Annual Retreats and Intensives

AJR holds a Retreat each Fall that is required for its Ordination Students, with M.A.-only and Gesher students warmly invited to attend. The Retreat is planned by a committee that includes students and Administration. These gatherings offer students opportunities to build strong relationships within the AJR community, to meet new classmates, and to focus in depth upon an experience or an area of learning that demands more attention than normal class sessions would allow. Retreats also offer students opportunities to interact informally with members of the AJR Faculty, the Administration and alumni.

In the middle of the spring semester, we hold a week of intensive study for our Ordination students on a topic that is of deep concern to the contemporary Jewish community. Topics for this Intensive program, and for the Retreat, include such areas as practical professional development, outreach, the arts and religion, and contemporary spirituality.

Recent Retreat and Intensive topics have been:

Visioning 2020: Rabbis and Cantors as Social Entrepreneurs
A Glimpse into Interfaith Relations
A Mixed Multitude: Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the American Jewish Community
Ba-shamayim Hi: Science and Religion Look at the Cosmos
B’tzelem Elohim
Difficult Conversations
Hesed Shel Emet: Meeting the Clergy Leadership Challenges of Today’s Jewish Funeral
Intermarriage: Implications for Today’s Clergy
Israel at 60: Dream and Drama – A Portrait of Israel through the Arts
Israel at 60: Making the Connections
Jewish Music
Jewish Muslim Relations
Lifetexts Living in the Fishbowl: The Personal Life of Clergy
Making Pluralism Work
Pitchu Li Shaarei Tzedek: Opening up the Synagogue Experience
Refuah Sh’leima: Physical and Spiritual Tools to Care for the Caregiver
Systems Theory in Understanding the Synagogue
The Changing Face of Religion in America
The Quest for Spiritual Community Tradition, Transition, Transformation: Defining the Boundaries of Inclusiveness
Understanding the Changing American Synagogue