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

Jan 18-20, 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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Jan 25-27, 2019

Do you have a mindfulness practice that works for you? Perhaps you meditate, practice yoga, or write in a journal. What if meditation isn't your thing? How can you create mindful moments and experiences that bring together all kinds of folks - of all experience levels? This retreat will focus on storytelling, and how you can create dynamic storytelling programs to introduce and inspire Jewish mindfulness in your community. Let's share, listen, and connect.

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Feb 15-17, 2019

Who doesn't love Purim? Costumes, hamentaschen, wine... but what about one of the most creative and beloved of all Jewish holiday traditions - the Purim Spiel?! Let's spend a Shabbat together learning how to create and perform one - from start to finish. We'll write, direct, and star, all while learning the skills you need to engage your community at home this Purim! This retreat is generously underwritten in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

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Feb 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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Mar 1-3, 2019

Passover is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays - and why wouldn't it be? During Passover we remember what is means to ask relevant questions, to wander in the wilderness, to truly be free. The Passover Seder is such a meaningful ritual, but it can be intimidating to prepare for and lead your own. What to cook, what to say, how to set the table... we're going to go through it step-by-step and have a mock Seder together - so that you leave with the skills and confidence to be the host this year!

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Mar 1-3, 2019

Who doesn't love Purim? (And who doesn't love Paris?!) Costumes, hamentaschen, wine... but what about one of the most creative and beloved of all Jewish holiday traditions - the Purim Spiel (Play)?! Let's spend a Shabbat together learning how to create and perform one - from start to finish. We'll write, direct, and star, all while learning the skills you need to engage your community at home this Purim! Generously underwritten in honor and memory of William (Bill) and Bette Pattis.

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Apr 5-7, 2019

What do you think of when you think of Shavuot programming? Cheesecake tasting? A white party? Whatever happened to the Shavuot tikkun - a night of all night learning in community? We're going to have an intellectual pajama party, and show you how to create a text study program that speaks to your community (and is actually fun!)

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May 31 - Jun 2, 2019

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

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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 5-7, 2019

Dates are approximate and will be adjusted in the coming months. More information coming soon!

Aug 9-11, 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 Atlanta. More information to come in early 2019!

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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