The Inner Journey to Liberation:
A Jewish Contemplative Practice Retreat

Hope to see you at our retreat in California in March!

Wednesday-Sunday, March 18-22, 2020

Brandeis-Bardin Campus, American Jewish University, Simi Valley CA

Group Discount: Save $180/person. More details below.

Prepare spiritually for Passover this year. Before getting the house ready or writing a shopping list, do some inner house-cleaning. Join the Institute for Jewish Spirituality for a retreat of Jewish contemplative practice, focusing on liberation—personal and communal—from the Pharaohs that prevent us from expressing our best, most authentic selves.

The retreat will run from late Wednesday afternoon March 18, through Sunday morning, March 22, 2020, at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of the American Jewish University, Simi Valley CA. It will include include periods of contemplative silence, as well as opportunities to engage in mindfulness meditation, contemplative prayer, yoga and embodied practice, reflective text study, singing, and small group practice.

Experience the magic of a contemplative full Shabbat at this newly added IJS retreat.


This retreat is open to anyone, including those who have never attended an IJS retreat, IJS alumni, and those with a mindfulness practice.  A great opportunity for beginners!

Retreat Cost

We have structured the pricing of this retreat to break out into two sections. Your total cost will be tuition plus room type of your choice.

I. Tuition: $1,000

Save $180!
If five or more people from one congregation register for the retreat, each registrant will receive a $180 rebate on the tuition.

II. Room and Board: 
(This includes guest room, all meals and snacks, and program space use) Room and Board costs vary based on room type. Spaces are limited and some room types may fill up quickly!
Single Room: $825.00
Shared Room: $550.00

Retreat Faculty

Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro

University Synagogue, Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Yael Saidoff

MA-MFT, Blue Sky Psychiatry

Rabbi Jenny Solomon

Beth Meyer Synagogue, Raleigh NC

Rabbi Jonathan Slater

Senior Program Director, IJS

Rabbi Marc Margolius

Senior Program Director, IJS

For more information, contact Rabbi Marc Margolius by filling out this form: