Passover in Moab

Saturday April 20, 2019

Optional full Weekend Retreat
April 19-21, 2019
(April 19 and 20 required for Adventure Class)

Join the Adventure Rabbi community in Moab, Utah for a Reform Passover retreat.

Friday night we open the retreat with Shabbat and singing on the banks of the Colorado River. This welcoming program will help you feel included, if you came alone or with friends, for the first time or the tenth. Students in our Adventure B’nai Mitzvah class will be guided on an adventurous night hike to Corona Arch. Meanwhile, other members of the community will enjoy a wine tasting, bonfire, singing and s’mores back at the campsite.

Saturday we embark on a wilderness journey for our Seder, an all day event including a 3-mile (round trip) Seder hike up a gorgeous, windy, rock canyon. Later in the evening, we will enjoy the campfire and perhaps a spontaneous game of flashlight tag.

Sunday morning we offer two hikes to Corona Arch, one for kids/teens with Elaine Barenblat and the other for all ages with Rabbi Jamie Korngold

Sunday noon: Pack and Go!

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Passover Seder 2019 Details

What:

Reform Passover Seder: traditional foods, innovative outdoor Seder, camping, w/ options for additional programs.

When:

Friday, April 19, 2019 
Shabbat Meet and Greet
(Night hike to Corona Arch for the Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Class)

Saturday, April 20, 2019  – 9:30 am
The Main Event – Passover Seder with hike led by Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Educator Elaine Barenblat 9:30 am – 3 pm Hike and Seder
4:30 – 5:30 pm Conclude Seder at Campground
5:30 pm Seder Dinner served

Sunday, April 21, 2019
Options Free add-on Programs

Full Tentative Schedule

Where:

Moab, Utah. Gold Bar Campground, 14 miles outside of Moab.

Price: $170/ person

  • Children under 2 free
  • Adventure Rabbi Members, Free (although catered meal is additional)
    (Adventure Rabbi Membership is $375 per person or $180 for kids)

Discounts and Late Fees:

  • Until July 31, 2018: $145
  • After March 19, 2019: +$25 additional late  registration fee.

Includes:

  • Catered, Kosher-Style Passover Meal Saturday, March 31, 2018. Please bring your own wine or other beverage. (Read more on what we mean by kosher below)
  • Camping Friday and Saturday nights, programs and activities starting on Friday night
  • Hikes, teaching, programs and Seder service

Meals:

Catered Passover Seder Meal, served desert style
[Passover Seder Meal Details]

Seder Meal included with Registration (although members must pay for the catered meal).

Camping:

A gorgeous site along the Colorado river. [Details] Friday and Saturday camping included in fee. Sorry, but we’re not able to accommodate pets, even dogs. Outhouses are on site.

We have limited space for RVs. If you are planning on using one, please contact us.

Closest Airport:

Grand Junction, CO or Moab, Utah. Rental cars are available. [Details]

Religious Affiliation:

Rabbi Jamie Korngold is a Reform rabbi and author of God in the Wilderness and The God Upgrade and 9 children’s books. This is an out-of-the-box religious event. We will be carrying, lighting fire, and driving on the Sabbath and on the Holiday.

Watch Video:

PBS: Religion & Ethics featured Adventure Rabbi’s Passover in Moab

Detailed Schedule

Free Fri and Sun activities + camping included with registration!

4:00 – 6:00 pm


Check-in, find out where to camp, set up tents etc.
Once you are settled, join us under the shade of the main campground pavilion for refreshments and schmoozing. Come catch up with old friends and make new ones!

7:00 – 10:00 pm


Opening Circle: Shabbat Sing-along, Campfire and Marshmallows
Kids will enjoy games and song with Debra Winter, a chance to meet other kids and learn the songs they can lead at the Seder. Adults, bring a bottle of wine to share and enjoy “Elijah’s Flight” a wine tasting celebration. Taste four glasses of wine while making new friends and visiting with old ones. Then, linger on around the fire to enjoy conversation and catching up.

7:00-7:15: All group Shabbat Sing-a-long
7:15-7:30: Introduction
7:30-8:00: Kids with Debra Winter singing and playing games
7:30-8:00: Other enjoy wine social (bring a bottle to share)
8:00 – 10: 30 pm Campfire hangout
7:00 – 10:00 pm: Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Class joins the opening circle and then leaves on Guided Hike to Corona Arch, with Elaine Barenblat

9:30 am- 7:00 pm


Passover Seder

Innovative Reform Passover Seder begins with all group 3-mile hike up a gorgeous, windy, wild canyon. Along the way, we will begin to tell the story of the Exodus as we experience our own desert hike.

