Nehirim Queer Jewish Student Retreat 2014
Come get your Queer Jew on at Nehirim’ÂÂs Queer Jewish Student Retreat!
Join 80â€”100 LGBTQ Jewish students, plus friends and ÂÂÂÂ allies, for a weekend of fun, learning, connection, and Judaism. The NQJSR is directed by Ethan Sobel and co-chaired by Jessica Leuchter (Wake Forest ’14), Alissa Platcow (UMass Amherst ’15), and Jeremy Ginsberg(UC-Santa Barbara ’15) Â ÂÂÂâ€” all current students. It is a participatory, inclusive ÂÂÂÂ space that welcomes Super Jews, atheists,ÂÂÂÂ allies ÂÂÂâ€” and YOU. The program includes relevant workshops, inspiring services, evening activities, and plenty of chill time.ÂÂÂÂ It’s presented by Nehirim, a national LGBT Jewish community, and cosponsored by The Hillel Council of New England, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and The Florence & Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University.
WHEN? ÂÂÂÂ Friday to Sunday, February 14-16, 2014
WHO? ÂÂÂÂ We expect between 80-100 LGBTQ Jewish students, plus allies, from across the religious-ideological spectrum and with a wide variety of gender and sexual orientation identities. ÂÂÂÂ This retreat is limited to active or recently graduated (within two-three months) students under the age of 30 only.
PARTICIPATE:ÂÂÂÂ Directed by volunteers, this Retreat is largely community-led and teaching opportunities are available. What would you like to teach or share?ÂÂÂÂ Email usÂ to get in touch.
HOW MUCH? ÂÂÂÂ Thanks to the generosity of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, the pricing for the retreat is heavily subsidized.ÂÂÂÂ In addition, financial aidÂÂÂÂ and travel grants are available for this retreat ÂÂÂâ€” click the link to apply.ÂÂÂÂ Pricing for the Student Retreat is:
Early Bird Rate ÂÂÂâ€” $89* available until December 20
Financial Need Rate – $99
Base Rate ÂÂÂâ€” $129
Supporter Rate ÂÂÂâ€” $175 (please pay this if you can)
BU & Boston area Students: You are eligible for a $20 rebate if you host a visiting student for the retreat. Please email to volunteer. We will hand you a check during the weekend.
100% of Nehirim’s financial aid for retreats is participant-funded. We have created a Crowdrise fundraiser for this retreat, so you can easily donate to help people attend. Donations are 100% tax-deductible and you will receive an immediate receipt, as well as some very good karma/mitzvah points. Please consider donating if you can.
WHERE?ÂÂÂÂ The Retreat is taking place at Boston University Hillel in Boston, MA. Free housing with students will be available ÂÂÂâ€” please bring your own sleeping bag and be prepared to sleep on the floor!
Schedule (last year’s)
Friday, February 14
3:00â€”5:00Â Registration & Snacks
5:00Â Opening Program & Shabbat Candle Lighting (Halachic Candlelighting 5:35 pm)
6:15Â Friday Night Services with BU
â€” Reform (with music and instruments)
â€” Conservative (egalitarian, no instruments)
â€” Orthodox (mechitza)
â€” Alternative: Shmooze with Ethan
7:30Â Shabbat Dinner!
8:45â€”9:45Â Michpacha Groups
10:00Â Evening Program: Sex Ed
Saturday, February 15
10:00Â Shabbat Morning Services with BU
â€” Conservative (egalitarian)
â€” Orthodox (mechitza)
â€” 11:30: Meditation with Bryan Mann
â€” Chill out space
12:00Â Kiddush & Shmooze
1:40â€”2:40Â Afternoon Session 1
â€” Inclusion in American Judaism (Karla Goldman)
â€” How to make change in the Orthodox World (Mordechai Levovitz)
â€” Beit Midrash (Yaakov Reef)
2:50-3:50Â Afternoon Session 2
â€” Organizing for Change (Joanna Ware)
â€” Trans* Activism (Mycroft Masada Holmes)
â€” Open Space: Create Your Own Groups
4:00-5:00Â Mishpacha Groups
5:00â€”6:15Â Break: Nap, Relax, Change for Evening Program
6:15Â Havdalah & Dancing
6;45Â Light Dinner
7:30Â Leave for Evening Program: The Keshet Cabaret
Sunday, February 16
10:00Â Brunch is served
10:30Â Brunch Talk: How Can You Be a Lesbian? You’re Jewish! (LeslÃƒÂ©a Newman)
11:45Â Closing Program/Reflection Time
1:00Â Kon bien te ke amaneskas!
RETREAT DIRECTORS: ÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂ The retreat will be directed by Ethan Sobel (UMass ’12, BU ’14) and co-chaired by Jessica Leuchter (Wake Forest ’16), Alissa Platcow (UMass Amherst ’15), and Jeremy Ginsberg (UC-Santa Barbara ’15). Contact us.
Ethan Sobel, Director of Development, Communication, and Student Programming
Ethan Sobel is extremely excited to serve Nehirim as the Director of Development, Communication, and Student Programming. He received his B.B.A in Finance and Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). He will graduate in December with his M.S. in Public Relations from Boston University. While at UMass, Ethan served as the co founder of LGBT Jews & Allies, the universityâ€™s first queer Jewish organization, and at BU he is the founder of JewQ, the LGBTQ Jewish group on campus. He has directed two Nehirim retreats and served as Retreat Manager for as many. Ethan is also a speaker and educator for Parents, Families, and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) and the Communications Coordinator for Athlete Ally.
Jeremy Ginsberg, Student Chair
Jeremy Ginsberg is a third year at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he is pursuing two B.A’s in History and in Global Studies. During his time at UCSB Jeremy is apart of many different organizations on campus. He has also served as, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of UCSB’s first LGBTQ Jewish Club (Kehset), a Founding Brother and Vice President of UCSB’s Zeta Beta Tau Gamma Xi colony, Vice President of Communications at Santa Barbara Hillel, and President of American Students for Israel at UCSB. In his almost nonexistent spare time Jeremy enjoys playing the flute, graphic design, photography and fixing computers.
Jessica Leuchter, Student Chair
Jessica Leuchter is a senior at Wake Forest University and is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is pursing a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. During her time at Wake Forest she has served as President, Vice President, and Shabbat Coordinator of Hillel. She has also been a Resident Adviser of a freshman hall for three years and participates in research in the Physics and Computer science departments. Jessica also contributes to the Winston-Salem community by serving at Treasurer for Interfaith Winston-Salem and by volunteering at the Forsyth Medical Center.
Alissa Platcow, StudentChair
Alissa Platcow is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a double major in Vocal Jazz and Judaic Studies. Â At UMass, she co-directs an all female a cappella group, S#arp Attitude, and is very involved in the Jewish community. Â She has served as the president of many organizations under the UMass Hillel including LGBTJew and Koach, the conservative group on campus. Â After graduation, Alissa hopes to pursue a career as a rabbi.
The Nehirim Student Retreat is an immersion weekend of community, spirituality, and connection for LGBTQ”Ë†Jewish students and allies. It features a full program of”Ë†Shabbat services, workshops, learning opportunities, social programs, and teachers from a diverse range of religious, gender/sexuality, and geographical backgrounds. Nehirim is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 2003, that has been nationally recognized by the Slingshot Fund as one of the fifty most innovative Jewish organizations in the country.
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