Lorraine and I are very excited to participate in the 2015 Ramah Hike and Bicycle Ride in the Galil to raise money for the Tikvah, Special Needs Program. We have been looking forward to a long hike in the beautiful North and feel great about the program.
Living in Israel has been a dream. In 2010, Lorraine and I made Aliyah . . . at least part time. We still commute 4 times per year between Denver and Jerusalem, where we have an apartment.
As a founder of Ramah in the Rockies, and having previously attended Ramah for 9 summers as a camper and staff member, I know the impact of Ramah, Our Ramah Outdoor Adventure program at Ramah in the Rockies started as a decade-old dream and has grown from 100 campers in our first year (2010) to over 450 campers in Summer 2015. We challenge our Jewish campers physically, within a Jewish framework, and help them accomplish things they previously never believed possible. We have given our young-adult staff a special home to merge their passions and interest in outdoor living and the environment with Jewish learning and observance. Most staff and campers have never been to a Ramah camp, and have blossomed in the beautiful Colorado mountains.
In Summer 2012, Ramah in Colorado ran its first Tikvah program, one two-week session for special needs kids. For Summer 2015, we are expanding to two 2-week sessions.I actually worked at Ramah in Glen Spey, NY in the "early years" when the Tikvah program first started there and then moved to Ramah in New England. The program not only benefits the campers, but also enriches the entire camp. And, as you can imagine, the need for a much higher staff-camper ratio to meet the various special needs, makes that program more expensive to operate.
So thank you for visiting my site and supporting this wonderful cause.