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B'nai Havurah Summer Retreat: June 7-9, 2024

Friday, June 7, 2024 1 Sivan 5784

5:00 PM - 10:00 AM 1 day afterYMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park

Family Torah Program: Exploration & Workshop with Rabbi Richman


As of May 10, 2024 we are at capacity for the Summer Retreat. Online registration is no longer available; however, we are hoping to be able to accept more registrations if we can reserve more rooms at the YMCA.  If you are interested in attending the retreat, please call the B'nai Havurah Office to register or be added to the waiting list.  

Immersed in the beauty of the mountains, we will share a relaxing weekend of learning, singing, laughing, and friendship - with a good mix of activities and down time - appealing for all ages and stages of life.  Imagine outdoor shabbat services and s’mores around the campfire, learning sessions offered by Rabbi Katie and B’nai members, family and kid activities including hikes and board games, and a talent show like no other; it will be a mix of the best of summer camp and B’nai’s Summer Institutes of the past.  
If you’re single, this weekend is for you. If you’re a couple, it’s for you. If you have a bunch of kids, come along! If you’re a new member, it’s especially great for you. It’s a great way to make friends and experience community and Shabbat on a deeper level. 

Spaces are limited, so don’t wait too long to sign up!

Arrival at Estes Park: Friday between 5:00-6:00 pm. Opening circle and dinner will be at 6:15 pm.
Departure on Sunday: Check out time is 10:00 am. (Sunday lunch is not included in your package but is available as an add-on.)
Location: YMCA in the Rockies Estes Park, Wind River Lodge

Bordered on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park Center is a popular choice for everyone, with lodging options that offer 360 degrees views and abundant activities for every age and interest. The 100-room Wind River Lodge at Estes Park Center is within walking distance to the most popular activities. Each room features two queen beds, deck or patio, full private bath, mini fridge, and free Wi-Fi.

Over the weekend we’ll celebrate Shabat and have optional study and fun programs planned for all ages. 
There will also be time to investigate the grounds on your own and hike among the Ponderosa Pines or take advantage of the many activities that the YMCA offers. You can also just relax on your room’s deck or patio.  

B’nai Havurah’s community of good, warm-hearted families, couples and individuals. 

The Wind River Lodge at Estes Park YMCA of the Rockies offers rustic but comfortable accommodations.  Each room can accommodate up to 4 people with its 2 queen size beds and private bathroom, mini fridge and wifi (although wifi can be spotty).  All meals will be served in a common dining room.  

The date in which the forms and payment are received will be used in assigning accommodations based on your preferences. Register early! 

  • Room and Meal costs cover all retreat programming, child care, and activities. 
  • Member prices apply to all B’nai Havurah members and the people who live in their households. Other family members and friends are welcome to join us at non member prices.
  • We have made every effort to make the retreat affordable to all through a generous gift from the Grynberg Family Fund. If you find that it is not affordable for you, please let Rabbi Katie or Laura Intfen know and we will work to find assistance. 

Lodge Room for 2 nights:

Members (sharing a room for up to 4): $200 
Friends of B'nai Havurah (sharing a room for up to 4): $250 

Meals (includes 5 meals and snacks throughout the retreat):

Members: $100/adult (age 12 and older) and $50/youth (ages 5-11) - children under 5 are free
Friends of B'nai Havurah: $125/adult (age 12 and older) and $60/youth (ages 5-11) - children under 5 are free

If you register, then are unable to attend, the following refunds are offered by the YMCA:
Cancellation through Apr 30, 2024 - Full refund; May 1-10 - One half refund; After May 10 - No refund

YMCA in the Rockies, Estes Park, is about a 1 hour and 45 minutes drive from B’nai East. Directions will be sent with your confirmation packet. Please check the appropriate box on the Registration Form if you need a ride or are willing to drive others.  

We will dine together for Friday dinner, Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then Sunday for breakfast.  If you are staying to help us pack up on Sunday, we will also be offering an optional Sunday lunch. All meals will take place in the dining hall with other guests from the lodge. Any dietary restrictions should be shared on the Registration Form. We will do our best to work with the YMCA staff to meet all dietary needs. You will also have a mini fridge in your room. 

Please email Debbie Goodman, Program Coordinator or reach out to the B’nai Havurah office at 303-388-4441.

To register, complete the online registration form below or mail/drop off a completed paper Registration Form and Accommodations Worksheet at B’nai East (6445 East Ohio Ave, Denver, CO 80224). Payment may be made by check or credit card.  


Special thanks to the Grynberg Family Fund for their generous support in making this event possible. 


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