Boker Tov Machaneh Ramah! Mah Nishma? (Good morning Camp Ramah! How are you?) For decades, children have been greeted with these iconic phrases each morning on the migrash (our main lawn). Ramah Day Camp in Nyack has a proud history of weaving Hebrew language into the day’s activities through the use of cheers, songs, and stories.
In 2013, Ramah Nyack elevated Hebrew learning with the addition of Sha’ar, a unique Hebrew immersion program. We are proud to offer this popular program in Summer 2020 for six edot (age groups): Kochavim, Shorashim, Nitzanim, Solelim, Tzeirim, and Nevonim (entering grades K-5th).
Watch the Sha’ar video to get a taste of what Sha’ar has to offer!
Campers in Sha’ar engage in the full Ramah Nyack schedule, including swim, sports, arts and crafts, and more–learning to understand and speak Hebrew by listening to and speaking with their counselors and peers. All aspects of the camp day are conducted solely in Hebrew from the very first day, giving children an opportunity to gain proficiency as they participate in the myriad of activities that make camp so magical!
Our Rosh Sha’ar (Director of Sha’ar) is a lifetime Ramah camper and staff member who has lived and studied in Israel for over a decade and is a Judaics and Hebrew instructor at a New York City Jewish day school during the school year. Each winter, the Rosh Sha’ar travels to Israel to interview and hand-pick the outstanding Sha’ar counselors, a team of all Israelis who have experience working with young children in various settings. The Sha’ar staff is beloved each summer, radiating warmth and instilling a love and passion for Hebrew in their Sha’ar campers.
Your child must first be registered for the full summer in Kochavim (entering kindergarten), Shorashim (entering 1st grade), Nitzanim (entering 2nd grade), Solelim (entering 3rd grade), Tzeirim (entering 4th grade), or Nevonim (entering 5th grade) to be eligible to apply for Sha’ar.
Space will be limited to two groups of full session campers. Please note that due to the nature of this program, we will be unable to honor any group placement requests.