CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

Deborah will work with you in designing Jewish and/or community experiences that help achieve your organization's vision.

We can help you with

  • Professional & Staff Development
  • Weekend or Weeklong Retreats
  • Outdoor Services like Shabbat and Havdalah
  • Jewish Wedding Officiating
  • Women's and Men's Retreats
  • Jewish Summer Camp support during transition and change
  • Jewish-Themed Nature Hikes
Deborah has been my role model and teacher for over 25 years. She was the Director of Camp Tawonga when I was a camper, she hired me to the full time staff and remains my friend and mentor. Thanks to Deborah’s accessible Jewish teachings and outdoor Shabbat Services, I connected to my Judaism and am able to call myself a Jewish leader today!
— Jamie Simon, Executive Director Camp Tawonga

Our Mission

Get Set Go Community Adventures seeks to ignite a love and understanding of how Jewish values can transform a Jewish community making peoples’ lives and the world better.

Our Vision

  • To teach Jewish values and texts in community that transforms people's lives and our world for the better
  • To empower people to steward Judaism and the natural world
  • To help people feel courage to do both
  • To build community

What We Have Achieved

  • Designed and successfully trained three national cohorts of young Jewish outdoor leaders in an original program that combines learning to teach Judaism on the trail with best practices in safety and trip management (JOLT)
  • Mentored and coached sets of Jewish camp directors as part of national, multi-year leadership development programs for Foundation for Jewish Camp and for The JCC Association of North America  
  • Planned and led first (now ongoing) retreats for: Brandeis School of San Francisco, The Kitchen SF, SVARA (Chicago), Berkshire Hills LGBTQ Family Weekend (New York), Tawonga Keshet LGBTQ Family Weekend (near Yosemite)
  • Co-Authored Spirit In Nature/ Teaching Judaism and Ecology On the Trail
  • Led workshops at 100s of Jewish learning programs around the nation
  • Mentored Summer Camp Directors for over a decade to steep them more firmly in Judaism as they touch the lives of thousands of children and young adults
  • Co-Founded an outdoor Erev Rosh Hashana Service that now draws 1200 participants
  • Helped create a Shabbat music album 
Deborah is a gifted teacher, a Judaic auto-didact, and a skilled, experienced, thoughtful and insightful leader. Moreover, she is a visionary and a pioneer. A decade and a half ago, she co- authored a book titled: Spirit in Nature: Teaching Judaism and Ecology on the Trail. The book, like its author, was a trail-blazer: its publication spawned the entire field of Judaic concern about the environment, which has catalyzed the creation of many significant Jewish organizations, and an entire movement which is now widely referred to as Jewish Outdoor Farming and Environmental Education (JOFEE).”

— Rabbi Ramie Arian: Founding Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Camps and Project Manager of Lekhu Lakhem