Your first step is to complete your Camp application. Once completed, there are several sources that offer scholarships and financial assistance to families.
The majority of financial aid comes from local sources. Please see our Financial Aid 1, 2, 3 below for more information and for links to applications. We encourage you to speak to your Rabbi, contact your local federation and ask community leaders about funding opportunities in your area.
First Time Campers
Your first-time camper may be eligible for a One Happy Camper grant of up to $1,000!
First-time campers from small Jewish communities may be eligible to receive $3,000 off their first summer and a minimum of $1,500 off their second summer. Click here or contact Julia Weiss (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
For those needing additional assistance beyond your local sources, Ramah Darom does provide scholarships – see #3 below. We also offer payment plans.
If the Ramah Darom application fee causes your family hardship, please contact Deanne Brown (email@example.com) to discuss options.
Financial Aid 1, 2, 3
Contact your local federations and synagogues for information regarding camp scholarships and deadlines. Be sure to also speak with your Rabbi, local Sister/Brotherhoods and Jewish Family Services. We have provided some links below. In several cases, application forms for Summer 2022 will only be open later this fall.
ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS or TENNESSEE RESIDENTS
Priority Deadline: The application form typically opens in November
Contact: Janice Zazulak at Janice@jcrs.org or (504) 828-6334
LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA and FLORIDA PANHANDLE RESIDENTS
Goldring Family Foundation – First-year camper up to $1500
Deadline: Application for Summer 2022 will be available October 1, 2021. The deadline is typically March 31
Contact: Miriam Teller at (504) 524-4559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ATLANTA-AREA FAMILIES: Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA) and Ramah Darom both use a single application, completed and submitted to JFGA. Financial aid awards for those completing the JFGA application will be made on a rolling basis according to a series of scheduled notification intervals. You are not required to complete Ramah Darom’s FACTS application.
Atlanta Jewish Federation
Contact: Rabba Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez at email@example.com
Boca, Delray and Highland Beach
Contact: Shari Cohen at 561-852-3171 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gainesville, Ocala, and surrounding areas
Contact: Virginia Brissette Hirshik, email@example.com 352- 371-3846
Miami DADE Federation
Deadline: typically end of January
Contact: Inbar Cohen at 786.866.8431 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Palm Beach (Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach)
Deadline: typically end of February
Contact: Abigail Zohn at Abigail.email@example.com
Palm Beach County
National Council for Jewish Women – Valencia Shores Section
Requirements: Palm Beach County Resident, Camper must be 13 years of age or younger. This is a needs-based scholarship or for families with extenuating circumstances.
Pinellas and Pasco County
Contact: Diana Morin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-530-3223
Deadline: typically end of January
Contact: Jessi Sheslow at (941) 343-2109 or email@example.com
Deadline: typically mid-November
Contact: Alissa Fischel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 769-4726
Contact: Betsy Gamburg at (336) 852-4829 x225
Contact: Sara Chesley at email@example.com or call 843-614-6491
Nashville and Middle Tennessee
Deadline: End of February 2020
Contact: Becky Gunn at the Jewish Federation office, 615-356-1624, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements: Must be affiliated with a Jewish organization and live in the Memphis area-Memphis, Germantown, Arlington, Collierville or Tennessee.
Contact: Carolyn Pruitt at email@example.com or 901-767-8517
Deadline: typically early March 3
Contact: Liz Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Jewish Federation: jewishfederations.org/federation-finder
The link above will take you to a map. Simply click on your state, and see a list of all Jewish Federation contacts in your area!
First Time Campers
One Happy Camper: jewishcamp.org/one-happy-camper
PJ Goes to Camp: pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/pj-goes-to-camp
In appreciation of their service to the United States, families with at least one parent in active American military service are eligible for tuition discount at all Ramah overnight camps.
Contact: Deanne Brown (email@example.com) or the National Ramah office at (212) 678-8881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
After applying to all available local sources for financial aid, families in need of additional assistance for Camp may apply for a Ramah Darom scholarship. Families must be able to demonstrate financial need by submitting a full application including all required documents. Available funds are limited.
Ramah Darom partners with FACTS to process Camp scholarship applications. FACTS is a highly secure system used by more than three million students and families at over 11,500 schools and camps. They handle the collection of your application, supporting documents and validation of the information provided. FACTS charges a $30 fee per family.
The deadline to submit a completed Ramah Darom scholarship application for Summer 2022 will be in February 2022. Every scholarship application is reviewed in detail by the Scholarship Committee of Ramah Darom’s Board of Directors. All information is kept strictly confidential. We endeavor to notify families of the Committee’s decisions as early as possible, but we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as this is a very time-consuming process and our Committee consists of volunteers. All families will be notified by early May at the very latest.
ATLANTA-AREA FAMILIES: You do NOT need to complete a FACTS application. Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA) and Ramah Darom both use a single application, completed and submitted to JFGA.
What if I missed the deadline?
First priority is given to applications received by the February deadline.
After the Committee has completed reviewing all applications received by the deadline, limited funds may still be available for families whose applications were received after the deadline. If you are applying after the deadline, we encourage you to complete the FACTS application and contact Deanne in our finance department to better understand what resources might still be available.
Ramah Darom scholarships are made possible in part by generous support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Endowment.
If you have any questions regarding financial aid resources or need to work out a payment plan, we are happy to assist you. Please email Deanne Brown (email@example.com) or call 404.531.0801.