Why Ramah Darom?
A walk down a quiet path. Meditation by the lake. Kabbalat Shabbat in the amphitheater. Havdallah around a campfire. Jewelry making with a group of friends. Torah Study at twilight. Family game night. A community that cares.
Ramah Darom inspires a lifelong love of Jewish values, tradition and community by bringing youth, adults and families together for exceptional, immersive experiences in Jewish living and learning.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, Ramah Darom is a welcoming place that offers experiential Jewish programs for all ages throughout the year. In the summer, young campers at Camp Ramah Darom have transformative Jewish experiences: they learn new skills, forge identity, gain independence and build lifelong friendships. During the year, Ramah Darom Retreats at the Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center offer adults and families the chance to explore, learn, create, connect, build community and further their passions and interests through a Jewish lens. Our breathtaking 185-acre kosher campus is also available for rentals from mid-August through May for synagogues, schools, community and corporate groups and celebrations.
Our love of community also extends beyond our campus as we have forged lifelong bonds with our neighbors, fellow faith groups and local organizations in Rabun County and beyond. We are proud to be a part of this vibrant community that bonds, not only in times of joy, but in times of need.
Here are just a few of the reasons Ramah Darom is so magical:
Inspiring and Creative Programming
From Camp to multi-generational retreats, Ramah Darom invites everyone to explore their Judaism, connect through nature and celebrate our wonderful and rich culture and heritage. From Family Camps to LimmudFest, from Passover Retreat to Book it to Shabbat with PJ Library and from Jewish Women’s Getaway to immersive learning with Pardes, there’s truly something for everyone all year long.
Our Camp directors, counselors, staff, artists-in-residence, guest lecturers, and professionals are among the best in their fields, passionate about Judaism and their communities. We pride ourselves on carefully choosing each and every team member who interacts with our campers and guests. Because of this, our campers and our retreat participants benefit from outstanding leadership that instills and inspires a lifelong love of Jewish living and learning.
Years of reunions, family Simchas and celebrations say it all. People return to Ramah Darom year after year to bond with the friends they’ve made as young children and to share the magic with generations to come.
Our community is filled with spirit and soul. Our love of Judaism is contagious. Our dedication to our community is part of our fabric. The lifelong bonds we make at Camp and at our Retreats are enduring. Our quest for exploration is ceaseless. Our hearts are full. And our ability to bring what we have learned at Ramah Darom back to our own homes and communities and share them with those around us is simply, beautiful.
Connection to Israel
Our connection to Israel runs deep through our veins. Our handpicked delegation of Camp Mishlachat (Israeli staff) have a profound and lifelong impact on our campers. Hebrew is very much a part of our culture, as is Jewish music, Israeli dance, history and food.
Spectacular Setting and State of the Art Facilities
Ramah Darom’s breathtaking 185-acre campus provides the perfect backdrop for inspired learning, exploration and celebration. Just two hours from Atlanta, our facility features a variety of accommodations including hotels, cottages and cabins, unique gathering spaces, delicious kosher food and many recreational and team building options.