Conservative Groups to Share a Roof


Three major institutions of Conservative Judaism are coming together, physically and spiritually, the movement announced.

The regional offices of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism and the region's Camp Ramah in the Poconos are joining forces at a new space in Jenkintown. In addition, the Ramah Day Camp moved this past summer into the nearby Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School.

These moves are being enacted to help coordinate programs and staff of the various institutions to pool resources and save money, according to the movement.

"Our purposes are the same," said Rabbi Todd Zeff, director of Camp Ramah. "We have always wanted our various arms to embrace one another, to form an organic whole. That is exactly what is happening in this consolidation."

Also, United Synagogue Youth, which provides year-round opportunities for informal education, will be able to better coordinate with Camp Ramah, the summer camping arm of Conservative Judaism.

The move will also allow Camp Ramah to freeze its tuition rates at 2005 levels for another year.

For more information, write to the new office at: 261 Old York Road, Suite 734, Jenkintown, PA 19096.