Jewish Outdoor Adventure Education: An Exemplar of Successful Experiential Jewish Education

By Courtney I. Jacobson

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service, April 2010

This thesis examines four case studies of previously existing Jewish outdoor adventure programs: TorahTrek, Outdoor Jewish Adventures, Shalom Institute, and the Adventure Rabbi program. The founders of each of these programs were interviewed to ascertain their reasons for founding these organizations, their desired impacts for the populations served, and their vision of the broader Jewish community. Each program promotes Jewish outdoor adventures as a way to allow the individual to experience Judaism in a new way, strengthen his/her Jewish identity and participate in the Jewish community. Attesting to the success of these programs, a questionnaire of more than 50 participants of Jewish outdoor adventures from these four organizations showed a 30% increase in participation in Jewish communal and cultural activities and a heightened personal spirituality as a result of participation in these programs.

Topic: Programming, Jewish Identification, Environment, Spirituality, Informal Education, Experiential Education

Name of Publication: HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses

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Genre: Thesis

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Jacobson, Courtney I. Jewish Outdoor Adventure Education: An Exemplar of Successful Experiential Jewish Education. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service. April 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5127


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