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GJC Family Retreat (Registration Open!)


The GJC Young Families Retreat is an annual event held at a retreat center in Malvern, PA. For one lovely weekend, dozens of families gather to play, laugh, pray, study, and unwind. Last year over 100 GJC members—the kids ranged in age from infants to tweens—spent Shabbat together. As parent Craig Barkan explains, “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.

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 Shabbat morning services. The kids love riding bikes on the trails, playing sports, and making playdough. Adult programs include a book group and parenting discussions. We offer yoga and text study for all ages. 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! Registration for the retreat is open. We offer generous financial aid, and we want to make the weekend accessible for all. Please contact Maria Pulzetti with any questions!

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