Wilderness Torah Turned 10 in October 2017!
Wilderness Torah is changing the way Judaism is taught, practiced, and experienced locally and across the country. Our Celebrating 10 Years Campaign
will raise $320,000 from donors like you in 2017 and 2018 to jumpstart our second decade.
In our first 10 years, we’ve served over 12,000 people across the country and the globe. Our programs have expanded from annual outdoor holiday festivals to also include year-round, outdoor K–12 Jewish education and international training. We’ve reconnected thousands to Jewish life with incredible impact — more than 90% of participants feel more connected to Judaism than before!
Wilderness Torah has served more than 12,000 people from 28 states and 8 countries.
More than 95% of participants feel more connected to Judaism after our programs.
More than 500 families have participated in our B’hootz & B’naiture youth programs.
After 20+ years of searching, in WT, I have discovered the heart-open, spiritually grounded container that allows the fullest growth and expression of myself within Judaism.
Listen, really listen to the Earth and it will teach you many things. The Training Institute helped me silence the chatter in my brain long enough to hear this and opened my eyes to new ways of engaging and supporting youth in their journeys …
What’s Next for Wilderness Torah?
In our next 10 years, we will:
Double down on serving the local Bay Area community with a full slate of new programming, especially for young adults.
Get a permanent land base in Northern California for retreats and immersive programs for people from all over!
- Deepen teen programs with post-B’nai Mitzvah rite-of-passage work.
- Continue to build the national JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education) field and spread the wisdom of earth-based Judaism internationally.
Wilderness Torah has won numerous regional and national awards for our innovative approach to Jewish education and community-building. Here’s how we make a difference:
Wilderness Torah engages young adults in experiential Judaism congruent with their values – authentic, collaborative, and connected to nature. Wilderness Torah trains adults to co-create engaging and transformative Jewish village-building festivals.
Hundreds of young adults have taken their first steps in teaching classes, mentoring youth, leading prayer, facilitating groups, and stepping into communal leadership.
Wilderness Torah is transforming Jewish education. At a time when “nature-deficit disorder” is becoming all too real and when classroom Judaism is no longer cutting it for our kids, Wilderness Torah’s approach inspires young minds, awaken curiosity, and takes youth on a journey that gets them excited about Judaism and nature.
B’naiture is revolutionizing the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, meeting youth in this critical life stage by giving them tools for self-reliance, awakening Jewish tradition, and providing appropriate spiritual and physical challenges.
B’hootz is setting a new standard for Sunday school – in the forest!
Wilderness Torah embraces the Jewish value l’dor v’dor, “from generation to generation,” tackling the challenging lack of connection between generations.
Wilderness Torah reweaves the fabric of multi-generational community with festivals for all ages where our elders are supported and honored.
In 2016 we launched the Wilderness Torah Training Institute and have since trained nearly 100 people from the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, and Mexico in our award-winning K–12 curriculum. Many are now starting their own projects in their communities.
Wilderness Torah is one of the leading JOFEE (Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education) organizations nationwide. Together with Hazon, Pearlstone Retreat Center, and Urban Adamah we’ve created the JOFEE Fellowship, JOFEE Network Gathering, and the new JOFEE Leaders Institute for training mid-level staff. Wilderness Torah increasingly speaks and teaches in many venues, helping build this movement nationwide.
There are many ways to give — learn how!
Make a contribution to our Celebrating 10 Years Campaign
Our campaign will raise $320,000 from donors like you in 2017 and 2018 to jumpstart our second decade.DONATE NOW