At Ramah, your child lives in a fun, caring Jewish community in which he or she is valued both as an individual and as part of a larger family. Jewish prayer, texts and customs are explored through engaging classes and discussions, participatory activities and Shabbat celebrations. Campers learn and speak Hebrew in a spirit unique to Ramah. Judaism and Hebrew come alive in the chadar ochel (dining room), on the stage of our amphitheater, in edah (age division) cheers and throughout camp every day.
Campers celebrate Jewish and Israeli cultures through song, food, art and dance. As campers grow, we focus on developing leadership skills, a commitment to social action and an understanding of the importance of the State of Israel.
Our staff help children discover their own talents and interests and find the connection between the Jewish traditions and our lives. Beyond activities, Ramah staff are trained to teach and reinforce Jewish values such as honesty, community, Torah, honor, and God. Jewish values underlie a concern for each individual and the development of a spirited and warm community, so that a summer at Ramah is an experience that lasts a lifetime.
Shabbat is a highlight at camp. The entire camp enjoys Kabbalat Shabbat outside together on the Hill (Givah) and Shabbat dinner is filled with ruach. On Shabbat morning, each edah has its own intimate prayer space, and counselors encourage campers to participate, lead the service and read from the Torah. Shabbat concludes with a special camp-wide Havdalah.