January 12, 2017 / 14 Tevet 5777
The National Ramah Commission is delighted to announce a generous grant from Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) to Reshet Ramah, the alumni and community engagement initiative. Through a new Ramah-NBN partnership, Reshet Ramah will create programs to promote greater Israel engagement among young adults on college campuses and in communities across North America.
NBN and Camp Ramah share the common goal of nurturing a love for Israel among North American youth, often leading to long-term visits and for some, aliyah. Many Ramah alumni cite their camp experiences as the key motivating factor behind their love for Israel; in a recent alumni survey, 94% of Ramah alumni stated that they have a close connection with Israel.
According to NBN Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, “We are very excited to develop and nurture a strong relationship and partnership with Reshet Ramah, to help create meaningful face-to-face events where young adults can explore in-depth issues relating to Israel and Israeli society.”
Rabbi Mitchell Cohen, National Ramah Director, says: “NBN is a perfect partner for Ramah, given its mission of inspiring greater love for Israel. In every one of our camps, we speak Hebrew, hire Israeli staff, and dedicate many programming hours to Israel and Zionism, culminating in our teen summer experience, Ramah Israel Seminar.” Amy Skopp Cooper, National Associate Director, adds, “We will leverage Ramah’s experience in designing meaningful Israel programming in a camp environment to develop programs in other settings for Ramah alumni and friends.”
National Ramah and Nefesh B’Nefesh, supported by the efforts of Rabbi Paul Freedman, Director, Israel Strategic Partnerships Cohort and Chair of the Masorti Committee on Aliyah and Klitah, will begin this new partnership during 2017 with the goal of broadening and deepening the relationship in coming years.