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What is Seminar?
Ramah Seminar is a six-week travel program in Israel, open to all rising 12th graders from the Ramah overnight camps in North America. Participants will explore the many facets of Israel, while hiking and touring the country, engaging in challenging discussions, meeting with influential leaders, spending time with Israeli teens, and participating in hands-on, experiential learning. Seminar participants travel to all corners of Israel, gaining an in-depth perspective of Israel’s history and future.
This is your opportunity to continue your Ramah journey, in Israel, combining all that is central to camp – community, life-long friendships, connection, and growth – with the ultimate Israel teen-travel experience.
Seminar 2023 starts in : החוויה שלך ברמה סמינר מתחילה בעוד
Where Does Seminar Take Place?
Ramah Seminar is based at three principal sites
Our Jerusalem home base is located at the Goldstein Youth Village, or in Hebrew, חוות הנוער הציוני (commonly referred to as “the Chava”).
While traveling in northern Israel, the program stays in the Hodayot Youth Village, a short drive from the Sea of Galilee (ים כנרת).
In the Negev and the Arava deserts, located in southern Israel, Seminar stays on a modern Israeli kibbutz, in addition to spending one night at Kfar Hanokdim, an outdoor Bedouin tent experience.
Safety & Security
Ramah Israel strives to maintain the highest level of safety and security.
Ramah strictly adheres to the security policies established by Israel’s Ministry of Education governing all field trips and activities:
- All daily outings are cleared before each day’s program with the appropriate authorities (including Israeli police and army).
- Transportation to all programmed activities is handled by chartered buses.
- All Seminar participants are informed of complete security/safety procedures and protocols.
- All participants on Seminar are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, along with being fully vaccinated for all other preventable childhood diseases.
Mirpa'ah & Insurance
All participants are fully covered for medical care, including doctors’ visits, medications, x-rays, and hospitalization. This coverage extends from the time of arrival in Israel until the end of the Seminar program, but does not cover diseases, illnesses, or medical problems resulting from pre-existing conditions, pregnancy, or self-inflicted injuries. In addition, we will be purchasing a Coronavirus add-on that covers COVID-19 testing (provided pending approval of the Ministry of Health) and all medical treatments, doctors’ visits, medications and hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19 infection.
The Seminar staff will ensure that all students receive the medical treatment recommended or prescribed by our health care professionals. Our Mirpa’ah (infirmary) is open 24/7 and is staffed by a paramedic and support staff. A doctor comes to our base for visits, as needed. Counselors accompany students to all medical appointments or tests.
The medical coverage does not include dental, orthodontic, optical, or psychological care. However, Ramah staff will facilitate such appointments, if needed, at the participant’s expense. We recommend a complete dental check-up before departure for Israel.
Ramah Seminar highly recommends Trip Insurance. Trip Insurance packages are available for purchase in your CampMinder application.
As part of the Ramah Camping Movement, Ramah Israel Seminar is committed to creating a Conservative, religiously observant, spiritually fulfilling, inclusive community. Wearing a kippah is required for all male participants during prayer times, at meals, when visiting holy sites, and studying religious texts; female participants are also encouraged to do so. Additionally, tallit and tefillin are required to be worn by all male participants at morning tefillot; female participants are also encouraged to do so.