Delegation of This Community
This summer, a delegation from the Orlando community will be joining Rabbi Yanky and Chanshy Majesky of Chabad North Orlando at the National Jewish Retreat in Providence, Rhode Island.
The annual event, coordinated by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, will run from July 31 to Aug. 5 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The Retreat offers a luxurious vacation experience in a five-star hotel with a remarkable 180 options of lectures, workshops, and entertainment to choose from and gourmet kosher cuisine.
“This is a not-to-miss event for anyone who would appreciate Jewish inspiration,” explained Rabbi Majesky. “Anyone I’ve spoken to who participated in the event only raves about their experience and can’t wait to return again.”
Some of this year’s highlights include a visit to the Touro Synagogue (the oldest extant U.S. synagogue) with historian Jonathan Sarna, the chance to interact with a hologram of a Holocaust survivor, a genealogy workshop, and a rare exhibit of historic Judaica.
At any given time, Retreat participants have an array of inspirational learning and “edutainment” options to choose from. Some of the keynote topics include “Being Human in the Age of AI,” “Confessions of a Digital Nazi Hunter,” “Jewish Hacks for Living Mindfully,” and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders.”
The JLI Retreat will feature appearances by fascinating personalities, including a Soviet refusenik, the son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg who were executed in the 1950s for Soviet nuclear espionage, Michigan Supreme Court’s Jewish blind justice, an active-duty IDF general, and survivors of the SS St. Louis—an ocean liner that was filled with Jewish Holocaust refugees who were ultimately denied entry into the U.S. by the Roosevelt Administration and were forced to return to Germany.
This event is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.
Interested participants may contact Rabbi Majesky at 407-636-5994 or email Rabbi@JewishNorthOrlando.com or they may visit the NJR website http://www.JRetreat.com for registration and other event-related information.