Ruderman Family Foundation
Our Partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation
Ramah was pleased to be a co-sponsor of the inaugural Ruderman Inclusion Summit in November 2015.
In January 2015, the Ruderman Family Foundation awarded a two-year, $350,000 grant to the National Ramah Commission:
- to support the establishment of new Tikvah programs at Darom and Poconos;
- to expand vocational education programs at California, Canada, New England, and Wisconsin, and to encourage voc ed inclusion programs at other Ramah camps; and
- to continue the TIPTOE (The Inclusion Project: Through Our Eyes) inclusion-themed video contest for all Jewish camps in North America.
This grant supports staff training and the sharing of best practices in preparation for the summer camp program, the expansion of existing programs to include more employment sites, and the development of camp-based activities and learning opportunities for vocational education program participants. It also supports outreach by the camps and the National Ramah Commission to promote the voc-ed programs, in order to support future recruitment and raise the profile of Ramah's voc-ed and inclusion programs within the broader Jewish community. TIPTOE is a video contest for campers and high-school/college-age staff members at all Jewish camps, who are invited to submit short, meaningful videos on how inclusion in the camp setting impacts their lives.
With the support of previous grants from the Ruderman Family Foundation, Ramah launched new year-round programs for campers with disabilities, connecting them weekly by videoconference so they can stay in touch with camp friends and counselors beyond the summer season.
From Jay Ruderman,
Ruderman Family Foundation President:
"I spent five summers at Camp Ramah in New England. Although I grew up in an observant Kosher home, I believe my time at Ramah was a critical part of instilling a connection in me to the Jewish people and to Zionism. I believe my current commitment to philanthropy in the Jewish world is partly thanks to Camp Ramah and Jewish camping.
My time at Ramah helps explain why I believe the inclusion of Jews with disabilities - at camp and everywhere else - is essential to boosting Jewish continuity."
(Photo credit: Noam Galai)
" I believe my time at Ramah was a critical part of instilling a connection in me to the Jewish people and to Zionism. I believe my current commitment to philanthropy in the Jewish world is partly thanks to Camp Ramah and Jewish camping."
- Jay Ruderman