My 35-year career in the field of disabilities inclusion started in 1984 with a last minute reassignment from the kitchen to the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England. Thanks to wonderful mentorship, I learned a great deal about working with campers with disabilities. And I had a great time.
I returned for six years as a counselor, division head and acting director (for one summer). I received master’s degrees in both Social Work (Columbia) and Special Education (Bank Street) and pursued additional training in family therapy (Family Studies, Inc.).
When the founders of Tikvah moved to Israel after serving as directors for 29 years, I was invited to take over. This one-year trial turned in to 15 years as Tikvah director at Camp Ramah in New England! I currently serve as director of the National Ramah Tikvah Network, where I work with our 10 overnight camps to include and support campers with staff members with disabilities. I also serve as interim Tikvah director at Camp Ramah in Northern California. I have had the pleasure of visiting all of our camps—from Canada to Wisconsin to Georgia to Colorado to California—to see Tikvah in action.
I have many interests in the field of disabilities inclusion including camping, vocational training and job site development, Israel trips, and bar and bat mitzvah training. I have lectured extensively on a range of topics including Limmud Conferences in Mexico City, Toronto, and New York. I presented an ELI Talk, and I received the prestigious Covenant Award for my work in the field of Jewish education.
I look forward to continuing my work in this exciting field for years to come!
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