One of the oldest Jewish traditions is heading to the midbar(wilderness) in search of meaning and renewal. The wilderness challenges us, nourishes us, and brings us into deeper connection with ourneshama (soul). This summer, we invite teens to experience the California midbar, Wilderness Torah style — learning ancestral skills, building friendships, and connecting with Jewish ritual in the outdoors.
Each teen will have the opportunity to go on their own quest — a solo journey guided by experienced adult mentors. Sharing their stories with each other and the mentors, teens may glimpse the neshama that guides their path.
This 5-day journey will take place from July 29 to August 2, 2019, with pre- and post-trip evening gatherings (dates TBD). Transportation to the Sierra Nevada mountain range will be provided, as well as food and group camping gear. The trip begins and ends in the East Bay. Diversity and inclusivity are foundational values at Wilderness Torah — teens of all backgrounds are encouraged to join.
Day 1: Load up into cars and drive to base camp in the mountains. Cook dinner over a fire and acclimate to the higher elevation. Get to know the amazing group of teens and mentors.
Day 2: Pack up camp, prepare backpacks, and hike out to our midbar camp. Take in the beautiful views of the high mountains and pristine wilderness. Begin to drop into our intentions for the neshama quest.
Day 3: Cross the threshold into the solo experience. Some teens might be going out for the day while others stay out all night as part of their quest. Each teen can design the quest that best suits their intention.
Day 4: Return to our midbar camp, welcomed by nourishing relationships and a warm meal. Council shares help illuminate the neshama in your journey.
Day 5: Hike back to base camp and load into the cars. Make it home in time for dinner with our families!
Dates of Neshama Quest: July 29 – August 2, 2019
- Early Bird $250 available through May 31
- Standard $350 until July 1
Registration closes July 1.
Participants will receive more information about location, packing list, pre- and post- trip gatherings, etc. after registration.
Payment Required with Registration
Your registration is not complete until you have paid, ensuring your teen a spot on the trip. Unpaid registrations will be canceled after 48 hours.
Registration is nonrefundable. See our cancellation policy.