Jewish Learning Retreats

COVID-19 Update:

All Jewish Learning Retreats currently listed on the website are scheduled to take place at this time. We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and will make decisions about Retreats scheduled for August or later closer to the scheduled dates. Applications and RSVPs (attendance confirmations) for these Retreats are still being accepted at this time. If you have further questions, please reach out to Jonah Rothstein, Jewish Education Retreats Manager.

Moishe House Jewish Learning Retreats are transformative experiences that train MH residents, hosts and new members of our community. Together, we explore new program ideas and facilitation skills that participants take back to their home communities.
Surrounded by natural beauty, immersed in a Shabbat weekend experience, you will discover new pathways that empower you to pioneer your personal Jewish journey.

 

Moishe House Learning Retreats are designed for young adults aged 22-32 to come together as a community and explore the most exciting aspects of our Jewish tradition and its relevance in the 21st century.

Our retreats include:

  • Jewish Learning Retreats Commune with like-minded young Jewish adults to explore Jewish holidays, wellbeing, outdoors, Shabbat, Havdalah, Tikkun Olam and more.
  • Moishe House Without Walls RetreatsJoin current and future MHWOW hosts to take a step back and think big about your communities’ needs, build skills to take your programming to the next level and celebrate the experiences you’re creating.
  • Retreatology – Interested in running your own peer-led Jewish learning retreat? Gain the tools and know-how with RetreatO!

Jewish Learning Retreats

Aug 7-9, 2020

Sukkot is the most underappreciated holiday! The Jewish harvest festival compels us to have dinner parties with our friends outside and celebrate, what could be better? With practices to eat and sleep in the sukkah, how do we create space to connect with each other in this age of technology, which has the unintended consequence of making us feel isolated? What roles does technology play in our daily lives, both positive and negative? How does technology enable us to connect with others, or conversely, prevent us from creating deep human connection? You will leave this retreat empowered to create an intentional Sukkot experience for your community and more equipped to navigate the challenges that technology plays in our daily life and in Jewish communal life.

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Aug 21-23, 2020

Have you ever wanted to spend Shabbat under the stars? This is your chance! With professional outdoor guides, we will venture into the wilderness of the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for an amazing weekend of hiking, river rafting, and exploring the Smoky Mountains. We will also explore the intersection of Judaism and the environment at this critical juncture in the health of our planet. Join us for an incredible Shabbat of a shared outdoor experience that you won't forget.

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Oct 23-25, 2020

How can we better include communities that are underrepresented in Jewish spaces? These communities include but are not limited to people with disabilities, Jews of Color, Jews from one-Jewish-parent households, LGBTQ folks, those with differing religious observance or political views than ourselves, and the list goes on. We will explore the questions: Is it possible to create a truly pluralistic space, for all of these groups? What work has already been done in the Jewish community on including these groups, and how can we build off of it in the next decade and beyond? You will leave this retreat with actionable skills to make your community a more open space for all.

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Nov 13-15, 2020

Shabbat: the most frequent holiday on the Jewish calendar. For many of us, Shabbat is also an opportunity to decompress/disconnect from our regular life: work, family, social and financial responsibilities, the list goes on. How do we balance the need to create community on Shabbat though meals, song and celebration with our simultaneous need to decompress? Using Marie Kondo’s philosophy of “Spark Joy” we will examine our own Shabbat practices and share ideas for enhancing them back in our home communities!

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Dec 4-6, 2020

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 4-6, 2020

Home plays a central role in our lives, it is where we receive an understanding of who we are, why we are the way we are and how we differ from our Jewish-American or American peers. What are these unique features? How do they make us special? How can these shared values and common traditions make our community closer and stronger? These are just some of the questions we are going to explore. We want to hear your voices, discuss and research together some aspects of RSJ culture such as: material culture (what makes a Jewish home Jewish), storytelling (Jewish classical text, modern RSJ voices, stories from participants), common foods and holidays (the RSJ-take), music & songs, and RSJ folklore. Our retreat is going to be an exploration of Jewish topics, learning Jewish classical and modern texts, experiencing traditions (Shabbat/Havdalah) and having a great time together! Bring yourself and we will take care of the rest!

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Dec 11-13, 2020

We exist in a precarious time for our environment and planet. What does Judaism say about our role as caretakers for our planet? Together we’ll use the models of environmentalism and permaculture as lenses through which we can make everyday decisions about our role in consumption culture, our carbon footprint, and our Jewish responsibility to heal and care for the planet. You’ll come home from this retreat with new and innovative ideas to bring your community together and get them outside!

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The Arc of a Retreat

At a Moishe House learning retreat, you can expect everything from group study to singalongs to friendship. We believe in creating a space to ask the most pressing spiritual questions of our lives. We recognize that many of us didn’t grow up leading Jewish programs and rituals and now seek to find our own meaning in them. Through experiential and participatory learning, our dynamic team of educators inspire with the ritual skills and training necessary to inspire others back home. 

Our retreats are fully subsidized thanks to the generosity of our funders. We convene at high-quality retreat centers throughout the U.S. and bring seasoned, credentialed Jewish educators to teach on a range of topics. Attending a learning retreat also makes you eligible to become a Moishe House Without Walls host. Our goal is to give you knowledge and skills that will help you create innovative programming for your Jewish communities at home.

People come to Moishe House with many different experiences of Jewish life. Moishe House is committed to making everyone feel welcome and making it known that they are an important part of the conversation despite the level of their Jewish knowledge, experience or affiliation with any movement. We do our best to accommodate participants’ needs, including Shomer Shabbat, dietary restrictions and beyond as needed.

Retreatology

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

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