The Mission of Ramah in the Rockies is to nurture the character development of Jewish youth by providing them the opportunity to challenge themselves physically, intellectually and spiritually.
Ramah in the Rockies aspires to educate and inspire a new generation of young Jewish leaders who:
- Are Jewishly and environmentally literate;
- Are committed to living enlightened Jewish lives;
- Actively strengthen the broader Jewish community;
- Preserve and protect the earth’s natural gifts;
- Inspire positive change in the global community through their example of environmental stewardship and the perpetuation of Jewish values.
Our Core Values
Kavod ‐ Honor, dignity and respect for ourselves and all of God’s creations.
“Who is honored? The one who honors others”. (Pirke Avot 4:11)
Acting with Kavod is the camp standard at Ramah in the Rockies. We are extremely proud of the culture of self‐respect, inclusion and acceptance we have cultivated since our first summer. Our campers learn that we can only function as a true community when we show Kavod to others, to the environment around us, and to ourselves.
Simcha – Finding joyful Jewish meaning in every aspect of our lives.
Happiness is a state of mind of an individual. But Simcha – Joy – is a uniquely shared emotion central to our lives as Jews. At Ramah in the Rockies, our campers experience authentic Judaism every day, through the lens of friendship, teamwork, learning, and through the Simcha of Jewish community and spiritual growth.
Growth ‐ Accepting the challenges of personal transformation in every important way.
At Ramah in the Rockies, we believe in Challenge by Choice, and daily give our campers the opportunity and encouragement to challenge themselves physically, intellectually and spiritually. Every summer, remarkable transformations take place: confidence is gained; leadership is acquired; Torah is learned; riding, climbing, hiking, and wilderness survival skills are mastered. As a result, our campers develop a life‐altering skill: when in the future they face new obstacles or difficult decisions, they will be able to reach back to their time at Ramah in the Rockies and say, “I have done this before; I can do it again”.
Connection ‐ To God, Torah, the Jewish People, our communities, and the natural world.
While everyone wants their children to become independent, it is vital that our campers learn that we are also intended to be connected…to the many facets of the world around us. Strengthening our relationship with God; Supporting Israel and the Jewish people; Building and sustaining our communities and important institutions; Embracing God’s natural gifts and becoming worthy caretakers of our environment. That’s what connection means at Ramah in the Rockies.