Nehirim Student Programs
Get Ready for the 2013-14 Nehirim Student Retreat, February 14-16, 2014 at Boston University!
The 2012-13 retreat saw 50+ Queer Jewish students & allies from across the country descend upon Boston, Mass for a weekend of learning, socializing, and connecting. To check out a retreat preview, see our info page from this past yearâ€™s programming. We are doubling our capacity this year! Check back soon to sign-up, and as always spots are limited!
Bringing Nehirim to Your Campus
1) Workshops, classes, and lectures on Judaism and homosexuality, Lesbianism and halacha, Queer Jewish identity in the modern age, Sexuality in the Talmud, LGBTQ people in the Old Testament, Bisexuality, Torah, and more. We also provide materials to help you conduct educational sessions on your campus.
A sampling of our educators:
1. Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Nehirim Director of West Coast Programming
2. Chani Getter, Nehirim Director of Womenâ€™s Programming
3. Rabbi Debra Kolodny, Nehirim Executive Director, Editor, Blessed Bi Spirit, Bisexual People of Faith
4. Jay Michaelson, Author of God vs. Gay & Nehirim Founder
5. Ethan Sobel, Nehirim Director of Student Programming
2) Consulting, fundraising, and mentoring for LGBTQ Jewish student leaders: Our staff includes rabbis, social workers, nationally recognized fundraisers and educators, and trained counselors who are ready to serve as resources for LGBTQ Jewish students. We can help you identify and apply for funding from philanthropists, Hillel, your institution, and more.
3) Networking, Organizing, PR: We have the ability to help you and your student groups flourishÂ with training in specific PR techniques and skills. We also can help you connect with educators, funders, and other student groups for networking and outreach.
4) Religious and spirituality services: Traditional and alternative Shabbat services and innovative rituals. We can include singing, meditation, drumming, movement, readings in English, interfaith liturgy â€“ you name it. Nehirim acts as a clearing house for prayer texts, rituals, and spirituality guides.
- We offer full and partial student scholarships to all our weekend retreats, and support students financially and organizationally in building LGBTQ community back home.
- We offer a variety of con-campus programs, from lectures to Shabbat Services, filmÂ screenings to community organizing.
- We help LGBTQ Jews embrace their Jewish heritage through internship opportunities and professional leadership development programs.
- Our student programming is highlighted by the Nehirim Student Retreat hosted annually at a college campus. Find out when and where this yearâ€™s retreat is beign held at nehirim.org/students.
These programs are available at a fraction of the cost of a scholar in residence weekend. To learn more about bringing us to your campus, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best way to get to know Nehirim and its opportunities for students is to come to one of our retreats. This is the queer Jewish community youâ€™ve been waiting for: pluralistic, multi-generational, inclusive, and innovative. Our retreats feature amazing davening at services, cutting-edge workshops, irresistible surroundings, and opportunities to connect with queer Jews from all walks of life.
Our retreat season is highlighted for students at the Nehirim Student Retreat held annually on a college campus. There, students from across the country come together for a weekend to laugh, sing, nosh, schmooze, pray, and connect in all different types of ways. Full and partial student scholarships and travel subsidies are always available, and the application process is easy.
This yearâ€™s (2013-14) retreats include:
May 31 â€“ Nehirim East (Falls Village, CT)
June 4 â€“ Nehirim Womenâ€™s Circle (NYC)
Aug 21 â€“ Camp Nehirim (East Mountain, NY)
Oct. 25 â€“ Queer Shabbaton NYC
Feb.14 â€“ Nehirim Student Retreat (Boston,MA)
Connections and Testimonials
Nehirimâ€™s student programming track record is thorough and diverse. We have hosted events at:
UPenn, UMass, Boston University, UC-Riverside, Dickinson College, UNC-Asheville, American University,Â Yale, Union College, Univ. of Colorado Boulder, Pacific Religion School, UC-Berkeley, Oregon State, Portland State, Amherst College, Harvard, Tufts, Colgate, Lehigh, Univ. of Illinois, Vassar, Univ. of Southern California, Univ. of Wisconsin, and Queens College
To bring us to your campus email Director of Student Programming,Ethan Sobel, at email@example.com.
Hear what students are saying about being involved with Nehirim:
Over the past year I have struggled to find a way for my Judaism and homosexuality to coexist. . . At Nehirim, I was able to experience a new aspect of both the LGBT community and theÂ Jewish community. Nehirim was, and continues to be, my home.
â€” M.B. (male, 20)
Amazing! I felt like I was able to integrate my community and feel safe both as a queer jew and as an orthodox Jew, which is a rare mix.
â€” C.F. (female, 23)
Wonderful people inspired me to get closer to myself and God. I pushed my boundaries and had fun.
â€” J.S. (FTM, 24)
Nehirim is one of the few spaces I have in which my spiritual work and my political work can join handsâ€”also my spiritual and personal identities. That is very nourishing to me.
â€” R.T. (Genderqueer/Queer Female, 21)
The Nehirim Shabbaton was an opportunity to be surrounded by lots of cool queer Jewish types . . . and have that lovely feeling where everything feels so comfortable that you forget that such a configuration is unusual. . . or hard to find.
â€” E.S. (19, male)
Ethan Sobel, Director of Student Programming, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethan Sobel recently joined Nehirim as the Directorof Student Programming. He received his BBA in Finance and Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). He is now pursuing his M.S. in Public Relations at 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. Ethan is also a speaker and educator for Parents of Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) and looks forward to continuing his work with Nehirim. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys playing classical cello, healthy eating and cooking, and playing sports.
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Past Nehirim Programs On-CampusApril 03, 2013
Philadelphia, PA University of Pennsylvania
March 04, 2013
University of Californiaâ€”Riverside
March 01, 2013
February 06, 2013
January 28, 2013
October 25, 2012
October 21, 2012
September 11, 2012
May 14, 2012
April 23, 2012
University of Colorado Boulder
April 21, 2012
Pacific School of Religion
April 20, 2012
Berkeley, CA UC Berkeley
April 18, 2012
Oregon State U
April 17, 2012
Portland State University Portland State University
April 01, 2012
University of Massachusetts Amherst
March 29, 2012
Boston, MA Harvard University
March 28, 2012
March 21, 2012
March 20, 2012
Bethlehem, PA Lehigh University
February 20, 2012
University of Illinois
February 13, 2012
Poughkeepsie, NY Vassar College
February 13, 2012
February 10, 2012
Brandeis, CA University of Southern California
January 22, 2012
December 01, 2011
University of Wisconsin
November 28, 2011