Rosh Hashanah at Camp Granite Lake

Sunday September 29 – Monday September 30, 2019

Are the mountains your true spiritual home? Do you feel most “connected” when you are outside? Don’t you wish Judaism could be like that?

Imagine celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the mountains, hiking and meeting new people, with joyful services led by the “Adventure Rabbi.”

Adventure Judaism will return to picturesque Camp Granite Lake, in Coal Creek Canyon, 30-minutes from South Boulder or Golden to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

Leave your fancy clothing at home and join us. These are not your parents’ High Holiday services!

Warning: Some people have made their best friends on our retreats, met their spouse, become engaged, or decided to move to Colorado. This could happen to you. (Although no guarantees.)

And a real warning: There is no cell service or wifi so be prepared to disconnect!

Rosh Hashanah in the Rockies 2019 Details


Rosh Hashanah Retreat at Camp Granite Lake. Services with hiking,  campfire, kids’ activities, lake-side tashlich, new friends, and more.


Sept 29-30, 2019 Sunday evening until Monday afternoon (Come for all or part, the price is the same)
[Detailed Schedule]


Camp Granite Lake, in Coal Canyon 30-minutes from South Boulder or Golden CO.  About Camp Granite Lake>> 


Free for members (Includes camping, breakfast, and all program fees. Dinner is extra)

$149/ person
Add dinner for $52

Kids under 3 are Free

$36 Trip Insurance: If you have to cancel for any reason, you receive the full amount of your registration back. (The $36 trip insurance back is non-refundable of course, and does not cover meals and lodging.) Our normal cancellation policy is no refunds for any reason.

As of  Sept 1, 2019:
Late Registration Fee: +$25 per person
September 24, 2019, is the last day to reserve a dinner. 


Catered traditional dinner available.
Breakfast included with full program fee.

Meals are NOT kosher. We mix milk and meat. Shellfish and pork are not served by our caterer.


Lodge rooms are available at an extra cost paid directly to the camp. Lodge rooms sell out quickly, often by June. To reserve your lodge room, a bed in the men or women’s dorm, or indoor camping, Visit here>>

The cabins are not winterized! Please bring extra warm blankets or your sleeping bag.


Tent camping is included. You’ll be able to park close to the campsite which will be in a field next to the main hall. Bathrooms will be nearby. The campsite is at 9,000 feet, so it will likely get colder at night – so throw in an extra blanket in addition to your sleeping bag! If it is extremely cold, the camp will open up a building for “indoor camping.”


Based on the averages recorded at this time of the year, we expect temperatures between 39 and 70 degrees. Please bring appropriate gear to be outside in sun, rain or snow! Check this link for weather forecasts>>  This is the weather station near camp.

It gets very cold at 9,000′ and the lodge rooms are not winterized. That means, even if you are staying in a cabin, bring warm blankets or a sleeping bag to supplement the camps blankets. For those who are tent camping, if it is very cold, Granite Lake staff will open a building for “indoor camping.”

Detailed Schedule

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Arrive and Check-in (Big Hall)

5:00 – 6:15 pm
Chef Steve’s Holiday Dinner (Big Hall)

7:00 – 8:30 pm

  • Evening Service with Rabbi Jamie Korngold (Big Hall)
  • Special program for younger children (who are still awake!) Children sit with their parents for about 30-minutes of the service and then are invited to their own program


9:00 – 11:00 pm
Group campfire with marshmallows, great late night conversation

7:15 am- 8:15 am
Breakfast and check out of lodge rooms (Big Hall)

8:30 am- 10:00 am
Morning Service begins with a full group, contemplative, easy hike to the service site, including Tashlich, led by Rabbi Korngold. Meet outside the Big Hall.

9:40 am- 11:15 am
Children 11-years old and younger split off for a kids’ program. Traditionally our Rosh Hashanah kids’ programs have included:

  • Tashlich
  • Song Session
  • RH Games
  • RH Crafts

10:00 – 12:00 noon
Adult Morning Service with Rabbi Jamie Korngold (Lakeside Amphitheater)

11:15 – 12:00 noon
Everyone joins together to process the Torah to the field where we form a circle and unscroll the Torah for the Reading of the Torah and the Hearing of the Shofar.

12 noon

Rosh Hashanah at Camp Granite Lake Details

High Holiday Rosh Hashanah Service:
Rabbi Korngold’s High Holiday services are best described as warm, engaging, and inclusive. They can not be described as long, boring, droning or preachy.

Comments from past participants include: “Wow, I never even had to resort to counting the ceiling tiles!” and, “This is the first service I have been to in years where I didn’t count pages.”

Weather permitting, the morning service will be held outdoors using a special service written by Rabbi Korngold. For the evening service in the chapel, and the morning if it is indoors, we use a Power Point prayerbook that we made, which is filled with nature writings and photos from our trips to bring the outdoors in.

Full Group Contemplative Hike to Service Site:
The Jewish worship service traditionally begins with songs and Psalms, intended to help us “warm-up” before we pray. On this Adventure Rabbi retreat, instead of reciting prayers, we go for a hike to warm ourselves up. We will walk together as a community, stopping often to slow ourselves down and be inspired by the majesty surrounding us. Weather permitting, our service will be held in the outdoor amphitheater.

We stop for teachings and discussions and when we reach the spot overlooking the Continental Divide, we take some time for personal introspection to get ready for the year ahead. It’s not too crunchy, just the right amount.


