RWB Weekend Retreats
Two RWB Student retreats are held each year. The fall retreat is on “Re-imagining Synagogues and the Rabbinate.” The spring retreat is on “Spirituality, Social Justice and the Rabbinate.” Led by Rabbi Sid Schwarz, the retreats are infused with cutting edge ideas of his two books, Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews can Transform the American Synagogue (Jossey Bass, 2000) and Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (Jewish Lights, 2006).Each retreat features two visiting faculty who provide an array of experience and ideological diversity to enrich and challenge the participants. Past visiting faculty have included: Rabbis Irwin Kula, Dov Linzer, Laura Geller, Brad Hirschfield, Sharon Brous, Asher Lopatin, Tsvi Blanchard, Adina Lewittes, Steven Greenberg and Larry Kushner.
The goals of the retreat are:
- To challenge students to thinking boldly about their rabbinate and how they can help make Judaism more compelling and relevant to a new generation of American Jews.
- To meet, forge relationships with and learn from rabbinical students from different ideological, denominational and institutional contexts.
- To expose future rabbis to some of the most outstanding practitioners in the field from whom they can learn some practical “Torah” that goes beyond the curricular offerings of their respective seminaries.
Sessions throughout the retreats are designed to tap into the gifts and talents of all assembled. While students are eager to learn from the faculty, by the final day of the retreat, all agree that just as much was learned from peers as from the faculty. It creates a special bond between participants, an exhilarating intimacy in the community that gets formed over the four days and exposes participants to a unique way of structuring an intentional spiritual community that is instructive for their own rabbinates.
Spirituality, Social Justice and the Rabbinate
Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD
To find out more about past retreats, take a look at the Fall 2013 flier and summary report or the Spring 2014 flier and summary report.
Currently eleven separate seminaries serve as co-sponsors of the retreat with strong endorsements from their respective academic deans: Hebrew Union College (New York, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles), The Jewish Theological Seminary, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbinical School at Hebrew College (Boston), Academy for Jewish Religion (NY), Academy for Jewish Religion (LA), Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism and the ALEPH Rabbinic Program.
RWB Faculty are available to lead seminars at your rabbinical school, or for a designated group of students. We want to serve your needs and can address a variety of topics. A small sample of classes are below.
- Provoking Our Texts with Probing Questions -A method of deriving meaning and insight for today’s world from Jewish texts with Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard
- You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right -Taking the inspiring and pragmatic pluralist path to hope, peace, and understanding with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
- Finding Spiritual Pathways in Everyday Life- Using our traditions and rituals in new and creative ways in daily life with Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu
- Applying Sustaining and Disruptive Innovation theory to the Jewish world with Rabbi Irwin Kula
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