Campers at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, N.Y., participating in a pilot Hebrew immersion program in 2013.
Campers at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, N.Y., participating in a pilot Hebrew immersion program in 2013. (Ramah Day Camp via JTA)

By Ben Sales

The decisions mean all of Ramah’s 10 overnight camps will almost certainly be closed this summer.

(JTA) — A growing number of Ramah summer camps have canceled their sessions, the latest in a lengthening list of Jewish camps that will not run this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Six are sleepaway camps and one is a day camp.  The camps, which are affiliated with Conservative Judaism, are:

  • Ramah Berkshires, which serves primarily the New York metropolitan area
  • Ramah in the Rockies, a Colorado camp oriented toward outdoor activities
  • Ramah in Canada
  • Ramah in New England and its associated day camp
  • Ramah in the Poconos, located in Pennsylvania, and its associated day camps
  • Ramah Sports Academy, an athletics camp in Connecticut
  • Ramah Nyack, a day camp just north of New York City

The decisions mean all of Ramah’s 10 overnight camps will almost certainly be closed this summer. Ramah Northern California and Ramah Darom in Georgia have already canceled. Ramah in Wisconsin and Ramah in California, located in the southern part of the state, have said they will likely cancel as well.

Collectively, the camps serve thousands of campers.

They join dozens of other Jewish camps, including other Ramahs, that have canceled their summers due to the pandemic. In some cases, government regulations prohibit the camps from opening, while some camps have decided that opening would pose an unreasonable health risk.

Only a few Jewish camps have announced that they intend to open.

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