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Rosh Hashanah in the Rockies 2013 -
Rosh Hashanah Retreat in Colorado - 5774

Join Rabbi Jamie Korngold, the Adventure Rabbi, for Rosh Hashanah Services in Colorado
Join Rabbi Jamie Korngold, the Adventure Rabbi, for Rosh Hashanah Services in Colorado
Adventure Rabbi
Rosh Hashanah Retreat

September 4-5, 2013
Glacier View Ranch
(20 minutes from N. Boulder)

NEW: Come for the evening, the day,
or the entire event.

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We are thrilled to announce that the Adventure Rabbi Community will celebrate Rosh Hashanah 2013 at Glacier View Ranch, just 20 minutes from North Boulder. Because of the proximity to Boulder, guests are invited to come just for the evening or stay overnight. Camping and breakfast is included and a catered diner and lodge rooms are available for a minimal extra fee.

These are not your parents' High Holiday services!

  • Are the mountains your true spiritual home?
  • Do you feel most "connected" when you are outside?
  • Don't you wish Judaism could be like that?

Imagine celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the mountains, hiking, meeting new people, with joyful services led by the "Adventure Rabbi."

Leave your fancy clothing at home and join us.

Warning: Some people have made their best friends on our retreats, met their spouse, become engaged, or decided to move to Colorado. This could happen to you. (Although no guarantees.)

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> Includes Catered Dinner w/
> Matzah Ball Soup
> Free Camping

Rosh Hashanah in the Rockies 2013
Who Comes on Adventure Rabbi Trips?
Our participants are:
  • Outdoor-oriented
  • All ages. We've had participants ages 2 months to 93 years (but we also tend to get lots of 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s)
  • All fitness levels, from triathletes, to mountaineers to occasional walkers
  • Progressive and open-minded about their Judaism
  • Looking for "authentic" and meaningful Jewish experiences
  • Representative of a range of Jewish knowledge and practice
  • From all across the United States, L.A. to Florida, to NYC (and of course from Denver and Boulder, Colorado)
  • Newcomers who do not know anyone when the arrive
  • Regulars, who have been coming to AR events for year
  • Families with children
  • Singles and Couples

    View photos from last year's retreat >>
Rosh Hashanah Retreat Details:
What: Rosh Hashanah Retreat in Ward
Services with hiking, new friends, and more
When: Sept 4-5, 2013, Wednesday evening until- Thursday at noon (Come for all or part)
[Detailed Schedule]
Where: Glacier View Ranch, outside Ward CO
Just 20 minutes from N. Boulder!
Why: Let the wilderness awaken your Judaism for Rosh Hashanah 2013

Free for members (Dinner is extra)

$125 Adults
(includes dinner, camping and breakfast)
$95 Seniors
(includes dinner, camping and breakfast)
$95 Students
(includes dinner, camping and breakfast)

$95 Teens 13-17 (includes dinner, camping and breakfast)
$65 Kids 3-12 (includes dinner, camping and breakfast)
FREE Kids under 3

Scholarship Ages 21-30:
The Charles and Lynn Chastener Foundation graciously offers a scholarship for people age 21-30 to come on the retreat. You pay $12.50, they pay the rest. Includes program, camping, breakfast, and holiday dinner.

Cost Saving Options On Full Event:
> Early Bird Discount: Before July 1, 2013: $99

>$36 Trip Insurance: If you have to cancel for any reason, you receive the full amount of your registration back. (You won't get the $36 trip insurance back, and this does not cover meals and lodging.) Our normal cancellation policy is no refunds for any reason.

After Aug 25
: Late Reg Fee: +$25

Ala Carte Options:
Total Evening Package:
Adults $72
Seniors, Students, Teen, Kids: $61
or pay only for what you attend:
Dinner - $25 (all ages)
Evening Service + Activities (pool, hot tubs, oneg, etc.
$47 ($36 for students, seniors & kids)

Day Package: $72
Includes hike and services
$54 Seniors
$54 Students
$54 Teens 13-17

$36 Kids 3-12
FREE Kids under 3

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Work Exchange: Available for part of your tuition
[Email the Rabbi]


Lodge Rooms:

Free Camping is included with Registration.

Lodge Rooms:
Glacier View Ranch does not have an online reservations system, and has asked Adventure Rabbi to collect payment and reservations details from Rosh Hashanah participants. Book Lodge Rooms for Rosh Hashanah Now >>

Meals: Catered Traditional Dinner and
Breakfast Included with Full Registration.
Yom Kippur
info click here>>
Tentative Schedule Rosh Hashanah 2013:

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High Holiday Rosh Hashanah Service:
Rabbi Korngold's High Holiday services are best described as warm, engaging, and inclusive. They can not be described as long, boring, droning or preachy.

