The GJC Family 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. 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. Contact Maria Pulzetti with any questions.
“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.” ~ Craig Barkan
The Family Retreat organizers plan several events throughout the year to keep and grow connections made during the Family Retreat weekend. Check the calendar for current events!