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Orlee Krass

AMOUNT RAISED

$4,255.00
Fundraising Goal $3,600.00

MY MESSAGE

I grew up attending and working on staff at Camp Ramah in Nyack, but during my initial time there I knew very little about children with special needs.  Words like “inclusion”, “modification”, “accommodation” and “differentiation” meant nothing to me.  After saying goodbye to Nyack and moving on to the “real world,” I joined the New York City Teaching Fellows.  Over the next ten years, words like "inclusion", "modification", "accommodation" and "differentiation" became part of my everyday vocabulary.   During this time, I also starting working with a child with disabilities in my own family - my nephew, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder more than seven years ago.  

Five years ago my nephew was old enough to attend Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. My family was so excited for him to experience the magic of a Ramah Nyack summer. We could not wait for him to dance on the migrash, sing in Zimriyah and celebrate Israel at Yom Yisrael. What we did not fully appreciate at the time was that all these things we remembered so fondly would be extremely challenging for him without accommodations. We quickly realized that there were a lot of things in a typical camp day to which he was overly sensitive or could not tolerate, and his reactions were no longer considered age appropriate. So I worked with members of the staff on implementing strategies and supports which allowed him to not only thrive at Nyack but to fall in love with it too. He was hooked. And to be honest, I was hooked too - but in a different way.

Seeing my nephew experience camp was eye-opening. Without the types of supports we put in place, he might not have had a successful summer. I did not want that for him, or for any child with different needs who wanted to experience Ramah. I was not alone.  

I spent the following 3 summers as Nyack's Director of Camper Care, a role that did not exist back when I was at camp originally, but one in which I cannot imagine today's camp going without, and also served as the Tikvah Network Coordinator for National Ramah Commission.

Just about a year ago, I was thrilled to join Camp Ramah in the Poconos as the Director of its new Tikvah Residential Program. We just finished our inaugural summer, which was a resounding success for the entire camp.  

I watched so many of our campers and staff go outside of their comfort zones this summer. They motivated me. This year I have challenged myself to do something outside my comfort zone and in May 2016 I will be spending 5 days biking in Israel on the Ramah Israel Bike Ride and Hiking Trip. In addition to the physical challenge, I have also taken on the challenge of raising at least $3,600 to support these incredible special needs programs across the Ramah movement which provide meaningful summer camp experiences for children, teens and young adults with disabilities.  

I loved Ramah Nyack as a child. I felt comfortable there and I knew it was a second home to me. Now, as an adult, I love the Ramah camping movement even more because of the commitment all of the individual camps make to creating a comfortable and welcoming environment to all campers so that regardless of different needs, can find a second home at Ramah too.  

Please help me reach my fundraising goal! Each donation will help Ramah offer additional scholarships and make camp more affordable to families with children with special needs. It will also invest in the training and development of the staff members who dedicate their summers to working with these wonderful kids. I hope you'll support me in my efforts by donating to my fundraising page - every dollar helps!

CAMP AFFILIATION:

Nyack
Poconos


MY TEAM

Orlee is part of Ramah Poconos Team Yedidim
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MY SUPPORTERS

