Letter from Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah 3/2/17

Dear Congregational Retreat Participants,

Let the countdown begin! In just a month we will be gathering for a memorable, meaningful, and fun congregational retreat at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland. You will be joined by nearly one hundred other TBD members of all ages! Whether you are signed-up for the day or overnight, we are so glad that you and your family will be a part of it. This will be the first of a few informational communications leading up to the retreat. Right now we want to share a few general pieces of information.

The retreat will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1 at the Warren Conference center for all participants. The theme of the retreat will be Rodef Shalom: Pursuing Peace. This theme will shape the learning experiences for adults and children. Get ready to enjoy a day with spirited Shabbat prayer and song, learning for adults and programs for kids, family activities, options of sports, art, music, games, nature walks, and time just to relax. We hope that this experience builds connections among congregants, fosters a sense of community, stimulates the mind, and offers an uplifting Shabbat spirit that we can bring back to our homes and to Temple Beth David to share with others. We will enjoy relaxing meals together. For those who are attending for the day, we will say “L’hitraot – Farewell” after dinner and our Havdallah ceremony concluding by 7:30 p.m. For those staying overnight, evening activities and campfire will continue. The retreat will conclude on Sunday morning after programs/activities with a closing friendship circle at 11:00 a.m.

In the coming weeks we will send out driving directions, a suggested packing list, a list of attendees and more details about the schedule. We have led many intergenerational congregational retreats and look forward to sharing our experience with you. We will also be joined by several other teachers and young adult staff. Please let us know if you have ANY questions. We can’t wait to share this Shabbat together.


Rabbi Micah and Rabbi Karen