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Passover at BaMidbar: From Slavery to Freedom

Posted on April 10, 2018

This Passover, our students embarked on a physical and metaphorical journey, from Mitzrayim, the narrow place, to Eretz Yisrael, the Promised Land.  Read below to learn more about Passover at BaMidbar. Day 1: What’s your Mitzrayim? Mitzrayim means Egypt, but it is also translated as “the narrow place” or the land of oppression.  On the Continue Reading »

Meet Marisa: Q&A from the field

Posted on April 9, 2018

We chatted with Marisa to learn more about her passion for wilderness, what it means to be a field therapist and to get a glimpse of field life. Let’s start with a short introduction. Hi, I am Marisa Horn and I am the Field Therapist here at BaMidbar. I grew up in Metro Detroit and Continue Reading »

The Jewish Hour- Podcast with Rabbi Herschel Finman

Posted on April 8, 2018

This weeks episode of the podcast and radio show “The Jewish Hour,” Rabbi Herschel Finman interviewed BaMidbar Director Jory Hanselman regarding our program.   https://jcastnetwork.org/storage/JHour/04-08-2018.mp3    

A Dash of Drash- Podcast with Rabbi Marc Soloway

Posted on April 4, 2018

This weeks episode of the podcast “A Dash of Drash,” Rabbi Marc Soloway and BaMidbar Director Jory Hanselman discuss the physical, metaphorical, and spiritual journey taking place at BaMidbar. Thank you Rabbi Marc for the opportunity to share Torah and joy this Pesach on your podcast! Chag Sameach!

This 13 year-old Gets It!

Posted on March 27, 2018

At the end of the Passover narrative, G-d speaks to Moses and imparts various commandments. One of these commandments emphasizes the importance of the seder-וְהִגַּדְתָּ֣ לְבִנְךָ֔ בַּיּ֥וֹם הַה֖וּא V’Hegadita l’vincha bayom hahu,“and you shall tell your children on that day” (Exodus:13:8), alluding to the importance of educating our children and reminding them of our roots, traditions, and commitment to our communities. Continue Reading »

A Week In Pictures

Posted on March 16, 2018

What does a week at BaMidbar look like? To answer- let us show you. Our week begins with Kavanah Group, where participants and staff set goals for the week. Then it is time to pack up and head out on masa (excursions). Weekdays begin with Shmirat Ha’Nefesh, our morning spiritual practice. Students explore what spirituality means to them through the Continue Reading »

Purim, Joy Without Drinking

Posted on February 26, 2018

By Miriam Green, Rabbinic Intern A couple of weeks ago, in my Facebook feed, I started receiving invitations to Purim parties.  Some highlighted costume themes, others Megillah readings; they all seemed fun, but nothing out of the ordinary – until I came across an invitation from the Backcountry Bayit in Frisco, Colorado, Sensational Sober Purim the invitation Continue Reading »

February Newsletter

Posted on February 15, 2018

During the month of January our team of clinicians, field guides, spiritual counselors, volunteers, and lay leaders came together for trainings on the topics of our mission and values, program curriculum, wilderness skills, clinical modalities, and an understanding of the importance of BaMidbar within the Jewish community.  BaMidbar is well underway in its first few Continue Reading »

Tu B’Shevat at BaMidbar

Posted on January 31, 2018

By Eliana Willis Jewish Engagement Coordinator With snow on the ground and students and staff bundled up in warm clothing, it is hard to imagine that spring is just around the corner. But all around us, the trees are quietly awakening from the long sleep of winter, as sap resumes flowing and the trees prepare Continue Reading »

Be A Nachshon

Posted on January 26, 2018

By Jory Hanselman In 2014, Ramah in the Rockies began to ask the question: Where else can we have a profound effect on the American Jewish Community? Our ranch sits dormant nine months out of the year – how can we utilize this important asset to serve overlooked Jewish populations?  The answer soon became clear; Continue Reading »

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