Farm 2 Table Tu B’Shevat

Join us at Ramah Darom for a family-friendly weekend of learning, gardening, cooking, and delicious locally sourced meals. Celebrate Tu B’Shevat with Guest Chef Todd Ginsberg, Rabbi Justin Goldstein, and Devora Kimelman-Block of KOL Foods (Kosher Organic Living).

Jan. 25-27, 2019

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish festival of trees with delicious, locally-sourced, Kosher meals prepared by Ramah Darom’s Executive Chef Todd Jones and Executive Sous Chef Pete Arpke, and guest Chef Todd Ginsberg. Experience ways YOU can make a difference every day through learning about Tu B’Shevat, food ethics, and the Jewish perspective on environmental conservation. Try your hand at farm-to-table cooking, enjoy hikes and meditation, and work the land to plant and preserve our new Ramah Darom orchard!

Check out this years program guide!

This all-inclusive retreat weekend will be filled with:

• Cooking and Conversation
• Farm to Table Meals
• Gardening and Planting
• Arts and Crafts
• Yoga and Meditation
• Tu B’Shevat Seder
• And More!

Registration is closed. Please contact Emily Kaiman for more information

About Our Guest Chef

Todd Ginsberg is a 2014 and 2015 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He started his career at The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta. He partnered with Jennifer and Ben Johnson and Shelley Sweet to open New York Jewish deli-style restaurant The General Muir in 2013, followed by Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla!, both in Krog Street Market, in late 2014, and TGM Bread in early 2016. Most recently, in June 2017, Todd and his partners opened their own food hall on Fifth Street in Atlanta’s Tech Square called The Canteen, featuring second locations of Fred’s Meat Bread and Yalla!, as well as the new TGM Bagel and Square Bar. Up next: Wood’s Chapel BBQ, in the historic community of Summerhill in Atlanta, opening early 2019.

About Our Rabbi-in-Residence

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
Rabbi Justin Goldstein was born and raised near Chicago, Illinois. Justin discovered his love of Scripture while attending Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he began studying in 1999. Leading up to his graduation in 2003, Justin produced an original translation and commentary of most of the Book of Genesis and was inspired through that process to eventually invest years learning traditional Jewish texts and moved to Los Angeles, California to begin rabbinical school. Ordained in 2011 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University where a deepened respect and admiration for Jewish culture and heritage crystallized, Rabbi Goldstein contextualizes life in the 21st century within the timeless wisdom of the Jewish tradition.

Following his studies, Justin and his family moved from Los Angeles to Bangor, Maine to serve in his first rabbinic position at Congregation Beth Israel, a 125-year-old community which is the longest perpetually functioning synagogue in the state. A small but active and committed community, Rabbi Goldstein fostered the continuity of a multi-generational congregation while bringing an innovative spirit and creative approach to establishing a culture of learning. While in Maine, Rabbi Goldstein was a volunteer board member of Maine Interfaith Power and Light and also assisted with the Advisory Panel for the Judaic Studies program at the University of Maine. Currently, Justin serves as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Asheville, NC where he lives with his wife and daughter.

A 2012-2013 Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, Rabbi Goldstein is committed to respecting all expressions of the Jewish tradition, recognizing that there is truth even in perspectives with which we may disagree and that a truly pluralist era in our history would benefit the Jewish people and the societies in which we live.

In addition to being published in various compilations, learning guides and websites, Rabbi Goldstein teaches and lectures on Judaism, Rabbinic wisdom, social responsibility, environmental justice, and food security. He is a frequent contributor to Shema, The Jew, and the Carrot, The Forward and Hazon.

Described as an exciting, innovative and dynamic rabbinic presence, Rabbi Goldstein is committed to pluralism and egalitarianism as an ideal and in practice. Understanding that the Jewish tradition thrives on multiple viewpoints and is made more healthy by various perspectives, Justin believes a bright future of coexistence is possible and seeks to foster respectful dialogue and peaceful communication.

“My goal as rabbi is to help others cultivate their relationship with Torah and Jewish wisdom in order to find meaning and joy.”

About Our Guest Presenters
Devora Kimelman-Block, CEO and Founder KOL Foods
Devora, her husband Jason, and four children are founding members of Eastern Village Cohousing, an award-winning, LEED-certified green building in downtown Silver Spring, MD. In the summer, Devora and her family enjoy working and living on our partner farms that raise KOL Foods meat. Devora’s passion is in working synergistically with humans, nature, and animals to build a food system that sustains us, the animals and the earth.  kolfoods.com


Food Sourcing
KOL Foods formed in 2007 with a groundbreaking effort to produce the first glatt kosher, organically raised, local, grass-fed meat. Founder and CEO, Devora Kimelman-Block, established a three-pronged partnership with a synagogue in Washington, DC, a slaughterhouse and a local farmer to produce the meat. Scores of kosher consumers, who until then could only buy kosher meat raised in confinement, were eager for this product. In just its second offering, the company generated sales of more than 2400 pounds of beef through a single email. Jews from 14 different area synagogues, ranging from Reform to Conservative to Orthodox, purchased this meat.
Today KOL Foods ships to the entire continental United States and produces the only domestic, 100% grass-fed, kosher beef, and the only organic-fed, pastured, kosher chicken and duck in the United States. Each and every day, we strive to be the most transparent kosher meat company on the planet. That way, you don’t have to choose between eating according to your values and keeping kosher.


Cabins are spacious, winterized and nestled throughout the campus. Cabins are spacious, winterized and nestled throughout the campus. Each cabin offers a dorm-style bunking area and private twin rooms with shared stalls, showers, and sinks. All cabin rates are based on shared space with other women. Linens are provided but beds are not made up. *Private room within the bunk is available on a first come basis.

All hotel rooms have a private bathroom, table, and chairs, heating and air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, and bed and bath linens. These hotels are located up a steep hill with stairs, boardwalk and walking paths to the main areas of the campus.

Standard rooms have two queen beds. Some connecting rooms are available.


Deluxe hotel rooms are larger rooms with either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed, a deluxe tub and a mini-fridge. The deluxe rooms in the Welcome Center are an easy, flat walk to the Levine Center where meals are served and most of the action takes place.

Some connecting rooms are available.



All cottages are brand new with a kitchenette, private patio, bathroom with walk-in shower, king-sized bed and sleeper sofa. These beautiful cottages are located on our new board walk with both stair and ramp access to the main areas of the campus.


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“Every member of our family found fun and meaningful activities at the Farm 2 Table Tu B’Shevat weekend. Our kids speak with love about Ramah Darom. We can’t wait to go back!”

Look through our photo gallery and read A Space to Celebrate to get a taste of the magic.


Emily Kaiman, Retreat Center Program Coordinator
Phone: (404) 531-0801 Ext. 9221


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