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Yom Shlishi, 6 Tishri 5775

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Wandering Jews



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For 2014: 

     *July 19, 8:00 am: Mount Lemmon
     *August 9, 8:00 am: Mount Lemmon
     THURSDAY, September 25, 5:00 pm: Tashlich Picnic - Reid Park
     November 1, 8:00 am: Yetman Trail - Shabbat Morning of Spirituality
     December 13, 8:00 am:  Seven Falls

For 2015: 

     *MONDAY, January 19, 8:00 am: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March
     February 21, 5:00 pm: Sabino Canyon - Havdallah Hike & Services
     March 14, 8:00 am: Wasson Peak
     FRIDAY, April 10, 5:30 pm: Saguaro National Park East -
                         Shabbat Passover Experience in the Desert
     *April 25, 8:00 am: Bridal Wreath Falls
     May 2: Youngerman Ranch - Lag Ba'Omer Picnic & Bonfire
     June 27, 5:00 pm:  Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum -
                         Havdallah Hike & Services

What better way to rejoice in God's creation than by celebrating Shabbat in the great out of doors? Temple Emanu-El's Wandering Jews Hiking Club experiences the magnificence of the Sonoran desert and the beauty of Shabbat by combining a Shabbat hike with either a Shabbat morning or a Havdallah service at least once each month.


*Saturday, July 19, 2014

We will hike the Marshall Gulch Trail to the Aspen Trail loop. Our the hike will be 3.7 miles round-trip, with moderate elevation gain for the first 1.2 miles and then a traverse and descent into Marshall Gulch. The hike is rated moderate-todifficult with some rocky sections of trail. Marshall Gulch is located below Summerhaven, approximately 30 miles from the base of Mt. Lemmon. Participants are encouraged to carpool to the trailhead as parking is limited. 

Be sure to bring good hiking shoes, a hat/kippah, your tallit, plenty of water, and snacks or lunch. There is a nominal $5 fee for a one-day use permit payable at Molino Basin (lower Mt. Lemmon). 

Directions: Participants are invited to meet at the trailhead at 8:00 am, or to meet at the Northeast corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway, behind McDonald's at 7:00 am to carpool to the trailhead. To reach the trailhead at Marshall Gulch, take Tanque Verde to Catalina Highway, proceed up Mt. Lemmon on Catalina Highway to Summerhaven. Go through Summerhaven descending shortly to Marshall Gulch.


*Saturday, August 9, 2014

The hike starts under shady ponderosas, then follows along near the top of the ridgeline. As it descends down the mountain, it features spectacular views of Wilderness of Rocks and more. The hike from Catalina Highway to the Box Springs trail intersection is about 4 miles round-trip. It is moderately difficult with some steep and rocky sections. We will meet at the trailhead parking lot at 8 am.

Directions to the trailhead: From the intersection of Tanque Verde and Kolb/Grant, head east on Tanque Verde until you get to the Catalina Highway, about 5 or 6 miles. Turn left on Catalina Highway, and drive towards the mountains. After a few miles the road begins to climb into the Catalinas. You will pass the Windy Point lookout, the San Pedro Vista, and the Palisade Ranger Station. After you pass the Palisade Ranger Station go about another mile and a half. Look for a big brown sign which says "Box Camp Trailhead" and turn left into the parking lot.


*MONDAY, January 20, 2015:

The Peace March celebrating the birthday and human rights works of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins at 8:30 am in front of the MLK Center, located on the corner of Second Street and Mountain Avenue, on the University of Arizona campus.  The march ends at Reid Park Band Shell where events will continue from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm  There will be speeches and entertainment, food and organization vendors.  Free parking on campus and Reid Park.


*Saturday, April 25, 2015:

We'll meet at 8:00 am at the end of Speedway at the Bridal Wreath Falls trailhead -- it's in Saguaro National Park East, just south of the entrance to the Tanque Verde guest ranch; you can also park on the side of the road there. Look for the Temple Emanu-El t-shirts... we'll hike to Bridal Wreath Falls, hold Shabbat morning services there, read our mini-hike Torah, and enjoy grape juice kiddush and challah. Wear hiking boots or shoes, bring water, dress in layers, have sunscreen--all the usual stuff. It's a moderate hike, uphill for quite a while at the start, then rolling hills and a bit of picking your way into the falls area.

Bridal Wreath Hike