Jewish Women’s Getaway
All previously scheduled 2020 Ramah Darom Retreats have been canceled at this time. We invite you to join us for Misphachah B’Ramah, Physically-Distanced Getaways at Ramah Darom, and we hope to offer more gathering opportunities at our Clayton campus soon.
Jewish Women’s Getaway at Ramah Darom
An all-inclusive retreat filled with laughter, self-expression, connection, exploration and a lot of fun in the mountains of North Georgia.
Jewish Women’s Getaway looks to build connections and community for Jewish Women while delving into our rich tradition and exploring it through art, music and other creative mediums. We hope to inspire women to explore their unique Jewish journeys while enjoying nature, adventure and delicious, healthy Kosher cuisine.
What you can look forward to:
- Kavannot/Track Times: Immersive tracks in art, theater/comedy, writing and music led by professional artists and educators to help us explore our theme of Blessings.
- Chugim/Elective Activites: Outdoor adventures and fitness, complete with hiking, ropes courses, yoga and more, arts and crafts, and participant-led sessions.
- Community Sicha/Conversation Time: Dive into meaningful conversations about this year’s theme of “Blessings”.
- Z’man Keyf/Social/Fun Times: Evenings, meals and afternoon wellness hours provide an opportunity for YOU time. Connect with friends, new and old, take a walk or just relax on the porch, marvel at the changing leaves, a glass of wine in hand.
Check out our photo gallery to get a taste of the magic.
Rabbi Danielle Upbin: Originally from New York City, Rabbi Upbin graduated with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a BA in Political Science and Minor in Theater. She was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2002 also having received a Masters in Hebrew Letters. She has served as rabbi-in-resident at numerous Conservative congregations around the country, teaching about prayer and leading services. She was also a chaplain in the Disaster Services for the Red Cross after 9/11 in New York City.
In addition to her rabbinic studies, Rabbi Upbin is a professionally trained singer and a past member of the Screen Actors Guild. Leading Jewish prayer in a joyous and soulful manner is one of Rabbi Upbin’s passions. Currently, Rabbi Upbin is the Associate Rabbi and Shlichat Tzibur (prayer leader) at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater, FL. She has studied meditation, Hassidism and yoga with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, among other places, and brings a spiritual and uplifting dynamic to her leadership. She is actively involved in a local Interfaith Coalition, Pinellas County Board of Rabbis, Hadassah, and has served on the board of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.
Rabbi Upbin resides in Clearwater, FL with her husband, Rabbi David Weizman, and their four children.
Jackie Gold was raised on the tough middle-class Jewish streets of Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in a conservative- Jewish home meant having to develop a quick sense of humor and a sharp tongue.
She started her journey as a dancer which parleyed into a love of theater. She attended Brooklyn College before traveling out west to California to continue her career.
Jackie has been working as a stand-up comic for the past decade. In 2018, she released her first comedy album “Maximum Occupancy” which debuted at #1 on Amazon and iTunes. She has been a writer for CBS, Comedy Central and VH1.
Sarah Klegman is a creative writer, storyteller and founder of the carb-loving community, Challah Hub. You may have seen her in video collaborations with Buzzfeed, or during one of her enthusiastic appearances of arguable significance on Comedy Central, The Great British Baking Show on PBS or on KTLA. She regularly performs in live shows around NY and LA, as well as in Jewish learning festivals all over the world. Her podcast series, “What’s Wrong With You?” aired on the Awkward Human network last year, and her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The LA Times, The Dodo, XO Jane, Grok Nation and more.
Sarah just finished writing her first book last year and is currently developing her first solo live show. In addition to being a writer, storyteller, podcaster, and co-founder of Challah Hub, she is also Head of Creative Content for the Jewish women’s wellness nonprofit, At The Well. No, *you* never sleep.
