Colorado


The Backcountry Bayit will return 2018

Reshet Ramah is partnering with the Backcountry Bayit, a home devoted to engaging young Jews in the community. The Backcountry Bayit will be led by three distinguished young Jewish leaders, Simi Adler, Zach Saplinsley, Achi AldoubyDanit Cohen, and Robyn Goldstein. Each of the housemates have been involved in the field of Jewish education and look forward to doing so up in the mountains.

Reshet Ramah is the alumni Network of the National Ramah Commission. Reshet Ramah’s mission is to increase adult Jewish engagement by using the power and passion of the existing Ramah alumni network to create stronger, more vibrant Jewish communities in North America, through innovation, collaboration and network weaving, with the end result of enabling thousands of young adults to lead more active Jewish lives.

The Backcountry Bayit’s mission is to provide a home in the mountains for the rapidly growing Denver/Boulder Jewish community and to encourage and develop the year-round Jewish community present in Frisco, Colorado, through active outreach, engaging programming, and an abundance of enthusiasm.

This house will be the hub of a new era of Jewish community in the mountains, a place where not only people from Denver/Boulder but from all over the country who come to Breckenridge for a ski weekend could enjoy Shabbat with a community, Jewish networking and be reminded of what it means to lead a Jewish life not only at home, or on the holidays, but in their vacations as well. There are many Jewish young adults who choose to spend their winter free time in the ski haven of the Rocky Mountains, and we wanted to give these Jewish young adults an experience that would remind them just how special it is to be a part of a Jewish community, not despite but especially when away from their daily lives.

We need your help to build the Backcountry Bayit.  Donate now to contribute to expanding the young Jewish community in Colorado!

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Meet the Backcountry Bayit

 

Simi Adler

Having spent most of my life in Colorado, I couldn’t be more excited to move up to the high country and join the Backcountry Bayit.  I graduated from the University of Colorado in 2009 and have been living in Denver ever since, working with youth in the Jewish community (as well as others). Most recently I was the Assistant Director of Shwayder Camp.  Playing in the mountains has always been something I’ve loved whether it was skiing, hiking, camping, biking or climbing.  Can’t wait to see you up at the Bayit!

Zach Saplinsley

Outdoor enthusiast, lover of health and medicine, tells too many dad jokes. I’m Zack, a 26 year-old Chicagoan who moved out to Colorado 2 years ago to get closer to the mountains and build Jewish community in Boulder. I am so excited for an amazing season and to bring young Jews in Colorado together for spirituality, community, and of course some great food.

Achi Aldouby

I’m Achi a 29-year-old coming all the way from Jerusalem back to Colorado, the place where my grandfather was born. If I was a superhero I would know all the languages in the world and I would know how to play Beethoven’s piano sonata No.8 (Pathétique). I’m In love with the sounds of the rain, enjoying making fresh ice-cream and Inspired by the magic of theater and Jewish texts.

Danit Cohen

Danit grew up in White Plains, New York, and studied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Maryland. After graduating, she moved out to Colorado to live in Frisco and was a founding member of the Backcountry Bayit. She has worked at Ramah in the Rockies for the last three summers, and this summer will lead the Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute (JOLI) as its “Rosh,” or division head. It was there that she picked up the Colorado bug. This winter, she is working as a lead field guide for Ramah in the Rockies’ new wilderness therapy program, Bamidbar. Outside of Bamidbar, when she’s not whipping up a batch of the famous BCB cholent, you can find Danit at Breckenridge where she teaches skiing, or at a local ski shop where she works. “I am so excited to start this season off strong with the Backcountry Bayit 2.0! I’m hoping this year will bring even more Jewish community love up to the mountains.”

Robyn Goldstein

Colorado is home to me and the mountains feed my soul. After graduating from Colorado State University in 2014 I moved up to Summit County to work on Breckenridge ski patrol and teach yoga while also working at Ramah in the Rockies and building Jewish community. As a founding member of the Backcountry Bayit, it has always been a dream of mine to build a Jewish community in this beautiful place I get to call home. I love the outdoors, mountain biking, skiing, and hosting amazing Shabbat dinners under the moonlight.