Our Mission

BaMidbar’s mission is to ensure that Jewish youth and young adults have the confidence, skills, and community support to navigate life’s challenges and thrive in the face of adversity.


BaMidbar envisions a Jewish community that actively supports its members in building mental health and wellness.

We achieve our mission and vision through community education and by providing wilderness-based journeys of self-discovery, hope, and healing. 

BaMidbar supports Jewish young adults struggling with mental health challenges through immersive, wilderness-based, Therapeutic Expeditions.

BaMidbar supports all Jewish teens and young adults, regardless of their mental health history, through Wellness Programs focused on building resilience through increased self-confidence, skill-building, and healthy relationships.

BaMidbar provides Professional Development for Jewish community professionals looking to expand their mental health literacy and explore facilitation through the lens of social and emotional growth.



Promoting honor, dignity, and respect for ourselves and others.



Finding joyful Jewish meaning in every aspect of our lives.

Tzmicha Ishit

צמיחה אישית

Accepting and pursuing the challenges of personal transformation.



Cultivating the power of an inclusive and supportive community.

Jory Hanselman Mayschak


Jory has experienced wilderness programs from the client and staff perspective, in field-based and office-based roles, in Jewish and secular settings, and in private industry and non-profit sectors. Jory received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Colorado. She is also part of the Wexner Field Fellowship for Jewish community leaders.

Nick Magle-Haberek

Clinical Director

Nick has worked in a variety of roles in the field of wilderness therapy and adventure education, including field guide, individual therapist, clinical supervisor, program manager, family therapist, and clinical director. After working as a field guide, Nick earned master’s degrees in both Social Work and Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire and returned to wilderness therapy in a clinical role. Nick is also on the leadership committee for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group.

Emily Heeren

Admissions & Outreach Director

Emily has worked with youth and young adults both in and outside of the formal classroom. With a foundation in experiential learning, Emily has applied her skills through teaching roles in high school special education, higher education, and mental health settings. Emily received her undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Special Education from Boston University.

Moss Herberholz

Communications Coordinator

Starting in 2015, Moss has worked as a Jewish nature educator for Jewish organizations including Ramah in the Rockies and Teva (a program of Hazon). Since it’s pilot season, Moss has filled many roles at BaMidbar including as a logistics coordinator, assistant field guide, lead field guide, and most recently in his role as the communications coordinator. He has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is currently pursuing an MSW as a fellow in the Jewish Communal Leadership Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Our Board

Rabbi Matt Shapiro, Co-Chair
Douglas Wolf, Treasurer
Teena Slatkin
Cliff Stockton
Elyssa Hammerman, Co-Chair
Marla Kaufman, Secretary
Rabbi Anat Moskowitz

We Have no open positions at this time

Seasonal Summer

Field Coordinator

The role of the Field Coordinator is to oversee the logistics of field groups in accordance with BaMidbar’s guidelines and strengths-based program philosophy. The Coordinator will mentor field staff and support their personal and professional development, and promote a culture of safety in all aspects of programming.

Seasonal Summer

Field Guide

BaMidbar’s Field Guides serve as mentors and wilderness guides for young adults struggling with mild to moderate social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. Through applying therapeutic concepts, teaching technical and fundamental skills, integrating Jewish values and traditions, and connecting personally with students, staff serve as a support system for program participants. BaMidbar’s supportive, strengths-based approach encourages students to move beyond their comfort zones to experience new, unexpected levels of confidence, personal achievement, and growth. BaMidbar is currently hiring field guides for Spring & Summer as well as Summer Only.


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Our First Launch Month was a Great Success!

Launch Month Summer 2019 In mid-August, BaMidbar piloted a new program, “Launch Month,” which ran from August 18th to September 15th. Launch Month is an immersive, cohort-based experience that helps Jewish young adults overcome personal hurdles and get on their feet as prepared and confident adults. Using the …

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Shavuot in Pictures

Earlier this week we celebrated Shavuot, which marks the Israelites receiving of the Torah, following their escape from Egypt. In ancient times, Shavuot served as one of Judaism’s three times of pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Shavuot, along with Passover and Sukkot, are known as the Shalosh …

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A Digital Detox: with Moss Herberholz

“Our smartphones can contribute or detract from the meaning that life has to offer, and an awareness of how we use them can help ensure they serve us, rather than only being an endless source of distraction that lives forever in arms reach.” I recently read an article …

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Shabbat Zachor

By Jacob Chatinover “Forgetfulness leads to exile, in Memory is the secret to redemption.” –Baal Shem Tov As field staff, I have often talked about the ways communal memory in Judaism impacts the stories we tell ourselves and the scope of what we see as possible for our …

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