Retreats and Trips

B’nai Jeshurun leads a number of trips for community members, all over the world and all year round.BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Costa Rica

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.”

— BJ Member

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.

Rabbis Marcelo Bronstein leads a mindfulness retreat in 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.

Upcoming Retreats and Trips

BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

January 20-27 | Costa Rica

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Is multitasking in your daily life taking a toll? Spend a week of simple living in the rich ecology of the Costa Rican rain forest and the rustic elegance and organic fine cuisine of La Montaña Azul Center. Led by Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, we will explore Jewish mindfulness practices as a way to connect more deeply with our souls, our truest values, and with God’s creation, of which we are an integral part. Each day we will pray, meditate, set a kavanah (intention), follow integrative body movement practices, bear witness to local social initiatives and experience nature.
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College Student Eastern European Exploration

Tuesday, June 11-Monday, June 17 | Berlin, Germany, and Prague, Czech Republic

Join fellow BJ college students for our first ever Eastern European tour (Prague and Berlin). Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with the BJ community while taking in the towering spires of the Old City in Prague, Czech Republic, and the bustling creativity of Berlin, Germany. We will explore Jewish life of the past and meet with the leaders guiding the vibrant Jewish communities of today. This trip will be complete with must-see landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Charles Bridge, and the John Lennon Wall. Trip staff will include Rabbi Roly Matalon and Family Life and Learning Associate Director. Ayala Wasser.

This trip is open to all BJ students who graduated high school from 2015-2018.

Register by Thursday, March 14.

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