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Nehirim West Retreat

Nehirim West is back December 11-13, 2015 at Walker Creek Ranch. Stay tuned for rates, schedule, faculty and more!

Nehirim West Gathering is a shabbaton (think “weekend getaway“¬Ě) composed of heartfelt connection, soulful community and spiritual conversation, culture, food, fun for LGBT Jews, partners, and allies.

WHEN? ­­­ Friday to Sunday, December 11-13, 2015

WHO? ¬≠¬≠¬≠¬† Nehirim retreats generally attract 60-80 LGBT Jews (plus straight allies and non-Jewish partners) from across the religious-ideological spectrum, ranging in age from 18-70 (usually, most are in their 20s-40s), and with a wide variety of gender and sexual orientation identities.¬≠¬≠¬≠¬†Transgender nice Jewish boys, avowed atheists, couples and¬≠¬≠¬≠¬†singles, men, women, and the rest of us ¬≠¬≠¬≠‚ÄĒ there are people like you at Nehirim!

PARTICIPATE: We are blessed to have Zvi Bellin as our retreat director this year.¬†Our presenters come from a broad range of religious and secular backgrounds. Rabbis, drag queens, doctors, university professors, queer activists and artists ¬≠¬≠¬≠‚ÄĒ some of the most innovative and interesting queer Jewish folks from around the country. So, if you have a workshop topic in mind, go ahead, email us us an offer we can’t refuse! And special this year, we will be gathering during Chanukah!¬†Everyone can bring their Chanukiah and¬†as we grow our personal lights together.

WHERE? The Retreat is taking place at beautiful­­­ Walker Creek Ranch­­­ in Petaluma, CA. To offer or request a ride to the retreat, visit the Nehirim Shmooze Facebook page.

Sample Schedule

Friday, December 11
4:00 Arrival and check-in at Walker Creek Ranch
4:30 Chanukah and Shabbat Candle lighting, Welcome and Opening Circle
5:30 Musical Kabbalat Shabbat
6:30 Shabbat Dinner
8:30 Mishpacha Groups
10:00¬†Tisch ¬≠¬≠¬≠‚ÄĒSinging, learning, stories

Saturday, December 12
8:00­­­ Early morning practices-yoga, meditation, chi gung-led by you!
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Prayer services and more
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Afternoon Session 1
3:00 Afternoon Session 2
4:30 Afternoon Session 3
6:00 Mishpacha Groups
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Havdalah and Chanukah candle lighting
8:30­­­ Cabaret
10:00 Campfire, s’mores, and more­­­…

Sunday, December 13
9:30 Breakfast/Brunch
10:30 Jewcy group programming
12:30 Closing Circle
1:00 Time to go home (or maybe to lunch in Petaluma)

Retreat Director

Dr. Zvi Bellin

Dr. Zvi Bellin earned a PhD in Pastoral Counseling and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance. He is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. He has worked as a therapist in a number of mental health settings, and has interned as a Psychiatric Chaplain.