This summer, young Pittsburgh campers will have a Ramah option near their home – in Cleveland, Ohio, just over two hours away.
The National Ramah Commission, the camping arm of conservative Judaism, is set to launch new Ramah programming in the Eastern Great Lakes region, serving Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Rochester – all cities that are currently served by Camp Ramah in Canada, located in Utterson, Ontario.
“The Ramah Great Lakes Pilot Project is part of our goal to establish a presence in Ramah closer to home for thousands of families and to create a junior feeding camp for the exceptional youth programs at Camp Ramah in Canada. Ramah director Rabbi Mitchell Cohen said in a prepared statement.
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This summer, Ramah Great Lakes will be hosting a family camp August 6-8 and a “Taste of Ramah” mini-camp August 8-11, for children entering Grades 3 through 6. Both programs will take place at Camp Wise, the Mandel JCC in Cleveland.
“In every conversation I have had with prospective parents and with Jewish community leaders in the area, the enthusiasm for bringing the Ramah experience closer to home is palpable,” Nessa said. Geffen, summer director of Ramah Great Lakes, in a statement, adding that the family camp has reached maximum capacity within 48 hours of opening registration.
The Ramah Great Lakes Project is supported by the National Ramah Commission and the Jewish Camp Foundation. Financial assistance is available. More information can be found at campramah.org/greatlakes or by contacting Geffen at [email protected] PJC
– Toby Tabachnick