Where is Camp Ramah? Camp Ramah in New England is located just outside of Palmer, MA, a few miles north of exit 8 off the Mass. Turnpike. It is 90 minutes from Providence, RI. The site extends over 76 acres of woods, includes an indoor recreation facility, lakefront, and wooded walking paths, informal lounges, seminar rooms, a state-of-the-art Beit Midrash complex, which includes a Judaic library, classrooms and the synagogue.
What will be provided for childcare? There will be childcare provided throughout the weekend during tefilah and at night. More details regarding childcare can be found on the draft schedule.
What should I pack? A full packing list is provided here
How will Shabbat be observed? Shabbat will be observed with full tefilah, festive meals, singing, resting and building relationships between our community members. Everything will be strictly Shomer Shabbat and everyone is asked to observe Shabbat in communal spaces.
What is the attire? We encourage everyone to dress according to one’s own comfort level, keeping in mind that it is both Shabbat and Camp. For Shabbat, we typically dress-up, however, it is also camp and a rustic setting and we want you to be comfortable. Perhaps you can find the perfect blend! The rest of the weekend is casual attire. The facilities are heated and winterized, however, it is November in New England, so please pack accordingly!
What will the food be? Camp Ramah will provide strictly kosher full meals and snacks under the Orthodox supervision of Rabbi Barry Dolinger throughout our visit. Please indicate dietary restrictions when registering. Please direct any specific food questions to either Stephanie or Miriam. Please note, Camp Ramah is a completely nut-free facility.
Is participation in programming required? We received a generous grant and have dedicated substantial thought and time in planning this retreat in order to provide a fabulous experience for all. We hope that all attendees will participate enthusiastically in the programming! With that said, we know that people may need a break, alone time or time with their children, and certainly understand if that conflicts with some of our planned programs.
What if it’s raining/snowing/etc? Camp Ramah is completely winterized, however please pack for all types of weather. You will need to walk between different locations even if it's raining or snowing.
Where will I sleep? Most accommodations are in private sleeping and bathroom spaces, with possible shared common space. A very limited number of rooms with two queen beds/private bathroom in the Guest House are available for an extra fee. All rooms are simple, comfortable, and fully winterized.
Is the camp accessible for individuals of all abilities? There is ample accessible housing. The communal buildings are also fully accessible,except for the gym facility, which has a small lip at the door threshold. Although all of our activities and housing are on one side of camp, the buildings are spread out from one another.
What happens if I need to cancel last minute? What is the refund policy? After October 24, our registration numbers will be submitted to Camp Ramah and you will not be able to receive a refund. Prior to the October 24 you can receive a full refund.
Will I have access to a refrigerator? There will be a communal refrigerator available to all who need it.