Jamie Korngold

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Jamie Korngold is a Reform Jewish rabbi. In 2001, she founded the Adventure Rabbi program, a not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado which integrates spirituality and the outdoors.[1][2] For example, people in the Adventure Rabbi program

...climb mountains, go skiing, play the guitar and sing around a campfire.[3]

Rabbi Korngold is the spiritual leader of the Adventure Rabbi program,[4] and envisioned it because she

experienced her most vibrant Jewish experiences in the outdoors. From scaling mountains to running ultra-marathons, she has found that the spirituality of the wilderness awakens Judaism.[5]

She was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, from which she holds a Master in Hebrew Letters. She also graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in natural resources.[6] In 2008 her book God in the Wilderness was published; it is about finding spiritual meaning in outdoor experiences.[7] In 2011 her book The God Upgrade was published, which advocates modernizing the contemporary notion of God so that it becomes compatible with both science and Judaism.[8] In 2011 she also published a children's book about Sukkot, titled Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast.


  • God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi. Random House Digital, Inc. 2008. ISBN 978-0-385-52049-2.
  • The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism's 5,000-Year-Old Tradition. Jewish Lights Publishing. 2011. ISBN 978-1-58023-443-6.
  • Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast, Illustrator Julie Fortenberry, Lerner Pub Group, 2011, ISBN 978-0-7613-5648-6


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