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

May 31 - Jun 2, 2019

As a MHWOW host, you juggle many roles: event planner, social connector, the chef (or takeout guru), and programmer just to name a few. When was the last time you slowed down and hit pause with yourself? Join us for *Community Starts with You*, the first MHWOW retreat of 2019. Part personal development, part wellness, part soaking up the California sunshine, the retreat will focus on you so you can return to your community focused and energized. We’ll connect together with a spiritual Shabbat overlooking the Bel Air hills, learn with LA’s top Jewish educators and experts, and relax with other MHWOW hosts from across the country. Take care of yourself as a Jewish leader so you can be inspired to create Jewish life for your community.

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Jun 21-23, 2019

Shabbat is by far the most frequent (and arguably the most special) Jewish holiday since we get to celebrate it every week! It gives us an opportunity to reset, relax and reflect. At this retreat, we'll learn how to invigorate Shabbat programs by enhancing our understanding of the day of rest beyond just a Friday night meal into a 25-hour experience with several opportunities for new and innovative perspectives.

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Jun 28-30, 2019

Havdalah, or "separation" in Hebrew, is the hallmark ritual that marks the transition between Shabbat and the rest of the week. We will learn how to curate Havdalah and other Shabbat programs for your home community and how best to utilize the public, outdoor resources available to you at home. Being in the beautiful setting of Sonoma County, California gives us a wonderful opportunity to be outdoors together and create an unforgettable Havdalah experience. (Warning: please DO try this at home!)

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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

Thousands years of history. Thriving culture. Faith. Betrayal. Politics. Plots of genocide and stories of unbelievable courage and perseverance that allowed Jewish nation to survive, get stronger and thrive no matter what are the obstacles. This Russian Speaking Jewish retreat we invite you to come and learn about these rich narratives that make Jewish nation a unique example among the nations. We will learn from the past, discuss the present and will try to imagine the future that we can help to create! Come as you are, we promise rich learning, great atmosphere and a unique experience with your fellow Russian Speaking Jews! Questions? Email

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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 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.


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