusion in their future careers."
The Disabilities and Inclusion Guide was produced in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation, one of the funders of the Ramah Tikvah Network.
During our time at Camp Yofi, all we have to focus on is having fun. There are no goals, no therapies, no standards to meet. There is simply acceptance of each individual for who they are, for the joy each brings and the creation of true chaverim (friends).
- Melissa Ringold,
participant at Camp Yofi
at Ramah Darom