jewish life at ramah

 

Shabbat

Shabbat at Ramah is very special. An integral part of Camp’s mission is to instill in our campers the love and beauty of Shabbat.

The excitement of Shabbat begins Friday afternoon. Campers and counselors end activities early to shower and dress in white for Kabbalat Shabbat at the amphitheater on the lake. The beautiful service is followed by a traditional Friday night meal and a ruach filled shira session.

On Shabbat, services are held for each edah. The afternoon allows for campers to have some free time, before an interactive learning session on a relevant topic.

Shabbat concludes with the warm Havdallah service, welcoming a new week of fun and adventure at Camp Ramah!


Israel

Building a camper’s connection with Israel is a central part of Camp’s mission. From his or her earliest years at Camp, through the Ramah Seminar experience, Ramah infuses Israeli culture, history, and tradition into the camp experience. Each summer, we are joined by many Israeli staff members who work with campers as coaches, bunk counselors, and specialty instructors. Hebrew language is used regularly in conversation and in print. A highlight of the summer is “Hashi,” Camp Ramah in the Berkshires’ own “Israel Day.”


Jewish Learning

“I don’t know how Ramah does it,” parents report. “But they make my child enjoy learning.”

Jewish learning in Camp is infused into all of our activities and programs. Athletic practices may start with a brief d’var Torah, music students may learn new tunes for t’fillot, or in Omanut a camper may create a beautiful mezuzah and learn the laws surrounding the mezuzah in her daily Jewish learning class.

 

 

 

Hebrew

Hebrew is an important component to the Ramah summer. Signs around camp, announcements, and activities are in Hebrew.  Campers of all ages participate in Hug Ivrit several days a week, where they learn the language in an organic way through games, music, film, and drama. All musicals during the summer are performed in Hebrew.


Tikun Olam
Integral to the Ramah experience is teaching our campers that we have a responsibility to each other in our own community and to the world at large. We do this by participating in Hesed projects throughout the summer, partnering with neighboring communities in elder facilities and soup kitchens. There are also projects on the campgrounds that children can take part in, like planting trees, contributing to a huge mural, and many others that allow the campers to see themselves as part of a community that is making the world a better place.