Tikvah Family Shabbaton

Join us for a fun and meaningful weekend retreat

for families with children with disabilities!

“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.

CLICK HERE to Register for the Fall 2014 Tikvah Family Shabbaton!

Save the date for our Spring 2015 Tikvah Family Shabbaton: April 24-26!

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?

  • Parents will have the opportunity to relax, celebrate Shabbat, and meet other families with similar experiences and exchange ideas and resources.
  • Siblings will participate in group activities together, developing bonds in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Children and young adults with disabilities will enjoy a variety of activities and opportunities for socialization with experienced Ramah staff.

The Tikvah Family Shabbaton will feature:

  • A Ramah style Shabbat, including ruach-filled t’fillot (prayers) and festive Shabbat meals
  • Innovative Jewish learning
  • Numerous camp activities (sports, singing, dancing, art)
  • Special family activities and programs
  • High staff to participant ratio
  • Day time and evening supervision for all children

“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.”

CLICK HERE to Register for the Fall 2014 Tikvah Family Shabbaton!

Shabbaton Rates:

$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:

  • Barbara and Herb Greenberg Guesthouse (Hotel quality accommodations with private bathroom and 2 queen sized beds, linens provided) – $150 per room
  • Private room and bathroom in the Mirpa’ah – $75

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 or 781-702-5290 x108