IKAR is packing its bags, shutting down our phones, and getting OUTSIDE for our annual Shabbaton. Shabbaton is an opportunity to get out of the city, get to know your fellow IKARites in the fresh mountain air and get immersed in the restorative spirit of Shabbat in the beautiful hills of Ojai.

Friday, April 25 – Sunday, April 27, 2025

A taste of what you’ll experience:
Friday afternoon:
-Road trip to Ojai, light candles, do some learning with your rabbis, and take a deep breath.

-Wake up early on Shabbat morning to enjoy yoga or hiking, or roll out of bed just in time for the breakfast buffet.
-Enjoy services and spend the afternoon indulging in some much deserved chill time. Feel like taking a swim? A nap? Engaging in some community learning? Writing some poetry? Getting a massage? Your options are endless.
-In the evening, get a second dose of learning with IKAR rabbis, then stroll into dinner and out to Havdallah. Enjoy some scrumptious s’mores by the fire, followed by an evening program, or just share a moment in time with your community.

Sunday morning:
-Wrap up the weekend with a meditative walk, one last buffet, and beautiful closing ceremonies – with plenty of time to make it back down the hill to prepare for the week ahead.

A relaxing weekend of prayer, music, hiking, meditation, learning and meaningful community bonding. We’ll focus on wellness, self-care,  and of course… s’mores.

The WHY:
It’s summer camp – IKAR-style. We’re leaving the city behind and heading to the tranquil, beautiful outdoors for our annual community Shabbaton. If you’re a lover of relaxation, rejuvenation and inspiration, you won’t want to miss it.

Friday, April 25 (afternoon) through Sunday, April 27 (morning)

Camp Ramah in Ojai, California

The WHO:
IKAR members of all ages! Kids are welcome – and encouraged – to come. 2nd-7th are invited to stay in bunks. Eighth grade and older- reach out to Rebecca if you’re interested in being a (paid) counselor for the weekend. This program is family-friendly, but for you TRIBErs (20’s-30’s), Sababa-ites (35-50), Boomers (55+), and anything in between, there will be plenty of programming geared towards you as well.

What you can expect:

Meet fellow IKARites: Dine, daven, and adventure with friends old and new. Joined IKAR during the pandemic? This is a great opportunity to meet other IKARites in 3D.

Get Unstuck: Let the great outdoors recharge your spiritual battery.

Kids & Family Programming: We’ll have activities that are educational and fun for IKAR kids age 2 years old through 7th grade.

Text Study & Discussion: Dialogue, debate and dig in to Torah with our beloved rabbis. It’s everything you love about learning together but in nature.