Special kids and their families deserve a special week.
Ohr Lanu will be back November 9-12, 2023!
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Camp Ohr Lanu is a camp for the whole family!
Families come together for a retreat of study, prayer, respite, support, and fun in the beautiful hills of the Ojai Valley. Children with special needs ages 4 to 14, along with their parents and siblings, will enjoy specialized, therapeutic programming in a supportive environment. Ohr Lanu’s warm, caring staff includes trained special educators, behavior, and family education specialist, and individual counselors paired with each family. All campers will experience the fun of summer camp participating in activities such as drama, dance, music, and art and siblings will participate in their own group activities, helping create bonds in a supportive environment. Parents will engage in texts, networking, and relaxation. Together families will enjoy everything Camp Ramah offers: an Olympic size swimming pool, ropes course, hiking trails, and more.
- Shabbat services and study
- Support and discussions based on Torah study and spirituality
- Opportunities to meet other families with similar challenges and to exchange ideas and resources
- Opportunities to network and create connections with other local organizations and professionals
For the Entire Family:
- Shabbat services, activities and Havdallah
- Our annual talent show!
- Daily family time to enjoy camp activities such as swimming, hiking, and ropes course
- Daily fun evening activity planned by our counselors
For Special Needs Children and Siblings:
- Scavenger hunts and games
- Drama games and singing
- Sibling workshops
- Daily focus activities (art, drama, dance, music) lead by trained professionals
- Family accommodations include hotel-style rooms with individual climate control and private baths.
About the Program Leader, Elana Naftalin-Kelman
Elana has been a member of the Ramah family since she was a “staff kid” in the Gan, and was a camper, counselor, and Rosh Edah. Her connection to the Tikvah program started when she was a Tikvah buddy as a camper in Machon. She then went on to be a Tikvah counselor for two summers and the Rosh Edah for the, now re-named, Amitzim, for two summers. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and studied in Israel for several years. She holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She has taught in the NYC public schools and in LA Unified and has worked as a supervisor for a behavior intervention agency in Los Angeles. She helped to create and start the Ezra program (it was her master’s thesis for Bank Street) as well as several synagogue special education programs in the Los Angeles area, such as the Koleinu Shabbat minyan at Temple Beth Am. She now resides with her husband Adam and their three children in Berkeley, CA, but loves coming back to Ojai each summer! For Elana, being the director of the Tikvah program is like coming home.
About Camp Ramah
- Camp Ramah is located in Ojai, California
- Sports facilities include playing fields for baseball and soccer, courts for basketball, volleyball, and tennis, and an Olympic swimming pool.
- Camp Ramah has modern kosher kitchens (separate meat and dairy kitchens), a large dining facility, a beautiful synagogue, an arts and craft studio, and outdoor amphitheaters provide some of the settings for activities at camp.
- All program elements are subject to change pending guidance from our Ramah medical team and local Health Department. All program elements for Ohr Lanu 2021 will follow COVID safety protocols as outlined by our Ramah medical team and the local Health Department.