JCC Camp Ruach is an extraordinary day camp located at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center on over 14 beautiful acres of land. Our 8-week program offers campers ages 15 months through grade 9 a fun-filled summer!
JCC Camp Ruach is dedicated to your child’s safety and well-being. We know your child will have a fantastic summer through our supportive and nurturing environment while participating in a variety of activities and dynamic programs we offer. Each week the campers take part in special events such as: Entertainment, Camp Carnival, JCC Maccabi Games, (Camp Color War), Camp Show, and more. Summertime is an opportunity for children to play, experiment, and grow.
Featured Activities at Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC
Lauren started working at Camp Ruach as a Transportation Coordinator in 2007. She quickly realized she wanted to get more involved in camp. As Camp Operations Manager, she spends her year planning a summer that will make children go WOW! Her children, like Lauren, love camp and can’t imagine spending their summers anywhere but Camp Ruach. It is their “Home for the Summer.”
"Hosting Shlichim during the summers remains a wonderful experience for our family. Each year we meet dynamic and fascinating young Israelis with whom we maintain contact long after the summer has gone. Our kids are the greatest beneficiaries of the experience, finding in the Shlichim individuals who they come to regard as older siblings. It is an event we look forward to every year with good reason and plan on continuing for years to come."
- Soberman Family, The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp, Prosserman JCC
Connecting with Israel
“Although it was so new, Israel brought upon me a familiar sense of belonging much like what I feel at Camp Chi every summer. The ability to be in a place where one feels so free and proud to be a Jew is a feeling that makes me so proud to be involved in my Jewish heritage.”
- Joshua Krawitz, 17, Camp Chi, JCC Chicago