All Ramah camps cancel their 2020 summers


This story has been updated to reflect additional closures of Ramah camps. 

(JTA) — All 10 Ramah overnight 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.

Day camps associated with the overnight camps have also closed. 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 in Wisconsin, which serves the Midwest and is the longest-running Ramah camp, and its associated day camp
  • Ramah Sports Academy, an athletics camp in Connecticut
  • Ramah Northern California
  • Ramah Darom in Georgia
  • Ramah in California, located in the southern part of the state.
  • Ramah Nyack, a day camp just north of New York City

Collectively, the camps serve thousands of campers.

They join dozens of other Jewish camps 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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