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.


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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.

Marianne Glaser 

Marianne is deeply committed to cultivating a Jewish community through the great outdoors. Although her home will always be on beach trails of LA, she has been enjoying her past few years adventuring in the Bay Area. From hiking and backpacking to kayaking and paddle boarding, Marianne enjoys nothing more than breathing in some fresh outdoor air.

She has worked at Jewish summer camps and retreats, strategically weaving themes of Jewish social justice into the curriculum. She graduated with honors from UC Davis with degrees in Religious Studies and Human Development. After that, she led outdoor wellness activities in an assisted living facility. Then, she spent two years coordinating Jewish educational and cultural programs at the Marin JCC. Now, she is excited to lead the first cohort of Teen Interns and explore the natural beauty all around us in Marin!

Guest Educators and Guides

Makor Marin partners with amazing outdoor educators and spiritual teachers from throughout the Bay Area. Our educators and guides join us from Slide Ranch, Trackers Bay, Adventure Out, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Congregation Rodef Sholom, Congregation Kol Shofar and more.

Help Support Us

Make a tax-deductible donation to support Makor Marin today.