Eliana Light works with Jewish communities worldwide to unlock the wonders of our sacred heritage through meaningful music, powerful prayer, excellent education and creative consulting. She is the author of Hebrew in Harmony, a curriculum published by Behrman House that teaches prayer and Hebrew through music, and the founder and director of the G!D Project, an educational initiative focused on accessible, meaningful conversations about G!D and spirituality through ritual, text and creative expression. Eliana received her Masters in Jewish Experiential Education from the Davidson School at JTS in 2016 and is based in Durham, NC.
Anita Stein is an artist who specializes in drawing and landscape pastels. Her art is in a number of local galleries. Anita taught art for fifteen years at Atlanta Jewish Academy and she ran the art department at Camp Stone, a Jewish camp in Pennsylvania, for many years. She is a passionate teacher who loves to integrate Judaic text into art.
Music Track with Eliana Light
Music has the power to move our spirits and touch our souls. In the sacred music track, we’ll explore the interplay between text, melody and emotion. We will learn melodies for common and uncommon blessings, and write our own. No instrument or singing experience required-just a song in your heart!
Writing Track with Sarah Klegman
Theater/Comedy Track Leader with Jackie Gold
The power to entertain and make others laugh has always lived deep down in the Jewish geneology. It has been our coping mechanism for generations; L’ Dor va Dor. Experience the power of play, and the fun of improvisation in the JWG Theater/Comedy Track. We will dive deep into the various themes of blessings, what they mean to us as a group and as individuals in a fun and safe environment filled with laughter. Together we will create something special to share at the final JWG Showcase!
Art Track with Anita Stein
Cabins are spacious 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. Linens are provided but beds are not made up. *Private room within the cabin 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 boardwalk with both stair and ramp access to the main areas of the campus. There is a minimum of two people per cottage.
All-inclusive price is per person for 3 nights and is based on accommodations. Price includes all housing, meals, snacks, drink and activities.
|Standard Hotel - Double Occupancy||$445.00|
|Standard Hotel - Single Occupancy||$560.00|
|Deluxe Hotel - Double Occupancy||$490.00|
|Deluxe Hotel - Single Occupancy||$620.00|
|Cottage - Double Occupancy||$575.00|
|Cottage - Single Occupancy||$690.00|
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations are subject to a 3% processing fee. Cancellations made after October 1, 2019 will be refunded 50% of registration total. No refunds will be made after November 1, 2019.
Join the Host Committee
Interested in helping to recruit women from your community to be a part of JWG? Email Emily Kaiman to join the Host Committee.
Have a talent or passion you would like to share with the group? Volunteer to lead a session or two during JWG. Click below to submit your session proposal. All session proposals must be submitted by Oct 1, 2019. Note: Space is limited so submit your proposal asap.
JWG will begin Sunday at 2:00pm and end Wednesday at 11:00am. Please plan to stay until the end of the retreat. We don’t want you to miss out on the special program we have planned to conclude our time together.
Traveling By Plane:
Need a Ride to or from Ramah Darom/ATL Airport? The cost is $36 each way.
Please make sure your flight arrives in Atlanta no later than 12:30pm on Sunday and departs no earlier than 4pm on Wednesday.
To Ramah Darom from ATL Airport:
Date: Nov. 10, 2019
Shuttle Departure Time: 1:30pm
Meeting Place: Meet other shuttle passengers and Ramah Darom staff in the center atrium inside the Atlanta airport.
If you have questions or are delayed on your day of travel, please call Ashli Breen at 678.896.5655.
From Ramah Darom to ATL Airport:
Date: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019
Shutte Departure Time: 11:30am
Traveling by Car:
Please download and print the driving direction because GPS can be inaccurate in the mountains.
Contact: Becca Guttman, Guest Relations Coordinator
Phone: (404) 531-0801 Ext. 9215
70 Darom Lane
Clayton, GA 30525
Phone: (706) 782-9300
Elissa Vessal, FL
“Mountain Air, Perfect Fall Colored Leaves, Cocktails Before gourmet dinner and lots of really fun ladies. Each year I count the days to go back to JWG no different than a kid anticipating summer camp.”