Registration is open for our 2018 retreat, May 4‑6! A wonderful, family-friendly experience of fun, prayer, and learning at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. Activities for both c/ahildren and adults and for all together. Baby‑sitting provided to support adult participation. Snow‑free, maybe even shorts weather! Celebrate Shabbat, learn, relax, sing, laugh and play together. Please register not later than April 16.
From Rabbi Minkus and Cantor Rosenberg—
The snow has melted and spring is in the air (well, we can hope), which means our excitement is headed northward to Wisconsin for the annual Rodfei Zedek retreat. There is no better community building program or experience than spending Shabbat together and doing so at beautiful Camp OSRUI. I have been on three retreats now and each has been better than the previous one with new people coming each time and recognizing the joy of having a hand in building community.
We are a growing community and no place is that growth, both in numbers of community-members and engagement, more clear than on the first weekend in May at the Retreat. The weekend is filled with programming and down time, prayer and study, music, food, drink, crafts and an inspiring talent show (and much more).
We are hoping that you will come, or come back, and also that you will sustain the retreat's thoughtful nature and laid-back feel which are fueled through our commitment to each other. The Retreat was created by and has thrived through the work of members of the community. We look forward to finding new and relevant ways to embrace Judaism while having fun in the context of this wonderful time together. We hope you will join us and will offer your skills, thoughts and reflections as we plan and implement another communal expression of CRZ's unique and bright future.
Finally, we know that it is hard, with school and work and all the other events in our lives, to leave town early on a Friday, but we encourage participants to arrive in time to have a meaningful Shabbat dinner–all together–on Friday night. You can check into your rooms as early as 4 p.m., and dinner will start at 6 p.m. If you leave Hyde Park by 3 p.m., you should get to OSRUI in plenty of time to get settled before dinner starts. We hope you will be there to share in the joy of seeing our children light candles and recite Kiddush together.
Click here for more information and to register not later than April 16
Shalom, Rabbi David Minkus and Cantor Rachel Rosenberg
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