The Pilgrimage Festivals

Since 2007, Wilderness Torah has offered an annual cycle of experiential land-based festivals. There, we gather as a pluralistic, multi-generational community to celebrate the seasons and Jewish traditions in their original nature-based context.

April 5–9, 2018

Passover in the Desert is a five-day gathering in the Southern California desert wilderness, celebrating freedom and awakening. We create a rustic village where we immerse ourselves in the Exodus experience. Divided into small tribes (intimate groups led by experienced guides), we co-create the physical village, the spirit of community, with meaningful Shabbat and Passover ritual.

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September 30, 2018

On the seventh day and culmination of the festival of Sukkot, join Wilderness Torah as we celebrate Hoshana Raba (the Great Pleading). Together, in Tilden Park, we will rejoice as a community and give gratitude to the earth and Spirit for a blessed year and the coming rains. Our Sukkot In-Gathering celebration will be a daylong event filled with fun for the whole family! Make your own lulav, learn the music for the ritual, create rain dance regalia, or dive into a Sukkot text study—there’s something for everyone.

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May 19–20, 2018

In the spirit of revelation and the mysteries that show themselves in the dark of the night Wilderness Torah holds an all night fire at the East Bay JCC’s Tikkun Leyl (all night study and celebration). We bring a sacred fire to the heart of the East Bay community with a dedicated space for singing, study, celebration and a revelation ritual.

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January 20, 2019

To celebrate Tu B’Shvat, Wilderness Torah offers a daylong gathering where we participate in an experiential Tu B’Shvat seder, modeled after the mystics of Tsfat, Israel, designed to connect us directly to the elements to celebrate the awakening of the trees.

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Testimonials

I have attended three events: Sukkot, Passover, and TuB’Shvat. Each time, I have further deepened my connection between Judaism and Imma Adamah, our Mother Earth. Wilderness Torah’s leadership is both inspired and grounded.
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