About

TorahTrek Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality

The first wave of Jewish environmental activity swept North America in the 1980's with organizations such as Shomrei Adamah and The Coalition for the Environment and Jewish Life. Today, the Jewish community is witnessing a renaissance of Jewish environmental education and activity. The TorahTrek Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality (founded in 2001) has been joined by Hazon, Adamah, the Jewish Farm School, Wilderness Torah, Urban Adamah and others in creating new programs that are attracting, engaging and inspiring a new generation of young Jewish North Americans who are responding to climate change and other environmental issues with fervor and idealism. 

TorahTrek's unique role in this exciting movement is to provide spiritual/ethical vision, Judaic resources and leadership training to rabbis, cantors, professional Jewish educators, volunteer educators and lay leadership.

TorahTrek founder Rabbi Mike Comins is a devoted spiritual seeker whose path includes four years of study at a traditional Yeshiva, the study of contemporary philosophy, certification as an Israeli desert guide, extensive training in meditation, sacred chant and mindfulness, and numerous solo wilderness retreats (Vision Quests). He has written two books -- A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism and Making Prayer Real: Leading Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer is Difficult and What to Do about It (both, Jewish Lights Publishing; AWildFaith; MakingPrayerReal) - establishing himself as a national authority on Jewish spirituality and outdoor, spiritual education.

TorahTrek thanks the following entities for hosting TorahTrek programs!

Adventure Rabbi
Aleph Kallah
American Jewish University
Beth Evergreen, Colorado
Betheseda Jewish Congregation
Bnai Navura, Denver
CAJE Conference
CCAR Convention
Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley
Congregation Albert, Albuquerque
Congregation Bet Haverim, Davis
Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego
Congregation Beth Shalom, Bozeman
Congregation Emanu El, San Bernadino
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
Congregation Kol Ami, Salt Lake
Congregation Gates of Prayer, New Orleans
Congregation Nevei Kodesh, Boulder
Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas
Congregation Or Chadash, Tucson
Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee
Elat Chayyim Retreat Center
Hazon
Hebrew Educational Alliance
Hebrew Union College
Jackson Hole Haverim, Wyoming
JCC in Manhattan, New York
Jewish Educational Inst., Pittsburgh
Jewish Outreach Institute
Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades
Leo Baeck Temple, L.A.
Limmud Los Angeles
Limmud Colorado
Limmudfest, England
Metivta, Los Angeles
New Comm. Jewish HS, West Hills
Shomrei Adamah, Washington DC
Sinai Temple, Los Angeles
Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
Tempel Aliyah, Woodland HIlls
Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles
Temple Beth Am, Seattle
Temple Beth David, Westminster
Temple Beth El, Orange County
Temple Beth Hillel, Valley Village
Temple Beth Israel, BEllingham
Temple Beth Shalom, Bozeman
Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe
Temple Chai, Phoenix
Temple Emanuel, Pittsburgh
Temple Emanuel, Pocatello
Temple Emanuel, Tempe
Temple Emanu-El, San Diego
Temple Emanu-El, Tucson
Temple Har Shalom, Missoula
Temple Israel, Boston
Temple Israel, Hollywood
Temple Israel, Long Beach
Temple Judea, Tarzana
Temple Kol Tikvah, Woodland Hills
Temple Ner Tamid, Camarillo
Temple Ner Tamid, Las Vegas
Temple Sinai, El Paso
Temple Sinai, Rochester
Temple Solel, San Diego
Teva
University Synagogue, L.A.
URJ Biennial
URJ S.W. Council Biennial
URJ Kallah
Wilshire Blvd. Temple, L.A.
Wilderness Torah
Wood River Jewish Comm, Idaho
Ziegler School of Rabinic Studies