For the safety of our guests and staff related to the global situation surrounding COVID-19, we have cancelled our Passover Camp for 2020. We look forward to seeing you in 2021 for Passover in Ojai
L’Shanah HaBah B’Ojai California! Next Year in Ojai!
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.
Jennifer Medina is a National Political Correspondent for The New York Times, covering the 2020 presidential campaign, with a focus on the West. Her reporting focuses on the way race, immigration and gender is shaping politics and discourse in our country. A Southern California native, she previously spent several years reporting on the region for the National desk.
During her time in California, Ms. Medina’s reporting focused on immigration, education and poverty. She traveled all over the region examining how public policy impacts people’s lives. She wrote about Disneyland employees living in their cars, immigration raids and the state’s chronic public education problems. She has covered breaking news extensively, including several mass shootings, and is often called upon to find humanity amid tragedy.
Since joining the Times in 2002, she has also covered politics in New York and Connecticut and spent several years writing about New York City public schools. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in print journalism and political science. She speaks Spanish and Hebrew.
- Yoni Moss – Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Shalom Orzach – Senior Educator and consultant for the iCenter and serves on faculty for the
Foundation for Jewish Camp
- Rabbi Gordon Tucker – Author and leader in the Conservative Movement, Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel, White Plains
- Rabbi Stuart Kelman – Dean of the Gamliel Institute
2020 Artists in Residence include:
- David Moss – renowned Judaic artist
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.