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

Fall Teen Retreat

Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23 | Hands In 4 Youth, 256 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ

Looking to unwind and enjoy being with your friends during the High Holy Days? Join us for a meaningful Shabbat away from the city. Throughout the weekend, teens will connect with friends old and new while enhancing their connection to the BJ community. Participate in team-building and leadership development, along with plenty of other activities, including a low ropes course and cookout by the bonfire! Teens will not have to worry about missing school; we will leave after school lets out on Friday.

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BJ Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

Register now for January 20-27, 2019 | Costa Rica

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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BJ Trip to Israel: Israel Today—A Deeper Look

Register now for February 21-28, 2019 | Israel

After 70 years, Israel is experiencing a wide spectrum of social and political challenges, along with revolutionary accomplishments in technology, arts, and culture.

Join Rabbi Roly Matalon and BJ’s shaliah, Moshe Samuels, as they explore some of the most urgent and nuanced issues facing Israeli society today.

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6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5, 2019 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Join your fellow 6th graders at our weekend-long B’nai Mitzvah Retreat! Students will participate in exciting programs that bring them closer to becoming B’nai Mitzvah while building community with each other. Transportation will be provided, as well as snacks on Friday afternoon through breakfast on Sunday.

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Reach for Shabbat Retreat

Friday, October 26-Sunday, October 28, 2019 | Isabella Friedman Retreat Center

Mark your calendars for our annual Reach for Shabbat Family retreat! This retreat is an incredible opportunity to get to know our Kadima@BJ community, including other families and teachers. Throughout the weekend, we will experience the power of a community coming together to create a home away from home.

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