Adventure Class Schedule 2019-2020

An Expedition Style Bar/ Bat Mitzvah Class – Combining Outdoor Adventures with Jewish Learning

Taught by Rabbi Jamie Korngold

Want to start before Aug 2019?
The Mitzvah B’nai Mitzvah Class begins in January.

Tentative Schedule for the 2019-2020 (tentative until July 1, 2019)

If you see typos or major conflicts on this calendar (ie Superbowl, school holidays etc.) please tell us so we can change it!

2019-2020 Expeditions

Sunday, August 18, 2019
10 am -3:30
This class should not be missed. If you cannot make it, you will be required to make-up the orientation in a private 2-hour session with Rabbi Jamie for a fee of $250 before you can continue with the course.

What: Orientation for students and their parents
Topic: An introduction to the program and each other

Part 1

What: Hike for students and their parents (Please note: due to permit issues, we cannot invite siblings, grandparents, other family members or dogs)
Where: Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO at the picnic table across the road from the Ranger’s Cottage
When: 10 am – 12 noon
Pack: Please see list below

(30-minute break to drive to Bear Creek Elementary School)

Part 2

What: Lunch (please pack your own) followed by orientation
When:12:30-3:30 pm
Where: Bear Creek Elementary School “Fishbowl” 2500 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder 80305
Pack: Pen to take notes, parent’s laptop, student’s laptop, wifi access device if you own one, reading glasses if you use them

Orientation Details: Families gather to learn about the details of the class.

Hike Details:
Parents and students meet on the southwest corner of the Great Lawn at Chautauqua, under the tree by the picnic table. (Just east of the Chautauqua Park Ranger’s cottage.) We start and end classes promptly, so please be on time. As you know, parking at Chautauqua is difficult. Give yourself 15 minutes to find parking.
Come prepared to hike 1.4 miles, half uphill, half downhill.

Parents who are not in good enough shape to hike should not take this on as a personal challenge. Please discuss options with Rabbi Korngold.

Parents and students will not be hiking together so you each need your own water!

Packing List

– backpack big enough to hold the following
– snack
– water
– good hiking boots/shoes
– sun hat
– sunglasses
– sunscreen
– if you ever use an inhaler for breathing issues, please bring it
– whistle (emergency)

Depending on the weather, you may not need these but check the weather.
– warm hat and gloves
– fleece sweatshirt
– rain pants
– rain jacket (always good to have just in case!)

August 23, 2019 (Friday) 6 pm – 8:30ish pm

What: Friday night Shabbat services and picnic on Flagstaff for students and their families. You are welcome and encouraged to bring other family members but still, sadly, no dogs.
Topic: An introduction to Shabbat with our congregation
Where: Sunrise Amphitheater, Boulder, CO
Pack: Picnic dinner, tablecloth and appropriate clothing for the weather. It’s cooler up there than in town.
Rain: In case of inclement weather, we meet under the Jaycee Shelter, just beyond the parking lot for the Sunrise Amphitheater,

Details: Students will join our congregation for our Friday night service on Flagstaff. Students will be introduced to and blessed by the congregation. Entry fee for student and one adult is included in your tuition.  When you arrive, check-in as a member and you will not be charged. We encourage you to bring other friends or family. The entrance fee is $10/ adult and $5/child. For details about and payment for this event please visit here>>

Sept 8, 2019 (Sunday) 7:45 a.m. – approx. 5 or 6 p.m.
This class may not be missed or made-up
What: Climb 10,013′ Deer Mountain

1. Being Part of a Group: Challenges, Rewards and Responsibilities.
2. Introduction to Outdoor Judaism (topic continues throughout course)
3. Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, What Does It Mean?
Where: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Bar Mitzvah Adventure ClassParents will be helping carpool to Rocky Mountain National Park. Pick up spots will be our office 5353 Manhattan Circle and Lucky’s Market North Boulder
• 7:45 Pick-up #1 meet at 805 S Broadway St #201 Boulder CO 80305
• 8:00 Cars leaves from the office  (If you miss us, please meet us at Lucky’s!)
• 8:10 Pick-up #2 meet at Lucky’s Market 3960 Broadway St. Boulder, CO 80304-1104
• 8:20 Cars leaves from Lucky Market (If you miss us, please meet us in RMNP!)
We will need drivers and would love if 3-4 parents, who are strong hikers, could drive and then also join us for this hike. Please let Rabbi Jamie know.

Return: We will be down from our hike around 3:30 pm and will be home between 5 and 6 pm. We will pass around a cell phone for students to call you when we get back into cell range in Lyons, about 15-minutes before we reach North Boulder and 30-minutes before South Boulder. Pick up your kids at the same place you dropped them off, Lucky’s in North Boulder and at our office in south Boulder. Every peak climb offers unique circumstances so timing is approximate.

