Jewish Learning Retreats

Moishe House Jewish Learning and Leadership Retreats are multi-day, immersive learning experiences that train Jewish young adults worldwide in ritual and program skills. They are:

  • Immersive: Enter a new (head)space that’s away from the everyday.
  • Inclusive: Learn in a truly pluralistic environment – no judgements or prerequisites.
  • Interactive: Learn while DOING, through hands-on sessions taught by incredible Jewish educators.
  • Implementable: We focus on teaching TANGIBLE skills which will serve you in your role as a Jewish leader – Moishe House and beyond.
In short, Moishe House Retreats are a place to learn how to be “youish” – Jewish in a way that makes sense for you!

 

There are two main types of Retreats:

  • Staff-Led (led by a Moishe House staff person and guest educators)
  • Peer-Led (led by a trained facilitator who participated in our Retreatology program).

See below for a calendar and descriptions of upcoming staff-led Retreats.

Jewish Learning Retreats

Jul 26-28, 2019

Have you ever wanted to spend Shabbat under the stars? This is your chance! With professional outdoor educators, we will venture into the woods of Rocky Mountain National Park for an amazing weekend of hiking, rock climbing and exploring the Colorado Wilderness. We'll also learn about why the outdoors are so important in Judaism. Join us for an incredible weekend of a shared outdoor experience that you won't forget!

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Aug 9-11, 2019

Loved the stories by told to you by your grandparents? Want to make sure there will be something to tell your grandkids? Have you ever wondered how the RSJ culture became what it is and what it means to us? Then join the MH RSJ retreat as we explore the RSJ narratives that shape our identity and plan for the future we will create! Questions? Email yana@moishehouse.org.

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Aug 16-18, 2019

Have you ever wanted to build a Sukkah but didn't know where to begin? We'll reflect on the Jewish harvest festival together by creating an amazing, sustainable temporary structure to honor the Israelites who wandered in the desert. The Sukkah is also a work of art, both in its design and the ambiance of hospitality that it creates for Jews everywhere. We'll explore how to become spiritual architects, curating Sukkot for our niche communities at home, be it your art studio, your book club or your Moishe House.

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Nov 8-10, 2019

Spend some quality time with other Moishe House Without Walls hosts and staff in 2019. More information to come!

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Nov 15-17, 2019

Coalition building is the process by which parties form a temporary alliance or partnering of groups in order to achieve a common purpose or to engage in joint activity. According to Jewish text, participation in communal affairs is not an option but a religious obligation. Going beyond the Jewish community and building relationships and partnerships is an important step to make the world a more just and peaceful place. Take a weekend to explore coalition building in order to build partnerships when you return home.

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Nov 15-17, 2019

Join us in Berlin to learn and share everything you need to make this Hanukkah the best Hanukkah of your life! Together, we’ll learn the official story and the untold ones, the collective narrative and personal memories, the traditional rituals and the funky twists, the amazing foods and the exciting games. We’ll connect together with a beautiful Shabbat, learn with amazing Jewish educators and relax with other Moishe House people from across Europe. You will leave the retreat with a plan on how to create a great Hanukkah experience for you and your peers!

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Nov 22-24, 2019

Retreatology is the premier training in the art of Jewish Retreat-Making. Participants (or “Retreatologists”) learn how to create a Jewish gathering for their friends and community from start to finish. From goal-setting to venue selection to experience design, we cover it all. We are looking for community builders, creatives, and people who dream big! Retreatologists are eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 to plan and execute the Jewish learning retreat they have always dreamed of creating. Whether it’s creative writing, Jewish mindfulness, Jewish food or Torah yoga, Retreatology and Moishe House are here to make it possible.

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Dec 13-15, 2019

Many of us didn't get the education we need to understand how to navigate personal finance. This is crucial not only as a life skill, but also for identifying the life that one seeks to lead. Together we will explore the issues at the intersection of Jewish values and money: conscious consumption, ethical giving, and giving circles. An onsite Certified Financial Planner (CFP) will be available for financial planning sessions to work with you on your financial future. We will dive deep into the Jewish ethics of giving and receiving and come away with practical skills to take back to your home community.

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We celebrate and encourage shomer shabbat/observant participants to attend Moishe House retreats! Please connect with Jonah Rothstein or Rabbi Brad to confirm how we can accommodate your personal observance practice and discuss any questions/concerns about a specific upcoming retreat. All Moishe House retreats are fully vegetarian or held at supervised Kosher facilities. Moishe House welcomes participants of all Jewish movements and practices to attend our Jewish learning retreats.

Retreatology

Learn how to create a Jewish gathering for your friends and community from start to finish.

Create Your Own Learning Retreat