Fantastic opportunities for young married couples (20's and 30's)
with a spouse who has recently converted to Judaism
celebrate Jewish life
experience a joyful Shabbat
build strong friendships with other couples
Please forward this email to couples from your communities who would benefit from a Shabbat experience designed specifically for them.
Three options for Spring 2013:
West Coast: April 12-14, 2013 at Ramah California (Ojai, CA: 1.5 hrs from LA)
Northeast: May 10-12, 2013 at Ramah New England (Palmer, MA: 1 hr from Boston)
Southeast: May 24-26, 2013 at Ramah Darom (Clayton, GA: 2 hrs from Atlanta)
Retreats begin on Friday afternoon and conclude on Sunday morning. Program cost is $200 per couple per retreat, and includes kosher meals, snacks, lodging and program (subsidized by National Ramah). Due to the generous support of the RA, additional funding may be available to help underwrite the cost of OpenDoor Retreats for couples you recommend.
Every year, hundreds of people across North America proudly choose to be Jewish. You and your colleagues work hard to prepare, teach, guide, and celebrate their progress. As you are the rabbinic link to Jews by choice on their Jewish journey, we would like to partner with you by offering an opportunity for a Jewish living experience in the form of a retreat. We believe that retreat programs impact people in powerful ways. Packing your bags and physically going away somewhere, unplugging from the day-to-day concerns and pressures and connecting with like-minded people in a natural setting is a recipe for success! The Ramah Camping Movement has been doing this for years.
As indicated above, the first series of retreats will take place this spring and is designed for young married couples (20's and 30's) with a spouse who has recently converted to Judaism (no children at this pilot retreat). Please forward this email to couples from your communities who would benefit from a Shabbat experience designed specifically for them.
Other short-term experiences offered in the future may connect people through specific elements of commonality such as (but not limited to) adoptive families, or families who are raising children while also caring for aging parents. Another type of short-term program may be thematic such as (but not limited to): "Healing," "Spirituality," or "God Moments." OpenDoor Retreats may take place at Ramah conference centers in North America or off-site as travel programs.
Please join us as we celebrate this next phase of experiential learning for our communities!
Rabbi Mitchell Cohen, National Ramah Director Cheryl Magen, Director, OpenDoor Retreats
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I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
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