See the draft schedule of events so you can plan your arrival and departure times.
The Laymen’s Institute is proudly sponsored by the New England Region of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs. Synagogue or Men’s Club membership is not required and Jewish men of all traditions are welcome to attend.
The weekend begins on Thursday afternoon and ends Sunday morning before noon; however men may arrive and leave at times that meet their own schedules. We avoid traveling on Shabbat. It takes place at Camp Ramah in Palmer, MA which is a short 75 minute drive from Boston.
Laymen’s Institute consists of a wonderful mix of relaxation, sports, eating, learning, prayer, spirited singing and camaraderie. The schedule is centered on our Scholar in Residence who will deliver three presentations and one of our local rabbis who will deliver two presentations.
Other activities include a learner’s minyan, the famed “Minyan in the Grove”, camp fire, softball, a tennis competition, swimming, boating and Hearing Men’s Voices programs where men have the opportunity to talk about many key personal issues facing us today.
If you have a son who is 18 years or older, bring him along. One attendee said, “I haven’t talked this much with my son since he left for college”.
“Layman’s Institute (LI) is almost always on Father’s Day weekend. This is precisely the point. It is a gift to a father to be part of this special group of men. Our weekend wraps up at noon on Sunday which gives people plenty of time to do family activities. I have raised two daughters during my 25 years at LI. We always scheduled any BBQ or such celebration until I got home from camp.” - Marty Paley
- Why Words? The Prayer Book and Prayer is a lecture asking why do we need a book to pray. Why not silent meditation? Why not speak from the heart?
- How Can WE Relate to Difficult Ideas in the Prayer Book? What happens when we come across notions to question? How do we resolve these ideas or philosophy?
- A Taste of Talmud will discuss the three subject listed as “How Do We Rebuke Each Other?” “Is Compromise a Sin or a Mitzvah?” and “Are There Prophets Today?”
- An Unfolding Tradition: How our changing understanding of God and Torah reflect how we respond to Halacha.
- An Anatomy of Teshuvah: The process of how Halacha is decided using the Teshuvah "Burial of Non-Jews in a Jewish Cemetery".
- Discount rate (Paid in full by May 15) $270
- Regular rate (Min. $25 to reserve by May 15) $300
- Sponsor (Min. $25 to reserve by May 15) $350
- Patron (includes $50 to Tikvah Fund; send in $25 to reserve by May 15) $400
- First-timer rate (no cut-off date) $200
- Special rate for men 21 to 30 years old. $185