My Bat Mitzvah Class Took Me Hiking, Taught Me to Cook, and How to Change a Tire

Kaylan's Bat Mitzvah ceremony reading from our new Backpacking Torah
At my Bat Mitzvah ceremony reading, I got to read from our new Backpacking Torah. My classmates are the ones holding the part of the scroll from which I am reading. I chose them because they helped me feel confident and they understand the importance of holding it steady!
Me and my friends Emerson and Tess on the Passover in Moab hike with Rabbi Jamie the Adventure Rabbi
Our class had the job of “setting” the table, meaning spreading out these huge swaths of fabric!

Students in Adventure Rabbi’s Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Class participate in 15 expeditions. They climb mountain peaks, camp by the banks of the Colorado River, and even learn how to change car tires and diapers. All these lessons are taught within a Jewish context;  Rabbi Korngold masterfully uses experiential education to educate Jewish teens to be compassionate, courageous, and confident as they prepare to tackle the challenges of our world. At the close of the course, B’nai Mitzvah write and deliver a speech about their experience.

Note: Registration for the 2023-2024 class is now open. There are 4 open spots for the cohort beginning in August. 

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About Rabbi Jamie Korngold

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