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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

Join Rabbi Felicia Sol and SPSA’s Reverend Lea Matthews on 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 historical and present today 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 open to BJ and SPSA members only.

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