A Two Week Wilderness
Journey in the Back Country of Colorado with Rabbi Evon
July 11-24, 2012
about yourself, your community, the wilderness, and Judaism.
Rabbi Evon Yakar and additional Adventure Rabbi Staff
will lead this awesome summer expedition for Jewish teens
into the wilderness, the place in which Judaism began. On
this summer trip we explore hidden trails through Rocky Mountain
National Park and the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, we will also
explore what it means to be Jewish teen in the year 2012.
We learn how to pitch a tent,
cook over a camp stove, carry a backpack, and navigate with
map and compass. Our new found skills allow us to access pristine
wilderness and it is in this gorgeous setting that we study
ancient texts and learn what Judaism can teach us about low
impact camping and the treatment of the earth.
After long beautiful hikes through
the mountains and hardy meals we prepare ourselves we will
enjoy late night discussions. We may explore topics such as:
How can Judaism help equip us for the challenges of the turbulent
teenage years? How can Judaism help us to make good choices
about what to post on Facebook and what to text? What can
our ancient Jewish wisdom teach us about how to deal with
mean classmates and to engage peacefully with our parents?
Trees by Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado
Shabbat, a day of rest, takes on a new meaning after days
of exertion. We will celebrate two Shabbats in the backcountry,
a welcome respite and chance to quiet of minds and still our
bodies. We carry a backpacking Torah on our backs that we
read on Shabbat. Suddenly the prayers become infused with
Join us as we present Judaism
in a new accessible and relevant manner. New friends, new
sights, new understandings about ourselves and the world we
inhabit await you.
good? Here are the details:
For students entering 9th, 10th and 11th grades.
No Jewish or outdoors experience is required but you must
be in excellent physical condition and determined to navigate
conditions that can be physically challenging including carrying
a pack, hiking difficult terrain, and facing variable weather
skies, mountains and green grass fields, during a backpacking
trip in the mountains of Colorado.
The fee is $2,500 ($500 camperships are
not include transportation to Denver)
Monthly payment plans are available. A $500 non-refundable
deposit holds your spot. Ready to apply?
Application is here>>
Rabbi Evon Yakar:
Evon lives in South Lake Tahoe, California and oversees the
AR Distance Learning Program. He works
part-time for the Adventure Rabbi Program and part time as
the Rabbi at Temple Bat Yam. He
specializes in youth education and is an expert at making
Judaism relevant and meaningful to teenagers.
Rabbi Evon is passionate about sharing Judaism
with his students and loves the opportunity an expedition
setting provides to be together as a group.
Rabbi Evon recently built a new road bike
and can often be found riding the beautiful roads and trails
near his home in South Lake Tahoe California. Rabbi Evon also
loves skiing, hiking, and playing ice hockey. In his free
time you can find him hiking with his wife Rachel and their
Rocky Mountain National Park
a Good Night Sleep Before a Peak Climb