Camp Ramah’s Mador Program

 

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Mador Program
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A New York University graduate, Robert Kasirer followed in his parents’ footsteps to focus on a career dedicated to senior citizen welfare. Beyond his professional duties, Robert Kasirer supports Camp Ramah in California, a Jewish summer camp that brings together campers from North American and Israel.

Camp Ramah operates numerous initiatives, including the Mador program. Open to incoming 12th-grade students, the Mador program is a leadership training course that takes place over nine weeks.

In the two-part program, students work as counselors to younger campers and take part in classroom sessions where they hear from experts in fields including child development, psychology, and rabbinic studies. Space on the Mador program is limited, and not all applicants are successful.

The application process includes submission of a written application with references. All candidates must complete interviews prior to selection. Applicants active in Jewish community organizations, such as youth groups and Hebrew schools, receive priority.

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The Jacob Rose Family Foundation and Aging

As an entrepreneur, lawyer, and innovator, Robert Kasirer created an integrated software system to assist in managing healthcare operations. Receiving a JD degree from St. John’s University School of Law, Robert Kasirer currently serves as the director of the Jacob Rose Family Foundation.

The Jacob Rose Family Foundation is an organization that promotes research for age-related initiatives. In 2010, the foundation sponsored a two-day symposium for around 300 participants to talk about the newest trends in nursing homes to “empowered aging.”

Some statistics were shared to prompt discussions, including the fact that by the year 2030, one out of every five Americans will be over the age of 64. Another is that the current anti-aging industry has proven to be an $8 billion enterprise, with every major cosmetics manufacturer creating lotions and creams to give people more youthful-looking skin. In this lively conference, architects, students, and experts discussed alternatives for senior housing, health, mobility, and solutions to support an aging population.