Yom Kippur Boulder, CO

Tuesday, October 8 -Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Yom Kippur is said to be the holiest day of the year.

Join the Adventure Judaism Congregation for a new entry into the day. We observe this holy day with an outdoor stroll, provocative questions, engaging conversation, and poignant song.

We would love to welcome you into our community! Join us for a day designed to create an oasis from the frenetic pace of daily life, an opportunity to think deeply about your life, your choices, and your community.

Discover a new manner of Yom Kippur observance and experience a day replete with meaning and relaxation.

What people say about the retreat

You build such tremendous community -- providing comfort, vision, compassion, a sense of common purpose, and mutual responsibility and dependence.- Noah and Phoebe
This was by far the most meaningful Jewish experience of my life. I can't believe how deeply I connected with people I did not know a week ago. And it wasn't false, pretentious, or woo-woo. You are an amazing facilitator. Thank you for all you do- Stephanie O.
As Adventure Judaism has grown and grown, I want to thank you for keeping this one program small. I truly appreciate the intimacy of it.- Paula
Thanks for creating such a fantastic alternative to traditional services. Our family connects with doing it the Adventure Rabbi way!- Pam


Tues Oct 8, 2019 7 pm – Wed Oct 9, 2019, 6:30  pm
(Come for all or part)

[Detailed Schedule Below]


Casey Middle School 1301 High St. Boulder, CO Boulder, CO 80304

Chautauqua Community House 900 Baseline Rd Boulder Co 80302

Program Options:

  • Kol Nidre Evening Service with Rabbi Jamie Korngold
  • Day Retreat with Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Catherine Greener
  • Youth Program K-6th
  • Pre-School- 1st Grade Family Service with  Rabbi Jamie Korngold
  • Middle & High School Program
  • Closing Neila Service, Stroll, Light Breaking of the Fast

[Detailed Schedule Below]

Detailed Schedule

Kol Nidre Service with Rabbi Jamie Korngold


When: Tues Oct 8, 2019 – 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Where: Casey Middle School  Auditorium 1301 High St. Boulder CO 80304

Fee: Free for members, all others $36 until Oct 7, 2019
After Oct 7, $40

Payment at the Door:
You may choose to pay at the door. Checks made out to Adventure Rabbi or cash are appreciated.


Whether you go to Kol Nidre because your mother asked you to or because that is what Jews do or to talk to God or because it is a good place to meet single men/women, we want to welcome you “home” to your Jewish family. Come alone or with a friend. We’ll be glad to see you.

The service includes traditional elements presented in the “Adventure Rabbi” style. For example, the service will include some, but not all of, the traditional prayers. Rather than recite all the prayers, we attempt to focus more deeply on the ones we do say.

A spiritual pinnacle of the night is chanting Kol Nidre outside beneath the stars. We can’t promise that a fox will run through the center of the circle in the middle of chanting Kol Nidre like it did our first year, but it certainly was amazing!!

This is one of the only nights a year in which Rabbi Korngold delivers a full sermon, giving us plenty to think and talk about. Some years, there is time allotted for small group discussions.

If you do not wish to handle money on Yom Kippur, please register in advance. If you would prefer to pay at the door, please arrive early so as not to miss the opening of the service.

Curious about how we are different from other Jewish congregations? Here’s a link to the  (Flash player required)


View Rabbi Jamie’s 2016 Sermon>>


Day Retreat for Adults
(over 13-years old welcome with an adult)


Wed Oct 9, 2019- 9:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
(please plan to arrive by 9:15 a.m.)


Chautauqua Community House
900 Baseline Rd. Boulder, CO 80302


Free for members All others $125 until Sept 30
Starting  Oct 1, +$135


Welcome to a  reflective retreat, limited to 70 participants, facilitated by Rabbi Korngold.

Our time together will include select, primary prayers such as Al Chet, Tavo, and Avinu Malkeinu and chanting of Torah. But the heart of our time together will be group discussion, individual and small group work, gentle yoga and strolls on the nearby trails in South Boulder.

We use our time together to sincerely face the questions Yom Kippur asks of us: Who was I this year? Was I the person I most want to be? How will I be in the year to come? Rather than sitting in synagogue listening to someone preach, we reflect, discuss, journal, and when appropriate, share our hopes and intentions for the year ahead.

