Retreats and Trips
Please see below for more information about upcoming retreats and trips:
B’nai Jeshurun leads a number of trips for community members, all over the world and all year round.
BJ organizes a regular community weekend retreat in early summer with one or more of BJ’s rabbis, featuring outdoor Shabbat morning services (weather permitting), picnics, afternoon study, music, delicious meals, and fellowship at a bucolic retreat facility in the Pocono mountains.
“I often ask myself “how did I get so lucky as to connect with BJ?” The Rabbis, my friends, the retreats, trips to Israel and Shabbat and high holiday services are all special. I found Torah at BJ.”
Journeys to Israel (for groups as small as 20 and as large as 180) are part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining our relationships with the land and the Israeli people.
An annual meditation retreat is the most recently established of BJ’s trips. During the winter Rabbis Marcelo Bronstein and Rachel Cowan lead a group to Costa Rica for contemplative practice, mindful eating, sun, and serenity.
Retreats and trips are also an important part of the Youth and Family Department. In the fall there is a Reach for Shabbat weekend retreat for Hebrew School students in third through fifth grade and their families. In the spring there is a kids-only weekend retreat for all of BJ’s sixth graders, regardless of where they receive their Jewish education, to bring them closer to becoming b’nai mitzvah and to build community, as well as a teen retreat for eighth through twelfth graders.
Each winter two week-long service learning trips for teens, one domestic and one international, are led by a BJ rabbi and educators. These trips are incredible, life-changing opportunities to spend time working, learning, and building community together in an immersive environment outside of New York.