Packing List

– backpack
– camelback or other bladder you can put in your backpack so you don’t have to stop hiking to drink, filled with 2 liters of water
– lunch
– hiking snacks (you might also want to pack a separate snack and drink for the ride home)
– good hiking boots/shoes
– sun hat & sunglasses
– sunscreen
– if you ever use an inhaler for breathing issues, please bring it
– (optional) camera
– (optional) flower/tree/bird guides
– whistle (emergency)

Hopefully, these will stay unused in your pack but they are important to have in an emergency:
– warm hat and gloves
– fleece sweatshirt
– rain pants
– rain jacket
– small flashlight

Wear this:
-hiking shoes
-non-cotton socks (I prefer to wear a liner sock beneath my hiking socks. The combination prevents blisters because the socks rub against each other rather than your skin. The friction is what causes a blister.)
-T-shirt (I prefer non-cotton one with SPF sun protection as I burn easily)

Please leave behind:
– All electronics other than camera
– Bar and Bat Mitzvah students can bring a cellphone, but can only use it to call home when we are heading home. They may not text or use as a camera.

Camp Granite Lake 30-min from South Boulder
Sept. 29-30, 2019 (Sun 4 pm -Mon 12 noon)

Note: Students will have to miss school for this.

This year’s Rosh Hashanah retreat takes us back to Camp Granite Lake. A favorite of our community, Camp Granite Lake offers great hiking, a beautiful lake, great group gat=hering spaces, outdoor camping and (because it’s cold up there-) indoor camping!.

This is not a drop-off event. Parents, please plan on joining your bat or bar mitzvah student.

Fees for bar and bat mitzvah students and 1 adult included in tuition. Please register your adult and student as members, adding the catered dinner if you wish. Although most class members generally join us for dinner, dinner is optional due to the price. Pay only for meals. You are invited to bring other guests and pay separately for them as non-members. (Sorry, no dogs.)

Schedule and RSVP:
For the student, one adult and other congregational members>>
For other guests>>

For general information about Rosh Hashanah Retreat>>

October 8, 2019 (Tuesday) 7-9 p.m.

Casey Middle School, 1301 High St. Boulder, CO

The class joins our congregation for Kol Nidre. Fees for bar and bat mitzvah student and 1 adult included in tuition; simply sign up for free as members so we know how many people to expect. This is not a drop off event. Student and one adult are required to attend and the rest of your family is invited to sign-up and come. Students should dress nicely and bring a coat if needed to go outside.
For details of this event and to RSVP please visit>>

October 9, 2019 (Wednesday) 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Chautauqua Community House, from 3:30-5:15 pm is a program for middle school and teens. Then, adults please join your students for the hike from 5:30-6:30 pm, which is free and open to everyone. Students are expected to be there for both the session and the hike and we will not be supervising them on the hike so we do need parents for that part! Fee for the student is included in tuition but we need you to register the student so we know who is coming; simply sign him or her up as a member. Parents need not register themselves.
For details of this event  and to sign-up please visit>>

October 19, 2018 (Saturday) 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Change a Tire, Jump-start a Car, Write an Email, and oh, What is God?
What: Indoor and Outdoor Workshop
Topic: Theology and Life Skill Workshop
This week we discuss God concepts and then learn to change a tire, jump-start a car, write a polite email, craft a thank-you note, and create holy relationships.
1) Holiness. Finding God in relationships. What does it mean to be holy? Blogging, Lying, Gossip, Friendship, Kiddish, Kaddish, Holy time, Havdallah.
2) Can God help you fix a flat tire? Can prayer? Taking responsibility for yourself in life.
Where: Adventure Rabbi Headquarters, 805 S. Broadway St 201 Boulder CO 80305

November 11, 2019 (Monday) 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Question for parents about this date:
The full-moon is Nov 11-12. that is a BVSD day off. Is it ok to run an event at 6 pm? Will people be back from wherever they go by then? Nov 12 is not available.


What: Moonlit Hike
Topic: Dress warmly and if its slick out, put Yaktrax on your hiking boots! Discussion about Judaism and the moon.
Where: Ranger’s Cottage, Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO.  We will hike for 2.5 miles with 440 feet elevation gain.

This date is TBD.

December 17, 2019 (Tuesday) 6:15 – 8:00 p.m.

What: Chanukah Celebration with Discussion for students, siblings and parents with Adventure Rabbi Kids (our alternative religious school)
Topic: Chanukah: What is the holiday truly about?
Where: Bear Creek Elementary School
Bring: Chanukiah (menorah) candles, matches

(please eat dinner before class)

January 14, 2020 (Tuesday) 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.

