About Trek

575461_540812186014272_1345378316_n copyYaakov ‘Trek’ Reef is a rabbi and a regionally recognized speaker on nature spirituality, backpacking, stargazing, and queer inclusivity.

He has led workshops and classes for the Adamah Farm Fellowship, Star Island Natural History ConferenceElat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality, Keshet Boston, and Hillel House at Boston University. Trek is also a frequent guest in the pulpit at synagogues, churches, and meeting houses throughout the Northeast.

He spent the last three years serving as a retreat director in Falls Village, Connecticut at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Right now he’s on a pilgrimage of self-discovery along the Eastern Continental Trail, taking almost ten million steps over 4200 miles from Key West, Florida to Fort Fairfield, Maine to find a deeper connection to the awe-inspiring natural world.

What’s a Trail Name?

Trail names are fun and popular way to have a nickname while thru-hiking on long-distance trails like the AT, PCT, CDT, and ECT. Yaakov’s trail name, Trek, comes from his typical use of the word ‘trek’ to refer to long-distance hikes and his geeky love of Star Trek.

For a great article on the Psychology of a Trail Name, check out Jukebox’s (Evans Prater) post at Appalachian Trials.

Torah Blog

As a rabbi, Trek occasionally writes about his thoughts on the weekly Torah portion, Jewish holidays, and spiritual practice. If you’d like to read his Torah Blog, click here.