Retreat Schedule

Thursday, March 18

Hostelling International – New York

7:00pm Registration & check-in
8:00pm – 11:00pm Opening Circle

Friday, March 19

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

7:45am – 8:30am  Shaharit . morning prayers
8:00am Registration & Check-in open
8:30am – 9:00am  Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm  Track Groups Meet (Read descrip­tions of the tracks)
12:00pm – 1:00pm  Lunch
1:00pm – 4:30pm  The Palestinian Nonviolent Movement: Roots and Possibilities

Explore the early days of the Palestinian Nonviolent move­ment and its poten­tial today with Mubarak Awad, father of the Palestinian Nonviolent move­ment and Ronit Avni, who will share excerpts from the not-yet-released award-winning docu­men­tary Budrus. We“ll follow the presen­ta­tion with small group conver­sa­tions and a retreat-wide discussion.

4:30pm – 6:30pm  Break
5:30pm – Check-in and orien­ta­tion for Shabbat guests
6:30pm – 8:00pm  Minhah, Kabbalat Shabbat, and Maariv prayers
8:00pm – 9:30pm  Shabbat Dinner
9:30pm – 11:00pm  Storytelling Workshop

After a deli­cious dinner, singing, and visiting, Rabbi Brent Spodek will share a taste of the Telling our Story track through a work­shop evoking our own expe­ri­ences and stories.

Saturday, March 20

8:45am – 10:00am  Breakfast Available
9:00am – 11:45am  Shabbat Morning Davening
11:45am – 12:00pm  Kiddush / light snack
12:00pm – 1:00pm  Exploring Conflict and Reconciliation through Movement

Rabbi Miriam Margles leads an inter­ac­tive work­shop based on the recon­cil­i­a­tion of Jacob and Esau. Come ready to use walk around and use your body!

1:00pm – 2:00pm  Shabbat Lunch
2:00pm – 2:30pm  Minhah / Break
2:30pm – 5:00pm  Track Groups Meet (Read descrip­tions of the tracks)
5:00pm – 7:45pm  Seudah Shlishit (Dinner) and “Forum Dinner Theater”

Where is your commu­nity stuck in relating to Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? In this inter­ac­tive theatrical work­shop, facil­i­tator and soci­ol­o­gist of conflict trans­for­ma­tion Eyal Rabinovitch will draw from our collec­tive expe­ri­ence and wisdom to help us co-imagine construc­tive paths forward.

Forum Theatre is an exer­cise in which a group acts out a typical scene that embodies an entrenched social conflict; after enacting it once, they reenact it, inviting the audi­ence “spect-actors” to jump in and inter­vene until the stuck situ­a­tion plays itself out in a more liber­ating way.

7:50pm – 8:05pm  Maariv / Break
8:05pm Havdalah
8:30pm Travel time
9:00pm – 12:00pm  Night out with local Arab-Americans and Comedian Amer Zahr

Sunday, March 21

7:45am – 8:30am  Shaharit(morning prayers)
8:30am – 9:00am  Breakfast
9:00am – 10:45pm  Track Groups Meet (Read descrip­tions of the tracks)
10:45pm Snack
11:00pm – 12:30pm  Closing Circle

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