What: Service Planning Session for students and parents
Topic: We will walk through the entire Bar or Bat Mitzvah Service to explain the flow of the service, how to assign parts, set up the room and prepare for the ceremony.
Where: CUCC on Table Mesa 2650 Table Mesa Dr. Boulder 80305
Bring: Student’s Binder and pens
Note: Please feed your kids dinner before the class

Feb 11, 2020 (Tuesday) 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.

What: Indoor Workshop
Topic: Iron Chef Shabbat/ Shabbat Showdown: Make a Matzah Ball, Bake a Challah
Where: We need a host family, with a 5-burner stove!
Adults: We need to adult helpers to watch the stove and help clean
: Small teams compete to make matzah balls and Challahs and are judged by discriminating judges on creativity, presentation, teamwork and of course taste. Based on the Cooking Channel’s Doughnut Showdown

March 7, 2020 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What: Spiritual adventure on Snowshoes (snowshoe rental not included)
Topic: What does Judaism teach about our responsibility toward the Earth? Discussion about the art of “less.”
Where: Rocky Mountain National Park
Parent Drivers needed for this program.

Please sign-up for your desired pick-up/drop-off location on Living Tree. (see choices below) we will We will need 4-5 parent drivers who are driving and snowshoeing with us.

1. Pick up and Drop off Locations:
Pick up spots will be our office 805 S. Broadway St #201 Boulder CO 80305 and Lucky’s Market North Boulder

* 8:00 Pick-up #1 leaves from AR Headquarters 805 S. Broadway St #201 Boulder CO 80305
* 8:20 Pick-up #2 leaves from Lucky’s Market 3960 Broadway St Boulder, CO 80304-1104

2. Return: We will return around 4 pm. It could be as early as 2:30 pm or as late as 6 pm. Please plan accordingly! It’s hard to give an exact time because it depends on the weather and the kid’s pace. Your kids will call you about 30 minutes outside of Boulder when we get back into cell range. Pick up your kids at North Lucky’s or AR Headquarters.

3. Parents: Please help prepare student’s gear in advance
One year we had a student come on this trip who was not dressed properly. He had low socks on and not enough warm clothing. He slowed down the entire group and eventually had to go back to the car early. It was a miserable day for him and affected the entire group.

I appreciate that your kids are becoming increasingly independent and many of them can pack all their gear themselves. But, since forgetting gear or bringing the wrong gear effects so many other people please supervise them. You can tell them, “Rabbi Jamie said I have to.”

We will be outside all day so you will need to dress warmly, but in layers, so you can take off layers as we work hard.

* Backpack large enough to hold everything you bring + the layers you shed.
* Snowshoes (Please make sure all the straps work. You can rent them at REI and Boulder Army Store. We usually end up at the start of the hike with one broken rental pair so double check.)
* Ski poles (you need baskets so make sure there are baskets!)
* Waterproof hiking boots (I use my regular, high hiking boots and treat them for snow)
* Warm non-cotton socks that are higher than your hiking books so snow does not come in
* 1.5 liters water (minimum)
* High energy snacks
* Lunch
* Warm hat
* Sunscreen and sunglasses

4. Directions to Wild Basin Ranger Station: from the town of Lyons, follow the sign that says Hwy. 7 to Allenspark. Then be looking for a sign that says Olive Ridge Campground. Soon after this, you’ll see a big sign on your right that says: Wild Basin Area/Rocky Mountain National Park. This is where you need to make a left turn into the park.

Before you drive into the park, you’ll see the Wild Basin Lodge on your left. Continue past this to the fee area and after you pay your fee, follow the dirt road all the way to the end.

April 7-9, 2020

We “get it” that many people can’t take off work/school in the middle of the week for our seder so if you know you can’t come, save this for one of your two allowed absences.  Jewish holidays just fall where they will, and this year, that means mid-week. It really is the coolest Seder on the planet and most of the kids come so do try to make it work if you can! We don’t want your family to miss out. Fees for the Bar or Bat Mitzvah student and 1 adult included in tuition. Read more and register other participants here>>

April 21, 2020 (Tues) 4 – 6 pm (Snow/ rain date April 27, 2020)

What: Community Service, clean-up of a park in Boulder
Topic: As a bar and bat mitzvah it is incumbent upon us to take on more responsibility for the larger community. Today, we contribute by helping clean up one of the best-used parks in Boulder.
Where: TBD based on Boulder Parks’ clean-up needs

May 2, 2020 (Saturday)
2-4:30 pm

What: Hike in Boulder
Topic: Bringing it all together. What have we learned? Who have we become? Where to from here?
Where: Shanahan Ridge Boulder, CO

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