We guide you safely

Who are the founders?

Samuel Levi – Founder and guide JOA

In 2016, Sam started organizing and leading outdoor adventure for his Jewish friends. He has since led more than 50 adventures, from adventures in the Sierra to full fledge expeditions in the Alaskan Arctic. He is an expert in navigation, guiding and wilderness first aid. Throughout his adventures, he has inspired many of his friends to grow closer to Judaism. Samuel is the founder of Wild Frontier, a platform for trip reports.

Samuel Levi

Founder & Guide
Julian Klotz – Co-founder and guide JOA

Born and raised in South Africa, Julian grew to become an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. Today, he resides in Los Angeles and is actively involved with the Jewish community both the valley and the Pico-Robertson area. Julian has been accompanying Samuel on adventures for the past 5 years. He is also a Kung Fu Master, a rarity in the jewish community.

Julian Klotz

Co-founder & Guide
Jonas Levi – Co-founder and guide JOA

Jonas has been climbing and backpacking since he was a teenager. He grew up in France where he was actively involved in the jewish scouts. Jonas has been partnering Samuel and Julian since 2014. He is a talented outdoorsman, and is highly knowledgeable of the American West. Jonas graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is fluent in English and French.

Jonas Levi

Co-founder & Guide

Why did
we start JOA?

We started JOA to inspire our fellow jews to push themselves into the outdoors

Mission statement

We connect to G-D’s creation by venturing into remote and pristine wilderness areas. We travel to remote areas that only a handful of people can access and get to experience first-hand the creations of Hashem.

From our 40-year roaming of the desert to the diaspora and expansion of Jewish presence to every corner of the world, we are a people who has adventure and exploration in our DNA. We are meant to seek adventures and witness G-D’s natural wonders. Our trips are physically demanding but equally rewarding. We also create room for novices to grow.

Why did
we start JOA?

We started JOA to inspire our fellow jews to push themselves into the outdoors

Mission statement

We feel we connect to our Judaism in a much deeper way when secluded from the noise and smog of the city. We travel to remote areas that only a handful of people can access get to experience first-hand the creations of Hashem.

From our 40-year roaming of the desert to the diaspora and expansion of Jewish presence to every corner of the world, we are a people who has adventure and exploration in our DNA. We are meant to seek adventures and witness G-D’s natural wonders. Our trips are physically demanding but equally rewarding. We also create room for novices to grow.

Jewish Outdoor adventurers

What is JOA?

Jewish Outdoorsmen of America is an LA based organization committed to taking our jewish fellows outdoors and building strong Jewish men and women.

We seek the physical challenge and believe in the healing powers of nature. We organize backpacking trips of various levels across the American West, mainly the Sierra.

Our adventures are organized and led in a Jewish spirit. All food is kosher. We lead morning (shaharit) and evening (Arvit) prayers and observe Shabbat.

מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל.

How lovely are your tents, O Jacob; your encampments, O Israel!

מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל.

How lovely are your tents, O Jacob; your encampments, O Israel!

Jewish Outdoors adventurers explorers

A unique experience

What type
of guiding?

We will lead you to the most gorgeous wild places you have ever seen and guarantee a unique exhilarating experience. You will come out stronger, refreshed and with a reinforced perspective about yourself.

 

We help you push your limits to a level you would not think otherwise possible and help you connect with nature in an unprecedented way.

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