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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Discovering Camp Ramah in California’s Camp Ohr Lanu Program

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Camp Ohr Lanu Program
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Drawing on his family’s involvement in the nursing home industry, Robert Kasirer has developed a suite of operations to link health care facilities and their employees. Also a strong supporter of children’s activities, Robert Kasirer contributes to inclusive summer camps such as Camp Ramah in California which runs Camp Ohr Lanu.

Camp Ohr Lanu was designed for special kids and their families. Every year, the program brings together special children and their families for a fun-filled retreat of prayer, study, respite, and support in Ojai Valley, California.

The children with special needs enjoy therapeutic programming from the program’s warm and caring staff which includes behavior and family education specialists, special educators, and counselors. Every family is paired with an individual counselor to provide essential support.

As part of the program, the children with special needs choose an area of focus such as music, dance, art, or drama, all of which are facilitated by trained therapists. The children then take part in daily group activities based on their areas of focus, helping them create lasting bonds with one another. They also participate in scavenger hunts, outdoor games, storytelling, and sibling workshops.

Parents, on the other hand, take part in Shabbat services and support discussions based on the Torah. They also have an opportunity to network and relax in an open family environment.

An Overview of Camp Ramah in California

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Camp Ramah in California
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An attorney, executive, and inventor, Robert Kasirer has served on the Institute of Aging External Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to his professional endeavors, Robert Kasirer supports several charitable organizations like the Jacob Rose Family Foundation and Camp Ramah in California.

Located in California in the Ojai Valley, Camp Ramah is open to children entering 3rd through 10th grade and was established in 1956. Along with its main program, summer camp, it hosts Tikuah, a camp for children with special needs, as well as a 6-week seminar to Israel. No matter the program, Camp Ramah in California helps campers connect with and understand Jewish traditions, while also giving them the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts and numerous outdoor pursuits.

Jewish life at the camp involves a range of activities, from group cheers and discussions to Hebrew and leadership skill development classes. Central to the summer camp experience is the celebration of Kabbalat Shabbat. Beginning with dinner and a camp-wide gathering on the hill the night before, the groups of campers congregate, pray, and read from the Torah, before ending with a traditional Havdalah.

Camp Ramah Provides Unique Jewish Learning Experience

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Camp Ramah
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An experienced executive and attorney, Robert Kasirer maintains active involvement with charitable activities. One organization Robert Kasirer supports is Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Camp Ramah provides young people with varied programs in a nurturing Jewish environment.

At Camp Ramah, part of its core mission is building camper’s connections to Israel. Programs infuse Israeli traditions and culture into the camp experience for all ages. The camp’s staff often includes many instructors and counselors from Israel. The camp also instills appreciation for the Shabbat in young people. Campers participate in Kaballat Shabbat services on each Friday, followed by a traditional meal. They also participate in services on the Shabbat, along with the concluding Havdalla service, which prepares them for an exciting new week ahead at camp.

Parents praise Camp Ramah for inspiring excitement for Jewish learning in their children. The camp also educates students in Hebrew through participating in games, music, and film.

Camp Ramah’s Two-Week Summer Camping Gesher

A real estate professional specializing in health care facilities, Robert Kasirer is committed to improving his community by supporting educational institutions, such as the Harvard-Westlake School. In addition, Robert Kasirer advocates programs that promote Judaism. As such, he contributes to Camp Ramah in California.

Every year, Camp Ramah hosts a series of summer camps that integrate Jewish traditions and practices into fun activities. Campers enjoy performing arts, sports, aquatics, and crafts. Further, organized camping trips allow children to connect with their surroundings and make valuable friendships over campfire stories.

For children entering 3rd grade and up to 5th grade, a two-week introductory camping gesher is available. Gesher, which means bridge, offers first-time campers a sample of camp life. Taking programs and activities from Camp Ramah’s four-week session, the organization specially trains gesher staff to help children become acclimated to the environment and enjoy learning about Judaism.

Camp Ramah has four summer gesher sessions available for 2015. The first session kicks off on June 16th, and the final gesher commences on July 29th. Registration can be completed online at http://www.ramah.org. A $2,420 fee is required.

Ramah FUNday Set for January 4, 2015

Inventor and attorney Robert Kasirer earned his juris doctor from of St. John’s University School of Law. Robert Kasirer contributes to a number of entities and organizations, including Camp Ramah. Accredited by the American Camp Association, Camp Ramah was established in 1956 in Ojai, California.

Camp Ramah manages an assortment of programs and events year round. As an open invitation to new campers and individuals interested in the camp, Camp Ramah is planning to hold the informational and entertainment event Ramah FUNday on January 4, 2015.

Attendees of Ramah FUNday will learn about various camp activities, ranging from arts to outdoor adventures. The event will also highlight three lessons Camp Ramah seeks to imbue in its campers: independence, friendship, and a strengthening of Jewish identity.

The organizers of Ramah FUNday plan to release further information soon, but encourage those interested in attending Ramah FUNday to contact the camp outreach coordinator, whose information can be found at www.ramah.org.

Camp Ramah’s Passover Camp

A successful California-based businessman, Robert Kasirer contributes his time and resources to a number of community and educational organizations throughout the country. In addition to serving as a director of the JacobRose Family Foundation, Robert Kasirer supports Camp Ramah in California, a Jewish summer camp for youth of all ages and abilities.

Aside from the various summer programs it offers, Camp Ramah holds a number of activities for children and their families throughout the year. Each spring, Ramah holds a 10-day Passover Camp that provides a range of formal learning opportunities for adults, as well as daily programs geared toward children.

Ramah’s Passover Camp also offers campers a mix of relaxing and recreational activities, including yoga, nature walks, dancing, sports, and several off-site excursions. The next Passover Camp will be held at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California, on April 2-12, 2015. Those who wish to attend have the option of staying for the entire 10 days or part of the time if their schedule does not allow the full session. More information about registration and camp details can be found at www.ramah.org/pr passover.shtml.