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

Southeast Civil Rights Journey

Sunday, November 17-Tuesday, November 19 | Georgia and Alabama

Rabbi Felicia Sol and SPSA’s Reverend Lea Matthews will lead a civil rights journey through Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. Together, we will work to deepen our understanding of the Civil Rights movement and how systemic racism is both historic and present today. We will do so by immersing ourselves in experiences from church services at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, to visiting the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

This trip is currently at capacity. If you are interested in participating in a future trip, click here to let us know.

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Teen Domestic Trip: Immigration in America

Thursday, January 16-Monday, January 20 | Phoenix, Tucson, and Nogales, AZ

For 8th and 9th Graders in the BJ Community
It’s all over the news today: refugees and immigration. There are people struggling, and we are all eager to help—but how can we? Is there anything we can do?

In the past, on the years we haven’t gone on a Civil Rights Journey, we have taken 8th and 9th graders to New Orleans to talk about natural disasters and learn about food deserts, but this January, we will be digging deeper into the topics of immigration and refugees by traveling to Arizona and exploring Phoenix, Tucson, and visiting Nogales.

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Save the Date: Young Families Retreat

Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3, 2020 | Camp Ramah Nyack

Escape the city for a special Shabbat with the BJ Young Families community! Families with children in 2nd grade and younger are invited to save the date for a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend at Camp Ramah Nyack from Friday, May 1–Sunday, May 3, 2020. From hiking trails, to theater workshops, to schmoozing time with fellow BJ parents, the weekend will provide the perfect opportunity to spend time with your family in a meaningful way. More information to come!