Karen Fields Kehila Retreat

Come join our Pilgrimage to Sanctuary, a stones throw from Jerusalem!The retreat falls the weekend of Shavuot, the first harvest festival, when all generations,including ours, stand together at Sinai. (Shavuot begins Saturday night.) We will explore what this call to humanity means to each of us today, renew our commitment tothe vision, and together make a pilgrimage with offerings of gratitude.  Come celebrate!

We have a fun weekend planned.  Georgetown Professor Jonathan Ray will be our scholar-in-residence.  Come out for the whole weekend or for part. There are two lodging options - rooms or camping! Families if you have never camped, this is your chance to do some pretty easy camping. Let us know if you are interested in the camping option and we can help with tents.

7:00 Kabbalat Shabbat-receiving the Shabbat-outside, weather permitting
7:30 Shabbat dinner
8:30 Shabbat songs and story sharing

7:30  - Yoga, stretch and kvetch
8:00 -  Breakfast
9:45 -  Shabbat service
11:00 - 12:15 - Our speaker, Professor Jonathan Ray on Standing at Sinai, Then and Now. He
will explore different meanings of Torah/Torah mi-Sinai among some of the classical Jewish thinkers. 

Professor Jonathan Ray is the Samuel Eig Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Depratment at Georgetown Univeristy.  He holds a B.A. from Tufts University in History and Religion, and a Ph.D. in Jewish History from The Jewish Theological Seminary.  He served as the Hilda Blaustein Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University (2003-2005), and as the Maurice-Amado visiting Assistant Professor of Sephardic Studies at UCLA (2005-6).

11:00 - Children’s program - Teens will supervise youth and run an exploration and hands on program focused on gardens and harvest.
12:30 - 1:30 - Kiddish lunch
1:45 - 2:30 - Community will create colorful botanically themed kites to celebrate the first harvest.
2:30 - 4:00 - Free time (schmoozing, snoozing, hike)
4:00 - 5:30 - Professor Ray for Session 2.  This will include break out discussions on what it means that each generation stands at Sinai; as a community;  What is my personal connection?
Supervised play with the youth to include decorating the house and chapel with kites and flowers.
6:30 -  dinner, singing and talent

NOTE: No Havdalah Sat night (because Shabbat rolls right into the festival).

9:30 - campfire and more singing
11:00 -12:00 - Any adults who want to stay up are invited to join in traditional Shavuot learning
with Reb David (Tikkun Leyl Shavuot). We will study teachings in Midrash on the giving
of the Torah and commentaries on the Book of Ruth.


6:00-7:00 AM - Sunrise Service with reading of the 10 Commandments (for those who do not
sleep in)
8:00 - Breakfast - blintzes for breakfast in honor of the holiday (and other options)
10:00 - Outdoor reading - Read the 10 Commandments
10:30-11:00 Join us in the good and celebrate the harvest
RETREAT ENDS at 11:00 am

Options before you head home:
Picnic at Sanctuary
Hike Sugarloaf Mountain
Pilgrimage to the nearby Dairy Bar Restaurant.



Fri, 06/07/2019 - 7:00pm


Sanctuary Retreat Center
19520 Darnestown Road
Beallsville, MD 20839