A Wonderful Article About Ramah Tikvah Camper Ilyse!
Betty Ross is a long-time Ramahnik and former Rosh Edah. Her daughter Ilyse has been a participant in our Tikvah program for many, many years — and Ilyse was, in fact, one of our very first inclusion campers!
Betty has co-written a terrific article that touches on Ilyse and her experiences at Camp Ramah in New England. Here’s an excerpt:
Ilyse loves singing Hebrew songs that she learned at Camp Ramah in New England. She loves watching the camp video where she can relive her summer memories as an Amitzim (special needs) camper, laughing with all her friends. That sense of Jewish connection and belonging that Ilyse feels at camp is exactly what we, as her mother and older sister, dream of finding for her in her school year and year-round in her adult life. Yesterday, Ilyse turned twenty. She has Down Syndrome.