Shavuot Retreat

Welcome to the Shavuot Retreat at Ramah in the Rockies, in partnership with the Hebrew Educational Alliance, and Rodef Shalom, and Minyan Na’aleh.

May 30 – June 2


Register now: 2017 Shavuot Registration

  • Great family-friendly programming and services
  • Spirited Shavuot with late night study‐sessions, delicious food, and sunrise breakfast
  • Beautiful setting in the great outdoors!

You can read more about the retreat basics below.

We look forward to celebrating with you at Ramah in the Rockies!

Prices include all programming, lodging, and food for two people. After the first two people, an additional $50 will be charged for each person over the age of three.

Under the Stars (Tent) – $200, single or double occupancy

Participants have the option to bring their own camping tent. Those who choose this option are required to bring their own linens (sleeping bag, towels, etc.). These tents will be set up near our cabins and will have access to public bathrooms and private open-air shower stalls.

Platform Tent (aka Camper Tent) –  $275, single or double occupancy

Participants have the option stay in one of our canvas platform tents. Those who choose this option are required to bring their own linens (sleeping bag, towels, etc.). These tents will be set up near our public bathrooms and private open-air shower stalls.

Cabin with shared bathroom – $475, single or double occupancy

Participants have the option to stay in our newly refurbished cabins. Those who choose this option are required to bring their own linens (sleeping bag, towels, etc.) Each cabin comes equipped with two twin beds and cubbies for personal items. Electricity or internet is not available in the cabins. Our cabins have access to public bathrooms and private open-air shower stalls.

Beit Kesher Room (Hotel-style) with private bathroom – $700, single or double occupancy

Participants have the option to stay in our brand new Beit Kesher Retreat Center.  Those who choose this option will be provided fresh linens for their room. These hotel-style rooms have electricity, internet access, and come complete with a private in-suite bathroom.

Prices include all programming, lodging, and food. Transportation will not be provided. Linens will be provided ONLY to those who stay in the Beit Kesher Retreat Center. Those staying in Cabents or camper tents will be required to bring their own linens like sheets, blankets/sleeping bags, and towels.

Cabins and Beit Kesher rooms can accomodate up to four (4) individuals. Camper Tents can accomodate up to twelve (12) individuals. Participants under 18 years old must stay with parents and/or legal guardians. Guests who choose to sleep “under the stars” will be required to bring their own tents. Ramah cannot provide tents or tarps.

*Rates below are the same for both singles and couples. Each person, over the age of three (3), after the first (2) people will cost an additional $50 per person.

For example: A family of four staying in a Cabent = $475 (base rate) + $50 (third person) + $50 (fourth person) = TOTAL $575

Participants can expect a wide variety of meals, snacks, and special treats throughout the retreat. Meals will be served from Tuesday dinner through Friday breakfast. Most of the meals served will be vegetarian with some fish. No meat will be served.

While we try our best to accomodate all food preferences and allergies we cannot guarantee no cross-contamination. Our facility is nut-aware and does not serve any food that contains nuts. We do not have a specific gluten-free kitchen or area but gluten-free and dairy-free options are generally available. If you have a specific food allergy or preference please list it below in the registration form. All food served will be kosher in accordance with the National Ramah Commission kashrut-standards.

Each meal, eight (8) people will be assigned to help in the kitchen. Six (6) people will arrive 30-minutes before the start of the meal to help set the tables and help put out the food. Two (2) people will stay after the meal to help in the dish pit and with clean up. Each participant will be assigned by the Ramah kitchen staff.

Ramah will provide grape juice for kiddush but cannot provide any alcohol. Guests may choose to bring kosher wine and other adult beverages but Ramah will not be able to provide refrigeration or ice.

Ramah will provide babysitting 9:45am-12pm and 3pm-5pm each day for an additional cost to the family of $25 per child using the service. Toddlers and children must be potty trained and the babysitting will be geared towards Pre-K to 2nd grade. Older kids can attend, but are welcome at age-appropriate programming (see below). One Ramah-trained staffer will supervise high-school aged babysitters.

All programming throughout Shavuot will be conducted in an observant Jewish community.

Ramah will provide age appropriate programming each afternoon from 3pm to 5pm. We will offer three tracks – (3rd to 6th) (7th to 10th grade) (11th grade through Adults). The programs will vary and be optional for all. Programs include basketball, yoga, nature hike, silent meditation, poetry class, and others. We would welcome anyone from the community to offer a specific chag friendly program as well. Ramah will also facilitate a bonfire on Wednesday night, weather permitting.

The holiday of Shavuot will begin on Tuesday night. Per tradition,  experienced guest teachers and local Rabbis will lead sessions until dawn for an inspiring Tikkun Leil Shavuot. We also plan to do a sunrise hike and torah reading after studying all night at our Tikkun Leil Shavuot.

Ramah will offer a “kids” Tikkun Leil Shavuot during the first study slot from 9:30pm to 10:45pm in divisions (Babysitting – Pre-k to 2nd grade), (3rd to 6th) (7th to 10th grade) (11th grade -12th grade). Parents are responsible for supervising their children at 10:45pm. Following our break at 10:45pm, children are welcome, under their parent’s supervision, to stay but some sessions will 18+ only.

Services will certainly be a highlight of the retreat. Not only will we offer traditional services for those who want them but we will also be joined by the Hebrew Educational Alliance  for a spirited musical Shavuot experience. Drums will be used during the Shir Chadash services. We also plan to do a sunrise hike and torah reading after studying all night at our Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Guests are encouraged to participate in services and sign up to various prayers throughout the retreat.

Ramah cannot provide Ramah bikes or allow any rock climbing. Families can choose to bring up their own personal bikes for free time. We will have access to hikes in the area, and sports fields will be open.

There is no cell phone service available on our property and extremely limited internet. Participants are welcome to use their own devices in their rooms throughout the Chag but cellphone/tablets/laptop etc. cannot be present in public areas during Chag. We will NOT have public phones or computers available.

We will NOT have a doctor/nurse available. Rabbi Eliav Bock (Executive Director – Ramah), and Jake Schwab (Ranch Manager – Ramah) will carry radios in case of an emergency. Parents/Adults will be responsible for their own medication/allergies. We will have basic first aid available like Band-aids, over the counter medicine, etc. and will help facilitate calling 9-1-1 should it be necessary.

ALL participants must arrive before 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

While Shavuot technically does not conclude until 9:30pm on Thursday night, families who choose can leave Thursday afternoon/evening. We will provide a basic cold breakfast on Friday. The price is the same regardless of departure time.

Those who smoke will be allowed to do so in designated smoking areas around camp and under no circumstances is smoking ever allowed inside a building, tent, or cabent.