Retreat in the Desert:
April 19-20, 2008
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Night Reform Passover Seder in the Desert, 2008
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First Night Seder in the Desert, 2008 Details:
||Reform Passover Seder: traditional
foods, innovative outdoor seder, camping w/ options for
hiking, biking and rafting.
||April 19-20, 2008
the Brochure -
||Moab Utah, Gold Bar Recreation Site,
14 miles outside of Moab
||Let the wilderness awaken your Judaism
for Passover Seder 2008
|Rabbi Jamie Korngold is a reform rabbi;
this is an out-of-the-box religious event. We will be
carrying, lighting fire and driving on the Sabbath and
on the Holiday.
$125, includes 3 catered,
Kosher for Passover meals, Saturday night camping, programs
and activities. Guided Mt Biking & rafting
additional. Teens 13-17 - $95; Kids 5-12 - $65. Kids
under 5 - Free.
Early Bird Discount:
Until Dec 31, 2007: $99
After Jan 1, 2008: $125
After April 1, 2008: +$25 additional late registration
Early For FREE Stuff: Register before Feb. 1,
2008 and get a FREE Adventure Rabbi t-shirt OR a free
Adventure Rabbi canvas shopping bag.
||3 Catered Passover Meals [Details]
||Available for part of your tuition, contact
us before March 1
||We will be featuring a special kid's
Passover Seder on Saturday, and we have a kids program
for Sunday morning, led by Boulder Open Space's favorite
youth leader, Jeff Kagan.
A gorgeous site along the Colorado
river. [Details] Friday, Saturday
and Sunday camping included in fee. Sorry, but
we're not able to accommodate pets such as dogs.
Outhouses are on site.
|| Grand Junction. Rental cars
are available [Click Here]
us in Moab for a Reform Passover retreat as we, like our Biblical
ancestors, return to the wilderness for Seder.
a long expanse of brightly covered fabric, stretched out
on the desert floor, with an animated group of casually
dressed Jews seated around it.
people seated on cushions, reclining in the breeze of the
cooling desert afternoon.
a tablecloth festooned with seder plates, candles, overflowing
goblets, musical instruments and colorful desert decorations.
abundant platters of food, piled high with traditional foods.
song, dance, and merriment.
you hear the laughter, the chatter and the lively debate.
you are celebrating Seder with a group of outdoorsy Jews
who are quickly becoming your friends.
won't fall asleep at this Seder!
your fancy clothing at home, pack your bike, hiking boots
and water bottle, and come celebrate the Passover Seder 4,000
feet closer to God!
your copy of Rabbi Korngold's book to have it signed at the
Passover Retreat. Don't have a copy? Buy online or get the
first chapter free: www.GodInTheWilderness.com
Comes on Adventure Rabbi Trips?
- All ages. We've had participants ages 2
months to 92 years (but we tend to get lots of 20s, 30s
- All fitness levels, from tri-athletes,
to mountaineers to occasional walkers
- Progressive and open-minded about their
Judaism (the service and components are from the Reform
traditions, and we will be driving, carrying and lighting
fires on the Sabbath and holiday).
- Looking for "authentic" and meaningful
- Representative of a range of Jewish knowledge
- From all across the United States, L.A.
to Florida, to NYC (and of course from Denver and Boulder,
- Newcomers who do not know anyone when the
- Regulars, who have been coming to ARI events
- Families with children. Special kid's seder
and kids Passover program.
- Singles and Couples
Corona Arch - Celebrate Passover
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Passover Seder in the Desert 2008 (tentative)
Saturday April 19, 2008:
| 12 noon - 2 p.m.
|| Check-in, set-up camp
|1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
||Family / Kids Passover Seder geared for children 5 and
under. Lots of song and play to engage the little ones.
Innovative Reform Passover Seder begins
with all group hike to Corona Arch. Along the way, we
will begin to tell the story of the Exodus as we experience
our own desert hike.
Corona Arch is a partly freestanding arch with a 140-foot
by 105-foot opening. The arch is located in a striking
slickrock setting. According to many, this is one of
the best arches in the Moab area.
The Corona Arch Trail is not difficult and can be completed
by any healthy adult or child. No special gear is required
other than footwear suitable for walking over slickrock.
The hike involves walking approximately 1.5 miles each
way over a well maintained trail with an elevation gain
of 440 feet. The route will require approximately two
or three hours round trip to complete.
Seder Meal served desert style in campground. (Menu
Seder continues with more singing and discussion. Music
will be led by Adam Griff, Jeff Kagan and Bernice Lewis.
April 20, 2008:
9:00 - 2 p.m.
| Outdoor activities including Hiking, Biking,
Rafting. Box lunch provided.
|9:00 - 12:00 noon
||Family / Kids program for children up to 9 years old
and their parents. (Details Below)
We know having eating traditional Passover foods is very important.
