Frequently Asked Questions



A: Everyone is welcome at Wilderness Torah events and festivals. We create pluralistic, multi-generational community celebrations to reconnect us to the earth-based traditions of Judaism. We welcome Jews and people from all backgrounds, interfaith couples, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. We do our best to offer a range of activities so that people of all backgrounds and experience levels can plug in.
A: Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods is held in the Bay Vista picnic site and redwood grove at Roberts Regional Recreation Area. The grove where our morning seder will take place is approximately 75 feet from the paved parking lot, up a slight gradual slope.To request an accommodation or find out additional information about accessibility please contact us. Find out more about accessibility at Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods
A: Pets are not allowed at festivals due to wilderness and farm rules and the desire to keep the focus on people and ritual space.

A: Yes. We will provide a warm beverage and snacks.

A: Wilderness Torah is a spiritual community and our festivals are family friendly. Our primary goals are to build connections between ourselves, community, earth and Spirit. We will provide a modest amount of wine for ritual purposes (e.g., Tu B’Shvat ceremony). Illegal drugs are not permitted at Wilderness Torah events.

A: Roberts Regional Recreation Area has bathrooms and drinking water. There is no indoor shelter at the park so please bring a raincoat and umbrella in case of inclement weather.

A: Our events are held rain or shine. We will not be refunding tickets as long as the event is still happening. In the case that the weather is particularly severe and we decide we need to cancel, we will inform registrants immediately and refund all tickets.

A: Tickets are not refundable. Please read our cancellation policy for more information.

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Religious Practice, Halacha (Jewish Law), & Pluralism

A: Wilderness Torah creates a pluralistic community platform where participants of the range of religious observance can participate. We support the observance of Jewish law, such as Shabbat and Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws), and support our diverse community with options for religious observance. For example, during morning Shabbat services, we simultaneously offer a musical service, a traditional egalitarian Minyan, and a group prayer walk.

All programming is optional and we hope you’ll experiment, as our prayer options can be very creative and powerful. We aim to support the diversity of individual religious practice. While some will choose to use flashlights and cameras on Shabbat, others will choose to refrain according to their Shabbat practice. We invite you to come with an open mind, a willing heart, and the permission to openly share your needs. We ask all participants to respect differing observance levels and get curious about differences you perceive.

Go ahead, ask! Building pluralistic community poses challenges that can become profound learning opportunities.