Jewish Learning Retreats

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

Nov 8-10, 2019

With MHWOW, the program possibilities are endless. You have the power to create unique Jewish experiences for your community unlike any other. Learn by doing from MHWOW hosts across North America as we explore how to bring the “wow factor” to your programs. Discover the ideas you never knew you had and gain the skills to implement them. You'll leave this retreat with at least one program idea that you'll be ready to run with when you get home. Warning: your own creativity might surprise you.

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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 6-8, 2019

*Newly added retreat!* Civic engagement is the process of “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes" (American Democracy Project). Judaism describes the scene at Mount Sinai as the people being “as one person with one heart” – a powerful statement of an engaged and enthusiastic community. Join us for a unique retreat where we will explore the Jewish values of being engaged in issues pertinent to our home communities, discuss these issues and how they manifest, and strategize for action upon our return!

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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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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.

Create Your Own Learning Retreat