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Passover Seder: Saturday March 31, 2018
Optional full Weekend Retreat (required for Adventure Class):
March 30-April 1, 2018

Optional Free Add Ons Friday night and Sunday
Bonfires, Hikes, Kids Programs, Yoga, Wine Tasting and More

The Main Event Saturday:
Full-day Passover Hike
with
Catered Traditional Seder Meal

Passover Seder in the Desert of Moab, Utah.
March 31, 2018

THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 250 PARTCIPANTS

Passover Seder 2017

Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Adventure Rabbi, at the Passover Seder in Moab, Utah

Led by Rabbi Jamie Korngold
Adventure Rabbi

Elaine Barenblat
Adventure Educator


All Day Seder begins
Saturday morning, 3/31/2018

Passover in Moab, Utah - under Corona Arch

Watch Video:
PBS: Religion & Ethics featured Adventure Rabbi's Passover in Moab:

PBS Video - Desert Passover Seder
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Full Moon for Passover Setting over the Canyon Walls during Adventure Rabbi Passover in Moab retreat.

Join the Adventure Rabbi community in Moab, Utah for a Reform Passover retreat.

Friday night we open the retreat with Shabbat and singing on the banks of the Colorado River. This welcoming program will help you feel included, if you came alone or with friends, for the first time or the tenth. Students in our Adventure B'nai Mitzvah class will be guided on an adventurous night hike to Corona Arch. Meanwhile, other members of the community will enjoy a wine tasting, bonfire, singing and s'mores back at the campsite.

Saturday we embark on a wilderness journey for our Seder, an all day event including a 3-mile (round trip) Seder hike up a gorgeous, windy, rock canyon. Later in the evening, we will enjoy the campfire and perhaps a spontaneous game of flashlight tag.

Sunday morning we offer optional break-out groups, which in the past have included: yoga, meditation, Israeli dancing, hikes, geology, Jewish Genealogy, and more.

Sunday noon: Pack and Go!

A few selected images from the retreat:

Hiking to Corona Arch during the Adventure Rabbi Passover in Moab Retreat.

Along the way, we stop to take in the view and to learn, discuss and debate. When we finally reach the top, we begin our Seder.

Corona Arch, during the Passover in Moab Retreat with Adventure Rabbi

We sing, dance, re-tell the Passover story and read the Exodus story directly out of our Backpacking Torah.

Reading the Passover story of Exodus directly from the unscrolled Torah, during the Passover in Moab, Utah retreat with Adventure Rabbi

Reading the Passover story of Exodus directly from the unscrolled Torah, during the Passover in Moab, Utah retreat with Adventure Rabbi

We then hike back down to the river, where our catered Seder meal is served desert style, on long stretches of fabric set beautifully along the Colorado River.

Holding up Matzah, during the Passover in Moab, Utah retreat with Adventure Rabbi

Passover Seder - Passover in Moab, Utah retreat with Adventure Rabbi

This is an exquisite and unique opportunity to meet new people and relate to Judaism in a relevant and meaningful way.

Passover Seder in Moab - 2011People fly in from all over the world for this retreat. We take great pride in our ability to create a close knit community in the seemingly short time of this retreat. Come alone or bring your friends and family. We promise this is one Passover you will never forget!

  • Imagine a long expanse of brightly covered fabric, stretched out on the desert floor, with an animated group of casually dressed Jews seated around it.
  • Imagine people seated on cushions, reclining in the breeze of the cooling desert afternoon.
  • Imagine a tablecloth festooned with Seder plates, candles, overflowing goblets, musical instruments and colorful desert decorations.
  • Imagine abundant platters of food, piled high with traditional foods.
  • Imagine song, dance, and merriment.
  • Imagine you hear the laughter, the chatter and the lively debate.
  • Imagine you are celebrating Seder with a group of outdoorsy Jews who are quickly becoming your friends.

You won't fall asleep at this Seder!

Passover Seder, during the Passover in Moab, Utah retreat with Adventure Rabbi

Leave your fancy clothing at home, pack hiking boots, daypack and water bottle, and come celebrate the Passover Seder 4,000 feet closer to God!

Hiking to Corona Arch, during the Adventure Rabbi Passover in Moab Retreat.

