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Jewish Tradition at Urban Adamah

At Camp Urban Adamah, we welcome families from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds, and families that are not Jewish. Jewish content at camp is thoughtfully incorporated and no prior Jewish background or knowledge is assumed or required.

At Urban Adamah, Jewish tradition comes alive though activities that integrate Jewish values and ritual with hands-on farm exploration, environmental education and community building.

The core Jewish values of ahava (love), chesed (kindness) and tzedek (justice) guide all of our programs and activities. Jewish tradition is also rich with connections to the natural world and a call to social action. At Urban Adamah we put into practice ancient laws like Bal Taschit (wise resource use), Shmita (letting the land rest), Pe’ah (leaving the corners of the field for those who are food insecure) and Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim (preventing cruelty to animals) in the context of the environmental and social realities of the 21st century. We also examine timeless practices like Shabbat and Kashrut, which invite renewed connection in an era when technology often mediates our social interactions, and the food and energy consumption choices we make have consequences on people and the environment around the globe.

Brachot (blessings) and hitbodedut (reflection) are also essential components of Camp Urban Adamah programs. They allow us to pause and notice the fleeting and the overlooked, and instill in us a sense of awe and gratitude.


All food served at Camp Urban Adamah is vegetarian. All ingredients are kosher according to the standards of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley.