Tikvah Spotlight by Dr. Bonnie Schwartz, Tikvah Director
This month is Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Awareness Month. Since the first Tikvah program was established at Camp Ramah in New England in 1970, each summer has become an opportunity for our typically developing children and young adults and those with differences to share in the magic of camp – to sing, swim, dance, play, celebrate Shabbat together, learn from each other, and create new friendships and understandings.As Tikvah has continued to grow and evolve, Ramah has created a continuum of support for individuals with varying levels of accommodations and the inclusion and programming continues to expand. At CRNE, we can all be proud of the rich history of Tikvah, the model it has become, and the community that we have created together.However, Tikvah extends beyond camp. We hear wonderful stories of our campers connecting with each other during the school year. In addition, our staff creates year-round programming to continue to share the joy of Shabbat and strengthen relationships created at camp.
This year, we have continued our Shabbos Is Calling program that brings together interested Tikvah campers and staff every Thursday evening for a video conference. They share stories about their week, learn about the parsha and holidays, and sing songs together, all while being able to see each other on their monitors. Adina Golob, who has been facilitating these weekly calls this past year, shares her experience here.
This March, for the first time, our Amitzim campers will be participating in the Tzad Bet reunion at Palmer, March 25-27! Together with the 2015 Magshimim through Nivonim campers, Amitzimers will have the opportunity to spend a special Shabbat at camp that will include Shabbat meals, singing, ruach, and time spent reuniting with friends. If your 2015 Amitzim camper is not yet registered for the reunion but would like to attend, please click here or contact Elisheva Layman for more information.
Finally, we are already planning for the Spring Family Tikvah Shabbaton, May 27-29th. This unique weekend is a chance for parents, siblings and children with disabilities to experience the magic of Shabbat at Camp Ramah. It is an opportunity to meet new friends, share thoughts and ideas, try new activities, and enjoy the fun of camp. For more information and to register please click here or contact Elisheva Layman.