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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.

OUR VISION

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.

Kavod

כבוד

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

Simcha

שמחה

Finding joyful Jewish meaning in every aspect of our lives.

Tzmicha Ishit

צמיחה אישית

Accepting and pursuing the challenges of personal transformation.

Kehilla

קהילה

Cultivating the power of an inclusive and supportive community.

Jory Hanselman Mayschak

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

For the past ten years, Jory has worked to grow and scale innovative programs in the fields of wilderness therapy, national service, and Jewish camp. Jory has a bachelors of science from Tufts University and a masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Colorado. She is also a Wexner Field Fellow. 

Nick Magle-Haberek

Clinical Director

Nick has worked in the field of wilderness therapy and experiential education for the past twenty years. He earned masters degrees in both Social Work and Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire, and is also on the leadership committee for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group. Nick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist.

Emily Heeren

Admissions & Outreach Director

Emily has worked with youth and young adults both in and outside of the formal classroom for over eight years. With a foundation in experiential learning, Emily has applied her skills in high school special education, higher education, Jewish education, outdoor education, and mental health settings. Emily has a masters 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

Judy Gerstenblith

Chief Operating Officer

BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy is poised to enter a new organizational stage as we experience significant growth and transition from a fiscally sponsored entity to an independent 501(c)3. We are seeking a mission-driven, seasoned, strategic, and process-oriented leader with experience scaling organizations and developing a culture of performance amongst a group of talented, diverse individuals. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will play a critical role in partnering with the Executive Director (ED) in setting the strategic direction of the organization. The successful candidate will help BaMidbar operationalize our mission and vision and will be a leader who can help others at BaMidbar deliver measurable results. The COO will build systems to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of BaMidbar. Importantly, the successful COO will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to BaMidbar’s mission.

Learn more here.

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Field Therapist

Are you a licensed mental health professional looking to use wilderness and adventure-based experiences as part of your therapeutic process? Working in BaMidbar’s Therapeutic Expeditions, Field Therapists support implementation of student treatment plans through experiential activities. The Field Therapist collaborates with the primary therapist on student well-being and group functioning, and facilitates individual and group therapy in the field.  The Field Therapist also works in collaboration with Field Guides in maintaining a positive group milieu and therapeutic environment. Learn more here.

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A Digital Detox

By 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 …

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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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Tu B’Shvat at BaMidbar

By Eliana Willis 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 …

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8 Days of Hanukkah at BaMidbar

See what we’ve been up to for each of the eight days of Hanukkah!   Day 1: Backcountry Hanukiya Students constructed their own hanukiyah to light Hanukkah candles in the field for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Day 2: Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel Staff and students took on the …

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