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Nehirim Queer Jewish Student Retreat 2015

Come get your Queer Jew on at Nehirim’­­s Queer Jewish Student Retreat!

February 13-15, 2015

Join 80—100 LGBTQ Jewish students, plus friends and ­­­ allies, for a weekend of fun, learning, connection, and Judaism. Registration and program details to be released by November 2014. Email if you are interested in being a student retreat chair (help organize this year’s programs).

WHEN? ­­­ Friday to Sunday, February 13-15, 2015

WHO? ­­­  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. ­­­ This retreat is limited to active or recently graduated (within two-three months) students under the age of 30 only.

PARTICIPATE:­­­ Directed by volunteers, this Retreat is largely community-led and teaching opportunities are available. What would you like to teach or share?­­­ Email us at to get in touch.


HOW MUCH? ­­­ Prices have already been adjusted to be as affordable as possible for students. Look for registration to open in November 2014.

Financial Need Rate – $99
Base Rate ­­­— $129
Supporter Rate ­­­— $175 (please pay this if you can)




WHERE?­­­ The Retreat is taking place at Boston University Hillel in Boston, MA. Free housing with students will be available ­­­— please bring your own sleeping bag and be prepared to sleep on the floor!

2014 Schedule (2015 tbd) 

Friday, February 14
3:00—5:00 Registration & Snacks
5:00 Opening Program & Shabbat Candle Lighting (Halachic Candlelighting 5:35 pm)
6:15 Friday Night Services with BU
— Reform (with music and instruments)
— Conservative (egalitarian, no instruments)
— Orthodox (mechitza)
— Alternative: Shmooze with Jeremy Ginsburg
7:30 Shabbat Dinner!
8:45—9:45 Michpacha Groups
10:00 Evening Program: If you like it, put a brachah on it!  (David Dunn Bauer)

Saturday, February 15
10:00 Shabbat Morning Services with BU
— Conservative (egalitarian)
— Orthodox (mechitza)
— 11:30: Meditation with Yaakov reef
— Chill out space
12:00 Kiddush & Shmooze
12:30 Lunch
1:40—2:40 Afternoon Session 1
— Being Out in the Workplace (Jeremy Burton)
— Jewish Queers and Hannah Arendt’s Pariahs & Parvenus (Dr. Marla Brettschneider)
— Queer Syntax (student led: Jay Schwartz)
2:50-3:50 Afternoon Session 2
— Lube, Vibrators, Sex Toys…Oh My! (Megan Andelloux)
— Esther the Queer Heroine (Rabbi Yaakov Reef)
3:50-4:00 Break/Shmooze
4:05—5:00 Afternoon Session 3
— Living Your Identity: Keshet’s Founder (Idit Klein)
— Gender, Sexuality, and Genesis (Rev. Cameron Partridge)
— When morality isn’t enough: The Conservative movement and GLBTQ inclusion (Leonard Gordon)
5:00-6:00 Mishpacha Groups
6:15 Havdalah and Dancing
6:45 Light dinner
7:45-8:45 Break: Nap, Relax, Change for Evening Program
9:00 Evening Program: Concert with B. Steady

Sunday, February 16
10:00 Brunch is served
10:30 Brunch Talk: The awesome connection between spirituality and sexuality (Reverend Irene Monroe)
11:45 Closing Program/Reflection Time
1:00 Kon bien te ke amaneskas!


RETREAT DIRECTORS: ­­­ ­­­ Email us at

Rachel Stein, Director of Student Programming

Rachel Stein is a passionate Jewish life educator and excited to return to Nehirim. In 2013, she co-chaired the Nehirim Student Retreat at Boston University. She has spent time working at the University of Michigan Hillel and Hazon. She is a graduate of The George Washington University where she studied psychology and explored the nation’s capital. In her junior year, Rachel traveled most of Israel while studying at the University of Haifa. She is currently pursuing her Master in Social Work at Fordham University. She resides in New York City.



The Nehirim Student Retreat is an immersion weekend of community, spirituality, and connection for LGBTQ”ˆJewish students and allies. It features a full program of”ˆShabbat 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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