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Aug12017
Ramah’s Truly Inclusive Hike
August 1, 2017

Former Tikvah participant joins Israel hike to benefit the program that supported him in younger years There is an important concept in the disabilities inclusion world known as “Nothing About Us Without Us.” This simply means that decisions or conversations having to do with people with… Read more...

Jun202017
Biking and Hiking with a Mission
June 20, 2017

The power of sharing stories while biking and hiking through Israel to benefit National Ramah Tikvah Network From Wednesday through Friday during the second week of May, bike riders and hikers on the fourth biennial Ramah Israel Bike Ride and Hiking Trip pedaled and hiked through the 108 degree… Read more...

May192017
Kesher Tikvah: Tikvah Connects
May 19, 2017

Welcome to Tikvah Connects, a new publication of the National Ramah Commission, connecting you several times a year with news about members of the Tikvah community and exciting Tikvah events. Nearly every Rosh Hashanah and Passover since 1984, I have received beautiful handwritten cards from… Read more...

Aug112016
Ramah Rockies Pilots Vocational Training for Tikvah Program Graduate
August 11, 2016

Max Newman was a beloved participant in the Tikvah Program for four summers. When Max approached age 18 and it was time to graduate Tikvah, director Rabbi Eliav Bock and Tikvah Program founder and Director, Elyssa Hammerman, decided to think creatively. They created a vocational training program… Read more...

Jul162016
My visit to Ramah Wisconsin
July 16, 2016

One of the most wonderful parts of my work is the chance to visit special needs programs at several of our Ramah camps. Last week I arrived at Rhinelander airport to rain and fog and was greeted by the warm smile of longtime friend and colleague, Ralph Schwartz, the Director of Special Needs… Read more...

Apr92016
Inclusion is a Critical Social Justice Issue: An Interview with Beth Steinberg of Shutaf
April 9, 2016

Social Justice may be understood through the many lenses found in Jewish texts, but perhaps none as foundational as “love thy neighbor as thyself” (Leviticus 19:18). In an interview conducted by Covenant Award Recipient and Director of National Ramah Tikvah Network Howard Blas, Shutaf… Read more...

Feb252016
North Americans with disabilities meet Israelis 'just like them,' and it's profound
February 25, 2016

In the Hebrew school of my youth, we took great pride in bringing a quarter each session to put in the blue and white JNF pushke. As Tu B’Shvat approached, we worked extra hard to raise money to plant trees in Israel. On our Hebrew high school trip to Israel, we took pride in actually planting… Read more...

Feb232016
Inclusion in the Workplace Too
February 23, 2016

Dozens of articles online and in print publications proudly and enthusiastically note that February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). JDAIM, marked by agencies and organizations throughout the Jewish world, is described as “a unified effort among Jewish organizations… Read more...

Sep242015
Wheelchair Tennis shows opportunity for inclusion in sports
September 24, 2015

For most tennis fans, the highlight of the 2015 U.S. Open was the anticipation and excitement around Serena Williams possibly winning the Grand Slam – all four major titles in a calendar year – for the first time since Stefi Graf accomplished this feat in 1988. For me, the highlight occurred on… Read more...

Sep62015
Friends of Tikvah Teach Baking, Storytelling and Dance!
September 6, 2015

Many people come each summer to see Tikvah in action – prospective parents, funders, educators, former staff members and friends who want to share a talent or skill. This summer, we have been blessed with three visitors who came to teach. Chef Paula Shoyer comes each year to share cooking and… Read more...

Sep62015
"Falling Off A Cliff": Vocational Education And Placement Essential For People With Disabilities
September 6, 2015

When the Tikvah Program for campers with disabilities was started in 1970 at Camp Ramah in New England, no one imagined a day when people with disabilities would be meaningfully included in Jewish camping. Now, 45 years later, every Ramah camp in the United States and Canada serves people with… Read more...

Aug122015
Special Visitors to Tikvah Kayitz 2015: Educators, Disability Professionals & Funders
August 12, 2015

We have been blessed with many visitors to our Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England. Many visitors are educators and professionals in the field of disabilities and inclusion. They came from various communities and represented many denominations. Many came to observe Tikvah in action and to… Read more...

Jul82015
New Online Inclusion Guide Helps Camp Prepare For All Campers
July 8, 2015

As more Jewish camps across the country expand their programs to welcome campers of all abilities, a new online resource has been created in a partnership between the Foundation For Jewish Camp and the Ramah Camping Movement. The “Inclusion Training Guide for Jewish Summer Camps” is a… Read more...

Jun22015
As Inclusion Expands In Jewish Summer Camps, A New Training Guide
June 2, 2015

After three years, the camp director has finally trained the 800 campers to “quiet down” in the chadar ochel (dining room) when he puts his hand in the air. One day, a young man with Down Syndrome grabs the microphone from the director and starts singing a version of “Shalom… Read more...

Jul172014
A Year of Hopeful Trends in the Inclusion World
July 17, 2014

As a teacher of Jewish Studies and b’nai mitzvah training children with a wide range of disabilities, and as a long time director of a disabilities program which is part of an 800+ camper Jewish overnight camp, I am immersed in the Jewish disabilities world and am part of dozens of year… Read more...

Jan112014
Special Needs Israel Experience
January 11, 2014

How do you create a meaningful Israel experience for young adults with special needs? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Covenant Award winner Howard Blas, Director of the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England, Tali Cohen, Director of Tikvah ocational Services and participants about their… Read more...

Oct132013
David Dalnekoff Turns 40!
October 13, 2013

Most people at camp recognize David Dalnekoff as the hard-working, good-natured man who delivers the mail each day. This past Shabbat, David was honored by his synagogue, the Westville Shul in New Haven, Connecticut, with a Kiddush lunch in his honor, as he celebrated his 40th birthday. I was… Read more...

Aug152013
'I Get The Job Done' At Ramah's Guest House
August 15, 2013

I came to the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England in 1997 and was a camper in the Amitzim (the brave ones) division of the Tikvah program for campers with disabilities for about five years. Coming to Ramah was mostly my parents’ idea. We were looking for a Jewish camp mostly, and that was… Read more...

Jun172013
Summer Camp - Fun and Sun for EVERYONE!
June 17, 2013

The month leading up to the camp season is action-packed, a bit stressful and most of all—exciting. In less than a month, hundreds of campers with a range of disabilities will arrive at Jewish summer camps across North America. While the off-season is similarly busy with hiring staff… Read more...

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