Ramah: The Best Investment in Strengthening the Jewish Future
December 2010 Tevet 5771
Please consider making a 2010 year-end contribution to our Ramah scholarship funds.
Dear Friends of Ramah,
Now is the time when thousands of children and teens throughout North America are sending in their applications to spend a wonderful summer at Camp Ramah. Unfortunately, particularly given current economic conditions, many families do not have the financial resources to come to Ramah to meet new friends, experience new activities, and strengthen their commitment to Jewish life and Israel.
In addition to our general scholarship fund, we are seeking funding to support families of children with special needs to attend one of our outstanding Ramah programs. Our inaugural Ramah Galil Ride 2011 will raise funds specifically for special needs program scholarships. We invite you to sponsor a rider or make a general contribution.
In the paragraph below, Yoni Goldstein of Ramah Canada describes the impact of the Tikvah program on camp life:
The special needs program at Ramah benefits not only the children who it serves directly, but also the entire camp community. During my early years as a camper, it was hard for me to see beyond the obvious differences these campers presented and to appreciate the range of contributions they brought to our community. That changed when I was fourteen and I spent the summer working closely with the children in the special needs program. The relationships which developed helped me realize how much these children had to offer.
Please click here to make your donation today to help support Ramah scholarship funds or any of the Ramah camps and Israel programs. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss planned giving opportunities or other types of donations. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2011.
With deep appreciation,
Charles T. Mann, M.D., President Rabbi Mitchell Cohen, National Director Amy Skopp Cooper, National Assistant Director National Ramah Commission, Inc.
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