At Passover in the Desert, teens (ages 11–17) are grouped into their own tribe guided by our skilled youth mentors. The program weaves in and out of teen tribe time and participation in community-wide offerings. The apex of their journey is a unique teen passage: a 24-hour remote camp-out in the nearby oasis, Surprise Canyon. Streaming with waterfalls and luscious plant life, Surprise Canyon offers a change of scenery from the harshness of the desert, and provides a powerful setting for adventuring, exploring, and practicing survival skills as a group, as well as a solo wilderness encounter guided by mentors.
As we look to our teens as shomrim (guardians), the community supports them as they depart and return from this Passover exodus, and asks them to infuse the community with wisdom gained from their time away. Friday afternoon, everyone gathers together to send them off with blessings, and Saturday evening all welcome them home and invite them to share about their experience, enriching the village with the lushness of the canyon and the vitality of the teens.
On either side of their adventure in Surprise Canyon, Passover in the Desert provides our shomrim with the unique opportunity to spend time in a dynamic intergenerational setting. Still guided by dedicated youth mentors, teens are woven into the fabric of the village, participating in offerings, forging relationships within the community, following their curiosity, and supporting the ebb and flow of the village — from volunteering with the sprouts (age 0-3) to helping in the hearth.
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