2018 RWB Alumni Retreat
Leading in Challenging Times
No matter where we all fall on the political, cultural and religious spectrum, we are all struggling in some way with this issue. Things are changing around us at a rapid pace, and our communities are increasingly diverse and divided on issues. How do we as rabbis, as religious leaders, hold the tensions around us and respond to them?
Come engage your imagination, push past the borders of what you thought was possible, learn from amazing teachers and colleagues, have fun and re-energize!
WHEN: Sunday, February 11- Wednesday, February 14, 2018
WHERE: Pearlstone Retreat Center, outside of Baltimore (http://pearlstonecenter.org/)
SINGLE ROOM: $665, DOUBLE: $515 – food, lodging, and program are all included.
Travel is on your own.
As always, please do not let finances stand in the way of your attendance!
Call Rebecca to discuss options: 212-779-3300 x122.
We will be bringing in two keynote speakers to address this topic – one from a more theoretical perspective (why are people wired to believe certain things or represent certain political views) and one from a practical perspective (how do we as leaders work with diverse groups of people and advocate for the positions we most believe in.)
Our hope is that after our morning keynote and discussion sessions, you can craft what you need out of the retreat by choosing among the other offerings. At each afternoon session, you can choose how you wish to spend your time – in conversation, text study, learning about new programs, in self-care or a combination.
We want to learn from each other! We are looking for the afternoon sessions to be offered by you for you along the following themes:
- Sharing interesting RWB like projects you are working – on either to share best practices or to get feedback so you can grow. (Past examples include Because Jewish, ISH, Gift of the Heart Dues models etc.)
- Conversations – You can volunteer to lead a conversation on any topic you want to connect with your fellow RWB’s over. (Possibilities include Post-ethnic Judaism, Israel issues, or responses to #Metoo.)
- Self-care – We have many RWB’s who can offer self-care workshops. (Possibilities include mediation, journaling, painting, general self-care skill building)
- Skill Building – What skills can you teach your fellow rabbis? Video blogging? Writing? Singing? Storytelling?
- Torah Study – What texts would you like to offer to study together and share?
We look forward to seeing you there
*We anticipate our programming to begin at approx. 4:00 pm on Sunday, and to conclude at 1:00 pm on Wednesday: http://pearlstonecenter.org/rental-information/directions-to-pearlstone/
Entrepreneurships and Residencies
This is an opportunity for outstanding, and outstandingly creative, RWB alumni to use Clal as a base from which to launch new initiatives which grow out of their participation in other RWB programs. These rabbis are raising their own funding for projects designed to reach new or underserved audiences while seeking the unique combination of mentorship and institutional infrastructure which can only be found at Clal. Projects currently include:
- Sinai and Synapses
Sinai and Synapses seeks to bridge the religious and
scientific worlds, offering people a worldview that is
scientifically grounded and spiritually uplifting.
- Deborah’s Palm
Helping Jews & Fellow Travelers Access Jewish Wisdom
for Meaningful Spiritual Living
- Open Sinai
Interactive on line Jewish learning
Jewish Games for learning