Bring Adventure Rabbi to Your Congregation or Group

Rabbi Jamie Korngold is a dynamic speaker and teacher. She will customize a scholar-in-residence Shabbat, retreat or speaking engagement to inspire your community.

Speaking Engagements:

Rabbi Korngold, a PJ Library Author, is currently available to teach about integrating nature and Jewish practice, and present her books The God Upgrade, God In the Wilderness and her children’s book series, or to speak about many related topics.

An energetic speaker,  Rabbi Korngold will captivate your group with lively discussions and experiential learning.

The pinnacle Adventure Rabbi experience is to gather a group from your community at a retreat center or lodge with access to trails, lakes, gardens or hills. Away from the pace of our frenetic lifestyles, we slow down and are able to focus and recognize the awe-inspiring moments, places, and people that fill our lives. What a wonderful experience to build community and re-energize our connection to Judaism!

Rabbi Jamie Korngold is a magical community builder, creating varied opportunities for people to connect with themselves, each other and God. Her retreats can be held year round and customized for all ages.

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``Westchester Reform Temple (Scarsdale, NY) was thrilled to host Rabbi Jamie Korngold, the Adventure Rabbi, last spring. It was amazing because she was able to touch our pre-schoolers with a reading of ``Sadie and the Big Mountain`` during their weekly Shabbat service, elementary and middle school children and parents during a Shabbat hike at a local state park, and our general congregation during our Friday evening services. Adventure Rabbi led us indoors and out. We are so happy to have had her with us as a PJ author, guide, leader, and one to lift our spirits and our spirituality.``- Felicia Block Special Projects Coordinator Westchester Reform Temple
``I want to thank you for such a wonderful weekend of learning. You helped our members view Judaism from a unique perspective that was very well received. You read your audiences perfectly and truly touched every generation of our congregation. It was a true pleasure working with you.``- Tracy Horwitz, L.S.W. Program Director Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel South Orange, New Jersey

Sample Topics

  • The Upside of Downsizing – Jew thoughts on how “less” can make your life more meaningful.
  • The God You Don’t Believe in, I Don’t Believe in Either: A Rabbi’s Confession – How Judaism can be relevant and meaningful without a God-in-the-Sky God concept
  • Conscious Consumption – Jewish teachings about green living. Includes Talmudic references and action items
  • The Story of the Adventure Rabbi – An intriguing story of an adventurous woman’s journey in the rabbinate and the unique program she created.
  • Stop Trying so Hard! Even God Isn’t Perfect – The dangers of overachieving
  • Shabbat Accessible and meaningful ways to practice Shabbat
    What Trees, Rocks, and Mountains Can Teach us About Shabbat – How the outdoors can help us reclaim a meaningful Shabbat practice
  • Re-Calibrating Our Awe Meters – How to find spiritual uplift in our everyday lives, even if you live far from wilderness
  • Why We Hate Snakes – A humorous historical look at the fractured relationship between Judaism and nature and how these ancient mores still impact us today.
Click here to have Rabbi Korngold contact you about speaking or teaching at your event.

Three Sample Schedules

Friday5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Welcome Dinner - All Ages for weekend participants (or just with planning committee) with Rabbi Korngold
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.Kabbalat Shabbat Service - All Ages Song filled evening service led by Rabbi Korngold on guitar. Special Adventure Rabbi service is filled with readings which envelope us in the spirituality of the outdoors. Includes a teaching or sermon. (see sample topics above)
Saturday9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.Shabbat Hike: Geared for people in their 20s and 30s (or all ages) We meet at a local park where we can hike. Emphasis of the day is to demonstrate how Judaism can be relevant, meaningful and accessible. Interspersed throughout the hike are teachings, discussions and a brief 20-minute Shabbat service. This song-filled service is led by Rabbi Korngold on backpacking guitar. She might also read from from a backpacking Torah and discuss the weekly parsha.
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.Evening Havdallah Program - All Ages We join together for dinner, havdallah (led by Rabbi Korngold on guitar) and energetic talk and discussion. (See sample topics above)
Sunday9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.mFamily Program for Families with Children (Examples of age splits might be Ages 0-5, 6-9, or 9-12 etc.) On this age-appropriate hike, Rabbi Korngold demonstrates how nature can enrich our Jewish experience. Through stories, songs (with her backpacking guitar) games and prayers, she engages children of all ages.
1:30 - 3:00 p.mGod in the Wilderness - All Ages Rabbi Korngold speaks about her books God in the Wilderness and The God Upgrade and signs copies.
Friday Erev Shabbat5:00 - 6:00Welcome Program (Orientation and sharing our hopes and expectations)
6:00 - 6:30Kabbalat Shabbat Prayers and songs led by Rabbi Jamie Korngold on guitar transition us into the peace and presence of Shabbat
6:30 -7:30Dinner A Shabbat meal that someone else cooks and cleans What a treat!
Saturday Shabbat7:30 - 8:15Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30"Shema Stretches" Gentle Yoga Style Stretching integrated with Jewish Prayer
10:00 - 3:00Shabbat Stroll, Hike or Snowshoe, with learning, discussions and Shabbat service (Special Adventure Rabbi song-filled service led by Rabbi Jamie Korngold on backpacking guitar. Includes a reading from our backpacking Torah.)
3:00- 4:00Free Time
4:00 - 5:30Study Examples:Option 1: Text Study "I am but Dust and Ashes" How the Wilderness comforted Job Option 2: Writing Workshop - we use creative writing techniques to process and integrate our learning
6:00- 7:00Dinner
7:30 - 9:00Havdallah program: Rabbi Jamie Korngold presents a talk leading into a discussion
9:00 - ?After hours social time
Sunday7:30 - 8:30Breakfast and optional morning stretches
9:00 - 12:00Morning Hike or Snowshoe, with learning, service, song and discussion
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Closing Program: Bringing it all together and taking it home! How we will continue what we have learned.
Friday6:00 - 7:00 p.m.Shabbat Services - Led by Synagogue Clergy, Rabbi Korngold offers a 10-minute talk.
7:15 - 8:00 p.m.Community Dinner
8:00-9:15 p.m.Talk: While dessert is served. Rabbi Korngold expands on service topic. Speaking for 45 minutes including questions
Saturday9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.Shabbat Hike: Geared for teens and youth group. We meet at a local park where we can hike. Emphasis of the day is to demonstrate how Judaism can be relevant, meaningful and accessible. Interspersed throughout the hike are teachings, discussions and a brief 20-minute Shabbat service. This song-filled service is led by Rabbi Korngold on backpacking guitar. She might also read from a backpacking Torah and discuss the weekly parsha.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.Evening Havdallah Program - We join together for a shorter, easier hike and havdallah led by Rabbi Korngold on guitar. (This has been known to bring in many new faces)
Sunday9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.mReligious School:9:30AM-10:00PM Meet with our second grade students for an outside hike and to have a discussion about Judaism and nature. (approximately 25 students)10:00AM-10:30AM Meet with our third grade students for an outside hike and to have a discussion about Judaism and nature. (approximately 50 students)10:30AM-11:30AM Meet with our pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, first graders and their parents. Read the story, Sadie and the Big Mountain, make the walking sticks, go outside for a hike, then end with another story and a healthy snack. We have a copy of the book for all the Pre-K to first grade students to be handed out at the end and enough supplies for walking sticks.**Our rainy day alternative for second and third grade is to combine them and give them the hour to hear the story, create the walking stick and have a discussion inside as needed. If it is a light drizzle we will still hike.