I am a member and past Board Member in the South Florida region. I held the position as Secretary on the Board for 2 years. Trips and activities enabled me to experience the outdoors in ways I would have never ever thought possible. From white water rafing trips, canoe and kayak trips, sailing, including activities like saving sea turtles and experienced not only outdoors, but indoors as well. I met incredible friends and retained amazing friendships.
I have been going to MOSAIC National Events since 2001 ... 5 "International Events" and a few "other trips" (e.g. 10 day trip to Yellowstone). The thing I value most about MOSAIC is that the people on the trips tend to be very open and friendly socially. It's not a cliquish group... I feel I can walk up to almost anyone, and they will be friendly and nice. That's rare to find in a group.
Mosaic has been part of my life for the last sixteen years. I happened upon the group accidentally while I was living in Delaware. I signed up for the Mosaic National Event over Labor Day weekend of 1993 before I had ever attended a single local event. I registered because it sounded like so much fun. And it was. It was a weekend of hiking, canoeing, and singing around a campfire, while living in cabins at a children's camp. And it was done in a Jewish setting, where I met people who shared so many of my interests. After that, I was hooked. I've attended nearly every Mosaic annual event since then. In fact, this year made number fourteen. I’ve done a number of other trips with Mosaic. One of the best was canoeing down the Colorado River, camping out each night at a different spot as we progressed down the river, and seeing absolutely no one else for that entire week except the twenty Mosaic members in our group. It was a week I'll never forget. It’s amazing how we’ve done so much, and how much we’ve grown, purely on the power of volunteers. Mosaic has become a "home" for me, even as we wander and explore. Every time we get together, we find old friends, and new. And it doesn't matter where we are or what we do. Our friendship, our fellowship, our connection...all bind us together.
I have been involved with Mosaic for over a decade. Have participated in many fantastic events, including a phenomenal week long canoe and camping trip down the Colorado River. Mosaic Outdoor Clubs are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and meet interesting people from all over. Mosaic combines a love of the outdoors with Jewish content to create a unique experience of adventure, spirituality, heritage and camaraderie.
I am the Founder of Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America. I am not currently actively involved, but I am thrilled with the group of volunteers that are doing such an excellent job serving the Jewish community. Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America serves as the International organization for local Mosaic clubs across the country, and throughout the world. It offers support in growth, leadership, and other vital areas, to all local Mosaic clubs. Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America also organizes an annual International event, which I have organized many times in past years, and I did so for 2009 as well. Through events like this, Jewish people with a love for the outdoors come together from all over to meet, socialize, and share adventures. Many couples have met and gotten married as a result of meeting at Mosaic events; the number is in the hundreds! I have friends all over the country, with whom I travel, visit, and communicate. Mosaic has changed my life, and the lives of many others. I honestly feel that it is one of the most important organizations that one can support, for so many reasons. I have personally dedicated a large part of my life to Mosaic Outdoor Clubs.
I have been involved with my local Mosaic club for almost 18 years. From this club and the national organization Mosaic Outdoor Club of America, I have enjoyed the outdoors while learning so many new skills and meeting and makings life long friends. Being with other Jewish people who love the outdoors, keeps me in nature and lets allows me to grow spiritually. Wonderful organization!