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Women’s Retreat 2015

 The Nehirim Women’s Retreat is August 21-23, 2015  at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center!

Join us for a weekend of rejuvenation, community, and fun, including:

Activities, fun and learning are also mixed in for children of all ages.

Our faculty is diverse in age, experience, professional background, Nehirim involvement and geographic locations.

2014 Schedule (2015 TBA)

Friday
4:00—5:00 Arrival, snacks, and registration
5:00—5:30 Opening Program
5:30—6:00 Mikva
6:00—7:30 Candlelighting & Shabbat Services
7:30—8:45 Shabbat Dinner (chalk and bubbles for kids)
9:00—9:45 Mishpacha Groups
10:00-11:00 The Only Constant Is Change: Living with Transition
11:15—12:00 Late Night Program

Shabbat
8:00—9:00 Guided Meditation
8:30—9:30 Breakfast
9:30—11:45 Shabbat Morning Services
12:00—1:15 Lunch
1:30—2:45 Afternoon Session 1
3:00—4:15 Afternoon Session 2
4:30—5:45 Afternoon Session 3
6:00—7:00­­­ Mishpacha Groups
7:00—8:15 Seudah Shlishit (Third meal/Dinner)
8:30—8:45 Maariv
8:45—9:15 Havdalah & Dancing
9:15—10:30 Talent Show
10:30—11:30 Night Program

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Sunday
8:00—9:00 Morning Spiritual Practice
8:30—9:30 Breakfast
9:45—10:45 Morning Session
11:00—12:15 Closing Circle & final small group
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Tzeitchem L’­­Shalom (Adieu)

What to Expect

Community: The Nehirim Women’­­s Retreat brings together 50—100 queer Jewish women (self-identified) of a wide variety of ages, religious affiliations (Orthodox, atheist, and everyone in between), family situations (singles, couples, families) and backgrounds. Children & non-Jewish partners are welcome. Ours is a warm, diverse, inclusive community.

Program: Our program features inspiring workshops, spiritual Shabbat services, and plenty of social activities and free time. We celebrate LGBTQ Jewish culture, spirituality, personal growth, and making new connections. There is something for everybody at Nehirim!­­­ This year  we will explore the theme of “Transition” and the way that “Change is the Only Constant”.  Jacqui Sellin will be leading the children’s program.

Accommodation: Our site is a gorgeous, comfortable, fully winterized, and fully kosher facility 3 hours from Boston, 2 hours from New York, and 1 hour from Hartford. Single rooms and amenities are available.

Here is a video shot from the women’s retreat which gives you a good sense of the community we build:

Location and Transportation

The retreat will be held at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT. For directions and transportation information, please visit the­­­ Isabella Freedman website.

Isabella Freedman is easily accessible by train from New York, and is close to the Bradley International Airport in Hartford. To offer or request a ride to the retreat, visit our­­­ Facebook Shmooze page. Isabella Freedman is also accessible by train from NYC. If you need to be dropped off at the Wassaic train station (for MetroNorth service from New York City), a shuttle will be made available for a $20 charge per person each way. On Friday, pickup will be right after the 2:03 pm train arrives from Grand Central Station, and drop off on Sunday will be ahead of the 2:25 pm train departing for Grand Central (so a 1:45 pm departure from Isabella Freedman). You can pay for the train rides at www.nehirim.org/donate and MUST tell esobel@nehirim.org if you need one of the rides.

For other pickup times or locations, Lakeville Taxi, (860) 435-8000, is available for the train station and Best Cab, (860) 623-0200, for the airport. Lakeville Taxi is a reservation service; 24-hour advance notice required and reservations are nonrefundable within 24 hours.

Retreat Director

Chani Getter, Director of Women’s & Family Programming

Chani Getter, is a Motivational Speaker, Certified Holistic Life Coach, and Ritual Creator. She leads informational and support groups in parenting, single-motherhood, domestic violence, cross cultural integration, issues of sexuality, and identity. She coaches individuals and offers workshops in the areas of life-balance, self-acceptance, transition, spirituality, and living your dreams. In addition to creating spiriutal and creative ceremonies, Chani follows an eclectic spiritual path that allows her to connect to the source of life within.

 

If you would like more information, if you would like to volunteer to teach or lead services, ­­­ you can always email us at chani[at]nehirim.org. Thanks!