for a trip for your family? See our annual Adventure Rabbi trip for
and Bat Mitvah Class Retreats
your students praying the morning service in an alpine meadow,
while watching elk feed in the distance.
your class working together as a team to reach the summit of a
peak and then shouting Shecheyanu from the mountain-top.
watching a student who does not excel in the classroom become
the class leader because she thrives in experiential education
your students having casual time to get to know each other, to
talk to classmates who they have known for years but really never
said much to.
a weekend adventure that can bridge the expanse between cliques,
and give every student a chance to be part of the "inner"
your students having the opportunity to get to know their teacher
or rabbi outside the classroom or synagogue, and have time to
talk about matters of the heart and soul.
2002, we took our first group of b'nai mitzvah students, from Congregation
B'nai Havurah in Denver, to Rocky Mountain National Park, for a
retreats, have became a staple of the B'nai Havurah curriculum and
their success had convinced me that this powerful experience should
be part of every Bar and Bat Mitzvah student's experience.
and Bat Mitzvah Class outdoor adventures provide a chance for students
to learn about responsibility for self and community in a setting
where failing to be responsible for either has real consequences
and being responsible has palpable rewards.
students learn to work together so that even the slowest hikers
can make it to the top of the peak with the group. They experience
the feeling of achievement that comes from looking
out for each other, encouraging each other, and working as a team.
All these skills transfer perfectly back into the classroom where
the students will work together to master the intricacies of Torah
and Haftatarh and conquer their fear of standing up in front of
the community to deliver a D'var Torah.
unique weekend adventure provides opportunities for students to
deepen their relationship with themselves, their community, and
program works best as 2-day, 1 night retreat. Inexpensive cabins
are available at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, adjacent
to Rocky Mountain National Park. To help in team building, the students
do the cooking and cleaning. (We can help you with menus.) To keep
cost low we encourage you to staff the trip with a few teachers
and parents to take care of the "counselor" duties while
Adventure Rabbi staff lead the guiding components.
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contact you about leading your group on a journey of prayer, study
and song, while exploring the wilderness.
B'nai Mitzvah Class from Congregation B'nai Havurah on a
peak with Rabbi Korngold
Come, let the wilderness awaken