The Canyon Trail is not difficult and can be completed by most healthy, agile adults or children. No special gear is required other than footwear suitable for walking over slick rock. The hike involves walking approximately 1.5 miles each way over a sandy and rocky trail with an elevation gain of 440 feet. You will need your hands free scrambling over some rocky sections.

We make this into a multi-hour adventure, taking time along the hike to learn, discuss, eat lunch and enjoy the spectacular views!

When we reach the top of the canyon, an exquisite, protected “synagogue,” we begin our Passover Seder, including all the sections without food or wine. We ask the Four Questions, tell the Passover story, read from the Torah, dance, and sing.

We then hike back to camp where we pause for about 1.5 hours before we reconvene to complete our Seder and enjoy our catered Seder Meal, which is served desert style in campground along the Colorado River. (Menu Below)

Seder continues with more singing and discussion. As dusk turns to evening we gather around the campfire!

3:00 pm – 4:30: Hang out in camp
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Complete Seder in Campground
5:30 – 7 pm: Dinner is served
7:00 pm – ????: Hang out at campfire, chill.

9 am – 12 noon


Choices:

1. Hike to Corona Arch with Rabbi Jamie (All ages welcome)

1. Kids’ Hike to Corona Arch with Elaine Barenblat (Must be capable of carrying your own pack with snacks, sunscreen and water and self-sufficient bathrooming)

12pm: Safe Travels Home!

Saturday Passover Event Details

Menu:

We know having eating traditional Passover foods is very important. We will be serving a traditional Seder meal, which will be Kosher for Passover. By this we mean that none of the prohibited grains or leavening products will be used. However, we will not serve kosher meats because we are not comfortable with the methods currently used to raise and slaughter kosher animals. No pork or shellfish will be served. The kitchen where the food is prepared is not a kosher kitchen. (Menu subject to change)

Saturday Seder Meal:

(catered, included with registration)

Please bring your own wine, grape juice or alternative beverage.

  • Matzo ball soup (both vegetarian and chicken based)
  • Seder plate, including shank bone, charoset, parsley, hard boiled egg, salt water, lettuce, horseradish
  • Traditional Apple Charoset and Matzah: Ingredients including apples, nuts, grape juice or wine and  Matzah.
  • Quinoa Salad: Ingredients including quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, lime juice, ground cumin, baby spinach and Italian dressing
  • Chicken Curry Tenders with Yogurt Sauce: Ingredients including chicken tenders, salt, pepper, curry, tumeric, yogurt and lemon
  • Beet salad with red onion and orange juice
  • Spinach & Matzah Pies: Ingredients: spinach, matzah, golden potatoes, green onions, lemon juice, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese
  • Sweet Potato Kugel: Ingredients: Apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, matzoh meal, butter, salt, cinnamon and sugar, pineapple juice, matzo sheets

Please note: this is a catered meal prepared in the middle of the desert without running water or electricity. Some items are prepared ahead of time. We are not able to accommodate special dietary needs or allergies. While each item might not contain a specific allergen, cross contamination may occur.

Who Comes on Adventure Rabbi Trips?

Our participants are:

  • Outdoor-oriented
  • 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 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 they arrive
  • Regulars, who have been coming to AR events for years
  • Families with children.
    We discourage camping for families with small children who wake in the middle of the night and may wake up other campers. Hotels are near-by In Moab.
  • Singles and Couples

Staff

Rabbi Jamie Korngold

Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Founder and Executive Director

Rabbi Korngold is an ordained Reform rabbi and the founder and Executive Director of the Adventure Rabbi Program, based in Boulder Colorado.She is nationally recognized for her innovative work combining religion and nature.

A favorite of the media, she has been featured by Good Morning America, National Geographic, NPR, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Ski Magazine as well as many other outlets.

Rabbi Korngold is an athlete and a scholar. She completed the Leadville Trail 100, a 100-mile running race in less than 30 hours and was ranked fourth in the nation for telemark mogul skiing. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s natural resources program and received her masters and ordination from Hebrew Union College.

Rabbi Korngold is best known for her ability to make Judaism relevant, meaningful and accessible and therefore opening the doors back to Judaism for thousands of disenfranchised Jews. Through her nature-based approach to religion, she is able to bridge the gap between scientific thought and religion, healing a fissure that often disrupts spiritual paths.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her daughters, Sadie and Ori.

