Who We Are
Makor Marin is your source for discovering spirituality in the great outdoors and connecting to a nontraditional, radically inclusive Jewish community. We’re all about creating community outside the walls of a building—in the redwoods, overlooking the Bay, hiking, camping, or volunteering with trail maintenance. Together we explore our natural world through Jewish wisdom teachings, outdoor adventure, and mindfulness practice.
Makor Marin is for families and individuals of any background looking for connection to Jewish life and community in the outdoors. We offer a variety of programs for all ages including hikes for young families, holiday celebrations, classes in Jewish meditation and spirituality, camping trips, and retreats.
Elana has been an avid outdoor adventurer since she was first introduced to backpacking as a ten-year old in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Since then Elana has hiked and worked on farms all over the world from the Appalachian Trail to Malawi, from India to South Korea to two recent pilgrimages on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Her love of the outdoors and our world’s great religious traditions has led her to participate in the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Semester in the Rockies, the Adamah Jewish Environmental Fellowship, Hazon bike rides and programming, Teva Learning Center seminars, and Simchat Shlomo’s Eco-Jewish beit midrash in Jerusalem. She has completed training as a guide with Torah Trek: The Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality and has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation extensively with Shambhala and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Elana is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in History and Secondary Education. She received rabbinical and cantorial ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and has masters degrees in sacred music and Hebrew literature. When not on the trails Elana can be found at her beloved Congregation Rodef Sholom where she serves as rabbi-cantor.
Lauren Bohne has dedicated her career to informal Jewish education with children, teens and families. Originally from the East Coast, she has worked primarily running camps, retreats, social justice journeys and outdoor education. Currently, Lauren serves as the Camp and Youth Director at the Osher Marin JCC.
She believes strongly in teaching and living universal values viewed through the lens of Jewish culture and belief. She is enjoying exploring all that natural beauty that Marin has to offer and looks forward adventuring with you and your family!
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