The educational theme of the New York Ride‘s Shabbat Retreat is “Food Choices: Why What We Eat Matters,” and we are promising participants a fun, relaxing, engaging, and informative weekend at the beautiful Camp Kinder Ring. The schedule for the weekend has now been finalized, so check it out to learn about all the exciting activities, workshops, services and meals – all keeping with the theme of food choices – offered throughout the retreat weekend.
Join us for the Shabbat retreat, and here’s what your weekend might look like:
After you arrive on Friday afternoon and settle into your cabin, you might choose to learn a bit of Yiddish in an introductory class: Yiddish on One Foot. If you’re more excited by food, you can learn some DIY kitchen skills by attending workshops on pickling, challah baking, and making homemade salad dressings. Or maybe you’ve really been looking forward to the Ride, and will want to learn a bit of bike maintenance in the flat changing workshop. You can choose how you would most like to welcome in Shabbat as there will be several different service options, and we will all join together to light the candles, and to share Shabbat dinner.
Saturday morning we will again offer a variety of different service options, or if you would like, you can spend the morning practicing yoga, or on a group hike or bike ride. Saturday afternoon will be filled with panels and sessions on the theme of food choices: among others, you will be able to choose from “Creating a Fair Food Future,” “Hydrofracking: Energy and the Environment,” and “Bananas, Coffee and Chocolate: Your international food choices matter.” After dinner, you will learn about the route for the next two days, and you will have a last chance to get your bike checked by a mechanic before starting the ride on Sunday morning.
For the first time this year we are excited to offer a book club during the Weekend Retreat. We will be reading Sue Fishkoff’s Kosher Nation, which relates perfectly to our retreat theme, and if you’d like to participate, you’ll be able to choose from sessions on both Friday and Saturday.
The weekend will also feature programming for kids and teens, and we will have sitters on hand for the younger children. You will be free to participate in as many or as few of the events on the schedule as you would like, and no matter what you choose, you’re sure to have an incredible time. You will probably want to take some time to explore your surroundings, as the grounds of Camp Kinder Ring have great options for hiking and swimming, and fields perfect for pick up games of ultimate Frisbee!