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.
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
10:00¬†Tisch ¬≠¬≠¬≠‚ÄĒSinging, learning, stories
Saturday, December 12
8:00¬≠¬≠¬≠ Early morning practices-yoga, meditation, chi gung-led by you!
10:00¬†Prayer services and more
1:30¬†Afternoon Session 1
3:00¬†Afternoon Session 2
4:30¬†Afternoon Session 3
6:00 Mishpacha Groups
8:00¬†Havdalah and Chanukah candle lighting
10:00¬†Campfire, s‚Äômores, and more¬≠¬≠¬≠‚Ä¶
Sunday, December 13
10:30¬†Jewcy group programming
1:00¬†Time to go home (or maybe to lunch in Petaluma)
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.