This winter, BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy-the nation’s first kosher, Shabbat-observant wilderness therapy program–will open on the grounds of Ramah in the Rockies, a 360-acre camp situated in the stunning vistas of the Colorado mountains.

BaMidbar serves Jewish emerging adults, ages 18 to 26, who are struggling with substance abuse, trauma, mental health issues, or a failure to successfully launch into adulthood.

BaMidbar will be hosting information sessions in West Orange, NJ, Rockville Centre, NY, and New York City, NY the week of October 30th.

Emerging adulthood is a time characterized by identity exploration, self-focus, instability, feeling in-between, and an age of possibilities (Arnett, 2004).

While this can be an exciting time of change and opportunity, many emerging adults struggle to find themselves, their passion, and their place in society. The manifestations of these struggles are oftentimes expressed through substance abuse, depression, negative life patterns, and an inability to live life to its full potential.

BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy uses wilderness and adventure-based experiences as a vehicle to promote therapeutic growth of students, in a process guided and directed by a licensed mental health professional. Program activities include backcountry travel and wilderness and group living experiences, during which clinical assessment, treatment planning, and clinical interventions take place. Students will have individual, group, and family therapy sessions, and participate in activities that foster social growth and positive relationships. The wilderness environment and group living provides a safe and controlled opportunity to apply therapeutic concepts to real-life situations.

Through integration of Jewish metaphor, storytelling, and traditions throughout the program, BaMidbar students explore their personal meaning, values, and purpose through a Jewish lens.

Monday, October 30th in West Orange, New Jersey

  • What: Information Session with Jory Hanselman, Director and Charles Elias, Clinical Director
  • When: Monday, October 30th at 8:00 PM
  • Where: Home of Pam and Rabbi Matt Greenwood, 21 Lakeview Dr, West Orange, NJ 07052

Tuesday, October 31st, in Rockville Centre, New York

  • What: Information Session with Jory Hanselman, Director and Charles Elias, Clinical Director
  • When: Tuesday, October 31st at 7:00 PM
  • Where: Home of Neil and Beth Hammerman, 260 DeMott Avenue, Rockville Centre NY 11570

Thursday, November 2nd, in New York City, New York

  • What: Addiction, Wilderness Therapy, and Jewish Responsibilities: An Educational Event
  • When: Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM
  • Where: Congregation Or Zarua, 127 E 82nd St, New York, NY 10028


Jory Hanselman