Time together as a family, activities planned just for you, and new friends with aligned values… that’s what you’ll experience at a JFAM family camp weekend. JFAM family camps specialize in helping families relax, have fun, and spend quality family time together while building community, making new friends, and engaging with and learning about Jewish rituals and customs.

Camp Mountain Chai JFAM family camps believe every Jewish family belongs at camp and seeks to warmly welcome all family structures, families with members who do not identify as Jewish, families of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and families with children and/or adults with disabilities.

Learn more about JFAM: Jewish Family Camp

Sample Schedule

5:30 PMWelcome and Registration
5:15 PMOptional Camp Tour
5:30 PMMeet the Staff and Welcome Shabbat
5:45 PMShabbat Dinner
6:45 PMSong Session
7:15 PMOptional Early Bed Time
7:30 PMOptional Bed Time Story
 Optional Adult Program
8:15 PMLaila Tov (Goodnight)
8:45 PMOptional Adults Only Program
6:00 AMOptional Cold Breakfast
Optional Play Room
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMShabbat Services
10:00 AMShabboptions 1 - Family Shabbat Activity Options
11:15 AMFamily Scavenger Hunt
12:15 PMLunch
1:15 PMMenucha (Rest Time)
2:15 PMShabbatoption 2 - Family Shabbat Activity Options
3:30 PMMaking Havdalah Spice Bags as a Family
4:30 PMOptional Family Social Hour/Mixer
5:30 PMDinner
6:30 PMCampfire Havdalah and S'mores
7:15 PMOptional Early Bed Time
7:30 PMOptional Campfire Song Session
8:15 PMLaila Tov (Goodnight)
8:45 PMOptional Adult Only Program
6:00 AMOptional Early Riser Cold Breakfast
 Optional Play Room
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMDecorate Your Family Picture
9:45 AMClosing Friendship Cluster
10:15 AMOptional Meet the Mountain Chai Staff and Tour
10:30 AMDepart

Upcoming JFAM Family Camp Events

Honeymoon Israel Alumni Family Camp: April 14 – 16, 2023

More Info About HMI Family Camp

CMC Family Camp Info

Family Camp Coordinator

Katie Samiljan – CMC Family Camp Coordinator
[email protected]

Travel and Parking

Camp is located on the road to Big Bear, approximately 2.5 hours from San Diego/Los Angeles. Full address of camp will be provided prior to the weekend. Arrival times vary so please check the dates/times of your event and plan for traffic. Also, please note the last hour of the drive is a winding mountain road and may be difficult to navigate at night. 

Upon arrival you may drive to designated areas that are closer to your cabins to make moving in a little easier. Staff will be available to direct you. After dropping off your stuff, please move your car to the designated parking area and back-in so that your car faces the exit. This is a law imposed by the National Forest Service in the event of a wildfire evacuation. Vehicles may not be parked next to cabins.


Each family is encouraged to connect with other families who may be attending the event to arrange your cabin and set your preferences.  If families do not indicate preferences, Camp Mountain Chai can help you coordinate with other families. Cabins range in capacity from 6 – 10 bunk beds (upper and lower).  Cabins are carpeted, winterized, and heated. Each cabin has a bathroom and shower. Camp does not supply bedding, so please bring your own pillows, bed linens (sheets and blankets) or sleeping bags, towels and toiletries.


Meals are prepared by Camp’s professional cooking staff and are provided depending on your event. All dietary requests made on your application will be available at each meal. Outside food is not allowed in the dining hall per kosher/allergy restrictions. If you have any other dietary needs please indicate them on the registration form. We also have snacks available throughout the weekend. You may bring your own snacks, but they must be Kosher and not contain any kind of nuts. Communal refrigerators and microwaves will be available.

Packing and Weather

We usually run Family Camps in the Spring and/or Fall.  Since CMC is in the mountains, you should plan for moderate weather during the days and cooler nights. Bring the clothing and toiletries that your family requires for the weekend, but be sure to include: jackets and sweaters, hats, and comfortable, closed-toed shoes for working outdoors and hiking.

Please do not bring items of value to camp. Camp Mountain Chai is not responsible for your personal items. Refrain from bringing heels or platform shoes as they will make it difficult to navigate rough terrain. Do not bring alcohol or recreational drugs. No pets are allowed at camp unless they are a service animal pre-approved by the CMC staff.

For a full weather report, please visit this site. Temperatures at CMC are often 5-7 degrees cooler than listed.


Adults are responsible for supervising their children throughout the weekend, including during meals, volunteer work, family programs, free times and bedtime.  


The camp is at an elevation of 7,200 feet. If you have health issues, including heart problems or respiratory or altitude issues, please consult your doctor, prior to Camp, to ensure that you will be comfortable at this altitude. Because of the altitude, we encourage you to double your fluid intake 24 hours prior to camp, and in the first 24 hours at camp. There are usually no official medical staff available during the weekend. First-aid kits and an AED are readily available. The closest medical facility is in Big Bear, approximately 30 minutes camp.

Cell Phones and Internet

We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to disconnect from personal electronics and reconnect with one another. Adults and youth are welcome to bring their own cell phones, however we discourage use during meals, programming or volunteer work.

Cell phone reception is limited in the mountains. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile work best, and AT&T is limited. Wi-Fi may be made publicly available during your event.

COVID-19 Protocols

We strongly encourage all attendees to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test within 24 hours of coming to camp and recommend all participants to be vaccinated/boosted.