Jory Hanselman has dedicated her personal and professional career to engaging youth and emerging adults in meaningful outdoor experiences, and helping youth build personal resiliency and the skills necessary to grow and thrive in a complex world. Jory has experienced wilderness programs from the client and staff perspective, from field and office formats, in Jewish and secular settings, and in the private industry and the nonprofit sectors. She has over 400 professional “field days” managing youth from 13-26 through organizations focused on education, recreation, therapy, and workforce development.
Jory sees the wilderness therapy model as an extremely powerful environment and believes that BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy can help magnify that impact through Jewish learning, providing a foundational tapestry for clients that builds Jewish identity and provides the framework for youth to experience meaningful transitions to independent and healthy adult lives. Jory holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from Tufts University and is a Master of Public Administration degree candidate at University of Colorado – Denver’s School of Public Affairs.
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 State University, and his Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Denver. Charles is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addictions Counselor in over ten states, and holds additional certifications in Prevention, Sex Offender Counseling, Medication Administration, and Massage Therapy. Charles has been working with adolescents, young adults, and families since 1985, and has served as a social services caseworker, mental health crisis worker, substance abuse counselor, wilderness field therapist, and adolescent and family therapist. Charles also spent eight years in the Navy Reserve, including a seven month campaign in Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq.
Charles comes with an eclectic approach, believing a mixed toolkit is needed to provide individualized treatment that matches the unique needs of every student and their family. Through his experience with family preservation and reunification, Charles will help BaMidbar build strong family and transition support services.
Miriam Green is a student in her final year at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. She has served as a Rabbinic Intern and Spiritual Counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, a drug and alcohol rehab and community synagogue in Los Angeles, since 2015. She has also been a member of IKAR’s Davening Team since 2014. While studying in Israel last year, she volunteered with Encounter, helping facilitate trips for Jewish students to Bethlehem and creating opportunities for non-partisan learning on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Miriam is passionate about the potential for the philosophy of Twelve-Step recovery to provide individuals and communities with a framework for spiritual growth, whether or not they suffer from addiction. She is particularly interested in finding synergy between the philosophy of the Twelve Steps and Jewish spiritual practices, such as the study of Tanya and Mussar. Miriam is excited to explore these connections as she develops curricula for BaMidbar’s participants and staff. For fun, Miriam loves to exercise, spend time outside, and study Talmud on the Daf Yomi cycle. While in Jerusalem last year, she combined these three passions by going running on Jerusalem’s Rakevet while listening to Daf Yomi podcasts.
Cliff has been working in wilderness therapy for over 20 years in many different capacities. Cliff was born and raised in Montana, where he was part of a family of outdoor enthusiasts. From his first 100 mile hike in the Bob Marshall Wilderness at the age of 9 to 14 years as a wilderness therapy program director, his whole life has been about using the outdoors as a place to grow, learn, and heal. Some highlights from his professional career include:
BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy is currently recruiting:
BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy is a program of Ramah in the Rockies, and receives support from Ramah in the Rockies’ administrative team. The following Ramah in the Rockies staff help support BaMidbar programming.
Executive Director – Ramah in the Rockies
Eliav brings solid experience in outdoor camping and leadership to Ramah in the Rockies. A native of the Boston area and former Boy Scout, he has spent 11 summers working in other Ramah camps in a variety of specialty areas including five years as an outdoor adventure leader in Camp Ramah, Canada. Ordained as rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2009, Eliav is especially interested in helping youth connect to their Jewish souls through nature and the great outdoors. Prior to rabbinical school, Eliav worked in the finance industry in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Columbia University. In 2013, Eliav was awarded the Pomegranate Prize by the Covenant Foundation which is given annually to five Jewish professionals who are making a significant impact on the field of Jewish education. Eliav was recently selected to be a part of the Schusterman Fellowship program for Jewish professionals and leaders. Eliav’s wife, Dina Danon, and sons, Matan and Yuval, love coming to camp with him each summer.
Business Manager – Ramah in the Rockies
Douglas brings a love of non-motorized recreation and adventure travel to Ramah in the Rockies. He has backpacked long sections of the Appalachian Trail on the east coast and the John Muir Trail in California. He has bicycled around Lake Champlain, to the end of Cape Cod, and the Blue Ridge Parkway from Virginia to Georgia. He has paddled the Altamaha River in Georgia, and the Colorado River through Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Douglas has spent many days exploring the mountains, canyons, and rivers of the Rocky Mountains, from Glacier National Park in Montana to Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, and is always happy to suggest itineraries to visitors to Colorado. Douglas grew up in Maryland. As a boy, he attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and Camp Ramah in Palmer, Massachusetts. Douglas earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and graduate degrees from Georgia Tech.
Office Manager – Ramah in the Rockies
Originally from Cleveland and coming to Colorado via Korea, Italy, and Germany, Lisa brings an enthusiasm for building connections and a passion for service to others. She was a youth ambassador with the American Mishlachat Program to Israel. Over 20 years of volunteer experience with American Red Cross, La Leche League International, and Boy Scouts have led her to use her International Affairs degree and minor in Judaic Studies in ways she never imagined, including coordinating and conducting a campfire seder on Normandy Beach and serving as Jewish lay leader to service members overseas. Lisa and her husband, Ralph, are the proud parents of four Ramahniks.