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Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Adventure Rabbi

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Rabbi Jamie Korngold Telemark Skiing

Rabbi Korngold, skiing at Vail Mountain. Photo credit: Jeff Finkelstein.
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Book Cover: The God Upgrade

Cover of the book for The God Upgrade.

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Passover Seder in Moab, Utah.

Group hiking up to service at Corona Arch, outside Moab, Utah. Photo credit: Jeff Finkelstein.
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Reading the Story of Exodus from Egypt in Original Hebrew.

Adventure Rabbi participants holding the Torah (Hebrew writing of Old Testament), and reading the story of Exodus directly from the bible. Photo taken under Corona Arch outside Moab, Utah. Photo credit: Jeff Finkelstein.
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Women Dancing With Timbrels Under Corona Arch.

Adventure Rabbi participants dancing under Corona Arch outside Moab, Utah during Passover Seder, led by Rabbi Jamie Korngold. Photo credit: Jeff Finkelstein.
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Passover Seder Service Under Corona Arch.

Adventure Rabbi Group having Passover Seder under Corona Arch outside Moab, Utah. Photo credit: Jeff Finkelstein.
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Passover Seder Meal in the Desert

Adventure Rabbi participants enjoying a Kosher Passover Seder meal at Gold Bar Campground outside Moab, Utah. Photo credit: Jeff Finkelstein.
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Adventure Rabbi Trip, Summer

Adventure Rabbi participant hiking on saddle between Atlantic Peak and Pacific Peak near Copper Mountain, Colorado. Photo credit: Jeff Finkelstein.
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Adventure Rabbi Particpant in field

Adventure Rabbi participant Alison Rabinoff in field at Rosh Hashanah. Photo credit: Peggy Dyer.
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Outdoor Bat Mitzvah

Adventure Rabbi Bat Mitzvah Molly Neimer reads from the Torah at her outdoor ceremony on the Mesa Trail in Boulder, Colorado.
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Rabbi Korngold on skis next to Danger Sign

Rabbi Jamie Korngold on telemark skis at Copper Mountain, Colorado, standing next to Danger sign.
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Rabbi Korngold in Leading Hike

Rabbi Jamie Korngold leading Rosh Hashanah hike at Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado.
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Rabbi Korngold Teaching

Rabbi Jamie Korngold teaching on a hike by the Maroon Bells outside Aspen, Colorado. Photo credit: Jeff Finkelstein.
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Adventure Rabbi Participant

Alison Rabinoff reading during a service on the Mesa Trail in Boulder, Colorado.
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Rabbi Korngold With Backpacking Guitar

Rabbi Jamie Korngold playing her Martin backpacking guitar on a hike and Shabbat service in Boulder, Colorado.
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Rabbi Korngold Reading Torah Outdoors

Rabbi Jamie Korngold reading from the Torah (Five Books of Moses) on a hike and Shabbat service in Boulder, Colorado.
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Adventure Rabbi group in front of Maroon Bells.

Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Adventure Rabbi group on hike from Aspen to Crested Butte, Colorado, in front of the Maroon Bells. Photo credit: Jeff Finkelstein.
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Shabbat Services on Skis

Adventure Rabbi participant Melissa Palombi gets fresh powder tracks in Copper Mountain’s Upper Enchanted Forest.
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Shabbat Services on Skis

Adventure Rabbi participant James Brodsky gets fresh powder tracks in Copper Mountain’s Upper Enchanted Forest.
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is the Adventure Rabbi?

Rabbi Jamie Korngold, the Adventure Rabbi, is an ordained, Reform Rabbi and is the founder and Senior Rabbi of Adventure Judaism Congregation. Rabbi Korngold has been nationally recognized for her innovative work combining Judaism and nature. Rabbi Korngold is considered an expert at reaching the unaffiliated Jewish population via cutting-edge, out-of-the box Jewish programming.

She has appeared in hundreds of print publications and newspapers, has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal (front page), and has appeared on CBS News and Good Morning America.