We will be serving three catered meals, all Kosher for Passover*.
Veggie and vegan options will be available. (Menu
subject to change)
Honey Roasted Chicken
Casserole (vegetarian option)
& Thyme Roasted potatoes
potato/carrot/prune tzimis or Sweet Potato Kugel
Ball Soup (chicken and vegetarian options)
and Salt Water
Spring Mixed Greens Salad
Cake & Macaroons
& Cheese platter
Cream Cheese and Jams
OJ, & Tea
Vegetarians - cheese
include romaine lettuce, alpha sprouts, tomatoes, onion
& Dill Pickle Slices
Please note, meat will not be Heckschered
Adventure Rabbi Seder promises to be experiential, engaging,
interactive and inclusive. It will not be boring,
droning or preachy. Come prepared to hike, make matzah, sing,
dance, and discuss.
Imagine a long expanse of brightly covered fabric, stretched
out on the desert floor, with all of us seated around it.
Imagine people seated on cushions, reclining in the breeze
of the cooling desert afternoon. Imagine a tablecloth festooned
with seder plates, candles, goblets, musical instruments and
colorful desert decorations. Imagine abundant platters of
food, piled high with traditional foods.
innovative Seder will begin with an all group hike up to Corona
Arch (pictured above) and will include engaging relevant discussions,
dance, song, and great food.
Sunday we will be offering various choices for activities,
or you are free to go off on your own. We will also be providing
a special program for families with kids.
led by Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Adventure Rabbi staff
Activity led by Boulder Open Space leader Jeff Kagan
Mountain Biking (additional fee)
River Rafting (additional fee)
We are thrilled that Jeff Kagan,
one of Boulder's favorite environmental educators, will be
leading our family program on Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon.
Jeff is known for his interactive style, his enthusiasm, and
ability to reach kids of all ages. Parents and children attend
together. (Sorry, we are not equipped to take children without
an adult.) This delightful program will include:
- Baking matzah in a solar oven
- Songs and instruments
- Age-appropriate walks
- Learning and discovery
- And lots of fun
Based on the averages recorded at this time
of the year, we expect temperatures between 39 and 76 degrees.
Please bring appropriate gear to be outside in sun, rain or
snow! We'll send a recommended gear list before the retreat.
Unfortunately, beside for some sun shelters, we do not have
an indoor option available if bad weather prevails. That's
the adventure part of Adventure Rabbi. Fortunately
there is usually only 1.2 inches of rain in Moab in April.
There will be no refunds for bad weather.
Bring: (complete gear list will be
sent closer to the retreat)
- Camping gear (also available for rent,
email for details
and extra water (not available in the campground)
for sitting on during seder
for campfire (optional)
instruments (For kids service, it would be especially great
if you can bring some sort of percussion instrument for
your children to play i.e. shaky eggs, tambourine, etc.
be as "green" as we can, we ask you to bring your
own plates, bowls, cups and utensils, for eating so we can
you plan to extend your stay, bring your own food and cooking
Along with our regular retreat staff of Rabbi Korngold, Jeff
Finkelstein, James Brodsky and Adam Griff we've added a few
new members to the team.
Jamie Korngold is a Reform Jewish rabbi. She started the Adventure
Rabbi program in 2001 and has become nationally known for
her pioneering work integrating spirituality and the outdoors.
She was ordained at Hebrew Union College. She lives in Boulder,
Colorado, with her husband and two daughters.
more about her philosophy in her new book, God in the Wilderness:
Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with
the Adventure Rabbi. Download a free sample chapter at www.GodInTheWilderness.com.
Rabbi Jessica Marshall
are thrilled that our rabbinic intern, Jessica Marshall, will
be joining us for this retreat. Jessica Marshall is currently
finishing her training as a Reform Rabbi at Hebrew Union College.
She enjoys working with Jews across the denominational spectrum,
and believes that our connection to nature and concern for
the environment is an inherently inclusive and Jewish act.
music will once again be led by Adam Griff, whose enthusiasm
for Jewish music is contagious. Griff's is known for his ability
to build community through song. He teaches in a manner that
is welcoming and accessible. Griff's voice and guitar is always
a highlight of our Rosh Hashanah experience and now he joins
us for Passover. Adam is based in Atlanta, GA.
/ songwriter Bernice Lewis will be joining us all the way
from Williams, Massachusetts. She has guided our women's Grand
Canyon backpacking trip and is a beloved yoga teacher and
talented musician. Hear her music at www.bernicelewis.com
Kagan is the lead instructor at Thorne Ecological Institute
in Boulder, where he teaches ecology to elementary and middle
school students. He also work for Boulder Open Space and Mountain
Parks, where he developed the very popular Meadow Music hike
for kids. Ask him about his 2004 Boston Marathon finish, through
hiking the John Muir trail and his mandolin and guitar playing.