Gail and Alan Josselson donated $50.00
May 26, 2017 10:21 AM
The Aisenberg Family donated $180.00
May 18, 2017 12:10 PM
Stacey Shaaltiel donated an undisclosed amount
Apr 27, 2017 7:18 AM
Kathy left a message
Apr 26, 2017 3:33 PM
Go Orlee! We love you and Camp Ramah Poconos!
Kathy & Marty Birn donated $180.00
Apr 26, 2017 3:33 PM
Evita Sokol left a message
Apr 24, 2017 12:20 PM
Go Orlee! So proud of you! Ramah is such an important place for people of all abilities. #btm
Evita Sokol donated an undisclosed amount
Apr 24, 2017 12:19 PM
Lori Forman-Jacobi donated an undisclosed amount
Apr 20, 2017 3:00 PM
Deb Gruda donated $36.00
Mar 20, 2017 8:35 AM
Aunt Lila and Family left a message
Mar 19, 2017 7:47 PM
Our donation is in loving memory of Florence Richman. She was a wonderful sister in law and aunt to us all. She would be so proud of you. Think of her when you are pedaling through the beautiful countryside!!
AUNT LILA AND FAMILY donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 19, 2017 7:42 PM
Karen and Jeff Blum donated $36.00
Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM
Wechslers donated $18.00
Mar 8, 2017 7:11 AM
Abby Aaron donated $50.00
Mar 7, 2017 11:16 PM
Elayna & David Kirschtel donated $36.00
Mar 7, 2017 10:06 PM
KC Krass Party of 5 donated $25.00
Mar 7, 2017 9:24 PM
Meredith Black donated $18.00
Mar 7, 2017 8:35 PM
Anonymous donated $100.00
Mar 7, 2017 7:58 PM
Michele Hussar-Somogyi donated $36.00
Mar 7, 2017 6:54 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2017 6:38 PM
ivy Eder donated $36.00
Mar 7, 2017 5:45 PM
The Ackermans left a message
Mar 7, 2017 4:00 PM
Very proud of you, the cause and the determination for success! You continue to make the world a better place!
Ackerman Faily donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 7, 2017 3:59 PM
Miriam Lefkowitz donated $36.00
Mar 6, 2017 7:55 AM
Peter Di Nuovo donated $50.00
Mar 3, 2017 7:03 PM
Sue and Marc Krass donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 2, 2017 11:55 PM
Eileen and Jerry Lieberman donated $250.00
Mar 2, 2017 3:06 PM
Marci (All the Rudermans) left a message
Mar 1, 2017 3:55 AM
Thank you Orlee! So supportive in every way!
Marci Ruderman donated $50.00
Mar 1, 2017 3:54 AM
Michele Hasit donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 28, 2017 12:14 PM
Debra Chudnow donated $18.00
Feb 27, 2017 8:23 PM
Sara Berlin left a message
Feb 25, 2017 10:05 PM
I am so excited to watch you take on this journey!! And through your fundraising, what an incredible gift you are giving to such deserving kids! So awesome!!!
Sara Berlin donated $72.00
Feb 25, 2017 10:05 PM
Allison Paul donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 21, 2017 12:24 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 17, 2017 1:24 PM
Team Littwin donated $50.00
Feb 16, 2017 8:54 PM
Rena Allen donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 16, 2017 7:23 PM
Amy donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 16, 2017 3:57 PM
Hoosh donated $18.00
Feb 14, 2017 10:23 PM
Jeff Klein donated $18.00
Feb 14, 2017 2:33 PM
Stacey Goldberg donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 14, 2017 2:14 PM
Gaby left a message
Feb 8, 2017 4:35 PM
Way to go Orlee!!!
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 8, 2017 4:35 PM
Rabbi Joel Seltzer donated $118.00
Feb 8, 2017 3:32 PM
Abby Cohen donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 8, 2017 8:18 AM
Lisa and Bruce reinhold donated $18.00
Feb 7, 2017 12:16 PM
Anat & Evan kuperman donated $36.00
Feb 7, 2017 10:21 AM
Michelle Sugarman left a message
Feb 7, 2017 7:36 AM
Yay Orlee!! Thank you for all of your work work to make Yedidim so successful!
Michelle Sugarman donated $36.00
Feb 7, 2017 7:35 AM
Howard & Maya donated $180.00
Feb 5, 2017 12:11 PM
Dave Bacharach left a message
Feb 2, 2017 11:45 PM
