Kayam Beit Midrash 2011


Yoshi Silverstein
Kayam Farm Education Director


Friday March 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM EST
Sunday March 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM EST

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Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center 
5425 Mt. Gilead Rd
Reisterstown, MD 21136
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Extra Day Bonus Options!!
Sun. March 13 6pm - Mon. March 14 at 4 pm
  • Kayam Kollel: Reviving the Migrash - with special guest scholars Rabbi Steve Greenberg, CLAL, and Amanda Behrens, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!)
  • Jewcology Leadership Training - Connecting to the Heart: A Leadership Tool for Engaging the Unengaged (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!)


COST for Beit Midrash

Includes all meals, programming costs and the following options for lodging (per individual):

Lodge Room (2 queens) sgl occ:    $250.00

Lodge Room (2 queens) dbl occ:    $200.00

Cabin (sleeps 4-8):                                       $180.00

Dorm Room (sleeps 6):                                 $150.00

Commuter:                                                               $40.00 for 1 Day

$75 for 2 Days

$100 for 3 Days

Child under 13 (w/Parent):                                                               $50.00

Child under 3 (w/parent):                                                               $18.00

Payment Information

Payment in full is due with registration, but is 50% refundable up until 2 weeks prior to the event.
A limited number of work-trade scholarships are available, and will be based upon need. To apply for a scholarship please email Jakir@pearlstonecenter.org.
If you are a single person registering as a double, cabin, or dorm, you may request a roommate, but Kayam will make room assignments. Roommates will be same gender.

3 pillars of Beit Midrash 

Judaism, Agriculture & Sustainability 

Join an intergenerational, pluralistic community of Jewish farmers, rabbis, educators, scholars and consumers from across the country for an inspirational Shabbaton filled with celebration, learning, and groundbreaking Jewish thought.



Friday March 11th

3:00 pm        Arrival & Welcome


3:45 pm        Farm Tour

Kayam Farm Staff


4:00 pm        Journeying Through Primary Jewish Texts, An Introduction

                                Beit Midrash

                                Gabe Greenberg


5:00 pm        Shabbat Preparation


5:45 pm        Welcome & Candle Lighting  


6:00 pm        Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv (Traditional & Egalitarian)

                        Egalitarian - Room 100  Jessy Gross & Brian Immerman

                                Mechitza  - Beit Midrash – Yishai Cohen


7:15 pm         Dinner – Dining Hall 


8:30 pm        Opening Keynote: Jewish Farming & Jewish Learning

                                Room 100

Jakir Manela – Founding Director, Kayam Farm

Shoshana Cardin – Chair Emeritus,  Council of Jewish Organizations

Devora Steinmetz – Senior Faculty, Yeshivat Hadar


10:00 pm      Tisch

                                Room 100

Gabe Greenberg

Rabbi Dara Frimmer


Survey courses on Seder Zera'im- Jewish Agricultural Laws & Traditions

  • Brachot
  •  Kilayim
  •  Shmittah
  •  Orlah
  •  Bikkurim

Focus Track on Torah & Food Justice

  • Peah
  •  Leket
  •  Ma'aser
  •  Book of Ruth

Special Topics Including:

  • Animals & Torah
  •  Public Space & Land Use Planning
  •  The Jewish Agricultural Calendar vs. Industrial Food Systems
  •  Natural Birth & Sustainable Agriculture
  Hands On Application Including:
  •  Farming according to Jewish agricultural laws
  •  Pruning and Orchard Care
  •  Beekeeping 101
  •  Shuk Storahtelling
  •  Training in the Kayam Curriculum
  •  Establishing Moshav Kayam

(during most sessions and some keynotes)


Shoshana Cardin - 20th Century Jewish Heroine

Devora Steinmetz - Mechon Hadar 

Nigel Savage - CEO, Hazon

Rabbi Or Rose - Associate Dean, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College

Nati Passow & Rabbi Jacob Fine - Jewish Farm School

Rabbi Psachyah Lichtenstein

Rabbi Gary Feldman

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher - Beth Haverim Shir Shalom

Rabbi David Seidenberg - NeoHasid.org 

Rabbi Rena Kieval

Rabbi Chayim Lando

Evonne Marzouk - Canfei Nesharim   

Naftali Hanau - Grow and Behold Foods

Ruthie Feldman - The Green Bubbie 

Jesse Freedman - Whack Wham Parsha Plays

Janet Zimmern - Teacher of Hassidic Text  

Aaron Shamberg - Urban Farmer-Designer

Jo Kent Katz - Jewish Social Justice Educator 

 Rick Bernstein - First Fruits Farm

Gary Oppenheimer - AmpleHarvest.org

Sybil Sanchez - Director, COEJL

Ilana Mantell - Ravenna Kibbutz

Kayam Farm Staff

...and more!



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Registration is now closed.

Please contact Yoshi Silverstein to see whether there is space still available. 

yoshi@pearlstonecenter.org or 410.429.4400 x235