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Join us for a remarkable Passover experience!
Passover Camp 2020
April 8 – April 17
We cordially invite you to Camp Ramah in California for a Passover of a lifetime. Unplug and leave the holiday preparations to us while you relax in the green hills of the Ojai Valley. Passover at Camp Ramah is an incredible experience conducive to friendship, spirituality, study, nature, relaxation and recreation…stimulating your mind, body, spirit and taste buds! Your Passover experience promises to be leisurely, fun and educational as you play and learn with our many distinguished guests while enjoying three gourmet meals a day and a variety of snacks.
LEARN: Stimulating study, discussion and fun with several visiting scholars and distinguished professionals in arts, education, drama, comedy, politics and sports. Opportunities for formal learning geared toward adults as well as fun and educational family programming. Special daily activities and programs for children (ages 3 and up) supervised by experienced and dedicated staff.
RELAX: On-site, massage therapist, yoga, kosher wine tasting, nature walks, and star gazing.
PLAY: Swimming, volleyball, tennis, basketball, baseball, Israeli dance and state of the art ropes course. Evening activities will include movie night at the pool, campfire, magic show, top chef challenge, karaoke, talent show, bingo, off property excursions* and much more!
WORSHIP: The option to participate in traditional, creative and /or semi-private sederim, 3 daily services – Egalitarian Minyan and Mechitza Minyan (numbers permitting), Shabbat/Holiday Junior Congregation for children ages 6-12 and Tot Shabbat for children 5 and under.
Flexible stay options are available:
- Full Encampment**OUR BEST VALUE
- 1st Half Encampment
- 2nd Half encampment
2020 Line Up:
- Mark Oppenheimer – Mark is the host of Unorthodox, the #1 Jewish-themed podcast on iTunes. He is editor at large at Tablet Magazine and the formerBeliefs columnist for The New York Times. His books include The Bar Mitzvah Crasher, the just-released Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between, and a forthcoming book about the Tree of Life massacre. He teaches at Yale and lives in New Haven with his wife, five children, and two dogs.
- Rabbi Matthew L. Berkowitz – is the Director of Israel Programs for The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and co-founder of Kol Ha-Ot, a Jerusalem-based venture devoted to exploring the arts and Jewish learning. He is a member of The Wexner Heritage Program Faculty and has taught Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver-Boulder, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Phoenix groups. He completed his undergraduate work in International Relations and Middle East Studies, summa cum laude, at Colgate University. While in Israel, he studied at Pardes and The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. He was ordained from JTS in 1999, is a Wexner Graduate Fellow alumnus and most recently an alumnus of the Hartman Rabbinic Leadership Institute, Class V.
An accomplished artist, Matt was formally trained in Jewish scribal art in Jerusalem and completed the writing of Megillat Esther, the illumination of several ketubbot, and a limited edition artist portfolio entitled Passover Landscapes: Illuminations on the Exodus which was acquired by Yale University, exhibited at Yeshiva University Museum (April, 2006) and is on permanent exhibit at The Jewish Theological Seminary. The Lovell Haggadah, commissioned by Dedee and Stephen Lovell of Sands Point, NY and published in 2008 by The Schechter Institute and Nirtzah Editions, is based on this work. In 2008-2009, he studied illustration and oil painting at The Jerusalem Studio School. He designed a series of tzedakah boxes, sanctuary artwork for the JCC of Harrison New York and a commission in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of SAR Academy.
2019 Program Highlights included:
- The In[HEIR]itance Project is a national arts organization which uses an open community-responsive devising process combining theatrical tools, educational programming, and traditional practices of Jewish study and ritual to create original performance events that reflect a community’s history and people in conversation with their inherited sacred stories. While at Camp Ramah over Passover people will have the opportunity to attend an open-rehearsal of a new play inspired by the book of Exodus, which is being devised with refugee communities in Omaha, Nebraska! To kick off their residency at camp, actors Jon Adam Ross & Darian Dauchaun will be reprising their roles in “The Rebecca Play” which was originally devised with Jewish and Black communities in Charleston, South Carolina and premiered there in May of 2016.
“The Rebecca Play”
The matriarch Rebecca played favorites among her sons, Esau and Jacob, believing one to be the rightful heir. This play marries that narrative to the story of the city of Charleston. The city becomes the mother playing favorites among her children, White and Black. Through a series of scenes and monologues, two actors explore rivalry, racism and how each brother reacts when the roles are reversed.
- Check back for the complete 2020 line-up.
2019 Scholars in Residence Included:
- Rabbi Joel Rembaum, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles
- Joel Braunold (Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace)
- Rabbi Gordon Tucker (Author and leader in the Conservative Movement, Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel, White Plains)
How is this Passover different from all other Passover experiences?
Our private site in beautiful Ojai Valley encourages a relaxing experience apart from the hustle and bustle of other Pesach destinations. Passover Camp guests enjoy exclusive use of the entire camp property and facilities supported by our exceptional and highly trained staff.
Our food is the BEST. Three gourmet meals and snacks are prepared for all guests each day. Enjoy being pampered and served. We have dedicated
professional staff to ensure the greatest Passover Vacation you have ever had.
Please spread the word to your family and friends about this awesome opportunity to be together at Camp Ramah.
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