Readers’ Choice 2020: Camp

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Camp Ramah in Northern California

(415) 688-4572  •

The beautiful shores of Monterey Bay are the home of Camp Ramah, an innovative Jewish summer camp. This overnight camp is a combination of traditional camp activities along with specialty tracks including adventure sports, ocean exploration and performing arts. Special days campers can participate in all-camp activities such as Yom Sport or Yom Yisrael in addition to field trips. General camp programs are offered for campers going into grades 3 through 11. One-week programs are offered to campers going into grades 3 and 4.

Camp Kee Tov

(510) 848-2372  •

Always a favorite among J. readers, Camp Kee Tov continues its tradition of 50-plus years. With a continuing focus on fun and learning in a community-building environment, the camp promotes the values of mutual respect, tzedakah (social justice), and love of nature. It also emphasizes ensuring ongoing communication with campers’ families. Programs run grades K-9.

Camp Tawonga

(415) 543-2267  •

With a beautiful location just outside Yosemite National Park, Camp Tawonga has been welcoming children, families and young adults for over 90 years. Their belief: immersing children in community building, Jewish values and nature helps them become their best selves. Among its classic offerings: 1-3 weeks of overnight summer camp; adventure trips on the road; and weekend retreats. Its philosophy: infuse the camp experience of fun, friendship and nature with a deep sense of Jewish spirituality.

URJ Camp Newman

(415) 392-7080  •

Hallmarked by outstanding facilities, immaculate grounds and fantastic dining, Camp Newman has long been a great place for kids to enjoy all that camp offers: hiking, swimming, arts, team building activities, gardening, and travel programs, to name just some of the activities. This year their programs went to Zoom, with Shabbat celebrations and Israeli dancing among the offerings. The camp is part of a nationwide network affiliated with the Reform movement. Temporarily located on the beautiful campus of California State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo.

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