Tom Levy wrote:
I grew up an assimilated Jew, cut off from my roots, cut off from my heritage, cut off from connection with a spiritual path. In 2010, I was fortunate to find Wilderness Torah, a community that has nurtured my soul and my spiritual journey.
Wilderness Torah has helped me find a way to live my Jewish heritage — on the land, where the sacred comes alive for me. It has also helped Leeam, my son, grow into young manhood. After three years in Wilderness Torah’s nature-education program and another as an apprentice mentor, in October, Leeam became a Bar Mitzvah.
In the face of growing political and ecological instability, it’s more important than ever to tend the fires of regenerative culture. Wilderness Torah does that, reconnecting people, across generations, to self, earth, community, and spirit. Its teachings and on-the-land holiday celebrations give us spiritual nourishment, encouraging us to make the changes we, and our planet, need to survive.
My story isn't unique. Many othes have also found healing, purpose and community through Wilderness Torah. Please give what feels comfortable to you, so it can continue building its thriving Earth-sensitive culture.
WILDERNESS TORAH wrote:
Disconnection from the natural world and the village experience is at the root of many of our personal, political and climate conflicts we face today. We believe that reconnecting people deeply to themselves, community, earth, and Spirit creates strong, rooted and resilient changemakers who can shift our culture.
INCREDIBLE MATCH OPPORTUNITY
We are growing and need your support! In the next five years, our vision is to expand our award-winning programming and presence throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
To support this expansion, we’ve received an amazing challenge grant: every NEW or INCREASED gift that you give qualifies for a match!
Accelerate your impact: donate now!
What do we do?
Wilderness Torah brings transformative, healing experiences to thousands of people yearly, reconnecting them to spirituality and community through immersive programs:
- We revolutionize Jewish education through mentorship-based outdoor programs
- Recreate the ancient village through multigenerational holiday retreats
- Empower young adults to create their own Jewish life through our Lev leadership program
- and influence national Jewish life through our teaching and training.
Wilderness Torah is changing lives. Hear from 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!” —B’naiture parent
“On my Wilderness Encounter in the desert, I received a message: observe nature. Whether the words came from the creosote bushes that dot this landscape, or God, or my better self inside of me, doesn't matter. Within nature are lessons about life, both as individuals, families, and community level. Within nature are the metaphors I need to to write. Within nature are the answers we need to protect the sacred in our world.” —Passover in the Desert participant
Your gift makes a difference!
$36 pays for catered, organic and kosher food for one retreat meal
$108 covers a full day of programming for a retreat participant
$250 will fund 1 discount for a low-income family for our K-5 school year program
$500 covers 1 work/trade scholarship for a young adult to a festival
$1000 underwrites the participation of 1 young adult in our 3-month young adult leadership program
$5000 funds the concurrent parent program that runs alongside our youth programs
**$1k+ Donors!** Could you kindly donate either via our website or send a check instead? Crowdrise charges 8%, so we’d like to only have smaller donations funnel through here. However, YOUR GIFT WILL STILL COUNT TOWARDS CROWDRISE AND BE CREDITED HERE!
Thank you in advance for your support.