Camp Ramah in Northern California is located in the La Selva Beach community along the shores of Monterey Bay in Northern California. The camp is about 20 minutes South of Santa Cruz and about 35 minutes North of Monterey by car. The closest major airport is San Jose International Airport.
Camp Ramah in Northern California is easily accessible by car from all Northern and Southern California locations. If you are flying, please secure a flight into San Jose International Airport if possible. Representatives from Camp Ramah in Northern California will be on hand to meet you and to bring you up to camp. If you plan on arriving by bus or train, please make arrangements to arrive at San Jose airport where representatives from Ramah will be waiting.
There are few camps that have as perfect of weather for summer camp activities as Monterey Bay in the summer! The temperature ranges from 50s to 80s throughout the day, often with light fog in the morning and sun in the afternoons.
The majority of our staff live in dorm rooms with other staff member. Counseling staff live in rooms adjacent to the rooms of the campers in their age group. Our dorms are equipped with electricity, internet, bathrooms, showers, laundry, and staff planning and hang out spaces.
Judaism is integrated into the fabric of Camp Ramah in Northern life, language, and culture. Jewish staff engage in daily tefillot (prayers) as well as learning opportunities throughout the week. Shabbat is a special time at camp, in which the community comes together to celebrate, reflect, and play. While not all of our staff members are Jewish, we are one, cohesive community that works, grows, and has fun together.
To be an effective staff member, we believe everyone needs time to rejuvenate themselves. In order to ensure a happy, well-rested, and effective pioneering staff, all members of our tzevet receive time off throughout the summer.
|7:30am||Tefillah: Experience the wonders of the morning through prayer, meditation, and gratitude by the sea|
|8:15am||Breakfast and prepare for the day|
|9:45am||Maslulim/Specialty tracks: dive into the magic of ocean exploration, performing arts, and outdoor adventure|
|12:45pm||Lunch with Shira and Rikud (singing and dancing)|
|1:30pm||Sha’at Menucha: Campers enjoy chill time in their rooms and hanging out with their counselors|
|2:30pm||Elective activities (activities may include swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, art, photography, dance, frisbee golf, music, biking, climbing, tallit making, and cooking)|
|5:10pm||Shower Time and Group Bonding|
|6:15pm||Dinner with Shira and Rikud (singing and dancing)|
|7:00pm||Peulat Erev/Evening Activity: Scavenger Hunt, Talent Show, Beach Bonfire and more!|
|9:00pm||Lailah Tov: Bunk Time and Bedtime for Campers|
|10:00pm||Staff Activities, Meetings and Surprises!|
|11:00pm||Staff Curfew: Rest up for another exciting day!|
Throughout the week, there are camp-wide special days, fun staff evening activities and learning sessions, staff meetings, and surprises around every corner!
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Camp Ramah in Northern California operates under the educational guidance of the National Ramah Commission and is supported by an accelerator grant from the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Avi Chai Foundation. Camp Ramah in Northern California also receives financial support from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Camp Ramah in Northern California is a proud partner of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.