Weekend in the Woods: Memorial Day Weekend! May 24 - 26, 2019

Retreat At the Waterfall

Come for all or part of our great retreat weekend!

Friday, May 24th -
Sunday, May 26th

Camp Havaya*
1 Pine Grove
South Sterling, PA

          *Same great location...
          just a new name for
          Camp JRF!

Mishkan Shalom’s Weekend in the Woods is a golden opportunity to get away from the city and spend time with fellow Mishkaners, and prospective members, at beautiful Camp Havaya in the Pocono Mountains. We have low-key programming such as outdoor Shabbat services, study, beading and other crafts, a campfire, as well as more active programming like hiking, biking, swimming and boating. Or, just enjoy the peace of the woods!                        [Photo: Leslie Mayro at the waterfall.]

All Mishkan members and prospective members, their families and friends are welcome!

New, Still 'new-ish' and Returning Favorites!

New this year! All meals will have meat options in addition to our yummy vegetarian options!

Still 'new-ish:' The 'new' heated pool! (N...I...C...E...!)

Returning favorites: Tie-dye returns! Jewelry-making is back!


(Check back for 2019 FAQ's and Schedule, available shortly before this year's Retreat.)

Every year, there's pre-Retreat anticipation!

Yosaif and I had such a warm, fun, meaningful time! It was a real "belonging" experience for us -- so welcoming! And inter-generational. As elders we felt at home with everyone. I hope all Mishkan members can experience the joy of connection that the retreat offers. -- Tsurah August

Looking forward to a great retreat! Time to pray and play, be silent and sing, renew old bonds and ignite new bonds. We are a Mishkan, a Temple for the nurturing of our souls to be more empowered for our healing work in the world. -- David Piver

Registered! Can't wait to hang with all of my Mishkan friends at the Weekend in the Woods! -- Marcy Boroff


Registration is Open!

In 2019: No price increase! Register now at 2017 prices!

Deposit of 50% due with Registration, refundable before May 10.

Final payments due May 17.

Registration Forms must be submitted to complete your registration.



Plan to join us for all -- or part -- of our wonderful Weekend in the Woods!

Brochure (Full Details) + Registration Form:

For cabin & private room options; full & partial weekend costs; what to do if cost is an issue; deposit & final payment deadlines, the Registration Form, list of activities, testimonials and more, download and share the Weekend in the Woods Brochure.

Registration Form:

Click here to download the Registration Form a Word document you can complete and e-mail to mishkanweekendinthewoods@gmail.com or mail or deliver to the office.

Payments: Easy Online Payments or Pay by Check

Click here to make easy online payments.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to "Mishkan Shalom," and note: "Weekend in the Woods" on the memo line. Deliver or mail your check to the office:

4101 Freeland Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19128     (215) 508-0226     office@mishkan.org

Important: Whether you pay online or by check, you must submit a Registration Form to be "registered" and to secure your housing preference. Lots of easy ways to do that: You can download and e-mail the Online Registration Form or download the Brochure -- or pick one up from the building -- and mail or deliver it to the office.


Got some questions? We've got answers!

Ask a Retreat-nik

by Lisagail Zeitlin

Q: What’s the food like?

A: The food at the retreat is delicious! It’s self-serve -- you grab a plate and decide what you want. Breakfasts are traditional -- eggs, toast, bagels, hot and cold cereal, fruit, yogurt. Lunches are plentiful, and we have a cook-out on Saturday night. The food is kid- and adult-friendly. There’s a huge salad bar out for every meal. There’s always dessert! Coffee, tea, water, snacks and fruit are available all day.

Q: Cabins? Explain.

A: The cabins are all a short walk from the dining hall where most activities start. They have bunk beds with mattresses. You supply the sleeping bag and pillow. Each bunk bed has a big drawer for your stuff. Each bunk has bathrooms and showers with plenty of hot water. Lots of windows, all screened, but when we go -- no bugs, yet. Bonus!

For more privacy, you can book a private room in the lodge above the dining hall. They are limited in number. Some have private baths, some have shared baths. They are first-come, first-served -- so you should book those as soon as you can! Update: SOLD OUT! Our private rooms with private baths are sold out! We have two private  rooms with shared baths still available.

Q: How is the time scheduled?

A: It’s a very relaxing weekend, but with plenty of choices of what to do. There’s always something going on, if you want to be active. You also have the option to sit -- breathe in the woods, sit alone, or find a place to chat with new or old friends. You can walk, you can play, you can plan your performance for the Talent/No-Talent show.

Nothing is required of you -- except to enjoy this wonderful Weekend in the Woods!

What Do Mishkaners Love About the Retreat?

“It is super active and fun. It is so exciting. I love it!!!!! Everything is so nice to do.”
(Retreatnik, age 10)

“I really enjoyed boating, arts and crafts, the writing circle, and all the other activities. The cabins were cozy and the food was amazing! I loved everything about the retreat! Everybody becomes friends with each other, which is nice.” (Retreatnik, age 11)

“Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay!” (Retreatnik, age 8)

“The retreat was very fun this year. I loved going in the pool and the lake for the first time. The food was good. I liked tie-dyeing. And finally, I liked playing with friends.” (Retreatnik, age 7)

“reTREAT.” (Retreatnik, age 10)

“The retreat is one of the highlights of my year: it combines good company, fun, study.”

“Children can be free to explore and enjoy nature. Parents can let children go & know they are safe. Roughing it, but not too rough -- and all meals are made for you! Relax, play, eat, breathe fresh air, and enjoy! Can’t get over how at home my kid felt after the first few minutes!”

“Great meeting & getting to know people I did not know. I love watching kids bond at the retreat. The nature walk with the incomparable Steve Jones is a highlight. It is amazing how much no talent at the no talent show can be so entertaining.”

“The nature walk is awesome. The people are great. The food is delicious. I enjoyed paddling on the lake. Lots for kids to have fun.”

“The retreat was filled with planned activities, and was somehow relaxed & peaceful at the same time. Good to meet/hang out with people who I don’t usually see.”

“Soooo relaxing. Get to know Mishkan people, make new connections, get close to the earth.”

So, plan to join us for an awesome weekend in the green and lovely Pocono Mountains!

Members, potential members and their family and friends are all welcome!

Got questions? Retreat Committee Co-Chairs Lisagail Zeitlin and Lisa Moss will happily answer any questions at: mishkanweekendinthewoods@gmail.com


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