“Before the Shabbaton, I’d never really visualized what it would be like if, instead of trying to mold our family to fit a mainstream environment, the environment was molded to us. At Ramah, I didn’t need to be my son’s personal interpreter, referee or advocate because the culture supported him. He could participate fully without me. And while my son was off with his peers, I was able to enjoy the adult programming without feeling anxious. For one weekend, my family learned what it felt like to be, not merely accommodated, but truly accepted and nurtured by a community.”
When: Friday afternoon, November 7th to Sunday afternoon, November 9th, 2014
Where: Camp Ramah in New England, in Palmer, MA
Who: Families with children with disabilities (no previous Ramah affiliation required)
What: A fun weekend camp experience for the whole family
Click below to read two articles written about the Spring 2014 Tikvah Family Shabbaton:
What is unique about this Shabbaton?
The Tikvah Family Shabbaton will feature:
“The Tikvah Family Shabbaton was a wonderful opportunity to spend a weekend with other Jewish families with children with special needs. It was a weekend where we didn’t have to explain or apologize for our children’s behaviors, where a community was built very quickly and we were disappointed to leave, and where the staff thought about everything and really did an extraordinary job planning for everyone’s needs.”
$125 for each adult, $75 for each child
*Please note: The cost of the weekend is highly subsidized, with assistance from Reshet Ramah, to ensure accessibility for all families. If you feel that you can contribute more to help other families participate, we welcome you to do so. A limited number of scholarships are also available.
Rates for the weekend include private, heated cabin accommodations, kosher meals, snacks, childcare, and all activities. Families have a choice of housing options ranging from heated private cabins (at no additional cost) to upgraded accommodations in the Guest House, or Mirpa’ah (Infirmary). Upgraded housing is reserved on a first-come-first serve basis for an addition fee.
Housing Upgrade Options:
The Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England was one of the first summer programs for Jewish children with disabilities. More than 40 years old, the Tikvah Program continues to grow and evolve as it strives to serve campers with a wide range of disabilities, including (but not limited to) cognitive impairments, autism, cerebral palsy and seizure disorders. The Tikvah Program, an integral part of the 800-person Camp Ramah in New England community, consists of four tracks: Amitzim (our camp program), Tochnit Avodah (our vocational training program), Post Voc-Ed, and Inclusion.
If you have any questions about the Tikvah Family Shabbaton, or the summertime Tikvah program, please contact Tali Cohen, Director of Tikvah Vocational Services at email@example.com or 781-702-5290 x108