PALMER – Camp Ramah in New England is putting the finishing touches on a 23,000-square-foot chadar ochel (dining hall). With the anticipated completion of this major new building, Camp Ramah closes its capital campaign.
Camp(aign) Ramah: the Campaign for Camp Ramah in New England has raised philanthropic commitments totaling $6.25 million. This campaign, the most ambitious in Camp Ramah’s more than 60-year history, has transformed the camp with four major completed projects that have improved community space, dining and residential areas and the overall beauty of the camp.
The state-of-the-art chadar ochel features a large dining room that is winterized and air-conditioned, a seasonal dining pavilion, and a modern kosher kitchen and bakery. This summer, more than 900 campers will enjoy this new facility. In addition, the chadar ochel will become a central location for providing vocational training to young adults with disabilities.
In 2012, as part of the capital campaign, three major projects were completed: a 12,000-square-foot gymnasium, theater and communal space under one roof called the Bet Am Gadol; a new K’far Nivonim village that houses the oldest campers; and a combined welcome center (misrad), arts & activities center (bet omanut) and woodworking shop (nagarut) at the camp’s entrance.
“The successful completion of our historic capital campaign is an extraordinary accomplishment that is transforming our camp and its program,” said Rabbi Ed Gelb, camp director. “The philanthropic investment speaks to the enduring impact of the Camp Ramah experience upon our campers and their families. The four major projects completed through the campaign are ensuring that we fulfill our mission to nurture and excite the next generation of educated and committed Jews.
CAP: The new 23,000-square-foot chadar ochel or dining hall, marks the close of Camp Ramah in New England’s $6.25 million capital campaign, which has transformed its Palmer camp.