Nehirim Women’s Retreat
Â The Nehirim Women’s Retreat is August 21-23, 2015 Â 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.
This year’s program:
Success:Â A Kinder, Gentler Definition
SuccessÂ is usually defined for us, first by our parents and teachers, and then by the media, our peers, our work places and our communities.
But â€śWhat if successÂ is just getting theÂ wash into the dryer before mildew sets in?â€ť (author unknown)
Together letâ€™s explore the messages about success that arenâ€™t serving us and redefine what a gratifying life looks like on our own terms. Weâ€™ll identify the specifics of a life that is balanced, makes us happy and doesnâ€™t require us to beÂ superwomen. Weâ€™ll apply teachings about delegation from the weekâ€™s Torah portion: Shoftim, connect with our Elul practice by forgiving ourselves and others for imposing unrealistic expectations, and discuss how to bring a taste of Shabbat into the rest of the week as we grapple with what true success might look like.
- Dorm—early bird: $275, regular: $325
- Economy Doubleâ€”early bird: $395, regular: $445
- Standard Double â€“early bird: $495, regular: $545
- Economy singleâ€”early bird: $525, regular: $575
- Deluxe Doubleâ€”early bird: $575, regular: $625
- Standard Singleâ€”early bird: $595, regular: $645
- Deluxe Singleâ€”early bird: $695, regular: $745
- Deluxe Coupleâ€”early bird: $825, regular: $875 (total for both people)
2014 Schedule (2015 TBA)
4:00â€”5:00 Arrival, snacks, and registration
5:00â€”5:30 Opening Program
6:00â€”7:30 Candlelighting & Shabbat Services
7:30â€”8:45 Shabbat Dinner (chalk and bubblesÂ for kids)
9:00â€”9:45 Mishpacha Groups
10:00-11:00Â The Only Constant Is Change: Living with Transition
11:15â€”12:00 Late Night Program
8:00â€”9:00Â GuidedÂ Meditation
9:30â€”11:45 Shabbat Morning Services
1:30â€”2:45 Afternoon Session 1
3:00â€”4:15 Afternoon Session 2
4:30â€”5:45 Afternoon Session 3
6:00â€”7:00ÂÂÂÂ Mishpacha Groups
7:00â€”8:15 Seudah Shlishit (Third meal/Dinner)
8:45â€”9:15 Havdalah & Dancing
9:15â€”10:30 Talent Show
10:30â€”11:30 Night Program
8:00â€”9:00 Morning Spiritual Practice
9:45â€”10:45 Morning Session
11:00â€”12:15 Closing Circle & finalÂ small group
2:00 Tzeitchem L’ÂÂShalom (Adieu)
What to Expect
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:
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 $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 aÂ 1:45 pm departure from Isabella Freedman). You can pay for the train rides at www.nehirim.org/donate and MUST tell email@example.com 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.
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!