Past participants have called this the pinnacle Adventure Rabbi experience because it combines Jewish practice and outdoor experience in a deeply transformative way.

More Details

Please dress comfortably and wear shoes you can walk and stretch in. Some people like to wear white on Yom Kippur as a symbol of purity. No ties or dress shoes needed.

Please bring a yoga mat, sunhat, sunglasses, and raincoat.

Please leave your electronics, including your cell phones at home or turn them off.

Sermon and Prayerbook:
Please be aware that there will not be a traditional service with prayer books, sermon or extended Torah reading.

It is customary in our community to fast from food, water, and electronics. There will be no pressure to participate in this fast. If you are not fasting, please keep your water, food, or electronics out of sight.

We are offering concurrent Yom Kippur programs for k-6th graders. If you have a middle school student who would like to observe Yom Kippur, inquire if he or she can intern in the k-6th program. Post-B’nai Mitzvah age students are welcome on the adult retreat with a parent.

Day Retreat Registration

Youth Program K-6th 


When: Wed Oct 9, 2019 – 9:30-2:30 pm (doors open at 9:15 am)

Where: Chautauqua Community House 900 Baseline Rd. Boulder CO 80302

Fee: Free for members, all others $54 until Sept 30
After Sept 30, $65


We offer an engaging program for students in grades K-6. The day includes arts and crafts, “hiking” and other activities designed to help the kids learn about themselves, each other, and Yom Kippur.

This is a drop-off event. Parents, please join us for the adult program.


  • Please make sure your child has closed toe shoes as we will be walking/hiking.
  • Dress them in layers in case it is chilly or gets warm.
  • Please pack a snack, bag lunch, and water bottle. Pre-B’nai Mitzvah age children are not intended to fast. We will not be providing snacks.
  • You will be checking your child in before the program and signing them out when it is over. Please inform us of any allergies or medical conditions we should be aware of.
  • If your child has special learning needs that make it challenging for him or her to participate in a group setting please tell us beforehand so we can prepare for success.

Register for Grades k-6th

Preschool – 1st Grade Service with Rabbi Jamie Korngold


When: Wed Oct 9, 2019 – 3:30-4:15 pm

Where: Chautauqua Community House 900 Baseline Rd. Boulder CO 80302

Fee: Free for members, all others $10/ adult, $5/child until Sept 30. After Sept 30 +$5.

Note: This is NOT a drop off event. Parents need to attend.


Children and their parents are welcome to join Rabbi Korngold for this upbeat introduction to Yom Kippur songs and prayers. Older siblings are welcome.

We will sing, dance, hear a story and read from the Torah.


If your child would like their stuffed animal to be included in the story, please bring one!

Preschool-1st Grade Program Registration

Middle and High School Program 


When: Wed Oct 9, 2019 – 3:30-5:30 pm

Where: Chautauqua Community House 900 Baseline Rd. Boulder CO 80302

Fee: Free for members, all others $18 until Sept 30
After Sept 30, $30


Students 6th grade and up are welcome to join us for a brief Yom Kippur service, hike, and program. This activity is geared for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, middle school and teens who are are not ready for the adult retreat. We will go for a light hike and have a program on the grounds of Chautauqua. Together we will attempt to make Yom Kippur relevant to teenagers today.

This is a drop-off event. Parents, enjoy some free time.


Middle School & High School Program

Neilah: Closing Hike, Service and Light Break-Fast with Rabbi Jamie Korngold


When: Wed Oct 9, 2019 – 5:30-6:30ish pm

Where: In front of the Chautauqua Community House
900 Baseline Rd. Boulder, CO 80302

Fee: Free (no RSVP required)


Come experience Yom Kippur Adventure Rabbi style. We will take a casual, stroll with time to contemplate where our paths have taken us this year. The stroll will include:

  •  Hearing the blast of the shofar
  • Chanting a few of the major prayers
  • Poignant readings
  • Silent contemplation
  • Kaddish and chance to remember loved ones who have died
  • Prayers for the year to come
  • Havdallah
  • An ebullient breaking of the fast

No Registration Required.

Please bring fruit, drink or something to share. This is not a meal, just a simple nosh to tide us over and celebrate the end of an exultant day.