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October 24, 2009

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October 24, 2009

Wilderness Torah is a dynamic community that has a core structure yet grows and changes because it constantly incorporates and makes room for what participants bring to gatherings. It is trully a creative, grassroots, Jewish organization. The potential it holds for bringing people to experience Torah in an embodied, experiential, personal way is something to be excited about and involved in!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Becoming a stronger part of the community it builds

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Better integration of children into programs...a more family-oriented program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to offer programming for children that is Jewish environmental experiential programming.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very kind, dedicated, available, committed to their own health as well as the smooth running of the events

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Grow---find a land-based center to hold gatherings and extend educational programs to the whole state/nation. It would become a hub on the west coast of land-based Judaism.

Ways to make it better...

I could have participated in more learning options

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

TIme and money...funded workers v. volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I could work for them developing kid's programs!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

Wilderness Torah is something I have been seeking for awhile: a way to connect to self, community, and nature in the context of Jewish cycles. I have learned so much so far!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the festive participatory gatherings.

Ways to make it better...

the small group experiences at the large gatherings were more organized. I trust that WT is working on it!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

Wilderness Torah is a cutting edge organization that has taken the lead in revitalizing Judaism with the Earth Based origin of this ancient tradition. I have participated in several of their gatherings including Pesach in the Desert and Shavuout on the Mountain. All events were wonderful and profoundly meaningful for those who attended. Community bonds are strengthened and tradition is given deeper meaning and exploration. I know that this organization has really got their finger on the pulse of such and important piece of the need to reconnect our tradition with the wisdom at it's roots. I look forward to many more gatherings and celebrations with this amazing group!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really create programming and infastructure for Jews of all ages to connect to the roots of their tradition in Wildnerness environments Nationally and perhaps internationally. They could afford to bring in and train teachers, leaders and guides.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

Wilderness Torah takes Jewish practice and tradition from the urban envirionment back to where it all got started. On the land. The organization is teaching families and individuals about the importance of how we can live in closer connection with the earth and about the importance of caring for creation.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Some of the most warm and welcoming people i've met in years. Their kindness and generosity makes these events wonderful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

My experience with Wilderness Torah planted seeds in my life, which are germinating~ sending down roots, & sending up tender shoots. The impact has been undeniable. I am biking more, eating with a much deeper connection with my food, the land & the farmers, joining a CSA, and developing a clearer sense of how I can integrate ecopsychology into my psychotherapy practice. I have been longing for years to connect with the earth based wisdom within our tradition. It was a pleasure to be in the company of so many Jews who felt the same. Wilderness Torah is meeting a deep and very timely longing. The world can't wait~ we need inspired and joyful ways to reconnect with the earth. It's the only thing that will help us save our home and ourselves.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am more able to live in an ecologically conscientious way.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Community, prayer, amazing food, and lasting impact in my ability to sustain ecologically aware action.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have a much needed impact on motivating f the Jewish community to live in ways that are in harmony with the earth~ something that is essential at this time in human history.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

The most recent Wilderness Torah event I attended I can honestly say was transformational. Two weeks ago I spent four days building and living in community with a tribe of 115 people who came together to celebrate one of the biggest Jewish festivals on our calendar. We gathered with the intention of sharing and connecting with each other and the land. It was a remarkable experience for our times to be living in a community in which so much love, harmony and good faith prevailed, a far cry from the world that existed outside our sacred space. I left with a feeling of understanding what it really means to be connected to other people and the natural world. This is a very positive and powerful feeling to bring back into greater society and I truely believe it has the ability to be transformational.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...1) Hire a permanent staff and pay them market salary. 2)Start a real more permanent village that could act as an educational center and a model for the surrounding community and beyond.

Ways to make it better...

It wasnt so darn windy at the location! We experienced two days of a biting and strong wind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

These guys are totally great. I just spent Succot with the Wilderness Torah group on the farm - great people, great programming, great food, great energy, great ruach. :-))) Nigel

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely first-class

Ways to make it better...

my tent hadn't blown away. (True: but my fault that I didn't tether it a tad better...)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

Wilderness Torah is a cutting edge Jewish organization. Notice I did not say a "jewish environmental" organization because Wilderness Torah seeks to end the distinction between the two terms. Wilderness Torah events and activities demonstrate that being Jewish is inextricably linked to "environmentalism", "locavorism", "community building", and earth-based spirituality because this tradition (so long buried in its wonderful texts) emanates from pastoral/agricultural tribes that lived close to their land after they first wandered in a "wilderness". By taking participants to a farm (for sukkot) the desert (for Pesach), or a mountaintop (shavuot), Wilderness Torah reestablishes the land (ha aretz) and the wilderness (ba midbar) as central teachers in the Jewish spiritual tradition. Wilderness Torah uncovers the ancient connections between holy days (chagim)and the land-based context in which they evolved (while completely respecting the written rabbinic tradition) and re-roots Judaism in its connection to place, community, self, and spirit. Events focus on the connection between land/place/wilderness and spirituality, including the tenuous nature of all that we are given (e.g., food and shelter). By emphasizing the central role of community in surviving and thriving spiritually, Wilderness Torah is creating a cadre of Jews who are enthusiastic about their mystical tradition, their community, and environmental sustainability.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

various wilderness and agricultural settings. Learning, praying, singing, and eating outstanding food with a community of adults (of all ages) has provided an amazing container for me to experience and hold the "awe" that is the basis of spirituality.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, warm, knowledgeable, supportive, and welcoming without promoting any particular level of observance or type of Judaism. These are inspired people without a particular agenda regarding the "way" to practice Judaism.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

I have now attended three events with Wilderness Torah (two Sukkots, one Shavuot). I think this organization is doing a great job of appealing to those of us who are already involved in the Jewish community, and those who are not. Combining Judaism and the environment is a natural (see the success of Jewish summer camps) but it should not end when we are adults. I can't wait to see where this organization goes as it continues to grow. More communities need something like it!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting fantastic people who are interested in the same things I am.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide similar experiences in Jewish communities around the country, providing access to many more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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