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Jewish Life

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Few settings match the power of Camp Ramah to transmit a love of Jewish life.
All meals are kosher and Shabbat is observed.

 

MAKING MENSCHES
דרך ארץ

Hesed (kindness), Tzedakah (justice) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) are core values we work to instill in all members of the Ramah Wisconsin family.  We promote a culture of kindness and respect throughout camp, recognizing the “Jewish teachable moments” that happen all day long.  At the end of the summer we bestow a Derech Eretz Award to a camper from each age group who earned the respect of peers and counselors through expressions of empathy, humanity and friendship.

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Hebrew LANGUAGE & Judaica Curriculum
עברית ויהדות

We offer a rich variety of Hebrew language study, including conversational Hebrew at beginning and advanced levels.  Older campers choose an elective involving an engagement with Jewish sources and learn modern Hebrew through contemporary Israeli films and television shows.  Hebrew groups are arranged by level within each age division and no prior Hebrew knowledge is necessary.

 

SYNAGOGUE SKILLS
תפילה ותורה

At Ramah, learning, prayer and spiritual growth are infused with fun.  Our staff members use drama, art, music and games to creatively engage campers in meaningful Jewish learning.

Campers learn daily and Shabbat prayers, and have the opportunity to lead services, read Torah, Haftarah and Megillat Eicha.  Bar and Bat Mitzvah review is available.

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin is the proud caretaker of a Torah from the Memorial Scrolls Trust.  Our “Czech Torah” (Scroll #790) came to Ramah in 1971 and is read each summer by our campers.  Click here to read how one camper included this special Torah in his Bar Mitzvah celebration.   

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ISRAEL
ישראל

Our program is infused with Israeli culture, history and education.  Our Mishlachat of Israeli counselors, educators and specialists bring a magical energy to Ramah that enriches the entire camp experience.

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SHABBAT
שבת

Late Friday afternoon the entire camp gathers by the lake for a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service.  As the sun begins to set and the melodies of Shabbat fill the air, campers and staff members alike feel a sense of peace and a deep connection to their friends, to their community and to Jewish tradition.

The next day campers come together for morning prayers, enjoy discussions with peers and have plenty of time to play sports, swim, read, play Frisbee, or simply relax in the sun with friends. 

Shabbat comes to a close with beautiful singing and Havdalah as campers look forward to a new week.

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Kashrut
כשרות

Three times a day our camp population comes together in the Hadar Ochel (dining hall) to enjoy delicious kosher meals.  The meals begin with HaMotzi, the blessing over bread, and conclude with Birkat HaMazon.  Nutritious snacks are available each morning and afternoon, including crackers, pretzels and granola bars.  Campers love the bottomless fruit bowl located near the business office, with fresh fruit always available.

Click here to learn how meals are planned, prepared and served and how campers with allergies or a special diet are accommodated.