National Jewish Retreat 2019

Dates: August 13 – August 18, 2019 / 12 – 17, Av 5779

Location: Washington, DC

An outstanding program of learning and recreation, the five-day annual National Jewish Retreat features over 150 live lectures and interactive workshops by more than 40 scholars and experts from various fields of study.  The food is plentiful, the accommodations well-appointed, and the diverse workshops, lectures and entertainment are inspiring and insightful.

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The National Jewish Retreat brings together many leading Jewish thinkers, speakers, and social philosophers. More than 150 seminars, led by some 40 prolific scholars, will address relevant issues confronting the Jewish community today.

Past scholars include:

Chief Rabbi Yisroel M. Lau, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Rivkah Slonim, Rabbi Manis Friedman, Rabbi Yitzchok Breitowitz, Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman, Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, Nathan Lewin, Rabbi Moshe Brysky, Professor Jonathan Sarna, Rabbi Shais Taub, Shimona Tzukernik, Dennis Prager, Dr. Lisa Aikin, Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson, Rabbi Tzvi H Weinreb, Alyza Lewin, Rabbi Asher Crispe, Dr. Steven B Nasatir, Avraham Duvdevani and many others. 

The Jewish Medical Ethics Conference at the Retreat provides a track of learning for doctors and mental health professionals accredited for Continuing Education.

The Retreat is held in a most comfortable setting with every amenity. Superb kosher cuisine is served three times daily, and there is a 24-hour tearoom for snacks. Entertainment highlights include singers, musical groups, comedians, and other live entertainment, as well as thought-provoking films of Jewish interest.

The retreat attracts a warm and open community of men and women from all over the country; people who want to learn and grow while having a great time. The Retreat is a time away from the stress of everyday life to step back and think, a time to learn without pressure, to ask questions, and meet new people.

The exciting kids program enables families to participate with parents free to attend the sessions while their children have a fun, educational camp experience.  Babysitting for infants and toddlers is available


Hotel accommodations, food and program are all included, Participants may opt for the extended weekend program which begins Thursday afternoon, Program begins Tuesday afternoon and runs until Sunday after lunch

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Rabbi Shmuly Karp / 718.221.6900, ext. 115 /


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