Why call it Makor Marin?

Makor: spiritual source, origin, heritage.

Marin: Our home. The land we affectionately call “God’s Country” for it’s surreal beauty.

At Makor Marin we bring together these two sources of connection and inspiration: Judaism and our beautiful home.

What does “radically inclusive” mean?

When we think about Jewish community our minds often jump to synagogue or a specific location where community meets. Our community occurs wherever we gather in the great outdoors. Makor Marin welcomes everyone regardless of background. Whether you consider yourself spiritual but not religious, a devout atheist, or Jewish but haven’t found the community that’s right for you we invite you to hang out with us. We welcome individuals and families of all backgrounds.

What if I’m not Jewish or my partner is not Jewish?

Wonderful! You definitely do not need to be Jewish to attend Makor Marin events. We are a completely inclusive community. Our teachings will come from Jewish sources, and many of the teachers we invite will come from within the Jewish world, but we will also have other spiritual disciplines represented and welcomed.

What does “A Project of Congregation Rodef Sholom” mean?

Makor Marin is not a synagogue, but we are a project of Congregation Rodef Sholom. Rodef Sholom incubates Makor Marin as an initiative of the synagogue and as a part of its vision to provide outdoor experiences that connect people in Marin county to community and our local landscape. Thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation and Congregation Rodef Sholom’s vision and support we’re able to do all the amazing stuff we do.

Why don't programs cost more money?

Makor Marin Launched in 2015 with the support of a grant from JCF.  Our vision is to build and grow a self-sustaining community based on shared interests, values and goals.

If I donate where will my money go?

Donations go towards costs for running programs and growing our community

How can I get more involved?

Makor Marin is a grassroots and growing community organization and we welcome your participation. There are many ways to get involved:

If you have an outdoor skill or an event idea that you would like to lead or offer (e.g.; you’re an amateur astronomer, a kayaking instructor etc.), or you just have a great idea you want to share please let us know!

Start a group! Have an idea for a Jewish outdoor adventure? Bring your friends and we’ll make it happen! Contact us at

If you’re a teen and interested in staffing some of our programs for young kids, email us at to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Also, you can join our mailing list, follow us on Facebook and check out our upcoming events and blog.

Help Support Us

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