Elaine Barenblat

Elaine Barenblat, Adventure Educator

Elaine is our Director of Education, overseeing educational programs at our base in Boulder, CO and our Distance Learning community. She teaches the bulk of our Hebrew students (both on line and in our Boulder headquarters) and is known for her enthusiastic style.

Elaine is a native of San Antonio, Texas, but has always had her heart in Colorado’s mountains. She received her Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the University of North Texas with a focus in early childhood and special education.

Elaine brings with her a deep love for the outdoors and a passion for teaching in new and innovative ways. She loves working in an out-of-the-box, experiential program, with endless opportunities to make Judaism connect for our youth.

Anne O’Driscoll

Anne O’Driscoll, Event Planner

We are thrilled that Anne will be our event planner once again this year. All is well when Anne is around! She has years of experience working as an event planner. Anne has a fabulous eye for detail, a welcoming manner, and a get-it-done attitude. Anne coordinated our Yom Kippur service, so you may have met her there. Anne will have a staff of four ambassadors to help facilitate the event. Click here for more information about being an ambassador.

Rusty Wilson, Dave Schwartz and Michelle Friedrich

We are thrilled that all three of our long term retreat staff will be back this year to help us hike up and down canyons, start and put out fires, help with food service and more. We couldn’t do it with them! Look for them in their red shirts, ready to lend a hand.

Camping

Friday and Saturday night camping are included in your fee.

The Gold Bar Recreation Site Campground 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 Photos >>

We have limited space for RVs. If you are planning on using one, please contact us.

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 National Park.)

We love dogs, and wish they could be part of the camping experience. However, we’re not able to accommodate dogs at this event.

We recommend the following places to watch your dog in Moab, Utah:

  • 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) 259-8710.
    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.
  • Dog & Cat Clinic of Moab, Jim Gostlin DMV, 125 East 300 South Moab, UT 84532-2619 (435) 259-2733 dogandcatclinic@frontiernet.net
  • Karen’s Canine Campground 2781 S. Roberts Rd. (435) 259-7922
  • K-9 Taxi and Boarding Call Jeff or Kimi 435 686-2295 PDF / more info

There are picnic tables and fire rings and sites are adjacent to outhouses. Bring toilet paper. 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.

You are welcome to book your own accommodation in Moab or surrounding areas. Discounts will not be given for those staying elsewhere.

For Our Out of State Guests

We are happy to provide you with a place 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.

Canyon Voyages (Moab, Utah) – 801-259-4121
http://www.canyonvoyages.com
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 additional day

Please 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.

Please 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.

Weather:

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! It does get very windy in Moab. There is a gear list at the bottom of the page. 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 (and we’re not the Slacker Rabbi program after all). Fortunately there is usually only 1.2 inches of rain in Moab in April. There will be no refunds for bad weather.

Options for Transportation:

For 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 Junction Airport.

Distance from nearby points:

Grand Junction, CO: 113 miles from (1 hour 50 min)
Denver, CO: 355 miles (5 hours 28 minutes)
Boulder, CO: 366 miles (5 hours 49 min)
Salt Lake City, Utah: 234 miles (4 hours)
Aspen, Colorado: 239 miles (4 hours)
Eagle, Colorado: 229 miles (3 hours 29 minutes)

Ambassadors

We have openings for some ambassador positions at the Passover Retreat in Moab. Ambassadors work for an hourly wage to reduce the cost of the retreat.

The ambassadors have the crucial job of helping make everyone who attends feel welcome and part of the group. There are many tasks that need to be done. Some are easily laid out (below) and others are more vague, such as seeking out people who seem to be alone and inviting them to join in the fun. The ambassadors are key to help facilitate a smooth running retreat. The ambassador team will work with Anne O’Driscoll, our event planner.

Description:

  • First ones to arrive: Arrive by noon on Friday to welcome participants and prepare campground (i.e. put up signs).
  • Last ones to leave on Sunday to be sure the campsite is clean.
  • Be present in the campground and offer to participants unload cars, find correct camping areas, and help set up tents.
  • Help guide hikes by accompanying slower hikers and serving as sweep
  • Help set tables
  • Welcome guest, check them in, help them set up tents if needed
  • Help serve food, clear tables and clean up from Seder
  • Build and tend campfires. Extinguish them at the end of the night.
  • Help facilitate small group activities

If you are interested, please let us know by submitting this form>>

Refunds:

We advise you to select our trip insurance option in case you need to cancel. We regret that we are unable to issue refunds of any kind if you have not purchased trip insurance.

