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 »

Meet Our Clinical Team

Posted on January 8, 2018

BaMidbar is excited to introduce our Clinical Team Charles Elias, LCSW, MAC, LAC, CCPS II, SAP Clinical Director Charles is a native of London, England, and became an American citizen in 2002.  He has been a resident of Golden, Colorado for over twenty years. Charles received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado Continue Reading »

A Space for Prayer in the Wilderness

Posted on December 15, 2017

By Hindy Finman Exhausted and dirty, I boarded my flight home. As I sat down I was overcome with a sense of gratitude and happiness. This was the type of simcha, joy, that consumes so much of you it becomes part of your very soul. I had just returned from spending a week at Ramah in Continue Reading »

Dreams Become Reality

Posted on December 6, 2017

A short eighteen months ago, Ramah in the Rockies made the commitment to create the nation’s first Jewish wilderness therapy program. In January 2018, this dream becomes reality as BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy Program welcomes its first students! Over the last year, we have:  Strengthened the impact of the wilderness therapy model by incorporating Jewish traditions, Continue Reading »

Abraham: The World’s First Wilderness Therapy Student

Posted on October 30, 2017

As featured in The Forward: By: Jory Hanselman On Friday night, October 27th, 2017,  BaMidbar’s Director Jory Hanselman spoke at Mishkan Chicago’s services. The Forward featured a portion of Jory’s drash on Scribe, the Forward’s curated contributor network. “Why are there so many journeys in our tradition?” Jory writes, “Throughout the Torah, we see our forefathers face trials.  We Continue Reading »

Impermanence and Meaning: A Time for Tearing Down and a Time for Building Up

Posted on October 10, 2017

By Miriam Green The festival of Sukkot is the season of the Jewish people’s greatest rejoicing.  From the beginning of Elul through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we reflect and strive for personal improvement. Then, following the Torah’s instruction to experience pure joy, we build a sukkah, a temporary dwelling place, and celebrate with family and Continue Reading »

Within Our Reach

Posted on September 15, 2017

As we prepare for the Days of Awe, the task before us is not insignificant.  Nor is it easy.  Yet, we are capable.  And, as this week’s Torah portion tells us, we have the tools to face this.  This is not beyond our reach. At this time of year, Jews across the world reflect and ask:  “Who Continue Reading »

Spiritual Counseling Redefined

Posted on September 1, 2017

This summer, I spent a week at Beit T’Shuvah, learning best practices in the Jewish world of recovery and getting a chance to see their spiritual counseling program firsthand.  In Beit T’Shuvah’s integrative treatment model, each student works with a therapist, substance abuse counselor and spiritual counselor. The three professionals work together to formulate, implement, and Continue Reading »

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