Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life

Camp Kuku Riku

June 11-15, 2018
Camp Kuku Riku Summer Farm Camp

(meaning: cockadoodle doo in Hebrew) 

We are thrilled to announce the first ever BIJC summer camp!

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.

Note: Registration is now closed. See you on the farm! We'll leave this page up in case parents need to refer to details.

Photo by Claire Lewis Photography


We have a fabulous team of Jewish educators, farmers, and musicians staffing our summer camp and two dynamic & talented Co-Directors, Janet Rae Jorgensen & Sarah Borchers.  

This camp is for incoming first graders through incoming eighth graders.  We welcome the opportunity for our high school students to work as CIT's. 


Campers will be engaging in farm life, tending the earth, connecting Judaism with nature, cooking, making garden fresh goodies, music, games, a possible beach trip and so much more!

Camp tuition is $300/child with a 15% discount for siblings. Scholarships are available. 

Send your child with a brown bag lunch & we'll provide yummy snacks each day. 

Email Sarah Borchers & Janet Rae Jorgensen for more information.  

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.