Corona Arch (circular fisheye lens),  during the Passover in Moab, Utah retreat with Adventure Rabbi

Playing guitar around the campfire, during the Passover in Moab, Utah retreat with Adventure Rabbi

Campfire, during the Passover in Moab, Utah retreat with Adventure Rabbi

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   Passover Seder 2018 Details:
What: Reform Passover Seder: traditional foods, innovative outdoor Seder, camping w/ options for additional guided hikes.
When:

Friday March 30, 2018
(Night hike to Corona Arch for the Adventure B'nai Mitzvah Class)

Saturday, March 31, 2018
- 9:30 am
The Main Event - Passover Seder with hike
led by Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Educator Elaine Barenblat 9:30 am - 3 pm Hike and Seder
4:30 - 5:45 pm Conclude Seder at Campground
5:45 pm Seder Dinner served

Sunday April 1, 2018
Hikes and Programs


Full Tentative Schedule

Where: Moab, Utah. Gold Bar Campground, 14 miles outside of Moab.
View Photos >>
Why: Let the wilderness awaken your Judaism for Passover Seder 2018.
Price:

$145/ person
Children under 2 free

Adventure Rabbi Members, Free (although catered meal is additional)
(Adventure Rabbi Membership is $375 per person or $180 for kids)

Includes: Catered, Kosher-Style Passover Meal
Saturday, March 31, 2018. Please bring your own wine or other beverage. (Read more on what we mean by kosher below), Camping Friday and Saturday nights, programs and activities starting on Friday night.

We discourage camping for families with small children who wake in the middle of the night and will wake up other campers.

We have extremely limited space for RVs. If you are planning on using one, please contact us.

Early Bird Discount:
Until July 31, 2017 $125

After March 1, 2018: +$25 additional late for adult registration fee.

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Menu:

Catered Passover Seder Meal, served desert style [Passover Seder Meal Details]

Seder Meal included with Registration (although members must pay for the catered meal).

Come for Free: We may have ambassador positions, Ambassadors attend for free in exchange for working the event. [Details]
Kids Program: We will be featuring special programs for children, tweens, teen and bar and bat mitzvah students.
Camping:

A gorgeous site along the Colorado river. [Details] Saturday, Sunday and Monday camping included in fee. Sorry, but we're not able to accommodate pets, even dogs. Outhouses are on site.

We have limited space for RVs. If you are planning on using one, please contact us.

Closest Airport: Grand Junction, CO or Moab, Utah. Rental cars are available [Click Here]
Religious
Affiliation:
Rabbi Jamie Korngold is a Reform rabbi and author of God in the Wilderness and The God Upgrade and 9 children's books. This is an out-of-the-box religious event. We will be carrying, lighting fire, and driving on the Sabbath and on the Holiday.
Passover Seder & Retreat
     Who Comes on Adventure Rabbi Trips?

Our participants are:

  • Outdoor-oriented
  • Progressive and open-minded about their Judaism (the service and components are from the Reform traditions, and we will be driving, carrying and lighting fires on the Sabbath and holiday).
  • Looking for "authentic" and meaningful Jewish experiences
  • Representative of a range of Jewish knowledge and practice
  • From all across the United States, L.A. to Florida, to NYC (and of course from Denver and Boulder, Colorado)
  • Newcomers who do not know anyone when the arrive
  • Regulars, who have been coming to AR events for year
  • Families with children. Special kid's Passover program.
    We discourage camping for families with small children who wake in the middle of the night and may wake up other campers. Hotels are near-by In Moab.
  • Singles and Couples

 

20s / 30s for Adventure Rabbi Passover Seder

Family Portrait - Passover in Moab, Utah

Family Portrait in Moab, Utah during the Passover in Moab trip.

Sadie and her friends, jumping under Corona Arch, during the Passover in Moab Seder Retreat with Adventure Rabbi

Hiking to Corona Arch

Hiking to Corona Arch at Passover in Moab

Reading the story of Exodus out of the unscrolled Torah - Elaine Barenblat - during Adventure Rabbi's Passover in Moab, UT Retreat.

Group under Corona Arch

Rabbi Jamie Korngold, founder of Adventure Rabbi

Group hiking during Passover in Moab, Utah.


