Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life

Camp Kuku Riku

Camp Kuku Riku Summer Farm Camp
(meaning: cockadoodle doo in Hebrew) 

Thanks to everyone who made our first-ever Camp Kuku Riku a wonderful experience! The week was an amazing success with 21 children participating. Our appreciation is extended to Janet Rae Jogensen and Sarah Borchers, co-directors for the great effort they invested in making a magical experience for our children. The camp took place at Live Oak Farm, owned by our member Randy Goldstein. Pictures of the activities will appear on this page soon!

Inspired by our Petaluma Jewish History of chicken ranching and our Jewish ancestral agricultural history, we've decided to roll up our sleeves and get outdoors right here in Petaluma at LIVE OAK FARM.

Photo by Claire Lewis Photography

Watch this space for information about next year's camp!

About Our Directors

Janet Rae Jorgensen

Janet Rae is excited to bring Camp Kuku Riku to life for its inaugural summer. A Jewish Farm Camp is downright in line with her passions and expertise. For seven months Janet Rae and her hubby bike-toured throughout New Zealand earning their green thumbs working on organic farms. It was there they manifested their dream of living in the country growing food, flowers, and playing pretend homesteading, which landed them in Sonoma County. Most recently Janet Rae created a magical garden program at Mark West Community Preschool, which she had the great privilege of guiding for three years. Prior to working as a Garden Specialist, she ran her own nature camp, Twigs, exploring Marin’s diverse open spaces with our youngest population. Janet Rae is actively involved with the Jewish community in Sonoma County where she leads children’s services at Ner Shalom, organizes family Shabbat hikes and dinners, and makes Judaism accessible through story, song and drama as a PJ Library representative. Janet Rae believes children are way more capable than most grown-ups give them credit and is an advocate of unstructured free play. Janet Rae holds her B.A. in Theatre from Ohio University and her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Mills College. She lives in a slice of heaven on Sonoma Mountain with her beloveds; Paisha and Arielle, a steady flock of chickens and a couple of sheep.

Sarah Borchers

Sarah Borchers is a recent graduate of the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training with a certificate in early childhood and grades education. After moving from New York’s Hudson Valley to Petaluma in 2014, Sarah discovered the wonderful community at Bnai Israel and fell in love with its rich history. She’s worked in synagogues, community centers and after-school programs to support experiential programming. Sarah is combining her love of farming, food, education, and community at Camp Kuku Riku.