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Women’s Retreat 2014

 The Nehirim Women’s Retreat is back August 8-10, 2014 at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center!

Women's Retreat

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

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:


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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

 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 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 $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.



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Schedule (2013 schedule – 2014 coming soon!)

Friday, March 8
2:00—4:00 Arrival, snacks, and registration

4:00—4:30 Opening Program
4:45—5:15 Optional Mikvas
­­­— Mikva in the Lake
­­­— “Meditation Mikva” with Sigal
­­­— Mikva movement for kids
5:30—6:00 Early dinner for kids
5:30—6:45­­­ Candlelighting & Shabbat Services (Halachic Shabbat: 5:34 pm)
7:00—8:15 Shabbat Dinner (Puzzle Fun! for kids)
8:30—9:30 Mishpacha Groups
9:45—10:45 The Other 50 Shades of Gray
11:00—12:00 Late Night Program
­­­— Tisch: Singing, Stories
­­­— 12-Step Meeting

Shabbat, March 9
8:00—9:00 Morning meditation with Sigal

8:30—9:30 Breakfast
9:30—11:45 Shabbat Morning Services
­­­— Traditional Davvening
­­­— Kohenet/Renewal Service
­­­— Personal Prayer Space
­­­— Schmooze: Why I am not at services
­­­— Shabbat Yoga & Movement for kids
12:00—1:15 Lunch
1:30—2:30 Afternoon Session 1
­­­— In the Doorway: Ritual for Liminal Space (Jill Hammer)
­­­— Thriving in the Places In Between (Marla Brettschneider)
­­­— Jewish Identity and Media (Laura Yaros)
­­­— Magical Music & Sound
2:45—3:45 Afternoon Session 2
­­­— Living by the Heart (Sabrina Sojourner)
­­­— Laughing Yoga (Alyssa/AJ Finn)
­­­— The 5 Women Who Gave Moses His Life (Penina Weinberg)
­­­— Nature/Nurture: Visit to the Animals & Nature Walk
4:00—5:00 Afternoon Session 3
­­­— Hike to the Overlook
­­­— Naptime, Free time, Rest time
­­­— Mincha
­­­— Rainbow Circle Storytelling
5:15—6:15­­­ Mishpacha Groups
6:15—7:30 Seudah Shlishit (Third meal/Dinner)
7:45—8:00 Maariv
8:00—8:30 Havdalah & Dancing
9:00—10:00 Talent Show
10:15—11:30 Night Program
­­­— Cozy Time around the Fireplace
­­­— Film: The Dark Side of Chocolate
­­­— Energetic Sheltering with Ellie Barbarash

Sunday, March 10
8:00—9:00 Morning Spiritual Practice
­­­— 12 Step Meeting (ends at 8:30)
­­­— Shacharit
8:30—9:30 Breakfast
9:45—10:45 Morning Session
­­­— Gratitude: What’s in it for me? (Jacqui)
­­­— What are your values? Are they Jewish? (Beth Blackmore)
­­­— Reflecting through art for adults and kids (Mimi Yasgur)
11:00—12:15 Closing Circle & Final Mishpacha group
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Tzeitchem L’­­Shalom (Adieu)

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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] Thanks!