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Join us at our 45th Annual Retreat in Half Moon Bay!

Am Tikvah’s Annual Retreat is a tradition from the legacy synagogue B’nai Emunah that has continued for 45 years. This year on Saturday November 18th and Sunday November 19th, we have an opportunity to take a break away from the business of our outwardly-focused lives. We're excited to announce that we have two scholars this year!

Rabbi Daniel Chorny will be our Scholar in Residence on Saturday to lead two lectures about creative rituals in both secular and religious contexts.

Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny, Cantor at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, will be our Scholar in Residence on Sunday to lead a workshop on design-based creative rituals for both personal and communal inspiration.

We will build new friendships, break bread together, learn, reconnect with old friends, and relax on Shabbat in beautiful Half Moon Bay. It's just far enough away from home to be fun, but close enough to be flexible and convenient. The retreat includes both Saturday and Sunday, including social events, youth programs, adult learning, childcare during select times, catered lunch and dinner and beverage service and snacks on Saturday and a light breakfast and beverage service and snacks on Sunday.

Underground parking included - even if you are not staying overnight at the hotel!

Saturday itinerary:

  • Shabbat morning service in the round
  • Two sessions focused on Jewish and secular ritual reinvention for modern Jews
  • Catered lunch and dinner
  • Social event: "Tribe trivia" and Kumzitz singalong
  • Childcare included

Sunday itinerary:

  • Sunday morning minyan and tefillin learning
  • Workshop session with Rabbi Cantor Chorny 
    "Minding the Ritual Gap” – Marking Moments Both Secular & Sacred"
  • Catered breakfast

The cost to Am Tikvah to put on this retreat exceeds $550 per person. Fortunately, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to offer all programs and scholar lectures for the subsidized rate of $250. If you can only make one of the days, the cost for Saturday only is $200 per person and the cost for Sunday only is $100 per person.

Of course, if you can pay more to help defray the costs for others, please be generous and indicate any additional donation on the registration page.

This year, our retreat pricing does not include lodging. If you want to stay at the Oceano Hotel and Spa in Half Moon Bay, we have arranged for a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Please contact the hotel directly (650) 726-5400 and tell them you are part of the Am Tikvah group. There are other hotels within walking distance and a short drive.  

Mon, May 27 2024 19 Iyyar 5784