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   Schedule: Passover Seder in the Desert - 2018

 

   Saturday Passover Event Details:


Menu:
We know having eating traditional Passover foods is very important. We will be serving a traditional Seder meal, which will be Kosher for Passover. By this we mean that none of the prohibited grains or leavening products will be used. However, we will not serve kosher meats because we are not comfortable with the methods currently used to raise and slaughter kosher animals. No pork or shellfish will be served. The kitchen where the food is prepared is not a kosher kitchen.
(Menu subject to change)

Saturday Seder Meal:
(catered, included with registration)

Please bring your own wine, grape juice or alternative beverage.

  • Matzo ball soup (both vegetarian and chicken based)
  • Seder plate, including shank bone, charoset, parsley, hard boiled egg, salt water, lettuce, horseradish
  • Sephardic Style Charoset and Matzah, including apricots, dates, and pistachio with Matzah.
    Ingredients include: Apricot, Date, Pistachios, Matzoh, almonds, cream sherry, orange zest, cinnamon, ground cardamom, and cayenne pepper
  • Gefilte fish with horseradish
  • Quinoa Salad: Including quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, lime juice, ground cumin, baby spinach and Italian dressing
  • Chicken Curry Tenders with Yogurt Sauce, including chicken tenders, salt, pepper, curry, tumeric, yogurt and lemon
  • Beet salad with red onion and orange juice
  • Spinach & Matzah Pies: Back by popular demand.
    Ingredients: spinach, matzah, golden potatoes, green onions, lemon juice, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese
  • Sweet Potato Kugel: Ingredients: Apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, matzoh meal, butter, salt, cinnamon and sugar, pineapple juice, matzo sheets
  • Coconut Macaroons

Please note: this is a catered meal prepared in the middle of the desert without running water or electricity. Some items are prepared ahead of time. We are not able to accommodate special dietary needs or allergies. While each item might not contain a specific allergen, cross contamination may occur.

Traditional Passover MealPre-Seder Passover Activities
* Please note, meat will not be Heckschered


Weather:
Based on the averages recorded at this time of the year, we expect temperatures between 39 and 76 degrees. Please bring appropriate gear to be outside in sun, rain or snow! We'll send a recommended gear list before the retreat. Unfortunately, beside for some sun shelters, we do not have an indoor option available if bad weather prevails. That's the adventure part of Adventure Rabbi (and we're not the Slacker Rabbi program after all). Fortunately there is usually only 1.2 inches of rain in Moab in April. There will be no refunds for bad weather.

 

 

  Staff:

Rabbi Jamie Korngold

Rabbi Jamie Korngold
Rabbi Korngold is an ordained Reform rabbi and the founder and Executive Director of the Adventure Rabbi Program, based in Boulder Colorado. She is nationally recognized for her innovative work combining religion and nature, as well as for her cutting edge use of techn ology.

A favorite of the media, she has been featured by Good Morning America, National Geographic, NPR, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Ski Magazine as well as many other outlets.

Rabbi Korngold is an athlete and a scholar. She completed the Leadville Trail 100, a 100-mile running race in less than 30 hours and was ranked fourth in the nation for telemark mogul skiing. She is a graduate of Cornell University's natural resources program and received her masters and ordination from Hebrew Union College.

Rabbi Korngold is best known for her ability to make Judaism relevant, meaningful and accessible and therefore opening the doors back to Judaism for thousands of disenfranchised Jews. Through her nature based approach to religion, she is able to bridge the gap between scientific thought and religion, healing a fissure that often disrupts spiritual paths.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her daughters, Sadie and Ori.


 

Elaine Barenblat, Adventure Educator:


Elaine is our Director of Education, overseeing educational programs at our base in Boulder, CO and our Distance Learning community. She teaches the bulk of our Hebrew students (both on line and in our Boulder Headquarters) and is know for her enthusiastic style.


Elaine is a native of San Antonio, Texas, but has always had her heart in Colorado's mountains. She received her Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the University of North Texas with a focus in early childhood and special education.

Elaine brings with her a deep love for the outdoors and a passion for teaching in new and innovative ways. She looks forward to working in an out-of-the-box, experiential program, with endless opportunities to make Judaism connect for our youth.


