The mission of the Ramah Camping Movement is to create and sustain excellent summer camps and Israel programs that inspire commitment to and engagement in Jewish life, and develop the next generation of Jewish professional leaders.
Ramah is the camping arm of Conservative Judaism. The mission of the Ramah Camping Movement is to create and sustain excellent summer camps and Israel programs that inspire commitment to and engagement in Jewish life, and develop the next generation of Jewish professional leaders. At Ramah, thousands of children, teens, and young adults come together each summer in communities that nurture social, educational, physical, and spiritual growth, creating lifelong friendships, a love for Israel, and a strong Jewish identity.
Since the establishment of the first Ramah camp in 1947, the Ramah Camping Movement has become, by all accounts, an extraordinarily successful Jewish educational endeavor, emphasizing the teaching and daily use of Hebrew language, the fostering of religious and spiritual development, and the strengthening of Jewish and Zionist identity through extensive Israel programming. Ramah has also had a powerful impact on leadership development in the Jewish world. In numbers far exceeding what one might expect from a camping movement, Ramah alumni populate the highest reaches of North American Jewish communal life, from Jewish Federations to advocacy, social service, and educational institutions that serve the Jewish community and galvanize public support for Israel. Ramah is also celebrated as a place where young Jews make lifelong Jewish friends, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Jewish marriages can be credited to the Ramah summer camp experience.
Each year, more than 11,000 campers and university-aged staff members populate our nine residential camps, five day camps, and Israel programs. An additional 250 young Israeli adults join the Ramah camp communities annually, and help to inculcate in the campers a love of Hebrew language together with a familiarity with and connection to Israel.
The overnight camps are: Berkshires (New York); California; Northern California; Canada; Darom (Georgia); New England (Massachusetts); Poconos (Pennsylvania); Rockies, and Wisconsin.
The five day camps are in the Chicago area (Wheeling, IL); Greater Washington, DC (Germantown, MD); Jerusalem; Nyack, NY; and the Philadelphia area (Elkins Park, PA). Additionally, Ramah runs summer and high school semester programs in Israel, and partners with summer camp programming in Ukraine, Argentina and Israel.
The National Ramah Commission is the coordinating body of the camping arm of Conservative Judaism, operating under the educational and religious supervision of The Jewish Theological Seminary. The National Ramah Commission provides oversight and educational planning on behalf of the network of Ramah camps throughout North America and Israel.