Directions

To the campground:

  • Take I-70 West, past the Colorado border and into Utah.
  • Take Exit #182 and go south on Highway 191 for 27.3 miles.
  • You will pass right by the entrance to Arches National Park.
  • Soon after that, you will turn right onto State Road (SR) 279, also known as Potash Road.
  • The Gold Bar campground is 9.9 miles further on this road

(Note: downtown Moab is 4.3 miles from here. If you cross a big bridge and wind up in the town of Moab, you’ve passed your turn).

Arriving Late / Leaving Early?

Many people will be arriving to the campground on Saturday morning. There is no extra charge to camp with us on Friday and Saturday nights at the campground.

Carpools:
Many people are asking about carpools from the Denver, Boulder and the Grand Junction airport. Please use the Facebook Page for Passover to help arrange carpools:
www.adventurerabbi.org/facebook

Here’s what you will see as you drive down SR 279:

* 0.3 miles: Railway Tunnel
The tracks of a spur of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad that comes in from the north, enter a long tunnel above the road to the west. The other end of this tunnel appears farther down this road at mile marker 9.8.

* 0.2 miles: Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve
Owned by The Nature Conservancy and situated in the swampland on the south side of the Colorado River.

* 3.6 miles: Portal Overlook Trailhead
Hiking trail leading to panoramic views of the Moab Valley, Utah the La Sal Mountains, the Colorado River and The Portal.

* 3.9 miles: JayCee, Utah Park Recreation Site
Public campsite (but not our campsite)

* 4.2 miles: Wall Street Climbing Area
The cliffs along this stretch of the river are popular with rock climbers. Routes range from trad to sport to mixed, and most are at least 5.8 in difficulty.

* 4.9 miles: Indian Writings
Most of the petroglyphs (including the famous Bear Petroglyph) were done by Indians of the Southern San Rafael Fremont culture, which flourished between 600 A.D. and 1300 A.D.

* 5.6 miles: Poison Spider Mesa Trail – Dinosaur Tracks
The Poison Spider Mesa off-highway vehicle trail angles off to the right. Dinosaur tracks are visible on slabs above the trailhead. On the other side of the river, a lofty arch span is clearly visible near the top of the cliff.

* 8.7 miles: The American Eagle Rock
An immense sandstone figure on the skyline to the left front. The eagle’s wings are spread and its tail is flared.

* 9.3 miles: Moki Canyon
Access to the terraces above the road and at the base of vertical cliffs. Interesting rock hounding opportunities in ancient river gravel.

* 9.8 miles: Corona Arch – Bowtie Arch – Gold Bar Arch
This is the trailhead across from our campground and will be on your right as you drive in. The Corona Arch will be where we will have the first part of the Seder. Corona Arch, with an opening of 140 by 105 foot, is also known as Little Rainbow because of its resemblance to Rainbow Bridge at Lake Powell. The D&RGW Railroad comes out of the cut that has been blasted in the sandstone and the tunnel opening is out of sight around the bend.

* 9.9 miles: Gold Bar, Utah Recreation Site
This is our campground. Look for the signs. Come check in and we’ll show you where to park and set up camp.

Gear

Elaine Barenblat will be leading the Adventure Bar & Bat Mitzvah class up to Corona Arch on Friday night at 7  pm. (Only the Adventure Class kids are able to join us for this hike).

Please make sure the Adventure Class participants have:

  • Good hiking shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Backpack (you will want your hands free for a section on the hike which goes up a ladder)
  • Filled water bottles or camelback
  • Warm clothes (check the weather forecast)
  • Flashlight (in case of an emergency)
  • Snack

The first part of the seder (Saturday at 9:30 am) will be a hike and a service up a canyon, across the road from the campground. The hike is 1.5 miles each way over a sandy, rocky and uneven trail with an elevation gain of about 400 feet. The trail is not stroller accessible, and you will need to have both hands free for several spots where you will need to scramble. There are two sections where you will have to duck down and crawl / squeeze through, and maybe crawl on your knees.