Yasher Koach on all that you do for Ramah toward inclusion! B'hatzlacha (and have fun!) on the ride!
Dave Bacharach donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 2, 2017 11:41 PM
David & Bonnie Wind donated $100.00
Feb 2, 2017 10:33 AM
Sara Kreisman donated $36.00
Feb 2, 2017 10:24 AM
Miriam malool donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 1, 2017 4:27 PM
Ripps family donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 31, 2017 2:50 PM
Lori & Matt Fein donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 31, 2017 7:40 AM
Bari Nan Cohen Rothchild donated $18.00
Jan 30, 2017 9:38 PM
Fireman Max donated $118.00
Jan 30, 2017 7:31 PM
Carrie Poholsky left a message
Jan 30, 2017 7:22 PM
Wishing you all the best!
The Poholsky Family donated $25.00
Jan 30, 2017 7:22 PM
Jan Armstrong Cobb donated $50.00
Jan 30, 2017 5:15 PM
Rachel Karsch donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 23, 2017 1:18 PM
Aimee Kaufman donated $18.00
Jan 20, 2017 10:42 PM
Gruenberg Family donated $180.00
Jan 20, 2017 9:55 AM
Shana Caplan donated $18.00
Jan 19, 2017 7:11 PM
Geoff Josselson donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 18, 2017 7:51 PM
Aaron Besser donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 18, 2017 6:26 PM
Erica Zirulnik donated $18.00
Jan 18, 2017 10:49 AM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 18, 2017 9:10 AM
Penny Shefsky donated $18.00
Jan 18, 2017 7:52 AM
Rachel Samuels left a message
Jan 17, 2017 10:11 PM
My favorite memory of Rafi was of course Zimriyah his Kochavim summer (it was a tear jerker for both Benay Richman Josselson and I) Rafi was nervous to participate at first but then came and sat on my lap, and did all the hand motions and sang as loud as he could! When I saw a video of him at Zimriyah this year I couldn't help but cry, he has grown so much and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with him!! Go Orlee Krass and Rafi!!
Rachel Samuels donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 17, 2017 10:11 PM
Yakov & Eliana Schindel donated $100.00
Jan 17, 2017 9:38 PM
Marisa Underberger donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 17, 2017 9:28 PM
Anonymous donated $18.00
Jan 17, 2017 7:32 PM
Samantha Levine donated $18.00
Jan 17, 2017 4:55 PM
Leah Stein donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 17, 2017 4:03 PM
Agi & Don Isenberg donated $50.00
Jan 17, 2017 3:22 PM
Elissa and Bruce Maier donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 17, 2017 2:02 PM
Jordanna Maier left a message
Jan 17, 2017 2:02 PM
Good Luck!
Jordanna Maier donated $18.00
Jan 17, 2017 2:00 PM
Miriam Reimer donated $36.00
Jan 17, 2017 1:23 PM
kookoomonkey donated $18.00
Jan 17, 2017 1:07 PM
Rose F donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 17, 2017 12:53 PM
Alyce & Michael Kitt donated $18.00
Jan 17, 2017 12:43 PM
Melissa Leifer donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 17, 2017 12:42 PM
Alyce & Michael Kitt left a message
Jan 17, 2017 12:39 PM
You go, girl!
The Hershkowitz Family donated $50.00
Jan 17, 2017 12:15 PM
Lieber Merwin Family donated $36.00
Jan 10, 2017 6:47 PM
Paula Jayson donated $18.00
Jan 10, 2017 5:02 PM
Saul Shaaltiel donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 10, 2017 1:31 PM
Ella and Benjy Goldberg donated $18.00
Jan 10, 2017 1:29 PM
The Schwartzman Family donated $50.00
Jan 10, 2017 1:07 PM
Jennifer Stein donated $36.00
Oct 5, 2016 8:34 PM
Stacey Fromowitz donated $36.00
Oct 5, 2016 2:11 PM
Alyssa Levy donated an undisclosed amount
Oct 5, 2016 12:29 PM
Jan Armstrong Cobb donated $50.00
Sep 21, 2016 10:15 AM
Arielle Richman donated $72.00
Sep 20, 2016 5:53 PM
Benay left a message
Sep 20, 2016 4:36 PM
So proud of you!
Benay Josselson donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 20, 2016 4:36 PM
Orlee Krass donated $36.00
Sep 20, 2016 1:59 PM






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