Rosh Hashanah

September 9-10, 2018




Join the Wilderness Torah community, in Sonoma County, for an earth-based Rosh Hoshanah journey of celebration, praying, reflection, releasing, and intention-setting for the coming year. We will gather in community on a farm near Sebastopol for a two-day retreat co-facilitated by Rabbi Zelig Golden, Mikey Pauker, Aleksandra Dubov, and community musicians including: Sahib Khalsa, Eva Orbuch, and Willee Roberts.

Retreat includes:

  • Welcoming, 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 Care during services

Dates: September 9-10, 2018
Location: Farm near Sebastopol, CA (directions provided upon registration)


Rosh Hashanah tickets are now SOLD OUT. You can still register for Yom Kippur here.

Avodah (Work Exchange) Program

Avodah positions may still available. Please apply and we will notify you if there is a need.

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 event. 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.
Each Avodah role is integral to the health of the whole system. Please read through our Avodah Terms & Conditions before applying for Avodah.

4 Hours of work (Avodah ticket price $18)


Loading the truck: Friday, September 7
Everything that is part of our village is transported in a big truck, loaded at our storage in North Oakland. This position allows you freedom to enjoy the holiday without working during the event!

Setup: Sunday, September 9
We will be getting ready for the holiday, including unloading the truck, putting up all structures, and decorations. This position also allows you to enjoy the holiday without working during the event. We provide lunch during setup.


Welcoming: Sunday, September 9
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 9
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 9 – Monday, September 10
Help the hearth our kitchen nourish the village by lending your chopping, prepping, serving, and cleaning skills. Arrival times vary depending on the length of the shift.

Children’s Mentor: Sunday, September 9 – Monday, September 10
We are looking for friendly people to work with our children for 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.


Breakdown: Monday, September 10
Help break down and clean up the village after the event. Good organizers encouraged!

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Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 9
3:00 pm Early Arrival
3:30–4:30 pm Women’s Mikveh @ Salmon Creek (optional)
4:30–5:30 pm Men’s Mikveh @ Salmon Creek (optional)
5:00–5:30 pm General Arrival
6:00–8:00 pm Evening Rosh Hashanah Prayer
6:00–8:00 pm Kids’ Dinner & Storytime
8:00 pm Festive Potluck Meal
Rosh Hashanah Day: Monday, September 10
7:00 am Morning Movement
8:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Morning Rosh Hashanah Prayer
1:00 pm Festive Kiddush & Lunch Feast
3:30 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.

We will have specific times where childcare is being offered. At other times children and teens will need to be accompanied by an adult.

During the evening and morning prayers, we will have kidcare 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 be holding Rosh Hashanah at a farm retreat center near Sebastopol, California. This beautiful space is surrounded by a coastal redwood forest mixed conifers, oaks, chaparral, and riparian habitat. We will spend all of our time in prayer outside and on the land. Be prepared to dress in layers so that you can adjust easily to changing temperatures. Summer in coastal California can be sunny and hot or foggy and cold, with nighttime temperatures dropping significantly.

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 the 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.

There is plenty of fresh, potable water. Please bring a water bottle so you can stay hydrated.

We do not provide communal garbage, recycling, or compost bins. Please take out what you bring in!

Both Rosh Hashanah & 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 these retreats, 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 everyone 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.

On Site 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 limited number of beds in shared rooms available **All inside accommodations include bedding and access to indoor bathrooms. To reserve yourself a bed please fill out this form.

Off Site Accommodations: There are also many options for different hotels, motels, and inns in near Sebastopol and Occidental, CA.

More questions? Check out our FAQs