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Press Contact: Rhonda Parker

Let the Camp(aign) begin

Camp Ramah in New England Breaks Ground on Exciting New Project


July 2011 (Palmer, MA) – Generation after generation, children return to Camp Ramah in New England (CRNE) for a summer of fun, making lifelong friends, and strengthening their Jewish identities.  “One of the most important things Camp Ramah does is prepare the next generation of Jewish leaders,” says Scott Glickman, incoming Board president.

On Sunday, July 24, 2011, at 10:30 am, CRNE held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new multipurpose center, the Bet Am Gadol (“big house of the people”).  As part of a strategic plan for the future, this building will begin the transformation of the camp to build on its already stellar programs and sustained impact.  The goal of the groundbreaking event was to bring together the camp community in celebration of this milestone.  In conjunction with the ceremony, there were camper performances and remarks by two campers in the oldest camp unit.

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As CRNE approaches its 60th birthday, the camp is embarking on Camp(aign) Ramah, the most ambitious capital campaign in its history, supporting an exciting array of projects designed to improve community space, dining and residential areas and the overall camp beauty.

“People often describe Camp Ramah as the pinnacle of their Jewish experience,” says Rabbi Ed Gelb, camp director.  “Every summer, more than 1,000 members of our community experience that in Palmer, MA.  We want the summer experience to be a springboard for a lifetime of engagement, and we need facilities that will fully support and enhance immersion in Jewish life.”




Camp Ramah in New England (CRNE) is located in Palmer, Massachusetts, just one hour west of Boston, situated on the shore of a beautiful lake and surrounded by wooded areas. Attracting campers primarily from Massachusetts, Connecticut and the Washington DC area, the camp serves more than 700 children each summer. CRNE operates under the auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary and serves as the camping arm of the Conservative Movement of Judaism. Integrating the fun of summer camp with meaningful content, the Ramah experience is a wonderful part of growing up Jewish in the modern world.