Specialty Tracks

Ramah Basketball Academy

For our current 6th-9th  graders we offer our Ramah Basketball Academy second session, led by Michael Sweetney.  RBA participants will experience an advanced, team-building and skill building basketball intensive, where they will work-out, practice skills, scrimmage and compete for up to five hours a day. Year after year our RBA participants come home in phenomenal shape, having built the skills which allow them to excel at school athletics during the year.

Campers that choose the RBA track this summer will have a chance to participate in the traditional Ramah program for the first session of the summer, complete with the full complement of athletics, visual and performing arts, environmental education, Judaics, Israel education, as well as our full aquatic program.  For the second session, RBA campers will continue to live among Ramah campers in the same bunks, yet their program will be devoted to a very intense program of basketball instruction. Fee is $500.

Michael Sweetney Photo

Michael Sweetney is a professional basketball player who has played for both the Chicago bulls and the New York Knicks.  Since then he was travelled the world playing professional basketball; from Venezuela to China and Puerto Rico.  Growing up in Maryland, Sweetney went on to become a star player at Georgetown University, then got the 9th pick in the NBA draft.  He now works with non-profits, doing speaking engagements and working with children who struggle with mental health issues.  He comes to Ramah eager to work with our campers and teach them all of the skills he has learned in his almost 20 years as a basketball player.

Ramah Music Academy

Calling all singers, songwriters, rockstars, shower-singers, and music fans! Why does music make you feel good? Have you ever wondered how there is always a song that captures exactly what you’re feeling? Why do some songs just get stuck in your head? Explore these questions and more in the Ramah Music Academy!

The Ramah Music Academy is a weeklong music and songwriting specialty track coached by Josh Warshawsky where you will sing your heart out, learn songwriting techniques, music skills, and what it takes to write an awesome and catchy song! Campers will get the chance to collaborate on the new Chadar Ochel hit of the summer, work on their own songwriting chops, and write, perform, and record their very own songs at camp! At the end of the week, participants in RMA will get to perform some of their new songs in front of the whole camp, and will get to take home rough recording mixes of your brand new track!

The Ramah music academy will take place from July 21st to July 26th.  The program will run for 2 hours a day for each group.  For the inaugural year there will be no additional fee to participate in the program.

Josh Warshawsky has shared his original melodies with Jewish communities Josh Warshavksy Photothroughout the US and Canada.  In 2013 he completed a 5-song EP of original Jewish melodies. This was followed in November, 2015 by his first full-length album, “Mah Rabu.” Originally from Chicago, Josh is currently in Rabbinical school at the Ziegler school of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, hoping to be ordained in May 2019. Before starting school, he worked for three years as the artist-in-residence and music specialist at Temple Beth Am and Pressman Academy in Los Angeles, CA, where he brought new musical energy to children and adults of all ages. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary with BAs in Religion, Talmud and Rabbinics.  Josh spends his summers in residency teaching and sharing music and Tefillah at Ramah camps across the country.

Ramah Tennis Academy

In partnership with JCC of Greater Baltimore

This summer we are partnering with JCamp Baltimore to offer a specialty Tennis track to campers of all ages. RTA participants will be offered skill building and refining Tennis intensive, taught by Tennis trainers from the JCC in Baltimore. Whether you’re a long time player looking to sharpen your skills, or a beginner looking to hit the ground running, RTA is the program for you! Campers will train alongside campers in their age range and practice in doubles, in singles, and work on general tennis techniques. Ramah Tennis Academy will run from July 7th to July 11th for 2 hours each day.      

Adam Stein has been running the JCC of Greater Baltimore’s tennis program for 16 years. I have a degree in Physical Education from Towson University, USNTA Certified Tennis Pro, AAAI/ISMA Fitness Expert Certification. He believes in making tennis as much fun as possible and learning in the process. He wants the kid who’s tripping over their own feet to have as much fun as the kid who’s highly skilled.

Ramah Woodworking Academy

Want to leave your mark on camp this summer? In our new woodworking specialty track, you’ll build something with your own two hands that will stay at camp year after year! Our brand new woodworking track is an amazing opportunity to learn and develop basic woodworking skills, exercise creativity through hands on projects, and heighten your skills in critical thinking and design. Whether you’ve always liked building or never tried it before, this track is the place for you!

You’ll learn woodshop safety, and skills in handheld cutting tools, measurement, and design! Over the course of the week, you will learn these skills from master woodshop teacher, Daniel Lerner, as you work together with other campers to put together a creative woodworking project and leave a lasting impact on camp! The Ramah Woodshop Academy will take place from July 5th to July 11th for 2 hours each day.

Daniel Lerner is a tinkerer, a builder, and a fixer. A self-taught, modern Macgyver, he spends his days teaching Networking, Coding, Metalworking, Automotives, and Woodworking at Long Beach High School in Long Beach, New York.  At night, Danny moonlights as a Welding Instructor at Western Suffolk BOCES. He holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Queens College and a Masters degree in Technology Education from Stony Brook University.  Danny is passionate about learning new skills and making the world a more just place. He is a past chair of the Nassau County Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee and is currently chair of the Huntington Jewish Center Building Committee. In his free time, you can find him building homemade go-karts, growing vegetables, and giving backyard tractor rides. He is excited to bring his creativity and craftsmanship to Ramah this summer!

*** All specialty tracks are in addition to regular, daily Ramah programming. Outside of the specialty tracks, campers can choose basketball, tennis, music, or woodworking as part of their monthly sport and activity options. These activities will take place 2-3 times per week for an hour.