JOFEE Network Gathering

Oct 11, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018

Tamarack Camps, MI, Ortonville, MI

Save the date! Registration will open March 2018.


The JOFEE Network Gathering is the annual gathering place for thought 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 and build new relationships with like-minded Jewish professionals across the country. Whether you have been a JOFEE-nik from the beginning or are newly interested in bringing JOFEE programming back to your community, the JOFEE Network Gathering is the place to be.

Join us for the opportunity to showcase new initiatives, share best practices, learn from veteran JOFEE professionals, spur collaboration, and strengthen our connections to Jewish tradition through the outdoors, food, farming, and the environment. Explore new opportunities for networking, coalition-building, and hands-on activities to engage youth, young adults, families, and more with meaningful Jewish experiences.

All who are involved, interested, and/or invested in the JOFEE space are invited to attend.



No matter where you come from, this year’s conference has something for you!

  • Jewish Nature Connection: showcasing initiatives that engage Jewish people holistically in the context of ecology, the outdoors, and the environment.
  • How Jews Eat: explore the complex, historical, fun, thoughtful, and enigmatic relationship Jewish people have with food from the seed or egg to our mouths.
  • Jewish Sustainability Action, Activism and Advocacy: tackle the Jewish response to climate change, unprecedented political occurrences, and educating the next generation in the classroom, from the pulpit, at the JCC, or in the field.
  • Jewish Community Farming: support the emerging and ongoing education and engagement of Jewish Farmers and Educators. This track is planned in conjunction with the Jewish Community Farming Field Building Initiative. 



Rates and Registration

Register today!

Registration fees are per person, for a multi-occupancy room and include lodging, meals, and programming. More information about accommodation types can be found on the Pearlstone Center website. REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 10

Garden Lodge $455
Fiddler’s Grove Cabin These cabins are situated in a wooded area just steps away from the Retreat Center. Rooms have a mix of single and bunk beds. The bathrooms are shared. Single occupancy is available for an additional fee. $520
Orchard Guest Room Orchard Guest Rooms include two queen-sized beds and a twin sleeper couch. Each room has a private bathroom, a large dresser, closet, and a table and chairs. Single occupancy is available for an additional fee. $650
Children 8-12 This per-child rate applies to children aged 8-12 years old staying in the same room as their parents/guardians. Children 13 and up pay adult rates. Children’s programming will be provided during program sessions. $310
Children 0-7 $155
Commuter The commuter fee includes all meals, programming, and use of the facility for one day of the Gathering. This rate does not include any overnight lodging. $85 – $140



  • Do you have childcare?

YES! We will have childcare for ages 1+ all weekend. Price will be included in your child’s registration – please contact for more information.

  • Do you have to be a “JOFEE person” to come to the JOFEE Network Gathering?

NO! There will be professionals, lay people, and other enthusiasts from all backgrounds at the conference – if you are interested, you are welcome!

  • 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, farm to table 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 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. All attendees, including 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 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.