Please wear/bring:

  • Lunch
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Backpack (you will want your hands free for a section on the hike which goes up a ladder)
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, sun screen
  • Filled water bottles or camelback
  • Warm clothes (check the weather forecast)
  • Small first aid kit with things you might want for your personal use such as band-aids, moleskin, etc. We will have a major first aid kit.
  • Flashlight (in case of an emergency)
  • Snack

Optional:

  • Camp chair if you would like one for the service (sitting on the rock is also fine)
  • Small instrument such as shaky eggs, tambourine etc.
  • Reading glasses if you need them
  • Camera
  • Pack for carrying your small children

Please bring your own wine, juice or other beverage.

Something to sit on (i.e. crazy creek chair, cushion, pillow, ensolite pad). We don’t recommend chairs with legs, as you’ll then be well above the Seder table.

The “table” will be bolts of fabric rolled out on the ground. Think Bedouin style.
Plate, Cup, Fork, Knife & Spoon: To avoid using disposable dishes, we ask you to bring your dish ware. You will need:
Dinner: small plate for appetizers, dinner plate, bowl for soup, glass for wine/ juice, glass for water, spoon, fork, knife, napkin.

A full listing of the menu is located above.

Please help us decorate the table by bringing ritual objects or other pretty things (i.e. seder plate, matzah cover, Elijah`s cup, flowers etc.)

We are NOT providing wine and juice. Please bring your own favorite.

Recreational Drugs Legal in Colorado (but not in Utah or Federal Land):

Please remember that what is legal in Colorado is not legal in Utah. We are also staying on Federal (US BLM) land, and substances legal in Colorado are not legal on Federal land either. Please leave it at home in Colorado.

We have received reports that Utah state police are stopping and searching cars with Colorado license plates at the Colorado-Utah border.

The campground is right next to the parking lot, so you will not have to hike or backpack into the campsite. There will be people that can help you set up your tent if this is new to you and please offer a hand if you see someone who needs help. Description of the campground is here >>

Please bring everything you need to camp including:

  • Tent
  • Ground cloth
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • For additional meals: food, cooking pots, stove etc.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Lots of water for drinking and washing (there is no running water in the campground). We recommend 1 gallon per person per day.
  • Snack foods
  • Extra toilet paper

Optional:

  • Firewood, matches
  • Lantern
  • Mallet for putting in stakes (the ground is hard)

Tip: Don’t forget to bring your pillow from home. A sleeping bag seems MUCH comfier when it’s matched with a familiar pillow.

You are welcome to book your own accommodation in Moab or surrounding areas. Discounts will not be given for those staying elsewhere.

Camping Hints and Etiquette:

Water:

  • We advise at least 1 gallon per person per day for drinking and rinsing dishes.
  • The river adjacent to the campground cannot be used for a drinking water source, due to mining operations just upstream. Several of the gas stations on the north side of town offer water, but most campers will find it easiest to bring the weekend`s water supply with them.
  • Please do not plan to wade in the river, and watch children carefully. The river`s current this time of year is deceptively swift!

Meals:

  • For the Seder, each person will need a small plate, large plate, bowl, wine or other beverage, plus a spoon, fork, and knife.
  • Plan to clean/rinse your own dishes following the Seder meal. Like other low-impact camping, scraps need to be scraped into the garbage (never onto the ground). And if you need to rinse your dishes, please do it away from the camping area and any vegetation.
  • Please do not use the river for any washing or allow food scraps to fall on the ground.

Facilities:

  • The campground is equipped with vault toilets (masonry outhouses on permanent concrete pads) and port-o-potties.
  • Use only the vaulted toilets while at the campground.
  • On the trail, please observe the following trail etiquette for sanitation: tell a buddy that you are separating from the group for a bathroom break. Stay a minimum of 100 feet from the trail and 200 feet from any water source. Any non-liquid waste must be buried. All toilet paper must be packed out (we recommend a zip-lock bag). If this experience is not in your weekend plans, please plan ahead before leaving the campground and assist children to take a bathroom break before we leave for any activities.

Bad Weather

In case of bad weather, we adapt. (This is the Adventure Rabbi Program after all. For details about the Slacker Rabbi program, please visit here >>)

Please be prepared with rain gear, wind jackets, warm clothing, umbrellas, extra tarps if you have them. Check the weather forecast for Moab, Utah before you come.

Cell Coverage

Cell coverage is very limited at the campground. Some text messages (might) get through. But prepare to really be off-the-grid. If you need to call someone, you’ll likely have to drive into the town of Moab (about 10 minutes by car).

Please be good caretakers of the desert and have a wonderful camping experience!

See you in Moab!