ABOUT

Our Mission

BaMidbar’s mission is to ensure that Jewish youth and young adults have the confidence, skills, and community support to navigate life’s challenges and thrive in the face of adversity.

OUR VISION

BaMidbar envisions a Jewish community that actively supports its members in building mental health and wellness.

We achieve our mission and vision through community education and by providing wilderness-based journeys of self-discovery, hope, and healing. 

BaMidbar supports Jewish young adults struggling with mental health challenges through immersive, wilderness-based, Therapeutic Expeditions.

BaMidbar supports all Jewish teens and young adults, regardless of their mental health history, through Wellness Programs focused on building resilience through increased self-confidence, skill-building, and healthy relationships.

BaMidbar provides Professional Development for Jewish community professionals looking to expand their mental health literacy and explore facilitation through the lens of social and emotional growth.

Kavod

כבוד

Promoting honor, dignity, and respect for ourselves and others.

Simcha

שמחה

Finding joyful Jewish meaning in every aspect of our lives.

Tzmicha Ishit

צמיחה אישית

Accepting and pursuing the challenges of personal transformation.

Kehilla

קהילה

Cultivating the power of an inclusive and supportive community.

Jory Hanselman Mayschak

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

For the past ten years, Jory has worked to grow and scale innovative programs in the fields of wilderness therapy, national service, and Jewish camp. Jory has a bachelors of science from Tufts University and a masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Colorado. She is also a Wexner Field Fellow. 

Nick Magle-Haberek

Clinical Director

Nick has worked in the field of wilderness therapy and experiential education for the past twenty years. He earned masters degrees in both Social Work and Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire, and is also on the leadership committee for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group. Nick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist.

Emily Heeren

Admissions & Outreach Director

Emily has worked with youth and young adults both in and outside of the formal classroom for over eight years. With a foundation in experiential learning, Emily has applied her skills in high school special education, higher education, Jewish education, outdoor education, and mental health settings. Emily has a masters degree in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Special Education from Boston University.

Moss Herberholz

Communications Coordinator

Starting in 2015, Moss has worked as a Jewish nature educator for Jewish organizations including Ramah in the Rockies and Teva (a program of Hazon). Since it’s pilot season, Moss has filled many roles at BaMidbar including as a logistics coordinator, assistant field guide, lead field guide, and most recently in his role as the communications coordinator. He has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is currently pursuing an MSW as a fellow in the Jewish Communal Leadership Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Our Board

Rabbi Matt Shapiro, Co-Chair

Douglas Wolf, Treasurer

Teena Slatkin

Cliff Stockton

Elyssa Hammerman, Co-Chair

Marla Kaufman, Secretary

Rabbi Anat Moskowitz

Judy Gerstenblith

Program & Operations Coordinator

BaMidbar is seeking a full-time Program & Operations Coordinator to support smooth organizational operations and all aspects of program coordination and implementation. As an integral team member of a young and growing organization, the Program & Operations Coordinator will provide on-the-ground logistical support for summer wilderness therapy programs, and will help the organization build capacity to grow and scale professional development programs and pilot new initiatives around mental health prevention and education.

Learn more here.

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Field Therapist

Are you a licensed mental health professional looking to use wilderness and adventure-based experiences as part of your therapeutic process? Working in BaMidbar’s Therapeutic Expeditions, Field Therapists support implementation of student treatment plans through experiential activities. The Field Therapist collaborates with the primary therapist on student well-being and group functioning, and facilitates individual and group therapy in the field.  The Field Therapist also works in collaboration with Field Guides in maintaining a positive group milieu and therapeutic environment. Learn more here.

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Meet Our Newest Team Members … and We’re Hiring!

We are so excited to welcome three new staff members to the BaMidbar team this fall! Please join us as we welcome Hayden Lilien as our first Chief Operating Officer, Brett Hausler who will serve as Director of External Relations, and Adam Karp, who is joining BaMidbar’s year-round …

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MESH-EE is Back!

Jewish professionals are uniquely situated to create positive environments where not only Jewish learning, but also mental health and wellness, can flourish. The Mental, Emotional, and Social Health for Experiential Educators course (MESH-EE) helps Jewish professionals expand their understanding of mental health and wellness through experiential education and …

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Shehecheyanu!

To Our Community, The Shehecheyanu is a Jewish prayer said to mark important occasions, and gives thanks to God for giving us life, sustaining us, and allowing us to reach this time and place. As BaMidbar welcomes the new Jewish year, we are reaching out to our community …

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WHAT A SUMMER!

After a year and a half of virtual programs, BaMidbar opened its doors and returned to in-person, therapeutic programming in June 2021. Over 40 days, students embarked on a journey of self-discovery, hope, and healing in the Colorado wilderness. Students explored questions of meaning, values, and purpose, built …

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