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 aims to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders who are environmentally conscious and Jewishly engaged. Our vision is to create a spirited, vibrant space in which our chalutzim (campers) have the opportunity to thrive and grow personally, while simultaneously learning to embody the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world). The Rockies community strives to stir the Jewish soul of every camper through song, prayer, and engagement with the natural world, ultimately inspiring a love for Judaism and the earth’s natural gifts.
Our Core Values
כבוד: Acting with honor, dignity, and respect
“Who is honored? One who honors others” (Pirke Avot 4:11).
At Ramah in the Rockies, our culture of kavod drives every aspect of what we do. Our camp is founded on the ideals of honesty, respect, and inclusion, which comprise the essence of who we are as a community. When we show kavod to others, to the environment, and to ourselves, we connect with the traditions of our ancestors and inspire a culture of kindness that can change the world.
שמחה: Finding joyful Jewish meaning in every aspect of our lives
The dynamic culture of Ramah in the Rockies inspires a unique sense of simcha (joy) on the ranch. As our campers establish lifelong friendships and build a vibrant community, they come to know a raw and authentic joy through the lens of teamwork, learning, and spiritual growth. This joy has a transformative value: its spirit sows the seeds of everything we do.
צמיחה אישית: Accepting the challenges of personal transformation
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. Throughout every summer, while engaging in a wide variety of outdoor activities, campers build confidence, learn leadership skills, and ultimately become fully participatory members of the larger Jewish community. These skills stay with the campers in whatever they choose to pursue, both during and after the summer experience.
קשרים: Connecting with our physical and spiritual surroundings
What does connection mean? At Ramah in the Rockies, it means 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. As we build a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community, in the Rocky Mountains, we create connections with each other, our communities and the world around us.