Anne O'Driscoll
We are thrilled that Anne will be our event planner once again this year. All is well when Anne is around! She has years of experience working as an event planner. Anne has a fabulous eye for detail, a welcoming manner, and a get-it-done attitude. Anne coordinated our Yom Kippur service, so you may have met her there. Anne will have a staff of four ambassadors to help facilitate the event. For more information about being an ambassador see>

Rusty Wilson, Dave Schwartz and Michelle Friedrich
We are thrilled that all three of our long term retreat staff will be back this year to help us hike up and down canyons, start and put out fires, help with food service and more. We couldn't do it with them! Look for them in their red shirts, ready to lend a hand.

  Camping:

Gold Bar Recreation Site Campground Friday and Saturday night camping are included in your fee.

The Gold Bar Recreation Site Campground is located on a sweeping curve in the Colorado River, just 14 miles from the town of Moab. The campground offers stunning views both up and down the river corridor. Sunset is particularly striking at Gold Bar, as the Navajo Sandstone cliffs surrounding the campground change color as darkness falls. Our Seder will begin with a hike to Corona Arch, right from the campground. This 90 x 140 foot arch rivals any in Arches National Park. View Photos >>

RVs: We have limited space for RVs and pop-up campers. If you are planning on using one, please contact us.

How to Get There: From Moab, travel five miles north on U.S. Highway 191. Turn left (west) on Utah Highway 279 and drive ten miles. Turn left into the Gold Bar Recreation Site. The group sites are located adjacent to the Colorado River. (If you are traveling south on U.S. Highway 191, turn right onto Utah Highway 279 just past the entrance to Arches National Park.)

Passover Camping Trip - Jewish SederAbout Dogs / Pets: We love dogs, and wish they could be part of the camping experience. However, we're not able to accommodate dogs at this event.

We recommend the following places to watch your dog in Moab, Utah:

  • Moab Veterinary Clinic 4575 Spanish Valley Drive Moab UT 84532 Len W. Sorensen DVM. Call 8 am-5 pm for boarding or appointment. Call 24 hrs. a day for emergencies (435) 259-8710.
    Pets will need to be fully vaccinated to board, vaccinations must be current. Dogs need to be vaccinated for "Kennel Cough" and you will need to bring proof of vaccinations. Advance reservations are helpful, especially around the holidays.
  • Dog & Cat Clinic of Moab, Jim Gostlin DMV, 125 East 300 South Moab, UT 84532-2619 (435) 259-2733 dogandcatclinic@frontiernet.net
  • Karen's Canine Campground 2781 S. Roberts Rd. (435) 259-7922
  • K-9 Taxi and Boarding Call Jeff or Kimi 435 686-2295 PDF / more info
  • More info about Pets in Moab >>

Facilities: There are picnic tables and fire rings and sites are adjacent to outhouses. Bring toilet paper. Ample parking is available.

Water: There is no drinking water on site. Untreated (but tested) water is available at Matrimony Spring, located just east of U.S. Highway 191 on Utah Highway 128.

Staying Elsewhere
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You are welcome to book your own accommodation in Moab or surrounding areas. Discounts will not be given for those staying elsewhere.

  Options for Transportation:

For our guests from afar, we suggest flying to Moab, Utah's Airport or Grand Junction, Colorado and renting a car. All the national chains of rental cars are available from Grand Junction Airport.

Distance from nearby points:

  • Grand Junction, CO: 113 miles from (1 hour 50 min)
  • Denver, CO: 355 miles (5 hours 28 minutes)
  • Boulder, CO: 366 miles (5 hours 49 min)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: 234 miles (4 hours)
  • Aspen, Colorado: 239 miles (4 hours)
  • Eagle, Colorado: 229 miles (3 hours 29 minutes)

  For Our Out of State Guests:

We are happy to provide you with a place to rent camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) so you have less to schlep. There will also be people on hand who can teach you to set it all up.

Canyon Voyages (Moab, Utah) - 801-259-4121
http://www.canyonvoyages.com/
Eureka Timberline Tents (2 person tent) $25 first day + $10 each additional day
Sleeping Pad: $5 first day + $3 each additional day
Sleeping Bags (deluxe 30 degree): $10 first day + $7 each additional day

Please note that Moab is at 4,000 feet, which is lower than Denver. Although most people do not experience altitude sickness at this elevation, you may notice that you are a bit short to breath and can not exercise as rigorously as you do at sea-level.

