Rosh Hashanah mountain biking and hiking in Colorado? That's
the option offered by Rabbi Jamie Korngold, in Boulder, Colo.,
founder of... Adventure Rabbi: A Synagogue Without Walls.
who has an undergraduate degree from Cornell in natural resources,
was a mountain guide and Outward Bound instructor before entering
rabbinical school. Noting that Moses climbed a mountain to
receive the Ten Commandments, she says her aim is to take
the spiritual experiences people have in the wilderness and
relate them to Judaism.
For the Rosh Hashanah
trip, she has teamed up with a Reform congregation in Grand
Junction, Colo., to offer services as well as hiking and camping
in the canyon country of western Colorado. Activities begin
at noon on Sept. 15 and continue through Sept. 17. A tax-deductible
contribution of $64 a person covers the guided bike rides
(participants must take their own bikes), hikes, [services]
and camping. The services will be conducted in the evening
the first day, and mornings the next two days. Meals and indoor
lodging for those who prefer it, at the La Quinta in Grand
Junction, are extra.
who said that she had been conducting outdoor trips for three
years, typically follows the Mesa Trail out of Boulder through
the Flatiron Mountains. But she also leads trips to the Grand
Canyon (the next one is planned for March 2006). Information:
(303) 417-6200 or http://www.adventurerabbi.com/.