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 »
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 »
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 »
Ritual in the Modern World: What Our Families Need By Miriam Green When I arrived at the Wilderness Therapy Symposium on Thursday, I found myself in a new community, very different from the Jewish bubble in Los Angeles that I call home. I traveled there to learn about the spiritual aspects of wilderness therapy – Continue Reading »
By Rabbi Mark Goodman Depending on your perspective, Moses was either a flawless paragon of moral virtue, or an ill-tempered foster child with a tendency toward angry reactions. Abraham was either a true servant of the Lord, boundless in faith, or a man with serious parenting issues. And Miriam was a great leader, or a hurtful Continue Reading »
An Update on the Fire at Ramah in the Rockies As many of you may know, at 2:00 am MDT Monday morning, a fire broke out in the lodge at Ramah in the Rockies, the parent program of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy. The building, which included administrative offices, the camp kitchen, and dining hall, was destroyed. Continue Reading »
A Month at Ramah in the Rockies I just returned from a month at Ramah in the Rockies, overlapping with tzevet (staff) training, and the first few weeks of chalutzim (campers) on the property. After a month at camp, it’s hard to not be both inspired and unbelievably humbled by Ramah in the Rockies, the Continue Reading »
The Hero’s Journey At the recent Independent Educational Consultant Association conference, I attended a session discussing Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey.” In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell asserts that many important stories and myths from around the world share a common structure. Campbell explains that in this shared structure, “A hero ventures forth from Continue Reading »
Thank You! Over one year ago, Ramah in the Rockies’ staff and key community stakeholders joined together to discuss the need for a Jewish response to addiction and mental health conditions. This past Wednesday night, over 30 stakeholders from the greater Denver area joined together to celebrate how far Ramah in the Rockies has come Continue Reading »
It has been over a year since Ramah in the Rockies committed to creating a Jewish response to addiction and mental health challenges in Colorado. A failure to launch, trauma-related issues, and addiction are as common in the American Jewish community as in the rest of society, yet there are limited faith-based programs that meet Continue Reading »
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Bamidbar Wilderness Therapy is a program of Ramah in the Rockies.