Imagine a Shabbat service in an amphitheater overlooking Boulder. Imagine watching birds overhead catching the thermals, the feeling of a light breeze, the sight of the flatirons jutting up into the sky and a vibrant community joining together in song.
Once a month during the summer, about 100 people join the Adventure Judaism Congregation and gather at the Flagstaff Sunrise Amphitheater to welcome Shabbat. Rabbi Jamie Korngold leads the service with her vivacious style and inviting guitar playing. Adults relax, taking in the view and leaving the stress of the week behind. Meanwhile, kids goof around, enjoying the music and teens enjoy hanging out with their friends. People come alone, in family groups or with friends – everything works!
Rabbi Jamie brings a few words of wisdom to share and often there is a special happening during the service. For example, in August the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah students will all be called to the bimah to be blessed.
After the hour-long service, everyone heads over to the picnic area for dinner. Some folks pack elaborate picnics, while others enjoy take out from Snarfs. Everything works in the festive evening atmosphere. Kids enjoy climbing around on the rocks with new friends and adults enjoy chilling out in the peaceful mountain setting.
What you need to know:
- It is 10 degrees cooler than in town
- Pack a picnic dinner
- Dogs are not invited (sorry!)
- If you do not have Boulder County-issued license plates, bring $5 cash for parking
- Entry fee is $10 adults/ $5 kids / free for members