Come up with your perfect retreat: What skills and hobbies do you want to share with your peers? What ideals and practices do you want your friends to engage with? What Jewish learning experiences do you want to impart on your peers? Think of probable locations, ideal group size, programming and who you would like to hire as a Jewish educator. Fill out the grant application, and we will work with you to get you approved.Application
When approved, you are assigned a mentor to help you deepen your content and plan your retreat. Your mentor will be an experienced Jewish educator and retreat-maker, and will act as your sounding board. Most importantly, as you plan your retreat, your mentor will need to approve your budget, location and Jewish educator.
Your mentor can help you with:
Budget out your retreat. Consider line items such as location, food, supplies, transportation, Jewish educator stipends, swag, etc. Consider asking participants for a small participation fee to confirm their attendance.
We have helpful sample budgets and worksheets to make this easier in the Help Center.
Pick a date for your retreat.
For highest attendance it is best to avoid major Jewish and secular holidays in your country.
Pick a venue for your retreat.
What type of venue works best with your theme? There is a lot to consider, so really think about the big picture, what elements you need and what kind of atmosphere you want to create.
Possible options might be hotels, retreat centers, campgrounds, AirBnB's, or vacation rental homes.
Make a flyer, advertise to your friends on Facebook, ask your local Moishe House to put it in their newsletter. Invite anyone and everyone you think would be a good fit for your retreat.
You can accept on first-come, first-served basis, or you can consider creating an application process for your retreat.
Hire the perfect Jewish educator to teach Jewish learning sessions at your retreat. Jewish educators must have a relevant bio and resume for the subject they are teaching, and they must be approved by your mentor. We can assist you in finding a creative, engaging and relevant Jewish educator for your retreat.
Fill out a short evaluation form about the retreat planning process and your actual retreat. Write a short summary of your retreat including the overall themes, the different programs and how the participants responded. Send us an itemized budget for reimbursement. And that’s a wrap!
To learn more about the Peer-Led Retreats Program, email email@example.com.