  • B.S. Natural Resources (Dean’s List), Cornell University, 1987
  • Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College, 1999
  • Over 30 years experience as an outdoor guide and group leader

Rabbi Korngold is the author of 11 books:

  • God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi (DoubleDay, 2008).
  • The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism’s 5,000-Year-Old Tradition (Jewish Lights, April 2011),
  • Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast (Kar-Ben, 2011)
  • Sadie and the Big Mountain (Kar-Ben, 2012)
  • Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah(Kar-Ben)
  • Sadie, Ori and Nuggles Go to Camp (Kar-Ben)
  • Sadie and Ori and the Blue Blanket (Kar-Ben)
  • Seder in the Desert (Kar-Ben)
  • Mazel Tov! (Kar-Ben)
  • Sadie’s Lag B’Omer Mystery (Kar-Ben)
  • Sadie’s Snowy Tu B’Shevat (Kar-Ben)

2. Where is the Adventure Rabbi Program located?

The Adventure Rabbi Program is based in Boulder, Colorado. Participants come from all over the United States, Canada and Israel.

Yearly retreats are held in Moab, Utah, and Boulder, Colorado and various locations around the country when Rabbi Korngold is invited to lead or speak. Although we have office space, we do not have a synagogue building. We rent a public school for our religious school and other programs are held outdoors or in rented spaces.

3. How many Adventure Rabbis are there?

There is only one Adventure Rabbi – Rabbi Jamie Korngold. How many rabbis have completed 100 mile ultra-marathons, been a nationally-ranked skier and ridden a bicycle across the country? That said, because of the immense popularity of the Adventure Rabbi program, there are three rabbis on our staff.

Although many rabbis are interested in combining Judaism and the outdoors, Rabbi Korngold is the only rabbi in the world whose full-time job is doing this work.

Rabbi Korngold has led guide training programs for rabbinic students and mentored rabbis to teach them how to use her unique approach to make Judaism relevant, meaningful and accessible.

4. How many people does the Adventure Rabbi program reach?

The Adventure Rabbi program was founded in 2001, and has reached tens of thousands of people across the U.S.

Programs frequently have hundreds of participants – many of whom travelled thousands of miles to join a retreat or have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

5. What is unique about the Adventure Rabbi Program?

Adventure Rabbi is a cutting edge model of synagogue life appropriate for 21st century Judaism. Gone are the days when Jews felt obligated to belong to a synagogue. Today, 70% of American Jews do not belong to a congregation.

In fact, many Jews today don’t feel obliged by Judaism at all. Judaism has become a choice and if the religion does not enhance and enrich our lives, if Judaism is not relevant, meaningful and accessible, many of us opt out completely.

The Adventure Rabbi Program puts meaning back into Judaism. We met people where they are (often literally hiking or skiing) and show them how Judaism can enhance their lives, without having to give up their weekends or making big pledges. Through our activities and community, adults and kids come to love Judaism.

6. What programs and events does the Adventure Rabbi offer?

Adventure Rabbi offers programs for every major Jewish holiday, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Passover.

Shabbat services are held on top of Flagstaff Mountain in the summer

Adventure Rabbi Kids – the Adventure Rabbi Religious School – offers classes for children ages 6-13.

The Adventure Rabbi program also offers weddings, conversions, bar and bat mitzvahs, brit milah and brit bat, and funerals

Adventure Rabbi specializes in experiential teaching of eco-Judaism as well as Jewish ritual, practice and theology. Teaching includes children’s programs, bar and bat mitzvah preparation, educational programs for families and youth, conversion preparation, and spiritual assistance for those coping with major life changes, including divorce and death.

7. When was the Adventure Rabbi community founded?

The Adventure Rabbi community was founded in 2001.

8. What are Rabbi Korngold’s credentials?

Rabbi Korngold received her ordination (1999)  and Masters in Hebrew Letters (1997) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, the academic, spiritual and professional development center for Reform Judaism.  She earned a  B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University, Ithaca NY.

Rabbi Korngold is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the international rabbinic association of Reform Judaism,) an Executive Board member of Chaver (The Boulder Colorado Rabbinical Council) and a member of Synagogue 3000 Emergent Leader’s group.

9. Who comes to Adventure Rabbi events?

Generally one third of the participants are singles, one third are couples without kids, and one third are families. Singles like coming because it’s not specifically a singles event — so it’s less of a meat-market.

Many of the people who have come to Adventure Rabbi events have met their closest friends, and several people have met and married through our programs.

90% of the participants are not involved in the Jewish community in any other way. 10% are extremely involved in the Jewish community, and are often board members of synagogues or professional Jewish educators or leaders. These people come to the Adventure Rabbi Program to supplement their Jewish experience.

Although people of all ages participate (newborn – 90+ years old), the bulk of the participants are between 25 and 55 years old.

Video Clips

Winter Skiing Video Clip at Copper Mountain, Colorado:

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Rabbi Jamie Korngold Chants the Shema Prayer on top of Copper Mountain, Colorado:

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