Jeff is known for his ability to engage children in creative
and experiential learning about nature.
If you have called or emailed 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 and everything else you can
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.
Brodsky is a Denver resident originally from New York, who
has been cycling as a hobby since he was 13. He has been involved
with Adventure Rabbi for the past four years, and has also
led cycling, hiking, and skiing trips for the Mosaic Outdoor
Mountain Club. James Brodsky is the
main biking guide for the Adventure Rabbi program and leads
three hard-core road bike rides throughout the summer as well
as cross country ski and snow shoe trips in the winter.
night, Saturday night and Sunday night camping is included
in your fee (although only three meals will be provided).
Many people have asked if they can arrive early and stay late,
and we're happy to have you join us, although we won't have
a second-day Passover Seder.
Gold Bar Recreation Site is located on a sweeping
curve in the Colorado River, just 14 miles from the town of
Moab. The campground offers stunning views both up and down
the river corridor. Sunset is particularly striking at Gold
Bar, as the Navajo Sandstone cliffs surrounding the campground
change color as darkness falls. Our Seder will begin with
a hike to Corona Arch, right from the campground. This 90
x 140 foot arch rivals any in Arches National Park. View
to Get There: From Moab, travel five miles north
on U.S. Highway 191. Turn left (west) on Utah Highway 279
and drive ten miles. Turn left into the Gold Bar Recreation
Site. The group sites are located adjacent to the Colorado
River. (If you are traveling south on U.S. Highway 191, turn
right onto Utah Highway 279 just past the entrance to Arches
Dogs / Pets: We
love dogs, and wish they could be part of the camping experience.
However, we're not able to accomdate dogs (other
than seeing-eye dogs) at this event.
We recommend the following places to watch your dog in Moab,
Veterinary Clinic 4575 Spanish Valley Drive Moab
UT 84532 Len W. Sorensen DVM. Call 8 am-5 pm for boarding
or appointment. Call 24 hrs. a day for emergencies (435)
Pets will need to be fully vaccinated to
board, vaccinations must be current. Dogs need to be vaccinated
for "Kennel Cough" and you will need to bring
proof of vaccinations. Advance reservations are helpful,
especially around the holidays.
& Cat Clinic of Moab, Jim Gostlin DMV, 125
East 300 South Moab, UT 84532-2619 (435) 259-2733 firstname.lastname@example.org
Canine Campground 2781 S. Roberts Rd. (435) 259-7922
Taxi and Boarding Call Jeff or Kimi 435 686-2295
/ more info
info about Pets in Moab >>
There are picnic tables and fire rings and sites are adjacent
to outhouses. Ample parking is available.
There is no drinking water on site. Untreated
(but tested) water is available at Matrimony Spring, located
just east of U.S. Highway 191 on Utah Highway 128. A boat
ramp is available for canoe and raft use of the Colorado River.
You are welcome to book your own accommodation
in Moab or surrounding areas. Discounts will not
be given for those staying elsewhere.
Refunds: Please note that
we regret that we are unable to issue refunds of any kind
because our payments to coordinate this event are made more
than four months in advance of the event.
our guests from afar, we suggest flying to Moab, Utah's Airport
or Grand Junction, Colorado and renting a car. All
the national chains of rental cars are available from Grand
from nearby points:
113 miles from (1 hour 50 min)
355 miles (5 hours 28 minutes)
CO: 366 miles (5 hours 49 min)
Lake City, Utah:
234 miles (4 hours)
Colorado: 239 miles (4 hours)
229 miles (3 hours 29 minutes)
Our Out of State Guests:
are happy to provide you with several places to rent camping
gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) so you have less to
schlep. There will also be people on hand who can teach you
to set it all up.
Voyages (Moab, Utah) - 801-259-4121
Eureka Timberline Tents (2 person tent) $25 first day + $10
each additional day
Sleeping Pad: $5 first day + $3 each additional day
Sleeping Bags (deluxe 30 degree): $10 first day + $7 each
(Grand Junction, CO) - (970) 254-8970
Tents: $15 first day + $5 each additional day
Sleeping pads: $8 first day + $4 each additional day
Sleeping bags: $12 first day + $4 each additional day
note that Moab is at 4,000 feet, which is lower than Denver.
Although most people do not experience altitude sickness at
this elevation, you may notice that you are a bit short to
breath and can not exercise as rigorously as you do at sea-level.
be sure to drink lots of water and have adequate protection
form the sun (sunscreen, hats, sunglasses.) Dehydration can
greatly increase your risk for altitude related sicknesses.
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
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