Camp Ramot Amoona creates tikkun olam summer program

Congregation B’nai Amoona’s Camp Ramot Amoona has created a new, community service-based opportunity for students across the St. Louis Jewish community who are entering the seventh or eighth grade in the fall. 

Registration is now open for “Taking on Tikkun Olam,” or TOTO, a summer program that aims to enable students to participate in positive change throughout the community, and learn how to integrate Jewish learning and experiences into their overall practices for life (b’nai mitzvot projects and beyond). 

Each week, from Wednesday, June 5, to Friday, Aug. 2, provides a stand-alone experience with a different St. Louis partner organization, allowing for flexibility for participants and their families. 

TOTO participants also will travel to Memphis for a social justice experience. This trip will allow participants to engage in tikkun olam in another community while having a positive social experience. 

Each participant will pay the same fee, no matter their congregational affiliation, thanks to a subsidy by the Kranzberg Family Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. 

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“This program is based on developing teens who are choosing to participate in acts of tikkun olam and tzedakah as part of their life and as they grow into adulthood,” says Liessa Alperin, Congregation B’nai Amoona’s Director of Innovative Learning and Engagement. 

“We are excited to be able to offer a specialized experience different from previous summer camp experiences,” says Sarah Shulman, the synagogue’s Director of Youth and Camp. “TOTO speaks to an area of Jewish camping that is not being provided in other areas of the camp community.” 

To register for the TOTO program, visit www.bnaiamoona.com/cra-registration or contact Sarah Shulman at [email protected]