Women’s Retreat 2014
Â The Nehirim Women’s Retreat is back August 8-10, 2014 at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center!
Join us for a weekend of rejuvenation, community, and fun, including:
Community: The Nehirim Women’ÂÂs Retreat brings together 50â€”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!ÂÂÂÂ This year Â we will explore the theme of “Transition” and the way that “Change is the Only Constant”. Â 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:
Registration & Pricing
Prices shown below are per person and include all room & board for two nights. These are the SAME prices from last year, only available until June 1!
Dorm triple/quad (bathroom down the hall): $225.
Economy (shared bath): Double $325, Single $450.
Standard (private bath): Double $425, Single $525
Deluxe: Double: $500, Single: $625
Child: $150, Children 2 and under are free
**All prices increase by $25 after June 1
Â There is limited financial aid available. To apply for aid, click here.
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 theÂÂÂÂ 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 ourÂÂÂÂ 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 $15 charge per person each way. Contact Isabella Freedman directly to arrange shuttle pickup (800) 398-2630.
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.
Schedule (2013 schedule – 2014 coming soon!)
Friday, March 8
2:00â€”4:00 Arrival, snacks, and registration
4:00â€”4:30 Opening Program
4:45â€”5:15 Optional Mikvas
ÂÂÂâ€” Mikva in the Lake
ÂÂÂâ€” “Meditation Mikva” with Sigal
ÂÂÂâ€” Mikva movement for kids
5:30â€”6:00 Early dinner for kids
5:30â€”6:45ÂÂÂÂ Candlelighting & Shabbat Services (Halachic Shabbat: 5:34 pm)
7:00â€”8:15 Shabbat Dinner (Puzzle Fun! for kids)
8:30â€”9:30 Mishpacha Groups
9:45â€”10:45 The Other 50 Shades of Gray
11:00â€”12:00 Late Night Program
ÂÂÂâ€” Tisch: Singing, Stories
ÂÂÂâ€” 12-Step Meeting
Shabbat, March 9
8:00â€”9:00 Morning meditation with Sigal
9:30â€”11:45 Shabbat Morning Services
ÂÂÂâ€” Traditional Davvening
ÂÂÂâ€” Kohenet/Renewal Service
ÂÂÂâ€” Personal Prayer Space
ÂÂÂâ€” Schmooze: Why I am not at services
ÂÂÂâ€” Shabbat Yoga & Movement for kids
1:30â€”2:30 Afternoon Session 1
ÂÂÂâ€” In the Doorway: Ritual for Liminal Space (Jill Hammer)
ÂÂÂâ€” Thriving in the Places In Between (Marla Brettschneider)
ÂÂÂâ€” Jewish Identity and Media (Laura Yaros)
ÂÂÂâ€” Magical Music & Sound
2:45â€”3:45 Afternoon Session 2
ÂÂÂâ€” Living by the Heart (Sabrina Sojourner)
ÂÂÂâ€” Laughing Yoga (Alyssa/AJ Finn)
ÂÂÂâ€” The 5 Women Who Gave Moses His Life (Penina Weinberg)
ÂÂÂâ€” Nature/Nurture: Visit to the Animals & Nature Walk
4:00â€”5:00 Afternoon Session 3
ÂÂÂâ€” Hike to the Overlook
ÂÂÂâ€” Naptime, Free time, Rest time
ÂÂÂâ€” Rainbow Circle Storytelling
5:15â€”6:15ÂÂÂÂ Mishpacha Groups
6:15â€”7:30 Seudah Shlishit (Third meal/Dinner)
8:00â€”8:30 Havdalah & Dancing
9:00â€”10:00 Talent Show
10:15â€”11:30 Night Program
ÂÂÂâ€” Cozy Time around the Fireplace
ÂÂÂâ€” Film: The Dark Side of Chocolate
ÂÂÂâ€” Energetic Sheltering with Ellie Barbarash
Sunday, March 10
8:00â€”9:00 Morning Spiritual Practice
ÂÂÂâ€” 12 Step Meeting (ends at 8:30)
9:45â€”10:45 Morning Session
ÂÂÂâ€” Gratitude: What’s in it for me? (Jacqui)
ÂÂÂâ€” What are your values? Are they Jewish? (Beth Blackmore)
ÂÂÂâ€” Reflecting through art for adults and kids (Mimi Yasgur)
11:00â€”12:15 Closing Circle & Final Mishpacha group
2:00 Tzeitchem L’ÂÂShalom (Adieu)
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, ÂÂÂÂ you can always email us at chani[at]nehirim.org. Thanks!