Rabbi Elie Ganz was born and raised in Scranton, P.A. where he spent much
time exploring the beautiful Pennsylvania backcountry on foot
After returning from a post-high school stint studying in Israel, Elie took his
first position as an educator, in a high school in Baltimore, before his 21st
birthday. Two years later he returned to yeshiva to pursue his rabbinic
ordination. He has since taught Judaic Studies to high school students in
various institutions including the prestigious
Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan.
Amidst all this, Elie has managed to hitchhike through, wander around,
climb up, rappel down and fall off a motorcycle in a good deal of the
continental United States (and Alaska).
In addition to his s'micha, Elie holds certifications as a teacher from the New Teacher Center of the University of California, a frontal-line therapy and behavioral modification counselor, and an IWLS wilderness instructor.
Elie lives in Miami, Florida
Ari has been participating in and/or guiding wilderness trips for over 20 years in a variety of settings and locations including Colorado, Utah, and Alaska. Ari has enjoyed the company of people from many different walks of life on these wilderness trips. Ari counts trips in Utah and Alaska among his favorite wilderness experiences and loves just taking family drives on random roads deep in the Rocky Mountains. Ari graduated from Yeshiva Toras Chaim high school, spent time in Yeshivas Torah Ore in Jerusalem, and completed a Master of Arts degree in couple and family counseling at the University of Colorado at Denver. Ari is a licensed and practicing psychotherapist in Denver, CO where he lives with his wife and two beautiful daughters.