Through Jewish leadership and alumni engagement, Ramahniks from all over the world can now converge in one place: Ramah365. Challenge yourself with fun and exciting missions, win prizes, and interact with Ramah staff members and alumni across the globe. The Ramah365 Mobile App is a project of the National Ramah Commission, Inc, generously funded by a Signature Grant from the Covenant Foundation.
Rabbi Ami Hersh and Dana Leinson write about Ramah365 in eJewiish Philanthropy.
"In just a few short months, the app has become so much more than we initially imagined. We couldn’t know, going in to this project, how the app would evolve. We hoped it would be a comfortable meeting place for Ramah staff and alumni, where they could make connections while being involved in learning and rich Jewish experiences. Yet with the leadership of a young adult committee who create and monitor missions, continually act on ideas from users, and keep content fresh and new, Ramah365 is rapidly becoming a magnet for Jewish engagement year-round. In particular, what’s been so exciting is how the app users themselves continually cross social media boundaries – using Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, and YouTube – to widen the circle, build upon the app’s missions, and demonstrate their own initiative to create Jewish experiences that are personally meaningful to them.
The official launch of the app last week took place simultaneously in New York City, at Binghamton University, and in Jerusalem. More than 100 college-age Ramahniks spread across those three central sites came together to launch the app through live-streamed learning, sharing, and celebration. We witnessed the power that social media can have in both cultivating and promoting in-person engagement – in our minds, a necessary ingredient in the growth of Jewish community… Through Ramah365, we see first-hand how the future educators and lay leaders of the broader Jewish community can be nurtured and encouraged. It’s our firm belief that, through the empowered leadership and ongoing involvement of our committed young people, and the opportunities this app provides to Ramahniks to build on their formative summer experiences, Ramah365 can be a powerful tool in our efforts to ensure life-long Jewish engagement and continuity."