Zelig Golden

Innovator: Zelig Golden Contact
Based In: Berkeley, CA
Venture: Wilderness Torah reconnects Judaism to its earth-based traditions with a vision of revitalizing Jewish culture through nature-based, innovative youth mentorship programs and rites of passage; empowering young adult leadership; cultivating authentic elderhood; supporting vibrant multi-generational community; and training the Jewish world in regenerative community systems.
Venture’s Primary Areas of Focus:
Spirituality and Ritual, Educational Experience, Community Building
Venture’s Primary Populations Served
Children and Young Family, Teens, Emerging and Young Adults, Adults
Zelig Golden’s vision for earth-based Judaism developed out of a lifetime of nature connection, Jewish leadership, and environmental advocacy. He envisions a Judaism that nurtures multi-generational communities, empowers individuals to express their unique gifts, and inspires environmental stewardship based on its ancient traditions. Zelig invokes mentorship, facilitation, and ceremony to guide an annual cycle of land-based festivals, rites of passage, and mentorship for emerging young leaders. Zelig is a prominent thought leaders on the cutting edge of the earth-based Judaism movement. He recently received a Masters in Jewish Studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union and will receive rabbinic ordination through ALEPH in 2018, supported by the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Zelig was ordained Maggid by Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi ztz”l.
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