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Ramah Hikes the Negev 2013

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Donald Skupsky's Page

Lorraine and I are very excited to participate in the 2013 Ramah Hike and Bicycle Ride in the Negev to raise money for the Tikvah, Special Needs Program. We have been looking forward to a long hike in the Negev and feel great about the program.

Living in Israel has been a dream. In 2010, Lorraine and I made Aliyah in 2010 . . . 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 previously attending Ramah for 9 summers as a camper and staff member, I know the impact of Ramah, Our Ramah Outdoor Adventure program started as a decade-old dream and has grown from 100 campers in our first year (2010) to possible over 330 campers this coming summer. We challenge our Jewish campers physically, within a Jewish framework, and helped 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 2013, we are expanding to two 2-week sessions.I actually worked at Ramah in Glen Spey 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.

So thank you for visiting my site and supporting this wonderful cause.

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