Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT
Sunday, June 14, 2020 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 2020 

Registration is now open for our 74th annual TheRetreat, America's first and oldest weekend get-away for Jewish men, to be held at Camp Ramah in Palmer MA on June 11-14, 2020.

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.

This year the weekend will feature an increased emphasis on music in worship and for fun, Poker Tov to raise funds for the Tikvah Program, jokes and singing at the Campfire, plenty of food and drink, hanging out, new and timely HMV discussions, bike ride to Quabbin and other sports etc., etc. 

Would you like to attend but are concerned about staying in a camp bunk? Then click HERE to learn about new single-room housing options. The Guest House double rooms are also still avaialble at registration. 

Our Scholar-in-Residence this year will be Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Emeritus Hillel Director at Tufts University and Research Professor of Music and Judaic Studies at Tufts.  Rabbi Jeff is extraordinarily engaging, with a wide range of interests, experience and expertise (click HERE for his web page), and we are very fortunate to be able to spend our Retreat weekend with him. His CD of music from the Abayudaya, a Jewish community in Uganda, was nominated for a GRAMMY award for best album in the category of Traditional World Music. At camp, he will be talking about the research that resulted in the CD in addition to other topics. 

For more information on TheRetreat 2020 go to the NER-FJMC web site. For a short video about TheRetreat and why you'll never know unless you go, click here.

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 $275 for first time attendees and $350 for returning campers. 

To confidentially request financial aid for TheRetreat contact Rick Kramer.

See you at Camp!

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              Please Register by June 7, 2019