September 9 to 11, 2018

Rosh HaShanah 5779

with Rabbis Phyllis Berman, Arthur Waskow, and Jeff Roth

at Am Kolel Retreat Center in Maryland

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A Rosh HaShanah Retreat
September 9th – 11th, 2018

Join us for a joyous and transformative entry into the new Jewish year, 5779. Rabbis Phyllis, Jeff and Arthur will guide you through the amazing teachings, Torah and liturgy of Rosh Hashanah.

This retreat will help you to make a deep personal connection to the transformative work of the days of Awe. Celebrating the turning of the seasons, we remind ourselves of the power of returning to the depths of who and what we are as human beings and as unique beings as well.

This process of returning, called teshuvah, allows us to begin taking stock of where we have been in the past year, where we are now and where we intend to go. The power of doing this work in sacred community gives us a jump-start in the process and the celebratory power fuels the entire ten days of returning.

Registration Information

The cost of the retreat includes room and board. The teachings are presented without fees included. Participants will be asked to make a voluntary contribution to support the teacher.

Costs for the retreat are:

Financial support is available through The Awakened Heart Project. Contact ( jeff (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org with requests for aid.

For questions about registration or for additional information contact ( brian (at) awakenedheartproject (dot) org

The retreat will be held at:

Am Kolel Sanctuary and Renewal Center, 19520 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, MD 20839 (

All meals are vegetarian, with some fish. Space limited to 24 people.

To register for the retreat: Click Here To Register.

Faculty Biography

Rabbi Phyllis Berman is a Renewal rabbi ordained by ALEPH in the first class of women in 2004.  She now works from home or phone as a spiritual director, companioning people to strengthen the G!D voice within each of us.  Berman has been the leader of Shabbat Torah services at Jewish meditation retreats at Elat Chayyim (Accord, NY and Falls Village, CT) for 18 years.  She’s now retired from founding and directing the Riverside Language Program, an English-language Ulpan for adult immigrants and refugees recently resettled in NYC. She loves reading, baking, swimming, chanting and I-Thou relationships with beloveds known and as yet unknown.

Rabbi Jeff Roth is the founder and Director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is the co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training program and has facilitated of over 190 Jewish meditation retreats. He is the author of, Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life and Me, Myself and God from Jewish lights Publishing.

Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow has been one of the creators and leaders of Jewish renewal, of Eco-Judaism, and of several important interfaith projects addressing issues of peace, justice, and healing of the earth since 1969.  He founded The Shalom Center in 1983 and has been its director since then.

Waskow’s books  (Freedom Seder, Seasons of Our Joy, Godwrestling, Godwrestling — Round 2 , and Down-to-Earth Judaism)  and those he and his wife Rabbi Phyllis Berman co-authored (Tales of Tikkun, The Tent of Abraham, A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven, and Freedom Journeys: Tales of Exodus & Wilderness Across Millennia) have brought new spiritual and political depth into Jewish life and multi-religious action.


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