Reflections on BaMidbar’s Inaugural Season

Posted on June 7, 2018

Dear BaMidbar Community, 18 weeks ago, BaMidbar’s first students arrived at the Ramah in the Rockies ranch, and just one week ago, the last students of our inaugural season graduated. Over the last five months, students and staff embarked on a journey of self-discovery, as we created together the nation’s first Jewish wilderness therapy program. Continue Reading »

What is your Torah? Shavuot at BaMidbar

Posted on May 17, 2018

Shavuot celebrates the receiving of Torah on Mount Sinai, and coincides with the wheat harvest in ancient Israel.  At BaMidbar, Shavuot will be an opportunity to think about insight and revelation, and the changes of the seasons and ourselves. Leading up to the holiday participants had a Growth Group exploring the question of what is Continue Reading »

Lavender Lattes with Moshe: A Glance at Parshat Emor

Posted on May 2, 2018

By Hindy Finman Since 1949 May has been Mental Health Awareness Month.  This blog questions the Torah’s perspective on advocating for the needs of others.  To learn how to Emor, speak up for those who are struggling please email This weeks Torah portion has always been a difficult one for me to accept. It’s full of Continue Reading »

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.    

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 »

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