RAMAH TIKVAH PROGRAMS
Tikvah Program Directory
Our exceptional Tikvah programs are located in all Ramah camps across North America. For more information, please contact Howard Blas, National Ramah Tikvah Network Director, at (212) 678-8881.
Breira B’Ramah is a four-week inclusion program for campers with mild to moderate learning, social or emotional challenges, such as ADHD, high-functioning autism, pragmatic, receptive and expressive language issues, and anxiety. This program is designed for campers entering fourth through seventh grades, although once a camper is accepted into the program and reaches eighth grade, a recommendation may be made that a camper stay for the full summer. Campers live in bunks with typical campers and are integrated into all activities, guided by dedicated, trained staff. Campers in the Breira program receive assistance in the areas of social skills, conflict resolution, communication, and frustration tolerance as well as support with organizational and sensory challenges.
Contact: Elizabeth Chipkin, Breira B'Ramah Director, (201) 871-7262
The Tikvah Program serves children, teens, and young adults ages 10-23 with learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities.
The Amitzim edah is for campers ages 10-17 and consists of two four-week sessions. Amitzim-ers participate in all camp activities and are included with their typical peers throughout the day. Program goals include teaching independent living skills and modeling appropriate peer relationships.
Ezra is a vocational training program for young adults ages 18-23. Participants are staff at camp and receive job training experience in a number of service areas both in and outside of camp. Program goals include preparing young adults for independent living and teaching them employment-related skills. Camp provides an ideal setting for participants in the Ezra program to grow and thrive with peers under adult supervision in a Jewish setting.
Camp Ohr Lanu is a week-long camp for families who have children with disabilities. Families come to camp to experience support from other families, get respite, and learn, while enjoying activities such as swimming, hiking, sports, and climbing.
Contact: Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Tikvah Director, (310) 476-8571
The Tikvah Program is a six-week program for teens with developmental disabilities, ages 12-21. The program provides recreational, social, and educational experiences for campers. Campers in the Tikvah program enjoy swimming, hiking, sports, and arts and crafts, and also attend daily services, study Hebrew, and learn Jewish customs. Each camper is integrated into the ongoing activities of the camp according to his or her abilities. The program includes a vocational education component for young adults ages 18-21.
Contact: Casey and Adam Green, Tikvah Directors, (416) 789-2193
The Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah Darom offers two four-week sessions for adolescents ages 12-17. Tikvah at Ramah Darom is the first program in the Southeast focused on providing a traditional and immersive Jewish summer camping experience to Jewish teenagers diagnosed with social and communication difficulties such as autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety, PDD, Asperger's Syndrome, and non-verbal learning disorders. Campers will participate in much-loved camp activities such as sports, swimming, arts, boating, ropes course, and campfires, all within the warm environment of Camp Ramah Darom. Tikvah’s program is designed to help campers build friendships, develop their social skills, and broaden their independent living abilities.
Contact: Audra Kaplan, Tikvah Director, (404) 531-0801
Camp Yofi at Camp Ramah Darom is a nationally acclaimed program for Jewish families with children with autism spectrum disorders between the ages of 6 and 13. Single parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to attend, and all Jewish families are welcome. The program is held at Ramah Darom’s Kaplan Mitchell Retreat & Conference Center, a 122-acre facility in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Contact: Susan Tecktiel, Camp Yofi Director, (404) 531-0801
The Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England has the following components:
Amitzim is an eight-week overnight camping program serving 13- to 18-year-olds with a wide range of disabilities, including developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and neurological impairments. Amitzim campers live in accessible bunks with specially trained counselors and participate in an extensive camping program with numerous formal and informal opportunities for inclusion.
The Inclusion program is for camper-age children with disabilities who live in and participate in the daily activities of a typical bunk. Inclusion campers receive additional support and participate in the full range of camp activities.
Tochnit Avodah (Voc Ed) offers vocational training, socialization and a group living experience to young adults with disabilities. Through close communication with participants’ parents and year-round support professionals we develop a summer program individualized to each participant’s needs, focusing on goals in the areas of social skills, job skills, and independent living skills. We also offer summer employment with necessary supports to a select group of graduates of Tochnit Avodah.
The Tikvah Family Shabbaton is a “Taste of Tikvah” experience for the entire family. The Shabbaton includes programming designed specifically for parents, children with disabilities, and their typically-developing siblings. The Shabbaton creates a unique, supportive community where everyone is not only accepted, but truly celebrated.
Read more about the Tikvah programs at Ramah New England.Contact: Bonnie Schwartz, Tikvah Director, (781) 400-0204
The Tikvah Program, founded in 2016 in Ramah Galimís inaugural summer, is a two-week program for campers with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. Campers in the Tikvah program participate in the wide range of camp activities in three specialty tracks: performing arts, ocean exploration, and adventure sports. Special activities include kayaking, surfing, horseback riding, swimming, singing and dancing, rock climbing, Shabbat, overnights, havdallah on the beach and bonding with friends.
