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.

Staff-Led Retreats

Apr 5-7, 2019

Become one with the mysteries of the universe, you must! What if you could explore the festival of Shavout two months prior to the holiday? Now, you can! We are throwing an all night intellectual pajama party study/Shavuot tikkun. We'll be exploring everything from Jewish views on the tension between creation and evolution, to what Judaism says about space/the Cosmos. Join us for a weekend of exploration, celebration and lots of cheesecake!

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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 - it's the Jewish holiday we get to celebrate every week! Shabbat meals are the cornerstone of Jewish community programming all over the world - and Moishe House is no exception. We want to help you elevate the Shabbat meals that you're already hosting through meaningful discussion, intentional decor, and some new ways to incorporate ritual. From Hamotzi to Birkat Hamazon - let's kick it up a notch!

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Jun 28-30, 2019

Ahhhh - the great outdoors! There's nothing quite like being in community outside! But let's face it - lots of Jewish holidays and rituals are just easier indoors. Not Havdallah! Let's dive into that beautiful moment when we say goodbye to Shabbat and hello to the new week, and enjoy a Saturday sunset hike! (Warning: please DO try this at home!)

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Jul 26-28, 2019

Come together for an outdoor Shabbat experience as you meet new friends and explore the natural world – camping, hiking, and rock-climbing. We will draw connections between nature and Judaism and reconnect with all that is greater than us. You’ll challenge yourself to conquer new summits and return home inspired to create outdoor experiences for your community!

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Aug 16-18, 2019

During Sukkot, the Torah commands that we "dwell in booths" for seven days...why? Let's get back to basics in more ways than one! Together we’ll learn how to actually build a real Sukkah. We'll cover the origins of the holiday, how it's celebrated around the world, and how we can make meaning - for ourselves and our communities - out of this unique holiday. Join us for Shabbat in our humble abode!

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Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2019

Here at Moishe House, we are always looking for new ways to bring young Jews together - whether it's to learn, celebrate holidays, or simply be in community. But what about all those people out there who aren't young Jews? How can we learn from, celebrate with, and engage them? Let’s explore together what Judaism teaches us about reaching beyond our walls. What could we gain from turning our gaze outward? Join us at the Moishe House headquarters to consider two big questions: How do we build bridges? Who do we want to reach?

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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 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

Tu B'Shvat - or the New Year for Trees - is often celebrated by, you guessed it, planting trees! But did you know that this holiday has it's very own fruit-forward Seder?! We'll walk you through it, step by step, so you can go home and put on a Tu B'Shvat Seder of your own - no lamb shank required!

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We celebrate and encourage shomer shabbat/observant participants to attend Moishe House retreats! Please connect with Meghan Rodarte 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