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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 »

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 CharlesE@BaMibdarTherapy.org 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 »

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