The Well

Practice for Deeper Jewish Living


The Well is an intensive, year-long, retreat-based program of sustained learning and practice for Jews seeking to live guided by Jewish spiritual teachings. The program will help participants cultivate greater wisdom, clarity, and compassion, supported by Jewish text, tradition, practice, and community.

The Well is unique in adult Jewish education: deep and continuous Jewish study and spiritual engagement in community with teacher-practitioners and fellow seekers. This trusted and supportive community combined with immersive retreat-based practice yield insights and the motivation to practice.

Participants will learn about and practice several different Jewish spiritual modalities, including:

Jewish mindfulness meditation
Contemplative prayer
Tikkun middot (cultivation of ethical traits),
Reflective text study
Embodied awareness in movement

— understanding that individuals will resonate with different practices.

The Well creates a spiral of experience that helps participants integrate these practices into their daily lives and draw from them in their relationships, work, and social action. 

These practices foster new connections to Jewish tradition and cultivate significant inner resources—reserves of resilience, wisdom, and balance—for meeting challenges and cultivating our capacities for greater joy, courage, and new connections to Jewish tradition.

The Well is offered to educate, inspire, and nourish those seeking to bring spiritual, emotional, and intellectual vigor and vision to Jewish life. We welcome participants from all backgrounds and levels of Jewish practice.

Program Details

The Well runs from October 2020-October 2021 and includes:

Retreat 1: October 20-25, 2020

Interim Semester 1: October 2020 – April 2021
(Includes Faculty-Led Small-Group Monthly Sessions) 

Retreat 2: April 6-11, 2021

Interim Semester 2: April 2021-October 2021
(Includes Faculty-Led Small-Group Monthly Sessions) 

Retreat 3: October 12-17, 2021

  • Three retreats in beautiful settings with private rooms and kosher meals
  • Two interim semesters of online-based Jewish study and spiritual practice
  • Curriculum and ongoing support for weekly partner (chevruta) study
  • Periodic whole-group learning via Zoom
  • Small-Group monthly guidance with a faculty member

Program Pricing



Retreat 1: Tuesday-Sunday, October 20-25, 2020
Focus on Jewish mindfulness meditation
Trinity Retreat Center, West Cornwall, CT.

Retreat 2: Tuesday-Sunday, April 6-11, 2021
Focus on applied mindfulness through tikkun middot (the cultivation of ethical traits)
American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus, Simi Valley, CA.

Retreat 3: Tuesday-Sunday, October 12-17, 2021
Focus on prayer
Trinity Retreat Center, West Cornwall, CT.

All retreat facilities are kosher, under the supervision
of Rabbi Jonathan Slater and local mashgichim.


The program is taught by the Institute’s core senior faculty members: Rabbis Marc Margolius and Jonathan Slater. They will be joined at specific retreats by outstanding experts and leaders in Jewish prayer.

Rabbi Marc Margolius

Rabbi Jonathan Slater

What’s Next?

For more information and to apply,

contact Rabbi Marc Margolius,Program Director, at
(610) 724-1901 or