What is a Ramah Day School Trip to Israel?
For over 20 years, Ramah Israel Institute (RII), the department for short-term trips with Ramah Israel, has provided educational experiences in Israel for Jewish day schools in North America (community-based schools as well as Solomon Schechter affiliated schools). The RII staff partners with the school leadership to make every itinerary – whether for 8th graders or high school students – a unique blend of touring and informal learning experiences, with a pace, style of presentation, and level of accommodation meeting the group’s specific needs.
RII runs trips that are imbued with Hebrew, Israeli culture, text learning, spirituality and fun. An age-appropriate sourcebook is used in the field that connects the student to Tanach and Rabbinic sources, maps, Israeli songs and to his/her own thoughts and reflections. The religious policies of the schools are adhered to, while we seek to expand upon the students’ understanding and practice of Shabbat, Tefilla and other aspects of Jewish tradition (RII is pluralistic, not “pareve”). RII has also created Israel experiences for faculty, school boards, and groups of families within the school community.
Each middle school trip is uniquely tailored to the curriculum, tastes and background of the individual group with a choice of themes, sites and activities. Above is a sample of a typical eighth grade program; however, each trip is customized to the required needs, budget and expectations of the group.