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The Jewish Outdoors Club

The Jewish Outdoors Club traces its roots to the early summer of 1996 when a group of five friends celebrated their graduation from UPenn/Columbia by embarking on a three day trek through the Delaware Water Gap. Have you ever seen the movie "Alive"? Well, it was nothing like that and we all had fun.

Several people heard about the adventure and said that they'd be interested in these kinds of outings (they weren't told about how a forest ranger, Dan, saved our butts). So, in the Fall of 1996, a small telephone tree and word of mouth (i.e. OZ Friday night) led to a group outing to play paintball (for some reason, the lawyers among us got clobbered ) followed by a skiing trip in the winter. In the Fall, 12 Upper West Siders went on a grueling, 10 hour long hike at Breakneck Ridge near Cold Springs, NY (see picture in the "Past" section). It was on that adventure that this hike leader learned that 5 inches on the trail map is different from five inches of trail.

As word spread, more and more people asked to be able to join the fun and adventure, and the Jewish Outdoors Club became affiliated with the synagogue, Kehilat Orach Eliezer (KOE), in Manhattan.  Thus, JOC went from being a "Modern Orthodox" group to a "Post-denominational group", which means modern orthodox. In the summer of 1997, 43 KOEers trekked to Lambs Hill via the Wilkenson Trail; the first mass publicized JOC adventure. Because of the large group size, the crew split up into two groups, which was a good thing because this way, only half the hikers encountered the deadly rattlesnake. This is now standard on all large hikes. (Splitting up, not rattlesnakes).

The Jewish Outdoors Club now has its own email list. Since Lamb's Hill there have been about 100 outings.



 

 

 

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