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GJC Young Families Retreat

Registration is now open for the 2017 GJC Young Families Retreat!  This annual event will be held Friday, May 12 (late afternoon) through Sunday, May 14 (early afternoon) at the Malvern Retreat Center in Malvern, PA. We welcome new and returning families!

The GJC Young Families Retreat is an annual event held at a retreat center in Malvern. For one lovely weekend, dozens of families have a chance to play, laugh, pray, study, and unwind. Last year 84 GJC members—the kids ranged in age from infants to tweens—spent Shabbat together. As parent Craig Barkan commented, “I love the retreat, because I watch kids growing into people, and parents growing into friends.” It is an opportunity for all of us to build and deepen our connections to each other and to GJC.

At the retreat center, families stay in suites with private baths, and vegetarian meals are provided. There is programming for all ages, and babysitting for the youngest ones. We join together for Kabbalat Shabbat, and the kids and parents have separate morning services. The kids love riding bikes on the trails, playing sports, making playdough, and splashing in sprinklers. Parents’ programs include a book group, yoga, text study, and parenting discussions. In the evenings we enjoy our own improv comedy show and music. After the kids go to sleep, parents have a chance to hang out and get to know each other. We are honored that one of GJC’s rabbis joins us each year.

New families are encouraged to join us! We offer financial aid, and we want the weekend to be accessible for all. 

Please register by filling out the online form and by making payment to GJC. Your family's spot will be reserved once GJC receives payment. Financial aid is available! Please request it on the form.  Curious what the retreat is like?  Check out last year's GJC Family Retreat schedule!

Contact Maria Pulzetti with any questions: [email protected]