Retreatology – The Art of Jewish Retreat-Making Opens Today

Retreatology_FINAL-BIRDS1-1024x353Dover, Mass., May 30 – Moishe House, together with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, will bring together some 40 young community organizers from around the world to learn the art of creating powerful peer-driven Jewish retreats, at the first “Retreatology – The Art of Jewish Retreat-Making.”

“During the gathering we will work with the participants on all aspects of creating a gathering; from logistical planning to design, from facilitation to follow-up,” said Joel Stanley and Martin Storrow, Moishe House staff and the organizers of Retreatology. “Through creative workshops, practice and feedback sessions, participants will gain everything they need to craft transformative gatherings of their own.”

Retreatology, a three day program that begins today, is part of the Schusterman Connection Points program, an initiative launched by the Schusterman Family Foundation to put young Jewish leaders at the helm of creating a series of gatherings around the world.

Over the past two years, Moishe House has planned and successfully executed more than 20 immersive learning and leadership training retreats that have led to hundreds of local follow up programs with tens of thousands of young adult participants.

At the conclusion of Retreatology, up to eight individuals or groups will be given the opportunity to create their own trainings for their peers through the partnership support of the Maimonides Foundation, which is focused on providing more Jewish learning and educational programming for young adults.

Recently the Schusterman Family Foundation began working with Moishe House to develop Moishe House Ignite, a leadership and professional growth program designed to empower Jewish adults in their 20s to reach new heights as professionals, community leaders and citizens by providing them with best-in-class training, coaching and relationship-building opportunities. During its first year, the program’s four multi-day trainings selected more than 130 participants from around the world to participate.

Storrow has been charged with building this important program, which has eight more multi-day trainings scheduled over the next two years. Retreatology participants will learn how to develop Jewish experiences based on the Moishe House model.