Rabbi Mike Comins
Rabbi Mike Comins, the founder of TorahTrek Spiritual Wilderness Adventures (www.TorahTrek.com) and the Institute for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality (www.ijws-online.org), is author of A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism (Jewish Lights: www.awildfaith.com). A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA, Rabbi Comins made aliyah and lived in Israel for fifteen years. He studied classical Jewish texts at the Pardes Institute, earned his MA in Jewish education from Hebrew University, and was ordained in the Israeli rabbinical program of Hebrew Union College.
He was a founding member and the first director of education at Kehilat Kol Haneshama in Jerusalem. Finding his calling in life, Rabbi Comins became a licensed Israeli desert guide and led Ruach HaMidbar desert trips in Israel and the Sinai. He participated in the Mindfulness Leadership Training program at Elat Chayyim, the Jewish Spiritual Retreat Center, the first rabbinical cohort of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and the Kol Zimrah Chant Leader's Professional Development program. He founded TorahTrek while serving the Jewish Community of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Currently, Rabbi Comins lives, teaches and writes in Los Angeles; he leads TorahTrek programs and serves as scholar-in-residence around the country.