March 13, 2020 / 17 Adar 5780

Dear Ramah Nyack Family:

It’s the first day of camp and our migrash is a tapestry of color.
The dancing begins and our “word of the summer” is joyfully announced.  

We are actively planning for this opening day and a wonderful 2020 camp season.

Yet, in the midst of this planning, we must acknowledge our new reality. We know that many of your children will be home for the indefinite future and that some families are facing illness and others financial stress. We care about you and want to help in any way possible.

Here is one thing that you need not worry about: If camp is cancelled or if your child has any medical reasons for being unable to attend camp, we will refund all tuition payments. You have our assurance. 

Our professional staff, steering committee, and the National Ramah Commission are collaborating to plan responsibly for the coming season. Several working teams of medical professionals, program professionals, and business professionals are meeting regularly. 

Even with the current uncertainty, we are grateful that we have a senior staff with 68 years of cumulative professional experience, a strong working relationship with state and county agencies and a committee of lay leaders who guide our decision making. As important, we thank you, our Ramah mishpacha, who care deeply about our 56-year old summer home. 

Our year-round team is working remotely to limit social exposure and create the safest possible environment for our staff and their families. To reach us by phone, please call our summer office, 845-358-6240, and leave a voicemail. General questions can also be emailed to info@ramahnyack.org. All mail should be sent to our summer office: Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, P.O. Box 807, Nyack, NY 10960.

Thank you for your support. We will continue to update you as we clarify our plans.

Shabbat Shalom,

Matthew Binstock, Ramah Nyack Steering Committee Chair
Amy Skopp Cooper, Executive Director amy@campramah.org
Rabbi Ami Hersh, Camp Director ami@campramah.org
Michael Edelstein, Director of Finance and Operations michael@campramah.org
Jillian Weissman, Associate Business Manager jillian@campramah.org
Daniel Fischer, Special Projects and Logistics Coordinator daniel@campramah.org
MaNishma Ramah? ("What's New, Ramah?") is a series of videos designed to keep your children busy after they finish their school day--virtual or actual!

Please watch for MaNishma videos on  Facebook  that capture our favorite camp activities, including Makers, Bishul, and Migrash Dancing.
"MaNishma" has been our signature camp opening for over two decades and now takes on additional meaning: MaNishma: What's new? How are you? And how can we help you? Please let us know! We care about you, our Ramah family.

MaNishma? We look forward to a resounding "Moosh" ("excellent") in the weeks to come.