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Leading your own synagogue Shabbat hike is incredibly easy. In just 10 steps – simple but effective – you can embark on a moving spiritual experience. And, as we discovered on Congregation Or Ami’s own Shabbat hikes, the journey is inspiring and refreshing.
Says participant Marcy Cameron, “They say exercise is good for the soul. I think Shabbat in the wilderness is good for the soul, too, and if you can add in a hike, well, even better! To worship in an environment where you can hear the birds, feel the light breeze and see the beauty of the oak trees… I cannot think of a better way to end the week and begin a new one.”
Here are 10 steps to hosting your own:
The experience will be inspiring. As our congregant Scott Cooper said, “The spiritual feeling created – by the cantor’s uplifting music and the rabbi’s spiritual teachings, at sunset in a most beautiful outdoor park setting in the company of fellow congregants and good friends while chanting prayers – was beyond words. As our Jewish tradition reminds us, God is around us, and I sensed this Presence and felt grateful for every day.”