Orthodox Jews are finding spiritual sanctuary in the Pacific surf. From The Jewish Week:
The group wakes before 8 a.m. so they can daven Shacharit. By 9:30, theyâre on Venice Beach, suited up and riding the waves as the sun heats up the Pacific on the Southern California coast. Theyâre on their boards until noon, then after lunch itâs time to learn about the ocean, get training in First Aid and play sports. Theyâre back home for Mincha, followed by discussions on the Mishna and Pirkei Avot.
Welcome to a typical sun-drenched day in the life â kosher âEndless Summerâ style â at Joe V. Surf Camp, a five-week program for high school students that combines love of Judaism with a love for the ocean.
My colleague Amy Klein wrote about surfer Joe and his band of observant Jews back in February, when the water was a lot colder.