January 2018
שבט תשע״ח
רמה ספורט
Ramah Sports Academy Scorecard
Keeping Score on What's New at RSA 
Dear Friends,

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful beginning to 2018! We at the Ramah Sports Academy are so excited that we are finally in the year of our inaugural summer. There is a lot to be excited about Kayitz (summer) 2018 and for those who have not yet registered, I can’t wait to speak with you about how your family can be a part of it.

Another highlight of 2018 for sports enthusiasts is of course the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, this February. The Olympics hold so many lessons for us in the RSA community. We will see the payoff of hard work and commitment. We will join the celebration of victories for athletes from around the world. Awe will overtake us as we watch acts of beauty and strength that are rare and special. There are also the cautionary lessons for us to learn, as we see the consequences of taking short cuts and cheating resulting in an entire nation being forced to sit out the games. 

The values learned, taught and experienced at the Olympics will be a part of camp as well. RSA campers will learn from expert coaches about the importance of dedication to becoming better athletes and people. Jewish experiential study will inform how we approach competition, celebration and the importance of respecting the rules. This is what makes the RSA experience so special and exciting. We can’t wait to help your campers go for the gold, make their way onto the podium and celebrate achievements big and small this summer.


Dave Levy
Director, Ramah Sports Academy
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
We're Putting Together Our Starting Line Up
RSA is looking for counselors to serve as inspiring Jewish role models and assistant coaches. Apply here to staff our inaugural summer!
Winter Olympics Registration Incentive
It may be cold outside, but our campers and supporters are staying warm with their RSA winter hats. How can you snag one of these awesome hats?
Every camper who registers between January 19, 2018 and the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on February 25, 2018 will receive a RSA winter hat. Click on the image above to register your camper for Kayitz 2018 today!
Roster Update: Introducing Our Head Soccer Coach
The Ramah Sports Academy is excited to announce that Troy Antonacci will be serving as our Head Soccer Coach for Kayitz (Summer) 2018! 

Troy comes to the Ramah Sports Academy with extensive playing and coaching experience. As a player, Troy earned all-city honors while winning three high school titles with Martin Luther King High School in New York. He also won national titles with Herkimer College, Briarcliffe College and The Greek Americans (CSL). Troy played with the Olympic Development Program team, the U-23 Cosmos, semi-professionally with the New York Athletic Club (NPSL), and in several tournaments overseas. Troy has trained with professional teams such as NYCFC, the NY Cosmos, and has worked extensively with Wilmer Cabrera, the current coach of the Houston Dynamo in the MLS. 
As a coach, Troy carries a USSF E and F license, and has coached with the New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos youth teams. Troy has also coached at college showcases with andGoSports as well as college summer camps at Hofstra University.

Currently, Troy is a teacher and coach at Success Academy Charter School in Brooklyn. We are thrilled to have him on the field with us at the Ramah Sports Academy this summer.

On joining the RSA team, Troy said: “I am very excited to be joining the Ramah Sports Academy as the head soccer coach this upcoming summer. I want to inspire our campers to challenge themselves to improve their overall character as soccer players and also as people. I hope to create a fun and challenging environment for the soccer players to learn and to thrive in. I am truly looking forward to the upcoming summer at Fairfield University and to being a part of the inaugural season of the Ramah Sports Academy!”
RSA on the Road and in Your Community
Are you interested in learning more about a summer at Ramah Sports Academy? Our leadership team is traveling to the following communities to hold information sessions. E-mail  [email protected]  to RSVP, learn more, or invite us to visit your community.
  • Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 ~ Merrick Jewish Centre - Merrick, NY
  • Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018 ~ Temple Emunah - Lexington, MA
  • Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 ~ Mercaz Cincinnati - Super Bowl Sunday Tailgate BBQ - Cincinnati, OH
  • Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 ~ Meet RSA at the Jewish Basketball League of Westchester - Westchester, NY
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 ~ Community Visit and Information Session - West Hartford, CT
  • Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 ~ Sinai Temple -RSA supports "Hoops in the Holy Land" Event - Los Angeles, CA
  • Monday, Feb. 12 - Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 ~ Chicago Information Sessions and School Visits - Chicago, IL
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 ~ Greater Metrowest Havdalah on Ice at Clary Anderson Arena - Montclair, NJ
  • Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 ~ Goucher College, Baltimore's Child Camp Fair - Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 ~ Congregation Beth El Purim Carnival - South Orange, NJ
  • Sunday, Feb. 25 - Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 ~ Philadelphia Information Session and School Visits - Philadelphia, PA
Discount for Military Families
The Ramah Camping Movement is now offering a 40% discount for families with at least one parent in active American military service. Please e-mail Associate Director Yoni Shear for more information. We thank all of our military families for their service.
One Happy Camper - Apply Now!
Children who have never been to Jewish overnight camp may be eligible for an incentive grant of up to $1,000. Known as the One Happy Camper grant, this is a need-blind gift available to Jewish children who are enrolled in a Jewish residential summer program that is part of the Foundation for Jewish Camp network. To see if your family is eligible and to apply, check out  OneHappyCamper.org . A vailability is limited. See  FAQs   for more details.
The clock is ticking down to Kayitz 2018
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Get in Touch with Our Leadership Team

Dave Levy, Director - [email protected]
Yoni Shear, Associate Director - [email protected]
Bonnie Schwartz Nolan, Business Manager - [email protected]

Winter Office
3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Summer Office
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824
Contact Us
Ramah Sports Academy (RSA) operates under the guidance and supervision of the  National Ramah Commission, Inc.  of  The Jewish Theological Seminary . RSA has received generous startup funding from the  Jim Joseph Foundation  and  The AVI CHAI Foundation through the Specialty Camp Incubator of the  Foundation for Jewish Camp .