Elul Retreat: Preparing our Hearts and Souls for the New Year

August 24-26, 2018
Kirkridge Retreat Center
Bangor PA

We will explore what moves us, how we want to direct our hearts, and where we find strength.

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One thing I ask of the Infinite, One thing I seek,
To dwell in the Sacred Presence all the days of my life.
— Psalm 27:4

The Hebrew month of Elul initiates our spiritual preparation for the New Year. During Elul we explore who we have become this past year and what our words, actions and intentions have brought forth. We take note of ways we have created connection, beauty, love and well-being and ways in which we have caused hurt and pain.

Elul teaches that these explorations are to be done with compassion, patience and care. This month guides us in honest, loving reflection so we can come to the threshold of the New Year strong and hopeful, able to say hineni — here I am — ready to embrace the fullness of life and open to the gifts of a new beginning.

Through sitting and walking mediation, yoga and guided reflections we will delve into Elul practices, exploring where we have been and where we are going. We will celebrate what this past year has brought and examine where there is need for healing. We will call ourselves to the present moment and set intentions for the year to come.

I look forward to being in this time together as we prepare for the New Year.
— Rabbi Yael Levy

We Experience

Welcoming Shabbat

Arrive on Friday, August 25 between 3:00 - 4:00pm. Registration followed by meditation and preparation for Shabbat. We will welcome Shabbat among the trees, birds and sky with song and celebration.

Shabbat Day

We will begin the day with a morning sit, followed by a contemplative Shabbat morning service.

Yoga body prayer, Elul teachings, sitting and walking meditations, being with the beauty of the natural world, and of course, rest, will fill the day.

Evening will bring Havdalah, teachings and reflections.

Sunday Morning
Prayer, meditation, shared reflections.
Lunch, followed by a closing circle. Depart on Sunday, August 27 by 1:00 pm.

All meals are vegetarian and will follow a practice of mindful eating and throughout the retreat, silence will fill the spaces in between, a sacred vessel that holds us and guides us.



Silence will fill the spaces in between, a sacred vessel that holds us and guides us.



The registration fee includes your room, all meals from Shabbat dinner through Sunday, as well as breakfast and snacks. As of Aug. 3, 2018, a $54 late fee is now in effect.

The space in the main building of the Retreat is now full. However, additional space is still available in a nearby house with 3 bedrooms: one with a queen bed and private bath; and two with twin beds and a shared bath. If you would like to join us, please email Bea Leopold at beagl@icloud.com prior to registering below.

Discounts, if applicable, apply to A Way In Friends* and Mishkan Shalom members*.

* A Way In Friends' Discount applies to individuals who have donated or pledged $1,000 or more to A Way In in 5778, as well as to Rabbis & Rabbinical Students. Deduct $72.

* Mishkan Shalom Members who do not qualify for the Friend Discount may apply this discount. Deduct $36.

Payment in full can be made online or by check to A Way In, P.O. Box 63912, Philadelphia PA 19147-7779. Enter “Elul Retreat 2018” on the memo line.

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