Please be sure to drink lots of water and have adequate protection form the sun (sunscreen, hats, sunglasses.) Dehydration can greatly increase your risk for altitude related sicknesses.

 
  Ambassadors:

We have openings for some ambassador positions at the Passover Retreat in Moab. Ambassadors come to the retreat for free in exchange for working at the retreat.

The ambassadors have the crucial job of helping make everyone who attends feel welcome and part of the group. There are many tasks that need to be done. Some are easily laid out (below) and others are more vague, such as seeking out people who seem to be alone and inviting them to join in the fun. The ambassadors are key to help facilitate a smooth running retreat. The ambassador team will work with Anne O'Driscoll, our event planner.

Description:

  • First ones to arrive: Arrive by noon on Friday to welcome participants and prepare campground (i.e. put up signs).
  • Last ones to leave on Sunday to be sure the campsite is clean.
  • Be present in the campground and offer to participants unload cars, find correct camping areas, and help set up tents.
  • Help guide hikes by accompanying slower hikers and serving as sweep
  • Help set tables
  • Welcome guest, check them in, help them set up tents if needed
  • Help serve food, clear tables and clean up from Seder
  • Build and tend campfires. Extinguish them at the end of the night.
  • Help facilitate small group activities

If you are interested, please let us know by submitting this form>>

  Refunds:
Refunds: We advise you to select our trip insurance option in case you need to cancel. We regret that we are unable to issue refunds of any kind if you have not purchased trip insurance.
 

Click here to register >>


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Directions to the campground:
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- Take I-70 West, past the Colorado border and into Utah.
- Take Exit #182 and go south on Highway 191 for 27.3 miles.
- You will pass right by the entrance to Arches National Park.
- Soon after that, you will turn right onto State Road (SR) 279, also known as Potash Road.
- The Gold Bar campground is 9.9 miles further on this road

(Note: downtown Moab is 4.3 miles from here. If you cross a big bridge and wind up in the town of Moab, you've passed your turn).


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Here's what you will see as you drive down SR 279:

* 0.3 miles: Railway Tunnel
The tracks of a spur of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad that comes in from the north, enter a long tunnel above the road to the west. The other end of this tunnel appears farther down this road at mile marker 9.8.

* 0.2 miles: Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve
Owned by The Nature Conservancy and situated in the swampland on the south side of the Colorado River.

* 3.6 miles: Portal Overlook Trailhead
Hiking trail leading to panoramic views of the Moab Valley, Utah the La Sal Mountains, the Colorado River and The Portal.

* 3.9 miles: JayCee, Utah Park Recreation Site
Public campsite (but not our campsite)

* 4.2 miles: Wall Street Climbing Area
The cliffs along this stretch of the river are popular with rockclimbers. Routes range from trad to sport to mixed, and most are at least 5.8 in difficulty.

* 4.9 miles: Indian Writings
Most of the petroglyphs (including the famous Bear Petroglyph) were done by Indians of the Southern San Rafael Fremont culture, which flourished between 600 A.D. and 1300 A.D.

* 5.6 miles: Poison Spider Mesa Trail - Dinosaur Tracks
The Poison Spider Mesa off-highway vehicle trail angles off to the right. Dinosaur tracks are visible on slabs above the trailhead. On the other side of the river, a lofty arch span is clearly visible near the top of the cliff.

* 8.7 miles: The American Eagle Rock
An immense sandstone figure on the skyline to the left front. The eagle's wings are spread and its tail is flared.

* 9.3 miles: Moki Canyon
Access to the terraces above the road and at the base of vertical cliffs. Interesting rock hounding opportunities in ancient river gravel.

* 9.8 miles: Corona Arch - Bowtie Arch - Gold Bar Arch
This is the trailhead across from our campground and will be on your right as you drive in. The Corona Arch will be where we will have the first part of the Seder. Corona Arch, with an opening of 140 by 105 foot, is also known as Little Rainbow because of its resemblance to Rainbow Bridge at Lake Powell. The D&RGW Railroad comes out of the cut that has been blasted in the sandstone and the tunnel opening is out of sight around the bend.

* 9.9 miles: Gold Bar, Utah Recreation Site
This is our campground. Look for the signs. Come check in and we'll show you where to park and set up camp.

