TheRetreat, organized by the New England Region of The Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, is the first and oldest weekend retreat for Jewish men in America.This year will be our 70th. Formerly known as Laymen's Institute, TheRetreat is a long weekend of fun, spirit and learning. Whether praying at the "Minyan in the Grove", playing in the golf tournament, attending an interactive lecture by a Scholar in Residence, biking to Quabbin Reservoir, just reading a book by the lake, or participating in any of the many programs and activities we offer - you will love TheRetreat! The Retreat is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a great getaway with Jewish men from throughout New England. TheRetreat will be from Thursday, June 16-Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Camp Ramah in Palmer, MA. Register now and be a part of the adventure!
We are pleased to announce that our Scholar in Residence for 2016 will be Rabbi Moshe Waldoks. Reb Moshe is the Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline and is a nationally recognized teacher who was chosen by Newsweek magazine as one of the top 25 pulpit Rabbis in the United States. He is the author and co-author of several books including the Big Book of Jewish Humor. He was also instrumental in arranging the first meeting between Jewish leaders and the Dalai Lama, leading to the historic “Jew in the Lotus” trip to India.
Reb Moshe will participate in a number of events including three lectures entitled "What is Jewish Renewal?: The Legacy of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi," "Is There a Jewish Spirituality?" and "Davenology- the Art of Tefila."
On Thursday night and Friday morning, our speaker will be Rabbi Ron Fish,and the theme of his talks will be "Zionism and American Jews." Rabbi Fish graduated from Brandeis in 1991, was ordained in 1996 from the Jewish Theological Seminary and became the Rabbi at Temple Israel Sharon on July 1, 2015. Prior to Sharon he was at Congregation Beth El in Norwalk, CT fro 14 years. He grew up in various communities across the US, but his summer "home" for more than a decade was Camp Ramah where he was a camper, counselor, unit head, and teacher.Currently, Rabbi Fish is working on a doctorate in Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Registrationis now open for TheRetreat 2016. The cost is $265 for first time attendees and $330 for returning attendees. This includes three nights rooming in a bunk house and all meals (kosher) from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Limited double occupancy rooms in the guest house are available for an extra fee.