Ezra: The Ezra Program offers vocational training for young adult campers ages 18 to 26. Individualized internship and mentorship opportunities include, but are not limited to, horse care, office/administrative work, and food services/hospitality. Ezra participants develop life and social/recreational skills through participation in age-appropriate camper and staff activities.
Contact: Howard Blas, Tikvah Director, (413) 374-7210
The new Tikvah Residential Program at Ramah Poconos opened for a four-week session in summer 2016, along with a two-week Taste of Tikvah program. The addition of these two new programs, combined with the Tikvah track at Ramah Day Camp and the Tikvah Family Camp, means that Camp Ramah in the Poconos now offers a continuum of experiences for children and families with special needs.
Contact: Orlee Krass, Tikvah Director, (215) 885-8556
The Tikvah Family Camp is a five-day overnight program for families with children ages 4-13 with developmental disabilities and/or social learning disabilities. This program incorporates Jewish learning, recreation, spiritual reflection, and fun in the beautiful natural environment of Ramah Poconos.
Contact: Adena Sternthal, Tikvah Family Camp Director,
The Tikvah Program is a full inclusion program that serves adolescents ages 11-17 with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Aspergerís Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders. Two-week and four-week options are available. With staff support, Tikvah campers are able to be fully integrated into both the base camp and masa (excursion) program. Activities include horseback riding, Jewish learning, rock climbing, wilderness survival, arts and crafts, agriculture, sports, aerobics, and mining as well as meals, activities, evening programs, and Shabbat services. In addition, campers in the Tikvah program go on multi-day masaot (excursions) in the Colorado Wilderness.
Contact: Abigail Gavens, Tikvah Director, (303) 261-8214
The Tikvah Program provides inclusion opportunities for children ages 11-18 with learning, social, and communication difficulties, including those who are higher functioning on the autism spectrum. Tikvah provides all the opportunities of the Ramah experience with additional staffing and support. Through individualized programming and supported by highly skilled staff, teens in the Tikvah program develop friendships, have fun, and learn in formal and informal Jewish settings. There is an introductory four-week program, “Taste of Tikvah,” as well as the full eight-week session.
Atzmayim (Hebrew for “independent”), the Tikvah Vocational Program, is designed to strengthen social and vocational skills in participants who are high school graduates ages 18-21. It is intended to assist in transitioning to an independent living environment such as a college campus or developing the ability to select and engage in leisure activities at home.
Contact: Jacob Cytryn, Director, (312) 606-9316
In partnership with Keshet, a Chicago-area program for Jewish children with special needs, Ramah Day Camp hosts a day camp experience for children ages 5-11 with a wide range of disabilities. Campers enroll through Keshet, but are fully integrated with Ramah campers. Children may attend camp for a four-week or eight-week session.
Contact: Lori Stark, Director, 312.606.0444
Ramah Nyack is committed to the value of inclusion, founded in the Jewish ideal that teaches that we are all created B’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image. Ramah Nyack is committed to providing a Jewish summer camp experience to all children, including those with disabilities. Campers with disabilities follow the regular camp schedule with support and accommodations as needed. Ramah Nyack has a camper care team on staff led by a school psychologist and social worker who work closely with camp staff to provide the needed support to all campers. Enrollment of campers with disabilities is made on an individual basis to ensure that children can successfully be accommodated in the program.
Contact: Rabbi Ami Hersh, Associate Director, (212) 678-8884
Ramah Day Camp is committed to providing a Jewish summer camp experience for campers ages 4-13 with social and developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning and processing differences, and anxiety disorders. Campers with disabilities follow the regular camp schedule with their peer group with support and accommodations as needed. Working in partnership with Laura Evak, M.A./CCC-SLP speech language pathologist from Communications Imaging, Ramah Day Camp's camper care team consists of educators, special educators, and psychologists who work closely with camp staff to provide the needed support and accommodations to all campers. These supports include social stories, picture schedules, behavior incentive plans and modeling. We maintain ongoing and consistent communication with the parents as an integral part of our team. Goals for each camper come from parent input and existing IEP information. Enrollment of campers with disabilities is made on an individual basis to ensure that children can successfully be accommodated in the program.
In keeping with Camp Ramah in New England’s longstanding commitment to inclusion, the Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington, D.C. works with families to accommodate campers with disabilities. Enrollment of campers with disabilities is made on a case by case basis to ensure that we can successfully accommodate the child within the camp program. As the day camp grows in years to come, Ramah Day Camp is committed to expanding opportunities for campers with disabilities.
Contact: Sharon Safra, Assistant Director, (301) 500-8251