JOFEE Network Gathering

Sep 14, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017

Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD

This year’s gathering will focus on Jewish Farming, Outdoor Education, making Jewish Food, and Environmental Education and Action. With something for everyone, from synagogues to summer camps, from farms to Federations, we hope to see you there!

register now for the 2017 JOFEE Network Gathering!

Learn more about Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education!



The JOFEE Network Gathering is the annual gathering place for though leaders, enthusiasts, and program professionals throughout the Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education world. With some of the best Jewish outdoor educators from around the world leading workshops, hands on learning sessions, panel discussions and keynote addresses, participants will take away new experiential education tools and resources, as well as new relationships with like-minded Jewish professionals across the country. Whether you have been a JOFEE-nic from the beginning or are interested in bringing JOFEE programming back to your community, the JOFEE Network Gathering is the place to be.

During the gathering, attendees will:

  • Learn about and engage in innovative JOFEE programming to bring back to their Jewish community or institution
  • Meet outstanding seasoned and formative leaders in the JOFEE field as well as JOFEE Fellows and other early-career professionals and educators
  • Develop and strengthen their network of educators and professionals for resource sharing and collaboration

This year’s gathering is still under construction, but these topics will play a major role in our program design:

  • Outdoor Education
  • Farming and Farm Education
  • Food and Culinary programming
  • Environmental Education and Action

For an idea of what we did last year, check out 2016 program book here!

How much does it cost?

All-inclusive rates for the JOFEE Network Gathering start at $410. Click here to see all rates and register now!

When is check-in and check-out? Check-in begins at 3 pm and check-out is by 10 am.

Where is Pearlstone located?

Pearlstone Center is located at 5425 Mt Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136, just half an hour from Baltimore and BWI Airport.

How do I get there?

Click here for driving directions to Pearlstone Center.

Click here for a list of taxi companies.

Upon registering for the Gathering, you will receive access to a digital rideshare board. Offering a ride in your car will help reduce carbon emissions, cut down gas costs and make new friends! If you are looking for a ride, adding yourself to the wait list (on the right hand side of the page) is the best way to be notified when movements occur.

What about parking?

Parking is free for all guests. The circular drive is for loading and unloading. Overflow parking is on the grass in the center circle. Please do not park in the fire lane across from the main entrance.

What are the accommodations like?

Pearlstone Center features accommodations in hotel, dormitory, and log cabin style lodging. This variety accommodates a range of preferences and budgets. All lodging has free WiFi access and includes sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, and towel set for each guest, soap and shampoo.

Click here for more information about the accommodations. You will have the opportunity to select your preferred accommodations when you register for the Gathering.

What is the food like?

Pearlstone serves healthful, delicious food. It is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. Pearlstone can accommodate most dietary preferences and restrictions with advance notice. You will have an opportunity to indicate your dietary needs when you register. Please contact us at registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 to discuss your needs.

Click here for more information about the food and dining.

What should I bring?

You may want to bring:

  • Over-the-counter and/or prescription medications
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Chargers for electronic devices
  • Lots of layers for warm to brisk fall weather
  • Sun protection
  • Rain gear
  • Ritual wear
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Hiking boots to enjoy the woods

Can my child/ren attend?

Children are welcome to attend. As the Gathering is geared towards adults, children’s programming will be not offered, and children must be supervised by an adult guardian at all times. All attendees, including infants and children, must be registered in advance. We offer reduced rates for children in the same room as their parent(s).

Are the facilities accessible?

All of Pearlstone’s public and common areas are accessible for individuals with physical disabilities. Pearlstone has accessible rooms equipped with accessible bathrooms, strobe fire alarms, lower closet bars, and roll-in showers. Please contact us at registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 ext. 0 if you have accessibility needs.

Is there a computer I can use?

Two computers and a printer are available for guest use in the main building and will be accessible during building hours. Wireless internet is available at no cost throughout the facility and in your accommodations.


The most powerful moment for me was sitting around the fire with everyone on the last night, singing songs together. After being a part of so many sessions that brought Judaism to life in a way I had not experienced before and feeling so connected to all others at the conference, it was at the fire that I had this a-ha moment — that this is the field where I belong and will continue on in life.
—Lizzy, St. Louis, MO