Rekindling The Flame of Earth-based Judaism

Rekindling The Flame of Earth-based Judaism
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Rabbi Zelig Shalom Golden

Founding Director | Wilderness Torah

Have you ever felt disconnected from your purpose? From God? From yourself? Today, waves of younger Jews are flocking back to Judaism through nature’s doorway, which offers a critical answer to Judaism... See more


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Passover in the Desert is a five-day gathering in the desert wilderness celebrating freedom and awakening. Wilderness Torah's mission is to awaken and celebrate the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth and Spirit.

Ecstasy on the farm: Wilderness Torah's earth-based Sukkot - J.

In ancient Israel, Sukkot was one of the three yearly pilgrimage festivals, when Israelites traveled from all over to go up to the Temple in Jerusalem. People built their sukkahs out in the fields, dwelling directly on the land. Part of this early harvest festival was an ecstatic water ceremony, Simchat Beit Hashoeivah (Rejoicing of ...

Community Takes Passover Tradition Back To The Desert Wilderness

It's Passover and as is traditional, many Jews are eating matzo for the week. But in Southern California, a group called Wilderness Torah is not only reflecting on the Passover story but going into the desert to relive part of it. About 150 people are gathered around an outdoor fire.

Rabbi Zelig Shalom  Golden, 

Founding Director | Wilderness Torah

Rabbi Zelig’s vision for a thriving, earth-based Jewish tradition developed out of a lifetime of nature connection, Jewish leadership, and commitment to healing our world. The Founding Director of Wilderness Torah, Zelig invokes mentorship, facilitation, and ceremonial tools to guide an annual cycle of land-based pilgrimage festivals, nature-based rites of passage, local community cultivation, and trainings for Jewish leaders across the world. He provides thought leadership on the cutting edge of the earth-based Judaism movement through written teachings, dvar Torah, public talks, and scholar in residence programs. He conducts lifecycle events, provides spiritual direction, and mentors a growing number of individuals within his greater Bay Area community.
He was ordained Rabbi through ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, with the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship; received a Masters in Jewish Studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union; was ordained Mashpiah Ruchani (Spiritual Directo) by ALEPH;  and was ordained Maggid by Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi ztz”l on Lag B’Omer 5771. He previously worked as an environmental lawyer, including a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory protecting food and farms. He has long guided groups into the wilderness.
He lives in Occidental, CA with his wife Rachel and two kids.