Celebrate Wilderness Torah's 13th year!
Thirteen years ago, Wilderness Torah’s mission to reawaken and celebrate earth-based Jewish traditions was brought to life at our first Sukkot on the Farm.Less than a decade later, we more than doubled our growth from five to 13 staff members, 2000 to 4000 festival and event participants and from a $500K to $1 million budget.
Our Youth Programs have expanded to serve a new age group of 13-18 year olds with our new Neshama Quest program—a weeklong summer backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. And, B'hootz—our K-5 youth outdoor Sunday Schoolis expanding to Sonoma County in 2020!
Furthermore, our festivals and High Holiday programs are growing in terms of programming, participation and diversity, with 2019 being our most attended year to date.Wilderness Torah’s executive director, Rabbi Zelig Golden, and Wilderness Torah's thought leadership is being sought out to support communities around the country as well as internationally.
Wilderness Torah changes lives forever. Hear from some of our participants:
“Judaism is alive and vibrant outside the shul walls with Wilderness Torah. The power of coming together in community for a few days out on the land is profound. I feel refreshed and rejuvenated; I am proud to be raising my children in a community where we practice Jewish Joy!”
"Passover in the Desert was the single most significant and powerful religious community experience I have had in the past year, if not several years. The lessons I learned here will inform and influence how I live in the world for the whole year until I return next April. This festival has inspired me to walk my life with integrity, inspiration, and purpose, and has reminded me of how important my Jewish ancestry is to my identity and my path. I am inspired to go forth from the desert and create healing, art, and love wherever I go in the world. Thank you!"
— Passover in the Desert Attendee
This year's Go Fund Me campaign donations will help us to:
• Secure a permanent land base in Northern California that functions as a community center, permaculture village and permanent home for retreats and immersive programs for people from around the world
• Double down on serving the local Bay Area community with new, innovative programming, specifically for young adults
• Deepen our Youth Programs community by kickstarting an inaugural alumni and current participants gathering!
Your gift will make a difference:
$18 provides wine, fruit and juice for one person at our Tu B’shvat seder!
$50 covers two days of organic, kosher and delicious catered meals for a festival participant!
$100 funds one full day of programming for a festival participant!
$250 funds a scholarship for WT's High Holiday retreats!
$500 covers one Kabbalat Shabbat event at Urban Adamah!
$1,000 covers a full scholarship to WT's Neshama Quest for teenagers!
$5,000 covers a scholarship for one participant for the full, two-year B'naiture journey!
Thank you for supporting the growth and impact that our programs have on the Bay Area and our community at large!