Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT

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Camp Ramah in New England 
39 Bennett Street
Palmer, MA 01069

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Peter Matusow, Registrar 

TheRetreat 2018 

Registration is open for our 72nd annual TheRetreat, America's first and oldest weekend getwaway for Jewish men, to be held at Camp Ramah in Palmer MA on June 7-10, 2018.

Click on the "Register Now!" button below to safely and easily sign up for TheRetreat and pay using PayPal, a credit card or a check.

Our annual long weekend at TheRetreat up can be summed up in three words:   FUN SPIRIT * LEARNING. Please join us for a long weekend of learning with outstanding speakers, lay-led worship, sports and camaraderie. Come and make this longstanding tradition your own.

We are pleased to announce that one Scholar in Residence for 2018 will be Rabbi Leonard Gordon who co-directs INTERFAITH PARTNERS FOR PEACE, an organization helping Rabbis and Ministers rebuild centrist discourse around the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. This May he will receive a Doctor of Ministry degree in Interfaith Studies from the Andover Newton Theological School. Rabbi Gordon is rabbi emeritus at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia and served Congregation Mishkan Tefila as senior rabbi from 2010-2016. He has taught Comparative Religion and Humanities at Kenyon College and the Ohio State University, and rabbinic literature at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew College. Rabbi Gordon's lectures will focus on: The Jewish-Muslim Encounter: From Texts to Relationships.

Our other Scholar in Residence will be Dr. Richard Freund who is a Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. He is a field archaeologist and historian who has developed a new method for working on sites with social, political, and religious sensitivities where traditional archaeological technique cannot easily be used. Professor Freund has directed over a dozen archaeological projects on behalf of the University of Hartford in Israel, including sites associated with the beginnings of Christianity and Judaism. In addition, he has directed projects on behalf of the University of Hartford in Spain, Poland, Rhodes, Greece and Lithuania. His most recent work using Ground Penetrating Radar and Electrical Resistivity Tomography in Lithuania has been chronicled in a recent NOVA science series episode: “Holocaust Escape Tunnel” on the new discoveries made in the Holocaust era Ponar Burial Pits and at the Great Synagogue of Vilna. Dr. Freund will speak about his work in Israel and in Lithuania.

For more information go to the NER-FJMC web site. For a short video about TheRetreat and why you'll never know unless you go, click here.

We have new incentives to encourage participation in this weekend. If you bring someone who has never attended TheRetreat, you will earn $25, bring 2 newbies and you will earn $50. If you are a first timer, be sure to indicate who refered you on the registration form.
As an additional incentive for new people to attend, we are giving an additional $100 discount to the first new person to sign up from a club. There is only 1 discount per club, so make sure you are the first new signup from your club to earn this incentive.

Please click on the "Register Now!" button below to safely and easily sign up for TheRetreat. Also, please consider sponsoring TheRetreat and/or the Kiddush on Shabbat when you register to help us keep the cost as low as possible. Thank you.

To download and print out a paper registration form to fill out and send in by mail, click HERE.

The cost for TheRetreat (including all meals and lodging in a bunk) is $270 for first time attendees and $335 for returning campers.  Also, please consider supporting TheRetreat with sponsorships offered on the Registration Page.

To confidentially request financial aid for TheRetreat contact Mike Fried.

Contact one of the Chairs if you have any questions. See you at Camp!

Steve Broder & Mike Fried
Chairmen, TheRetreat 2018

Register Now!              Please Register by June 2, 2018

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