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* Arriving Late / Leaving Early?
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Many people will be arriving to the campground on Saturday morning. There is no extra charge to camp with us on Friday and Saturday nights at the campground.
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* Carpools:
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Many people are asking about carpools from the Denver, Boulder and the Grand Junction airport.

Please use the Facebook Page for Passover to help arrange carpools:
www.adventurerabbi.org/facebook/

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* Gear for Adventure Class - Corona Arch Moonlit Hike:
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Corona Arch - Moonlit hike

Elaine Barenblat will be leading the Adventure Bar & Bat Mitzvah class up to Corona Arch on Friday night at 8 pm. (Only the Adventure Class kids are able to join us for this hike).

Please make sure the Adventure Class participants have:

Good hiking shoes
Rain gear
Backpack (you will want your hands free for a section on the hike which goes up a ladder)
Filled water bottles or camelback
Warm clothes (check the weather forecast)
Flashlight (in case of an emergency)
Snack

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* Gear for Seder Hike:
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The first part of the seder (Saturdayat 9:30 am) will be a hike and a service up a canyon, across the road from the campground. The hike is 1.5 miles each way over a sandy, rocky and uneven trail with an elevation gain of about 400 feet. The trail is not stroller accessible, and you will need to have both hands free for several spots where you will need to scramble. There are two sections where you will have to duck down and crawl / squeeze through, and maybe crawl on your knees.

Please wear/bring:

Lunch
Good hiking shoes
Rain gear
Backpack (you will want your hands free for a section on the hike which goes up a ladder)
Sunglasses, sun hat, sun screen
Filled water bottles or camelback
Warm clothes (check the weather forecast)
Small first aid kit with things you might want for your personal use such as band-aids, moleskin, etc. We will have a major first aid kit.
Flashlight (in case of an emergency)
Snack
(optional) Camp chair if you would like one for the service (sitting on the rock is also fine)
(optional) Small instrument such as shaky eggs, tambourine etc.
(optional) Reading glasses if you need them
(optional) Camera
(optional) Pack for carrying your small children

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* "Gear" for Seder Meal:
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Please bring your own wine, juice or other beverage.

Something to sit on (i.e. crazy creek chair, cushion, pillow, ensolite pad). We don't recommend chairs with legs, as you'll then be well above the Seder table.

The "table" will be bolts of fabric rolled out on the ground. Think Bedouin style.
Plate, Cup, Fork, Knife & Spoon: To avoid using disposable dishes, we ask you to bring your dishware. You will need:
Dinner: small plate for appetizers, dinner plate, bowl for soup, glass for wine/ juice, glass for water, spoon, fork, knife, napkin.


A full listing of the menu is located above.

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* Passover Objects:
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Please help us decorate the table by bringing ritual objects or other pretty things (i.e. seder plate, matzah cover, Elijah`s cup, flowers etc.)

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* Wine:
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We are NOT providing wine and juice. Please bring your own favorite.

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* Recreational Drugs Legal in Colorado (but not in Utah or Federal Land):
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Please remember that what is legal in Colorado is not legal in Utah. We are also staying on Federal (US BLM) land, and substances legal in Colorado are not legal on Federal land either. Please leave it at home in Colorado.

We have received reports that Utah state police are stopping and searching cars with Colorado license plates at the Colorado-Utah border.

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* Gear for camping:
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The campground is right next to the parking lot, so you will not have to hike or backpack into the campsite. There will be people that can help you set up your tent if this is new to you and please offer a hand if you see someone who needs help. Description of the campground is here >>

Please bring everything you need to camp including:
Tent
Ground cloth
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
For additional meals: food, cooking pots, stove etc.
Flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs
Lots of water for drinking and washing (there is no running water in the campground). We recommend 1 gallon per person per day, especially if you schvitz a lot in the hot desert weather.
Snack foods
Extra toilet paper
(optional) Yoga mat

(optional) Firewood, matches
(optional) Lantern
(optional) Mallet for putting in stakes (the ground is hard)

Tip: Don't forget to bring your pillow from home. A sleeping bag seems MUCH comfier when it's matched with a familiar pillow.

