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Reflections from BaMidbar’s Director: A Season of Self-Reflection and Programmatic Evolution

Posted on September 27, 2019

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 »

Summer 2019 Launch Month

Posted on September 23, 2019

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 »

Shavuot in Pictures

Posted on June 12, 2019

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 »

A Digital Detox: with Moss Herberholz

Posted on May 29, 2019

“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 »

Shabbat Zachor

Posted on March 15, 2019

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 »

Tu B’Shvat at BaMidbar

Posted on January 16, 2019

By Eliana Willis 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 to bud. It Continue Reading »

8 Days of Hanukkah

Posted on December 10, 2018

הכרת תודה – Gratitude

Posted on November 23, 2018

By Zack Slavkin, Lead Guide The days continue to lose light earlier and earlier as we head in to our Rocky Mountain winter. In this time, it is important to find the small things in the day to be thankful for. When the temperature dips in to single digits, it’s easy to appreciate the warmth Continue Reading »

Group Juggle Will Save Us All!

Posted on November 6, 2018

Nick Magel-Haberek, MS, MSW, LCSW Primary Clinician at BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy Adventure therapy is something that I feel quite passionate about.  For me, it’s not enough to do it all day at BaMidbar. I’m also going home and writing about it, refining my work, and helping others fine-tune theirs.  Adventure therapy is a big part Continue Reading »

Our First Shabbat

Posted on October 19, 2018

This week, BaMidbar staff and students embarked on a journey, as year-round programming launched on Thursday, October 18th.  This week’s parsha, or Torah portion, also begins with a journey.  At God’s command, Abraham sets forth from the land of his father and all that he knows, to journey towards an unknown destination, “a land that Continue Reading »

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