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THE ALUMNI OF RAMAH CAMPS: A LONG-TERM PORTRAIT OF JEWISH ENGAGEMENT

Steven M. Cohen | February 2017

RAMAH CAMPING MOVEMENT ANNOUNCES
RESULTS OF ALUMNI SURVEY

Study confirms that Ramah alumni are much more highly engaged
in Jewish life than other Jews of similar backgrounds

The study found that the alumni of Ramah camps are highly engaged in Jewish life, years and decades after having attended a Ramah camp in North America. The study compares Ramah camper alumni to children of inmarried Conservative parents who responded to the 2013 Pew study of Jewish Americans (“the Pew comparison group”).

Among other key findings, Ramah alumni:

Place a great emphasis on their Jewish identity. Just over 8 in 10 Ramah alumni say that being Jewish is very important in their lives, compared to just over 5 in 10 of the Pew comparison group.

Are very connected to Israel. Ramah alumni are twice as likely as the Pew comparison group to say that they are “very attached” to Israel. Overall, 94% of Ramah alumni express a positive attachment to Israel. Other indicators of strong attachment to Israel are that 96% of Ramah alumni have visited Israel, 76% have close...


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