Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL
RELIGIOUS

General

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 who aren’t Jewish, 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 at a picnic site in an Oakland Regional Park. The grove where our morning seder will take place is approximately 75 feet from the paved parking lot, up a slight gradual, mulched slope. To request an accommodation or learn more about accessibility, please contact us.
A: Pets are not allowed at festivals due to wilderness and site rules and the desire to keep the focus on people and ritual space.

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: Our events are held rain or shine. We will not refund tickets as long as the event is still happening. In the case of very severe weather we will cancel the event, inform registrants immediately, and refund all tickets.

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

Religious Practice, Halacha (Jewish Law), & Pluralism

A: Wilderness Torah creates a pluralistic community for participants across the spectrum of religious observance. 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 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.

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