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If you are looking for a way
to recharge your social, spiritual and creative batteries in a Jewish setting
and like the idea of getting away for a weekend of learning, laughter,
creativity, worship and song with a fabulous group of women, then the women of
Sisterhood have a unique opportunity for you – our annual Spirituality weekend
retreat. This is our time to share our stories, make new friends and reconnect
with old friends. We learn together about modern rituals and ancient texts as we
stretch our bodies and our minds.If you would like to learn more about this weekend, email Barbara Pack (email@example.com) or Janet Zaval (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please plan on joining us for our 2012 Spirituality Retreat.
Scholarships are available; we hope that financial need will not prevent any member from being a part of this wonderful weekend. All requests will be confidential. Please contact Lisa Channen at 781-455-6990 or email@example.com.
From January 30th through February 1st,
2009, thirty-eight women went on a wonderful Spirituality Retreat at Wentworth
by the Sea in Portsmouth, NH. The weekend was filled with beautiful Kabbalat and
a powerful Shabbat morning services prepared specifically for our weekend.
Saturday, after services, we began our Torah study and programming which focused
on the theme of "Women: Creation and Creativity." Our facilitator Dr. Paula
Brody, scholar, staff member of the Union of Reform Judaism's Northeast Council,
and Director of Boston's Outreach Training Institute, brought Creation to life
for us as we studied the story of creation as written in Genesis and the story
of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We used and compared several different
Torah commentaries including the new Women's Torah Commentary as we wove our way
through these fascinating stories. Dr. Brody brought her inimitable enthusiasm,
warmth, and knowledge to our studies. We said good-bye to Shabbat with a moving
Havdallah service. After dinner, we all took part in a new version of "Saturday
Night Bible Alive" for a hilarious, irreverent improvisational evening.
We prayed, sang, laughed and shared together throughout the weekend. We
learned how to study Torah from many different points of view, and learned how
to make sense of some of the Torah's teachings in our own personal ways. We made
new friends and deepened relationships with old friends. It was an incredible
weekend of rejuvenation, spirituality and connection.