Comments from past participants include: "Wow, I never even had to resort to counting the ceiling tiles!" and, "This is the first service I have been to in years where I didn't count pages."

Weather permitting, the morning service will be held outdoors using a special service written by Rabbi Korngold.. For the evening service in the chapel, and the morning if it is indoors, we use a PowerPoint prayerbook that we made, which is filled with nature writings and photos from our trips to bring the outdoors in.

Full Group Contemplative Hike to Service Site:
The Jewish worship service begins with songs and Psalms, intended to help us "warm-up" before we pray. On this Adventure Rabbi retreat, we move the opening part of the service out of the synagogue. We will walk together as a community, stopping often to slow ourselves down and be inspired by the majesty surrounding us. weather permitting, our service will be held in the outdoor amphitheater.


Based on the averages recorded at this time of the year, we expect temperatures between 39 and 70 degrees. Please bring appropriate gear to be outside in sun, rain or snow! We'll send a recommended gear list before the retreat.


Camping is included and the holidays are early enough this year that camping should be lovely. There are locker rooms with bathrooms with running water, toilets, showers and hot tubs. (Yes, you read that correctly. Hot tubs.)

Lodge Rooms:
Glacier View Ranch does not have an online reservations system, and has asked Adventure Rabbi to collect payment and reservations details from Rosh Hashanah participants. Book Lodge Rooms for Rosh Hashanah Now >>




Our catered dinner will once again be prepared by Steve Grindley, of The Bridal Shower Chef and More. His food is delicious and the service is friendly and upbeat. The meal is healthy and festive and includes homemade matzah ball soup.

Although pork and shellfish will not be served, meals are not kosher. Menu subject to availability of items.

Cancellation Insurance:

We encourage you to buy our $36 cancellation insurance so that if for any reason you are able to attend, you can receive a refund for your Adventure Rabbi program fee.

Please note, if you have not purchased cancellation insurance, we will not be able to offer you refund, not matter what the reason is. We pay our vendors based on incoming registrations and they do not offer us a refund.

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Retreat Staff and Program Descriptions: 
Rabbi Jamie Korngold

Besides for being the Adventure Rabbi, Rabbi Korngold is known for her relevant and thought-provoking sermons. Her teachings are accessible to all levels of Jewish knowledge, and are rich with stories that resonate with our daily lives. Rabbi Korngold is based in Boulder, Colorado.

She is the author of three books God in the Wilderness, The God Upgrade and her books for children: Sadie and the Big Mountain and Sadie and the Sukkah Breakfast

Jeff Finkelstein 
If you have called or em ailed the office to find out about this retreat, chances are you spoke with Jeff. Jeff coordinates the overall logistics for the retreat, including web development, fielding participants questions, supervising staff, and everything else you can possible imagine. The Rabbi says without Jeff there would be no retreat!

Jeff is also the lead mountaineering guide at Adventure Rabbi, and brings to the trail years of experience working in the Jewish camping world. He is proud to be product of the Reform Movement's youth group system. Jeff adds to his Jewish knowledge his skills as a back country guide, ski patroller and mountaineer.
What people say about the retreat:

"Both of your sermons were very appropriate, timely, and special. The hiking teaching was also great. I love that what you talk about is so applicable to our everyday lives and keeps the whole experience very down to earth, reachable, and therefore enjoyable."

"I wanted to write you to tell you that I had such a great time at the retreat. It was everything you have been telling me it would be, and more. Not only did I meet some great people but I had some major Jewish realizations as well. In fact, I'm still high off the Jewish buzz."

"The retreat was wonderful! It was so nice to have the service outside. I especially liked the time you gave us to reflect and write about what we wanted to accomplish/change for the coming year. That was very meaningfulness was the hike to the site, your reflections along the way, and the time we stopped by the lake to do telaesthetic meditation with Joyride was great as well and very insightful."

"Thanks for creating such a fantastic alternative to traditional services. Our family connects with doing it the Adventure Rabbi way!"

"My parents loved the retreat! I know that it meant so much for them to be there with us. My mom was wondering if she could get a copy of your sermon from the morning services. She really liked it and wanted to reread it."
                              Bob bee

"There was such a sense of togetherness even though I really only know a handful of people---- everyone seemed very light spirited, welcoming and interested in each other. I noticed this with many of the new people I met during orientation and over the retreat. For me there is a nice balance of being able to be social, while also being able to experience some time with your own thoughts--- walking on the trail on the way up to morning services, stopping at the lake to let go, walking up to the "sanctuary"--- what a meaningful journey! What a wonderful way to start the New Year."

Join us and discover why Rabbi Abraham Ben Maimonides taught:

"In order to serve God, one needs access to the enjoyment of the beauties of nature, such as the contemplation of flower-decorated meadows, majestic mountains and flowing rivers. For all these are essential to the spiritual development of even the holiest of people."
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