Guide-Training

Guide Training for HUC Students and Ordained Reform Rabbis and Cantors

Boulder Colorado

Join us for three days of hiking and learning in beautiful Boulder Colorado with the Adventure Rabbis, Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Rabbi Evon Yakar and our Adventure Educator, Elaine Barenblat. As we hike, we explore ways to use the outdoors to make Judaism relevant, meaningful, and accessible. Rabbi Korngold will share her expertise as the founder of Adventure Rabbi Program and together we will explore ways to use the outdoors to further engage congregants and reach out to alienated Jews.

Rabbi Yakar will share how his work as an Adventure Rabbi compliments and enhances his congregational work with Temple Bat Yam in Lake Tahoe, California. We’ll discuss the Adventure Rabbi branch we have in partnership with Temple Bat Yam and how the alliance enables both organizations to thrive. You will learn about our cutting edge Bar and Bat Mitzvah training program and the secret we have discovered to bringing thousands of disenfranchised Jews back into meaningful Jewish life.

Elaine Barenblat will share the unique philosophy behind our thriving Alternative Religious School and our growing Distance Learning Program.

Learn skills you will be able to take home and implement immediately into your congregational work ….. or perhaps as the next Adventure Rabbi.

We predict that by July 2016 we will be hiring another Adventure Rabbi or Adventure Educator to work at our Boulder, Colorado Base. Could it be you? This training program will give us the opportunity to get to know each other and help you determine what tools you need to add to your collection so that you will be eligible to apply for this position.

If you are interested in joining our Adventure Rabbi team, you will need to acquire certain talents and skills.

Adventure Rabbis & Educators are:

  • Experienced Outdoor Guides
  • Passionate about Teaching B’nai Mitzvah Students
  • Comfortable Working over Skype
  • Willing and Able to Teach Hebrew
  • Motivated
  • Self-Starters
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Risk Takers
  • Certified Wildernesses First Responders
  • Able to Lead the Music of a Service w/o a Cantor
  • Liberal Theologically
  • Committed to Excellence
You are welcome to come to the training program even if you do not hope to work for us someday!

When

11:30 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 until 3 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Where

We will be based at Camp Wondervu, a picturesque location in the  Rocky Mountains 30 minutes outside of Boulder, Colorado. World class hiking awaits us right outside of our front door.

Each private room is simply furnished, has 2 to 3 beds and a private bath. There will be 2 people in each room.

Who

We will be hiking for three days. The hikes will be moderate by Boulder standards, but long. Therefore, participants should be in good physical shape, which will enable them to hike at altitude. (8,000′) Please do not apply if you have a heart condition, respiratory difficulties, or are not physically active.

Meals

We will be providing kosher-style meals during your stay. We can accommodate vegetarian diets but cannot accommodate those who need meals prepared in a kosher kitchen. Guests with food allergies may have to supplement meals with their own food. There is a small kitchen in the lodge.

Cost

For the First 12 Accepted Applicants:
The program fee, meals, and lodging for 12 HUC students will be paid for by Rabbi Jamie Korngold. HUC students need only pay for their transportation from your door to ours. (Participants themselves, not HUC, will be responsible for travel costs.) Once you arrive at Wondervu, we will cover your hotel room, meals, and program costs. We require a $200 deposit to hold your spot. If you come to the training and stay the whole time, we will refund the $200.

After we have admitted 12 students, the fee will be $550/person.

Ordained Rabbis

If you already are ordained, we are happy to have you join us but you will need to pay your own fees.
$250 Program Fee
$150 meals
$150 hotel ($75/night)
Total cost: $550

Flights

Arrive early, stay late, or make the trip quick. If you want to arrive Sunday night, we may be able to help you with extra night’s lodging for $75/night.

Ground Transportation is made easy by Super Shuttle, car rentals, or public bus. If you take the public bus or Super Shuttle to our office in Boulder, we will help you get to camp.

To Apply Please write a few paragraphs explaining why you are interested in this program. Share your background, emphasizing your outdoor experiences and the convergence of Judaism and nature in your life. Email us Applications are welcome now, for rolling admission (Please note: all the scholarship money has been allocated).