The Livnot Atid Capital Campaign
Investing in our staff is an investment in the future of our camper program.
For the past 60 years, Ramah Nyack has brought together an exceptional group of national and international young Jewish leaders for summers in residence. This model is the only one of its kind in North America. During the day, these young people serve as staff members for our day campers. Once the campers depart at 4:00 PM, the cohort participates in an immersive Jewish experience designed for them. Our staff serve as role models, demonstrating a love of Judaism that makes lasting impressions on children and their families, many of whom are at the start of their Jewish journeys when they join the Ramah Nyack mishpacha (family).
Improving our residential living quarters is important to ensure we will continue to attract and hire smart, talented and dynamic young adults. Our dormitories accommodate more than 250 staff members during the summer months and also serve a similar number during our shoulder season retreats. Most of the dormitories were originally built between 1900 and 1930 and one of them was built in the early 2000s. They have seen minimal upgrades/updates over the past decades. Summer weather in the New York area continues to get warmer and more extreme. HVAC systems, once not deemed necessary in summer camps, have become a health necessity to combat the extreme heat we now experience each summer in New York. These needed upgrades will allow staff to live in modernized housing, still with a basic camp feel, and will enable us to continue to attract top notch young adult staff who are the backbone of our camp program.
Over the next three years this campaign aims to raise $2.1 million to enable the transformation of the Ramah Nyack campus for the next 60 years, and beyond.
Utilizing a phased approach, we hope to complete the refurbishment of all staff dormitories. We have prioritized the residential buildings, given their impact on staff experience and believe the Livnot Atid campaign will enable us to reach our goals. Installing additional solar panels will enable camp to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, save tens of thousands of dollars annually on traditional electric costs, and up to 40% of our electric usage would be covered by solar electricity. Renovations will be completed during the off-season to ensure there will be no disruptions while camp is in session.
We are committed to excellence in leadership training and staff experience. Improving our residential living quarters is important to ensure we will continue to attract and hire smart, talented and dynamic young adults. Our tzevet (staff) are the heart of the magic of Ramah Nyack and are critical to providing our 800+ campers with an outstanding Jewish summer camp experience each summer.
Thank you for helping to write our next chapter and build our future.