Jewish Intentional Communities Conference

Jun 14, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018

Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD

The JICC was an amazing experience!  I’d been thinking and feeling this pull to help form some kind of earth-mindful Jewish community for some time and felt very supported to know that there are others out there with similar visions. I came to Isabella with an open mind and left with a full and open heart.
—Suzy Rosen, New York

This event was made possible through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’s Grassroots Events program

and presented in partnership with

Pearlstone Center    


Family, Jewish engagement, caring for others, entrepreneurship: so many of the values we share boil down at the end of the day to communities. Communities that give us the power to start new initiatives, learn new things, and experience Jewish life at its fullest.

If you want to take part in the conversation that will shape the future of the Jewish Intentional Communities Movement, then we invite you to take part in the 5th International Jewish Intentional Communities Conference from June 14-17, 2018 at the Pearlstone Center (MD).

Is this conference for me?

  • Yes, if you live in or participate in temporary intentional community.
  • Yes, if you live in or want to participate in longer-term intentional community.
  • Yes, if you’re curious about what living or participating in intentional community might mean in a Jewish context.
  • Yes, if you want to engage with a growing access point for Jewish engagement.

What will we do?

  • Have fun. In addition to enjoying each other’s company in a beautiful place, we will celebrate Shabbat in a pluralistic Jewish community with both traditional and egalitarian prayer service options, and eat delicious homemade farm-to-table food.
  • Create an ecosystem-map.  As a whole retreat group, we will engage in a facilitated exercise in mapping the many models of Jewish intentional community as an ecosystem – examining how various styles of community each contribute to the larger, interconnected world of intentional community. This is an opportunity to get our hands dirty and minds buzzing as we envision actual communities.
  • Learn from each other. The JICC is a forum to develop a “community of practice,” where we get to share our resources with each other. We will gain skills and knowledge from each other as we look to strengthen our own communities. We will also learn about the Israel-based mission-driven intentional communities movement. Stay tuned for a schedule of learning sessions and workshops.
  • Spend an incredible Shabbat together. 

Please direct any questions to hakhel@hazon.org.


Previous conferences explored:

where we’ve been — biblical communities, 20th century kibbutzim and moshavin, the case study of Beit Chavura
where we are — examples of modern Israeli communities, Moishe House, Adamah and other young adult programs
where we’re going — refining our joint visions for the future, gaining skills to enhance our capacity to build sustainable communities, and facilitated networking to identify common interests and visions

View the 2018 schedule

Explore below the program books from previous conferences:

2016  | 2015  | 2014 | 2013

Children’s programming: as of now, there will likely only be a babysitting service available during the conference, with a drop-off for children ages 2-5; there will not be any intensive children’s programming.  Please refer back to this page as we approach the conference date for more updated information.

Please direct any questions to hakhel@hazon.org.

Join Hakhel

Hakhel: Gather the People
Are you an innovative and entrepreneurial Jewish leader? Interested in creating a co-housing project, Havurah, social justice oriented group or some other new version of a Jewish Intentional Community? Want to be included in the emergence of a range of new experiments in Jewish community?

We invite you to apply to be part of Hakhel – the first-of-its-kind Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator. Hakhel was founded on the premise that communal life is an irreplaceable component in maintaining Jewish identity, and that as part of the general rejuvenation of Jewish life in the Diaspora it only makes sense to come up with new and innovative communal models as well.


Hakhel invests in a wide range of new community initiatives and experiments. If this sounds like you, click here to learn more.

Applications are now closed and will reopen in the summer of 2018.

Please direct any questions to hakhel@hazon.org.