“I have been able to find a stronger center in myself to which I can return so that I am not shaken by the daily ups and downs of congregational life.”

— Rabbi Rona Shapiro

About Our Retreats

First-Time Participants:

Welcome! We have a few special notes about our retreat practices to help you on your way.

Our retreats are led by the Institute’s rabbinic staff with guest faculty. We welcome you to contact the Program Directors with specific questions about program content or whether a retreat or cohort is right for you.  Any logistical questions should be directed to Esther Smigel esther@jewishspirituality.org, Retreat and Programs Manager.

Our retreats are crafted to be accessible and engaging for participants with a wide variety of experience with Torah Study, prayer, yoga, and meditation: those fluent in Hebrew or who don’t speak a word, those who have never meditated, those experienced in yoga, those who haven’t stepped foot in a synagogue in years – and everyone in between.

Kashrut

In order to be a welcoming place for all levels of observance, our retreats are Shabbat-friendly and held at facilities which are kosher year-round, or kashered specifically for our retreats under the supervision of the Institute’s Rabbi Jonathan Slater.

Food Allergies and Dietary Needs

We do our very best to accommodate dietary needs, we do need you to let us know your needs; the more notice we have about your situation, the better equipped we will be to accommodate you. Please let us know your situation on your registration form and we will coordinate with the retreat center kitchen or caterer.

Mobility and Accessibility Needs

We do our very best to accommodate all mobility and accessibility needs that we are made aware of; the more notice we have about your situation, the better equipped we will be to accommodate your needs. If you have a question about whether your situation will limit your participation at a particular retreat, please contact Esther esther@jewishspirituality.org.

Scent-free Space

Participants are asked not to wear perfumes, cologne, or any other strong-smelling fragrances while on retreat.  Your cooperation in this effort will allow all of our participants to be able take part in our programming.

Phone & Computer Access and Use

With all retreats we encourage the self-limitation of use of computers and phones while on retreat – but we do understand that sometimes circumstances dictate that these technologies be used. While on a silent retreat, especially, we ask that participants only engage in phone conversations “if absolutely necessary” and that this is done away from the main buildings and programming spaces in order to help support the silence of other participants.

Most retreat centers have wireless internet access in the main buildings, and some wireless in the rooms. Because of the remote nature of most retreat centers, most centers have limited cell phone access. Calling cards may be purchased to make outgoing long-distance calls from the landline phones at some of the retreat centers; if you know you’ll need to be making long-distance calls, we recommend you bring a calling card with you.