Our Philosophy | Camp Ramah Northern California

Our Philosophy

Our Mission

Camp Ramah in Northern California engages the members of our camp community in joyful, transformative experiences that serve as a model for lifelong Jewish learning and practice, commitment to Klal Yisrael (Israel and the Jewish community), and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). We do this by offering a unique camping experience that blends intensive specialty programming with cherished Ramah traditions.

Our Vision

A thriving Jewish camp community that inspires hearts, minds, and souls, and enriches Jewish life in Northern California and beyond.

Our Core Values

Simcha – Joyful, Experiential Judaism

We create, learn and celebrate memorable Jewish moments together. Campers and staff explore their Jewish passions, roots, and identity, and build connections with one another and the community at large.  Our activities – both inside and outside of camp – inspire lasting memories, enduring friendships and longing for the vibrancy of camp-style Jewish living, year-round. 

Ahavat Yisrael – Love of Israel and the Jewish People

Through encounters with diverse Jewish people, practices, and cultures, and learning about the people and state of Israel, we come to better understand ourselves as Jews within a global Jewish community. We seize opportunities to speak and learn Hebrew, the language of our people, that links us to each other, our ancestors, and Israel.

Manhigut – Leadership

We challenge and educate our campers and staff to become Jewish leaders prepared to approach 21st century challenges rooted in Jewish perspectives and a sense of justice and responsibility.

Kavod – Respect and inclusiveness

We understand that each of us has the miraculous potential to impact the well-being and experiences of all those around us, within and during camp as well as beyond its seasons and borders. We believe that all people are created in the image of G-d; we respect ourselves, each other, and our environment.


It is our expectation that Ramah in Northern California will lead to the following positive outcomes:

• Increased confidence in and development of one’s leadership abilities

Campers will take on at least two leadership roles per session at camp, including at least one of them in a new area for themselves (including in our specialty programs, prayer & ritual activities, overnight experiences, mealtime waiter, bunk cleaning, and other aspects of camp)

Campers will return home and take on leadership roles in their Jewish youth groups, extracurricular activities, synagogue, school, and service groups after camp

Increased ability to integrate meaningful Jewish values, practices, and ideas into one’s daily life

All campers will have experienced the integration of Jewish learning and blessings through texts, values, and programmatic connections in their camp activities (specialty track and general camp activities) during a two week session or more.

All campers will have participated in the daily and weekly flow of prayer, mealtime blessings, and Jewish Ritual

Developed important relationships that foster personal growth and a commitment to helping others

Campers will have:

Acknowledged the feelings of a group member on at least two occasions during the camp session

Shared in the work for all cabin cleanups by the end of the session

Demonstrated good listening skills on at least two occasions in the first week

Made at least two new friends by the end of the session and maintained contact with at least one for three months after camp demonstrated or improved their pro-social behaviors such as not interrupting others one at least three occasions each week

Demonstrated an understanding that all individuals have a right to be who they are and should be met with dignity, kindness and respect.

• Increased knowledge and curiosity about the natural world
Campers will reflect ways in which they consider the impact of their food and lifestyle choices on the environment & animals

Campers will demonstrate building a connection to and appreciation for the ocean and its creatures through participating in conservation activities

Campers will have considered or implemented a change in behavior that resulted from camp in regards to marine and environmental conservation