September September 29 – 30
Join the Wilderness Torah community in Sonoma County for an earth-based Rosh Hashanah journey of celebration, praying, reflection, releasing, and intention-setting for the coming year. We will gather on a farm near Sebastopol for a two-day retreat co-facilitated by Rabbi Zelig Golden, Nathaniel Markman, and Miriam Kanani.
- Multi-generational village in nature
- Traditional Rosh Hashanah liturgy integrated with innovative, embodied ritual
- Music, chanting, prayer, solo time on the land
- Spiritual guidance for meaningful teshuva (relational & spiritual return)
- Kids Programming
Dates: September 29–30, 2019
Location: Farm near Sebastopol, CA (directions provided upon registration)
What Participants Are Saying About Rosh Hashanah with Wilderness Torah
My favorite part of Rosh Hashanah was Zellig’s talks about the context of Renewal Judaism, the roots of Jewish ritual in land, the global movement of awakening the soul and how we can access that through Judaism.
I loved going up for Aliyah, and receiving a rich blessing while surrounded by my comrades and fellow seekers.
What a delightful and beautiful group you have gathered. And a glorious venue. Sitting with the community in nature was definitely a highlight.
- $90 for Early Bird Adult (-SOLD OUT-)
- $120 for adults
- $80 for Locals (not sleeping on-site)
- $72 teens ages 13–17
- $54 for youth ages 4–12
- $0 for tots ages 0–3
- Help Someone Attend: Choose a $180 Adult ticket, which includes a $60 tax-deductible donation.
New This Year – Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur combo ticket: Save $40 for adult tickets when you register for both Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur (Register for Rosh Hashanah first, and you will receive a discount code in your confirmation email that will apply to your purchase of Yom Kippur tickets)
For those in need we are offering reduced fees available upon request. Request a discount code here prior to registering.
Are you unable to pay the discounted cost? If so, please submit this form to explain your financial need. (Please wait for a response before you register.)
Registration is non-refundable. Please see our cancellation policy for more information.
Your registration is not complete until you have paid, ensuring you a spot at the event. Unpaid registrations will be canceled after 48 hours.
Come retreat overnight inside the Victorian House on the farm. We have limited rooms with comfy beds available. For an extra fee of $84 you may reserve a bed in a shared or private room — register early to secure a bed. All inside accommodations include bedding and access to indoor bathrooms. To make a reservation and request a bed indoors, please submit this form.
Avodah (Work Exchange) Program
Please read below for information about our Avodah Program and fill out an application.
We are now accepting Avodah applications on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Avodah fills quickly. Read the position descriptions below and apply early for greatest choice of positions.
Avodah is intended for those who want to serve and have financial need. Rosh Hashanah is reasonably priced, with additional discounts and work-trade available to reduce cost further. Our pricing does not cover the full cost to produce the retreat. With this in mind, we ask that you consider your ability to pay before applying for Avodah.
Avodah is an opportunity for folks to help create the village and is a great way to save money, meet new friends, and play an important role of service at the event.
5 Hours of work (Avodah ticket price $18)
Flyering: TBD (late July/early August)
Help spread the word about our High Holidays event by putting up posters in the East Bay and North Bay. This position allows you the freedom to enjoy the holiday without working during the event. The position requires you have access to a car to drive to the designated locations.
Organizing our gear and sign-making: Tuesday, September 17 (11am-2pm)
Support our Logistics Team by painting beautiful event signage and organizing our infrastructure at our storage in West Berkeley. This position allows you the freedom to enjoy the holiday without working during the event! Artistic folks with nice handwriting, and organizing skills encouraged.
Loading the truck: Friday, September 27 (10am-2pm)
Everything that is part of our village is transported in a big truck, loaded at our storage in West Berkeley. This position allows you the freedom to enjoy the holiday without working during the event!
Setup: Sunday, September 29
We will be getting ready for the holiday, including unloading the truck, erecting all structures, and putting up decorations. This position also allows you to enjoy the holiday without working during the event. We provide lunch during setup.
Welcoming: Sunday, September 29
Be part of our rockin’ welcoming team! Check people in, help with orientation, and assist people with gear setup, if needed.
Parking Lead: Sunday, September 29
Help people arrive in a good way. Be the first person to greet participants. Help orient folks to the land and get them parked tightly. Experience is great, but not necessary.
Hearth Helper: Sunday, September 29 – Monday, September 30
Help our Hearth (kitchen) nourish the village by lending your chopping, prepping, serving, organizing, and cleaning skills. Arrival times vary depending on length of shift.
