Nehirim Queer Jewish Student Retreat 2015
Come get your Queer Jew on at Nehirim’ÂÂs Queer Jewish Student Retreat!
February 13-15, 2015
Join 80â€”100 LGBTQ Jewish students, plus friends and ÂÂÂÂ allies, for a weekend of fun, learning, connection, and Judaism. Registration is live and a sample schedule available below – more updated 2015 to come. Email email@example.com if you are interested in being a student retreat chair (help organize this year’s programs).
WHEN? ÂÂÂÂ Friday to Sunday, February 13-15, 2015
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?ÂÂÂ Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.
HOW MUCH? ÂÂÂÂ $99 for the Early Bird rate, ending December 31, 2014. $130 is the Student Rate from January 1, 2015-Feb.12, 2014
WHERE?ÂÂÂÂ The Retreat is taking place at Boston University Hillel (213 Bay State Road) 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!
2014 Schedule (2015 tbd)Â
Friday, February 14
3:00â€”5:00Â Registration & Snacks
5:00Â Opening Program & Shabbat Candle Lighting
6:15Â Friday Night Services with BU
â€” Reform (with music and instruments)
â€” Conservative (egalitarian, no instruments)
â€” Orthodox (mechitza)
â€” Alternative: Shmooze
7:30Â Shabbat Dinner!
8:45â€”9:45Â Michpacha Groups
10:00Â Evening Program
Saturday, February 15
10:00Â Shabbat Morning Services with BU
â€” Conservative (egalitarian)
â€” Orthodox (mechitza)
â€” 11:30: Meditation
â€” Chill out space
12:00Â Kiddush & Shmooze
1:40â€”2:40Â Afternoon Session 1
2:50-3:50Â Afternoon Session 2
4:05â€”5:00Â Afternoon Session 3
5:00-6:00 Mishpacha Groups
6:15 Havdalah and Dancing
6:45Â Light dinner
7:45-8:45 Break: Nap, Relax, Change for Evening Program
9:00Â Evening Program
Sunday, February 16
10:00Â Brunch is served
10:30Â Brunch Talk
11:45Â Closing Program/Reflection Time
Check out these workshops for the 2015 retreat:
For You Know the Heart of a Stranger, Joy Ladin
Directors: ÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂ Email me at email@example.com to become a student leader for this event.
Rachel Stein, Director of Student Programming & Registrar
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.
Alissa Platcow, Student Chair
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.
Jessica Leuchter, Intern
Jessica Leuchter is extremely excited to join the Nehirim team. She holds a B.S. in chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from Wake Forest University. Her involvement in LGBTQ Jewish activism began on Wake Forestâ€™s campus when she combined her roles at bith Hillel and the LGBTQ center. She has been a student chair for the 2014 student retreat. Currently Jessica is working as a research assistant at the Weizmann Institute of Technology in Rehovot, Israel. Her goal is to pursue an M.D.-Ph.D. and combine her love for LGBTQ activism with her passion for research and medicine.
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.
Ethan Sobel, Director of Communication
Ethan Sobel is extremely excited to serve Nehirim as the part-time Director of Communication. He holds a M.S. in Public Relations from Boston University and received his B.B.A in Finance and Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ethan’s involvement in LGBTQ Jewish activism began as the Director of Student Programming & Development Associate for Nehirim while a graduate student.Â He has directed two Nehirim retreats, and worked as Retreat Manager for four. Ethan is the Director of Student Activities at Boston University Hillel and also a speaker and educator for Parents, Families, and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG). He currently resides in Cambridge, MA.
Rabbi Toba Spitzer
Rabbi Toba Spitzer, a native of the Washington D.C. area and a 1997graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia, has served Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, Massachusetts since 1997.Â She is a Past President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, serving from March 2007 through March 2009, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis.Â As the first openly gay or lesbian leader of a national rabbinic organization, she was included in the â€śForward 50â€ť and Newsweekâ€™s â€śTop 50 Rabbis in America.â€ť
Professor Joy Ladin
Joy Ladin’s return to Yeshiva University as a woman after receiving tenure as a man made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution and made page-3 news in the New York Post. Her memoir of gender transition, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award, and winner of a Forward Fives award, and she was named to the 2012 Forward 50 list of influential or courageous American Jews. She is also the author of six books of poetry, including Psalmsand Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration; her seventh collection, Impersonation, is due out in 2015. She holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University. Her work has been recognized with a Fulbright Scholarship and an American Council of Learned Societies research fellowship. She has spoken about gender identity issues around the country, and was featured on NPR’s â€śOn Beingâ€ť with Krista Tippett and other NPR programs. Sheserves on the Board of Keshet, a national organization devoted to full inclusion of LGTBQ Jews in the Jewish world.
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.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!Â Also, connect with us on Facebook.
We are co-sponsored byÂ Boston University Hillel.