Wilderness Torah awakens and celebrates the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth, and Spirit.
September 19–22, 2013
Celebrate the Harvest | Honor the Water | Sleep Under the Stars
Sukkot is the third in the Jewish cycle of Pilgrimage Festivals, honoring the end of the yearly agricultural cycle. During Sukkot, we wave the four plant species in celebration of the earth’s abundance and honor the waters that make this season possible.
Come co-create our village with farm-fresh organic food, Shabbat and Sukkot celebration, bonfires, music, learning, kids activities, meditation, movement, and more! Reawaken the Water Festival, Simchat Beit Hashoevah, where we honor and call in the waters for the coming year and dance and celebrate with live music on Saturday night!
Brought to you by Urban Adamah & Wilderness Torah
Monday, June 11, 2013, 5:30–7:30 pm
Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker Street, Berkeley
Learn more about B’hootz and B’naiture and meet the mentors at these info sessions for prospective kids and parents:
- B’hootz & B’naiture
JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
- Monday, June 3, 2013, 7:00–8:30 pm
- Monday, July 29, 7:00–8:30 pm
B’hootz (“Outside” in Hebrew) brings Judaism to life through a nature-based “Sunday school in the woods” for children ages 5–10. B’hootz is focused on discovery of the natural world and provides fundamental naturalist, survival, and leadership skills through the lens of Jewish blessings, prayers, and ethics.
B’naiture is a two-year, experiential program for youth aged 11–13 that uses nature as a vehicle to explore the transition from childhood to adolescence. This groundbreaking program weaves Jewish teachings, story, and song with personal challenges, outdoor skills, non-parental mentorship, peer group community building, and nature awareness activities to provide an embodied way for youth to explore coming-of-age.
Wilderness Torah has been named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in SLINGSHOT 12|13, a resource guide for Jewish innovation. Slingshot organizations grapple with concerns in Jewish life such as identity, community, social justice and tradition, each with different missions, perspectives and strategies. Readers use Slingshot to identify the most inspiring and trailblazing organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today.
Our inclusion in SLINGSHOT 12|13 is a strong validation for the work Wilderness Torah is doing. This honor exposes us to a vibrant funding community, a valuable vehicle as we work to grow our capacity and take our programming to the next level.