Renewing our Souls/Rethinking God and Tradition

Phoenicia, New York
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Renewing our Souls/Rethinking God and Tradition
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 4:00 PM -
Sunday, April 07, 2013 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Menla Mountain Retreat Center
(212) 807-0563
375 Pantherkill Road
Phoenicia, New York 12464
United States

Map and Directions
This retreat is sold out as of February 25. 
(The only remaining spot is in a women's double-room. If you are interested in this spot, please email
Please click 'Register Now' to add your name to the waiting list. We will let you know immediately if a spot becomes available for you.

This retreat is designed for graduates of the Kivvun program, their friends and family members, prospective participants in future Kivvun cohorts, and those interested in exploring the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. 

Hosted at the beautiful Menla Mountain Retreat in Phoenicia, NY, this retreat will provide opportunities for Jewish study and prayer, instruction and practice of both mindfulness meditation and embodied awareness, new and renewed spiritual friendships, free time to be in nature and gourmet kosher dining. 

Internationally renown author and teacher, Rabbi Arthur Green, Ph.D will be our guest scholar, exploring with us the deep wisdom of his latest book, Radical Judaism. Participants will be asked to read the book in advance of the retreat, so that we might delve deeply into these important teachings. Rabbi Jonathan Kligler of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation will be leading us in meaningful and accessible prayer practice. With teachings from Institute faculty Rabbis Rachel Cowan, Nancy Flam, and Lisa Goldstein, this retreat promises deep nourishment of body, heart, mind and soul.

Menla Mountain Retreat is nestled in the Catskill Mountains, a 2.5-hour drive from NYC and a 4-hour drive from Boston. Take a peek at:

Retreat fee (all-inclusive of room, board, and programming):
Double Room (twin beds for singles, queen bed for couples): $1560 per person
Single Room (twin beds only: queen beds are sold out as of 2/12): $1800 

Menla Mountain's accommodations are beautifully appointed and all rooms have private bathrooms attached. See more online here.

Please note: you may indicate on the registration form if you need a wheelchair-accessible room or a roommate assignment for a double room. 

Mahasukha Spa Facility:
Menla Mountain opened a beautiful new spa building in June 2011 and will be happy to book your reservation for spa services during our retreat free time (after lunch), or on the start or end days of the retreat.

Menla Mountain's therapists are trained in many modalities, covering a range of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Reflexology, Tibetan Reflexology, Acupressure Reiki, and Cranial Sacral therapy. There are also two types of sauna available at Mahasukha Spa. 

Massage and bodywork are priced at $125 for a 50-minute session. More detailed information including a full list of services and biographies of the specific practitioners will be made available six weeks prior to the retreat. 

All sessions are available only on a reserve-ahead basis. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy for this purchase. Participants may then make reservations directly with Menla Mountain to reserve their spot. Please email for more information. 

Cancellation Policy:  There will be no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the start of the retreat.  Any cancellations before that time will be refunded the full amount, minus a $100 processing fee.

For more information or details about the content of this retreat: please contact Rabbi Nancy Flam,

For help with this form or other logistics, please contact Esther Smigel, Retreat and Programs Manager, at

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    To pay by check, register through this site, select payment option "check" at the end, and mail your check to Institute for Jewish Spirituality, 135 West 29th Street, Suite 1103, New York, NY  10001.  Please note "Renewing Retreat 2013" in the memo field.  Thanks! 

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