Children’s Mentor: Sunday, September 29 – Monday, September 30
We are looking for friendly people to work with our children at a few designated times during the event. You must have experience working with young people ages 5+, ideally in an outdoor, experiential nature context and/or in a Jewish context.
Community Care: Sunday, September 29 – Monday, September 30
Support our Infrastructure team by helping refill our hand washing stations, spruce up the Tent of Meeting in between programming. This position allows you to enjoy the holiday and fulfill your position during non-program hours.
Breakdown: Sunday, September 29 – Monday, September 30
It takes a village to build a village, and also to break it down! This position may require some heavy lifting and may include taking apart our modular structures, lighting, decorations, hand-washing stations, and all program related gear.
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 29
|2:30–5:30 pm||Rolling Arrival|
|5:30–6:30 pm||Festive Potluck Meal & Kids Dinner|
|7:00||Services & Candle Lighting|
Rosh Hashanah Day: Monday, September 30
|7:00 am||Morning Movement|
|10:00 am||Morning Rosh Hashanah Prayer Service|
|1:00 pm||Festive Kiddush & Lunch Feast|
|3:00 pm||Tashlich @ Salmon Creek|
|4:30 pm||All-Party Departure
*Anyone is welcome to stay until sundown
Our High Holidays are family friendly events and we encourage families to join! We cultivate a vibrant, intergenerational experience and believe that it truly does “take a village to raise a child.” We create an atmosphere where tots, children, and teens receive the support they need to find their unique place within community and enjoy the wonders of the holiday on the land.
Wilderness Torah Mentors provide an outdoor, inclusive and experiential program for kids to connect with the spirit of the High Holidays. Through nature connection games, embodied Jewish learning, and kid friendly ritual our young participants deepen their relationship to the Jewish New Year and share in the joys of being outside with new and old friends.
During the evening and morning prayers, we will offer kids programming to help support and supervise your children ages 3–12. Teens 13+ participate in prayer services with the rest of the village.
Please note that while we provide supervision and programming, all parents and guardians are responsible for knowing where their children and teens are at all times.
If you are bringing your children, please plan on bringing one kid-friendly potluck dish for the kids’ meal on Sunday night.
Wilderness Torah will provide all meals and snacks on Monday.
Contact us with any questions about our High Holiday programming. We hope to see your family in the North Bay!
We will provide portable toilets and handwashing stations for everyone to use.
We provide a communal dishwashing area where you can clean and leave to dry your personal dishes after each meal. The Hearth (kitchen) maintains a separate kosher dishwashing area used only for the Wilderness Torah kitchen supplies. Those needing kosher dishwashing may use this area with special permission from the Hearth.
- Rosh Hashanah Sunday dinner – Potluck
- Rosh Hashanah Monday breakfast – Catered by WT
- Rosh Hashanah Monday lunch – Catered by WT
We are hosting a potluck feast for Erev Rosh Hashanah (Sunday evening). If you are attending, please plan on bringing ONE* potluck dish for Sunday night. For potluck please bring only vegetarian, dairy, and/or fish. No meat please.
*If you have children, please plan on bringing ONE potluck dish for the whole group AND one kid meal potluck dish. Thank you!
Wilderness Torah Kosher Kitchen
On the day of Rosh Hashanah (Monday) Wilderness Torah will be providing Breakfast and Kiddush Lunch. A snack table will be open morning until afternoon; and a beverage station will offer tea and coffee.
Wilderness Torah’s food is delicious, organic, local, seasonal, and kosher. We will always have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. If you have questions about our kashrut, please see our FAQs.
We do not provide communal garbage, recycling, or compost bins. Please take out what you bring in!
Both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur events are located at the same retreat center in Sonoma County, within a 1–2 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. You will receive detailed driving directions in a confirmation email when you register for each retreat, as well as a link to carpool signup.
There are several options for where you can rest your head during the retreats
Camping on the land: Your retreat ticket gives you the option to camp. Bring your own camping gear and anything that you need to be comfortable. Please review the packing list carefully. There is space in the parking area for RVs or campers.
Onsite Indoor Accommodations: For an additional fee there are also limited indoor accommodations onsite. There is a beautiful Victorian farmhouse on the retreat site which has a number of beds in shared rooms available. All inside accommodations include bedding and access to indoor bathrooms. To reserve a bed, please submit this form.
Offsite Accommodations: There are also many options for hotels, motels, and inns in near Sebastopol and Occidental, CA.
This program is supported in-part by JCF.