Why Ramah Day Camp

Why is our camp

different from all other day camps?

Have fun. Make Friends. Repeat.

There’s no more beautiful sight than smiling, young Jewish faces. Spend a day in the familial atmosphere of Ramah Day Camp, and you’ll be surrounded by them. That’s because fun is at the forefront of everything we do, whether we’re playing pillow polo baseball, hiking in our “secret” prairie or learning a new Israeli dance. Of course, it’s not merely fun for fun’s sake. All that fun is a vehicle for our campers to learn, grow, make friends and absorb the Jewish values that are so fundamental to who we are.

The values that shape our camp.

And our campers.

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A Joyfully Jewish

day camp experience

Jewish values. Israeli culture. Hebrew language. They’re all deeply rooted at Ramah Day Camp. You can hear them in our morning prayers and Israeli songs. You can see them during kikar dancing and Shabbat preparation. And you can feel them in the kindness and respect we show each other. Our Jewish identity is a tremendous source of pride. And a tremendous source of joy.

A staff campers can have fun with.

And look up to.

At Ramah Day Camp, our staff is more like family. It starts at the top, with our director, Talia Derman. A former Ramah camper and current Ramah parent, Talia leads a staff of talented, nurturing college age counselors, coaches and Jewish educators. Dedicated. Knowledgeable. Caring. They work hard to ensure every camper feels at home. And each day is even more fun than the last.

Fun here comes in many forms,

and one size: Large.

We like to keep our campers busy. That’s why we offer a breadth of activities for campers of all ages and interests. Every day is an opportunity to join fellow campers, under the guidance of our expert staff, in trying a new sport, learning a new craft, discovering new talent or improving existing skills. Of course, there’s one skill we’ve all mastered: Having fun.

Everything to nurture every camper’s…

mind, body and spirit. Not to mention their bellies.


some happy campers

Ramah Day Camp continues to be the best choice for our children. They come home every day singing Hebrew songs, sharing their fun in the pool, and talking about the day’s adventures. They get to experience a world beyond home, neighborhood, and school–and a world that enriches them as well as our entire family. Beyond all of the fun, we are thrilled that our city kids get to run around all of the green space at camp!

Caroline Musin Berkowitz and Neil Berkowitz


some happy campers

Ramah Day Camp is much more than a day camp. Of course, it offers our daughter all the art, sports and other activities of a secular camp but it gives her so much more than that. It instills in her a sense of community, while strengthening her connection to Israel as well as her understanding of the Hebrew language. She comes home every afternoon happy and eager to share what she has learned throughout the day. As a parent, I feel confident that she is safe and well cared for at camp and I am so grateful for the memories she is creating.

Stephie Blum


some happy campers

My daughter had a fabulous time at Ramah Day Camp this past summer. She came home singing all of the songs she learned and couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved swimming. She now asks again and again “When am I going back to Camp Ramah?

Cheryl Krugel-Lee


some happy campers

We live in an area that doesn’t have a large Jewish community- Ramah has given us that community and provided my children with rich, rewarding, and fun summers. Our kids love learning Hebrew words and songs, swimming, art, teva, and all the extra special experiences.

Rachel Poretsky


some happy campers

Our family loves Ramah Day Camp! Our three kids count down the days until camp begins each year. Their favorite parts are swimming twice per day, Israeli singing and dancing, arts and crafts and cooking, and the many spirit and theme days throughout the summer. As a family that lives in the city, we love that our kids can spend the summer running around outside, exploring nature, swimming, and meeting new friends from around Chicagoland. We believe that Jewish camp can have a lifelong impact on a child and we are so glad that our children are beginning their camp journey at Ramah.

Erica Phillips


some happy campers

Ramah Day Camp and Ramah Wisconsin have been exceptional experiences for our daughter. Camp is her happy place. Each summer, she continues to grow both in her independence and her love for Judaism. She has a strong connection to her Ramah community even during the school year when she isn’t surrounded by her camp friends. To quote our camper “Ramah…you can always find a friend there.”

Allison Kamen

Summer 2024