Our catered dinner will once again be prepared by Steve Grindley of Chef Steve Colorado. His food is delicious and the service is friendly and upbeat. The meal is healthy and festive and includes homemade matzah ball soup.
Prices are set by the caterer and go directly to him. They are based on the cost of food and of preparing an elegant meal in a remote location.

Although pork and shellfish will not be served, meals are not kosher. We mix milk and meat but shellfish and pork are not served. Available choices on the buffet line will accommodate: vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, gluten-free (preference but not allergy) nut-free (but not allergy), high-protein and kosher style.
We CANNOT accommodate: Celiac Disease, severe nut allergy, or strict kosher.

Dinner Menu:

Bubbie Tetzie’s Matzah Ball Soup (chicken and vegetarian options)

Grandma Sadelle’s Fall Green Salad (vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free)

Bubbie Poofy’s Slow-Braised, Hand-Cut Beef Brisket
(gluten free, lactose free, dairy free)

Sarah T. Donner’s Noodle Kugel (vegetarian, dairy)

Mama’s Seasonal Soft-Baked Apples (vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free)

Nanna Fay’s Roasted Carrots & Potatoes (vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free)

Auntie K.T.’s Freshly Roasted Beet (vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free)

Chef Steve’s Challah Rolls (vegetarian)

Lemonade/ Water (vegetarian gluten free, lactose free, dairy free)


Breakfast is prepared by Camp Granite Lake. It generally includes choices of eggs, pancakes or waffles, yogurt, oatmeal, fruit, coffee and juice. Although we do not control the ingredients, most eating styles can find something to their liking, with the exception of allergies effected by cross-contamination.

Need the Dinner Ingredients?

Bubbie’s Handcrafted Matzah Ball Soup
Chicken Version Contains: Matzah, Chicken, Celery, Carrots, Onion, Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Olive Oil, Oregano, Thyme, Chicken Base.
Vegetarian Version Contains: Matzah, Celery, Carrots, Onion, Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Olive Oil, Oregano, Thyme, Vegetarian Soup Base.

Grandma Sadelle’s Fall Green Salad
Gluten Free. Contains: Mixed Greens, Strawberries, Blueberries, Red Onions, Mandarin Oranges, Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Bubbie Poofy’s Slow-Braised, Hand-Cut Beef Brisket
Gluten Free. Contains: Red Wine, Garlic, Onion, Celery, Carrots, Olive Oil, Kosher Salt, Pepper, Beef Base.

Sarah T. Donner’s Noodle Kugel
Dairy. Contains Egg noodles, Eggs, Sugar, Butter, Cream Cheese, Vanilla, Sour Cream, Cornflakes.

Auntie K.T.’s Freshly Roasted Beets
Gluten Free. Contains Beets, Orange Juice, Red Onion, Allspice.

Nanna Fay’s Roasted Carrots & Potatoes
Gluten Free. Contains Carrots, Potatoes, Olive Oil, Rosemary, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Thyme.

Mama’s Seasonal Soft-Baked Apples
Gluten Free Cinnamon, Sugar, Butter, Apples.

Chef Steve’s Challah Rolls
Contains: Flour, Water, Sugar, Yeast, Eggs, and Salt

Cancellation Insurance:

We encourage you to buy our $36 cancellation insurance so that if for any reason you are not able to attend, you can receive a refund for your Adventure Rabbi program fee.

Please note, if you have not purchased cancellation insurance, we will not be able to offer refunds, no matter what the reason. We pay our vendors based on incoming registrations and they do not offer us a refund.

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 Boulder and Golden.
  • Singles and Couples


Rabbi Jamie Korngold

Rabbi Jamie Korngold

Besides being the Adventure Rabbi, Rabbi Korngold is known for her relevant and thought-provoking sermons. Her teachings are accessible to all levels of Jewish knowledge, and are rich with stories that resonate with our daily lives. Rabbi Korngold is based in Boulder, Colorado.

She is the author of eleven books including God in the Wilderness, The God Upgrade and the beloved Sadie and Ori children’s series.

Elaine Barenblat

Elaine Barenblat, Adventure Educator

Elaine Barenblat is our Adventure Educator. She is
a passionate, exuberant –shall we say adventurous — Jewish educator.

She continually seeks out new ways to engage learners and empower them to take responsibility for their Jewish learning.

This is a Rosh Hashanah program that will leave your kids smiling ear to ear, eager to come back for more

Looking for year round learning with Elaine? See our Adventure Rabbi Kids Program>>

What people say about the retreat

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for creating such a meaningful weekend. Until I joined your congregation, I had never felt so connected to what being Jewish meant to me and had that reflected in my experience of attending services. Your authenticity and openness is inspiring and I feel grateful to be a part of this community.- Nicole
Both of your sermons were very appropriate, timely, and special. The hiking teaching was also great. I love that what you talk about is so applicable to our everyday lives and keeps the whole experience very down to earth, reachable, and therefore enjoyable.- Jeanette
I wanted to write you to tell you that I had such a great time at the retreat. It was everything you have been telling me it would be, and more. Not only did I meet some great people but I had some major Jewish realizations as well. In fact, I'm still high off the Jewish buzz.- Emily
The retreat was wonderful! It was so nice to have the service outside. I especially liked the time you gave us to reflect and write about what we wanted to accomplish/change for the coming year.- Johanna
Thanks for creating such a fantastic alternative to traditional services. Our family connects with doing it the Adventure Rabbi way!- Lynette
My parents loved the retreat! I know that it meant so much for them to be there with us. My mom was wondering if she could get a copy of your sermon from the morning services. She really liked it and wanted to reread it.- Bobbee