TorahTrek Guides Track Scholarship Fund

$2,837   raised
GOAL: $2,800

22

 Donors

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The Jewish Innovation

The TorahTrek Guides Track is designed for those who feel called to Judaism, wilderness and spirituality as a Jewish educator. The program offers participants the personal experience and skills to bring spiritual, nature programs to their community’s synagogues, organizations, schools, and camps. Eight to twelve TorahTrek Guides—Jewish spiritual educators at home in the natural world—graduate per cohort.

Successful spiritual, nature educators must have deep spiritual experience in nature and a basic knowledge of Judaism and ecology. The training consists of two seven-day retreats, a third ten-day retreat (including a three-day solo in wilderness) and regular study between retreats over the academic year.

Young Jews in particular know when their teachers of prayer and other spiritual topics are inauthentic. The Guides Track enables participants to “walk their talk” as religious, Jewish leaders in all settings.

The Impact

Nothing is more difficult for Jewish educators than teaching God and prayer. Rabbi Mike Comins shares a spiritual dynamics approach to Torah, mitzvot and Jewish practice. While this proven, accessible methodology is useful in any educational environment, TorahTrek Guides learn to utilize the classroom of awe and wonder, the natural world, where spiritual questions are not contrived. In A. J. Heschel’s words, “Awe precedes faith; it is at the root of faith. We must grow in awe in order to reach faith.” The Guides Track helps Jewish leaders “walk their talk” as role models and teachers of Jewish spirituality. To date, 20 TorahTrek Guides, including nine rabbis and rabbinical students, have graduated the program.

What Will You Do with the Money?

Most students cannot afford the full cost of the program. Your contribution will support 3-5 committed, young emerging leaders, who (usually) are studying rabbinics, sacred music or Jewish education in a major seminary of Jewish studies (RRC, AJU and JTS, HUC or AJR).

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2015-02-10
Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik
2015-01-19
Rabbi Chuck Briskin
2015-01-18
Sarah Gluck
2015-01-04
The Daus Family
$100
2015-01-02
Anonymous donor
2015-01-02
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2015-01-01
Ariela Ronay-Jinich
$54
2014-12-31
Rabbi Anne Brener
2014-12-31
Simcha Dana Densmore
$18
2014-12-29
Cindy & Bruce Fink
2014-12-28
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2014-12-28
Dov
$18
2014-12-28
Guides Track Alum
$360
2014-12-28
Maxine F.
2014-12-28
Oriana Kahn Hurwit
2014-12-26
Doreen Braverman & Stuart Rudnick
2014-12-26
Randy
2014-12-25
Anonymous donor
2014-12-25
Rebecca Stern
2014-12-25
Stephen Booth-Nadav
2014-12-23
Anonymous donor
2014-12-23
Rabbi Janet Marder
$360

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TorahTrek Guides Track Scholarship Fund

$2,837   raised
GOAL: $2,800

22

 Donors

Campaign by
TorahTrek Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality
CA

TorahTrek contributes to vibrant Jewish communities, living in balance with their neighbors and environs, by exposing Judaism's roots in wilderness, facilitating direct experience of the Divine in nature, demonstrating the effectiveness of Judaism as a spiritual practice, and fostering the spiritual growth of individual Jews and Jewish communities. Through leadership training and curriculum development, TorahTrek envisions a Jewish community that takes full advantage of the natural world in mainstream Jewish education for children, youth and adults. Founder Mike Comins, an Israeli-ordained Reform Rabbi and a licensed Israeli desert guide, holds an M.A. in Jewish Ed. from Hebrew University.

  • Zera - plant the seed
    3 claimed

    A personalized thank-you note from one of our Guides.

  • Shoresh - take root
    2 claimed

    A personalized thank-you card from one of our Guides.

  • Nevet - sprout new growth
    3 claimed

    A copy of "A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism" by Rabbi Mike Comins.

  • Anaf - strengthen branches
    1 claimed

    Copies of "A Wild Faith" and "Making Prayer Real" by Rabbi Mike Comins.

  • P'ri - bear fruit
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    Join TorahTrek's Nature & Chant Retreat in Hendy Woods with Rabbis Shefa Gold and Mike Comins - at 50% off!

  • Etz - strengthen the tree
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    A day-long TorahTrek Retreat program led by Rabbi Mike Comins for you and your community. (Transportation to site is additional.)

  • Yaar - create a forest
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    A Weekend TorahTrek retreat led by Rabbi Mike Comins and TorahTrek Guides for you and your community. (Transportation additional.)

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