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* Bad Weather:
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In case of bad weather, we adapt. (This is the Adventure Rabbi Program after all. For details about the Slacker Rabbi program, please visit here >>)

Please be prepared with rain gear, wind jackets, warm clothing, umbrellas, extra tarps if you have them. Check the weather forecast for Moab, Utah before you come.

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* Cell Coverage:
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Cell coverage is very limited at the campground. Some text messages (might) get through. But prepare to really be off-the-grid. If you need to call someone, you'll likely have to drive into the town of Moab (about 10 minutes by car).


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Here is a list of Camping Hints and Etiquette:
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Water:
* We advise at least 1 gallon per person per day for drinking and rinsing dishes.
* The river adjacent to the campground cannot be used for a drinking water source, due to mining operations just upstream.
Several of the gas stations on the north side of town offer water, but most campers will find it easiest to bring the weekend`s water supply with them.
* Please do not plan to wade in the river, and watch children carefully. The river`s current this time of year is deceptively swift!

Meals:
* For the Seder, each person will need a small plate, large plate, bowl, wine or other beverage, plus a spoon, fork, and knife.
* Plan to clean/rinse your own dishes following the Seder meal. Like other low-impact camping, scraps need to be scraped into the garbage (never onto the ground). And if you need to rinse your dishes, please do it away from the camping area and any vegetation.
* Please do not use the river for any washing or allow food scraps to fall on the ground.

Facilities:
* The campground is equipped with vault toilets (masonry outhouses on permanent concrete pads) and port-o-potties.
* Use only the vaulted toilets while at the campground.
* On the trail, please observe the following trail etiquette for sanitation: tell a buddy that you are separating from the group for a bathroom break. Stay a minimum of 100 feet from the trail and 200 feet from any water source. Any non-liquid waste must be buried. All toilet paper must be packed out (we recommend a zip-lock bag). If this experience is not in your weekend plans, please plan ahead before leaving the campground and assist children to take a bathroom break before we leave for any activities.

Please be good caretakers of the desert and have a wonderful camping experience!

See you in Moab!

 

 
 
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Passover Seder & Retreat
Moab, Utah
March 31, 2018
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Passover Kosher Trip
Shadows of Hands - Balancing
Corona Arch in background
Sadie, with Corona Arch in background
Climbing a ladder in a steep section
Climbing a ladder in a steep section
Passover Kids service, reading Haggadah
Kids service, reading Haggadah
Kosher Passover Trip
The group goes up a steep section
Passover for Colorado
Hiking to Passover Seder on Rock
Passover Singles Trip
Stopping for a quick photo
Full Moon Passover
Passover is always held on a full moon


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Couples for Passover
A couple stops for a quick photo
Passover for single Jewish men
Not sure what David is doing. Yoga?
Passover in Utah
Group hike up nearby canyon
Passover Seder Meal
A pool of water found on the group hike
Passover Footsteps
Leaving just a footprint in the sand

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Campground - Moab Utah
Gold Bar Campground, outside Moab
Passover in Denver Colorado
Mother and daughter during Passover hike
Passover Singles Retreat
Hiking down from Passover Seder
Reading Torah during Passover
Reading Torah under Arch on Passover
Rabbi Jamie Korngold - Adventure Rabbi
Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Adventure Rabbi
Passover for Singles
Hiking up to Seder
Passover Couples and Singles
New friends, meeting in Moab

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Passover Trip for Singles Jewish
Hiking up to Seder
Passover Traditional Meal
Filling Miriam's Cup during Seder
Kids Passover Trip
Three girls, sharing secrets
Single Jewish Passover Trip
Looking down from the Passover Seder
 

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Passover trip for single Jews
Chatting on way down from Passover
Passover in Moab, Utah for couples
A lone tree along the group hike
Passover group hike
Hiking up to Seder for Passover
Single Jewish men on Passover retreat
Noah gazes off in the distance
Single Jewish Men Passover Trip
Double thumbs up from Teddy
Passover for Boulder, Colorado
Group hike along rock shelf
Jewish females - Passover in Moab, Utah
Hiking down the steep rock
 

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Rabbi Korngold, under nearby Delicate Arch
Rabbi Korngold, under nearby Delicate Arch

 

 

 

Photos by Jeff Finkelstein,
Lead Guide, Adventure Rabbi