The BaMidbar team has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 since the onset of this global pandemic. We have examined countless possible scenarios and contingency plans. We have tracked national guidelines and worked closely with local medical experts, state officials, and partners within the Jewish communal world. A few weeks ago, we extended our Continue Reading »
BaMidbar Programming Update Student health and safety is BaMidbar’s top priority. During the off-season our team spends countless hours preparing for emergencies and working with a variety of public health officials to ensure a safe and healthy experience for our participants. In March, in accordance with public Continue Reading »
Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Community Partners, We hope this email finds you and your loved ones in good health. In this climate of uncertainty and social distancing, isolation and mental health challenges are on the rise. The BaMidbar team is reaching out today to offer our assistance. We want to be a resource to your Continue Reading »
What Does it Mean to be a Jewish Wilderness Therapy Program? By: Gabi Wasserman Does it mean that BaMidbar accommodates Jewish ritual requirements? We do. However, this is only a part of why we call ourselves a Jewish residential therapeutic program. In American society, we are becoming more aware of the deep questions that we face Continue Reading »
The Role of a Field Guide at BaMidbar By Jory Hanselman February 27th, 12:18 AM, from the journal of a BaMidbar Field Guide: “Why on earth do I choose to do this? People have normal jobs. I could be working a 9-5 office job someplace and be home in the comfort of my bed Continue Reading »
The High Holiday season is a time of reflection, of asking hard questions and facing our truths. It also is a time of hope and rebirth, a time to appreciate the cycle of life and all of its phases. As Rabbi Alan Lew, in This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Continue Reading »
In mid-August, BaMidbar piloted a new program, “Launch Month,” which ran from August 18th to September 15th. Launch Month is an immersive, cohort-based experience that helps Jewish young adults overcome personal hurdles and get on their feet as prepared and confident adults. Using the outdoors as our medium and our clinical model as our lens, Continue Reading »
Earlier this week we celebrated Shavuot, which marks the Israelites receiving of the Torah, following their escape from Egypt. In ancient times, Shavuot served as one of Judaism’s three times of pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Shavuot, along with Passover and Sukkot, are known as the Shalosh Regalim, literally meaning the “The Three Legs,” Continue Reading »
“Our smartphones can contribute or detract from the meaning that life has to offer, and an awareness of how we use them can help ensure they serve us, rather than only being an endless source of distraction that lives forever in arms reach.” I recently read an article entitled Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched Continue Reading »
By Jacob Chatinover “Forgetfulness leads to exile, in Memory is the secret to redemption.” –Baal Shem Tov As field staff, I have often talked about the ways communal memory in Judaism impacts the stories we tell ourselves and the scope of what we see as possible for our futures. This Shabbat is called Shabbat Zachor, Continue Reading »
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Bamidbar Wilderness Therapy is a program of Ramah in the Rockies.