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.