Shavuot Retreat

Start: Friday, May 18, 2018
End: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Join Ramah Darom and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies for an incredible Shavuot experience as we bring Torah to Life!

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Enjoy 5-days and 4-nights of learning with renowned Pardes faculty, while you savor the fun, friendship and delicious kosher food of Ramah Darom.

Be inspired by outstanding classes, engage in dynamic havruta (paired) learning with diverse participants, and enjoy the beautiful Ramah Darom campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This retreat welcomes Ramah Darom and Pardes alumni and friends, as well as those new to our communities, and their families.

Airport transportation will be available!

Pardes Faculty in Residence

Rabba Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University.

Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She has taught Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, The Wexner Heritage Program, The Drisha Institute and Young Judaea. Yaffa has lectured at Limmud Events around the world, has written curriculum for the Global Day of Jewish Learning and has created innovative educational programming for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

Rabbi Meir Schweiger

Rabbi Meir Schweiger teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur, and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir made aliyah in 1972 from the Bronx, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion.
Before coming to Pardes, Meir taught Talmud and Bible at the Shapell College of Jewish Studies. Over the years, he has also taught at a number of other institutions in Jerusalem, including Michlala, Nishmat, and Beit Midrash L’torah. Since 1977, he has been a full-time faculty member at Pardes and has taught more hours and classes than anyone else on the staff. In addition to teaching, Meir has been responsible for the “affective” side of Pardes, coordinating and supervising tefillot (prayer), tiyulim (hikes), shabbatonim, and pre-holiday yemei iyun (full-day study programs). His official title is Mashgiach Ruhani (Director of Religious Life), which reflects the impact he has had on the personal and spiritual growth of many of our students. For the past 10 years, Meir has been the Director of the Pardes Fellows’ Program, for returning, 2nd-year students, and the Educational Director of the Executive Learning Seminar. For three years, Meir was the mainstay of Pardes’ podcast series on the weekly Torah portion, and he has over 200 recordings online.

Rabbi Sarah Mulhern

Rabbi Sarah Mulhern is a member of the faculty and staff of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she teaches and oversees programs for rabbis and rabbinical students, college students, Jewish professionals, and lay leaders. Sarah has previously worked and taught in a variety of settings, including synagogues, social justice organizations, mikvaot, hospitals, and adult and youth education. She was ordained from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, where she also earned a Masters in Jewish Education.  She is currently pursuing additional private rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes. Sarah is an alumna of Yeshivat Hadar, Drisha Institute, Beit Midrash Har El, Brandeis University, and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Most importantly, she is a proud Pardesnik, having spent 2008-2010 in the year and fellows programs and 2014-2015 in the kollel (so far). Sarah lives in Riverdale, New York, with her husband, Rabbi William Friedman, and their daughter, Liana Mulhern-Friedman.

Rabbi William Friedman

Rabbi William Friedman is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University in Ancient Judaism, focusing on halakhic reasoning and legal theory. He has studied and taught at an alphabet soup of Jewish institutions, including the CY, YCT, JTS, AJR, and HC. But the Pardes beit midrash is his home; after learning for three years in the Pardes Kollel, he received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Daniel Landes. He is incredibly excited to be part of this new endeavor. 

“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Pardes and to offer this one-of-a-kind Shavuot Retreat.”

-Eliana Leader, Director of the Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center at Ramah Darom


Housing Descriptions

There is plenty of space to pitch your tent on our beautiful campus. Spend your days under a shady tree and your nights under a starry sky. Enjoy the great outdoors knowing that a bathroom and shower are just a few steps away. Bathrooms and showers will be available for use in designated areas. 

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. Individuals will be placed in a gendered cabin. 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. 

Housing Prices

Housing Adults Kids 3-17 Kids NB-2
Tent Camping $250 $100 FREE
Cabin: Group/Shared $375 $125 FREE
Cabin: Single Family $450 $125 FREE
Cabin: Single Family Delux $525 $125 FREE
Standard Hotel: Single Occupancy $625 $175 FREE
Standard Hotel: Double Occupancy $550 $175 FREE
Deluxe Hotel: Single Occupancy $750 $175 FREE
Deluxe Hotel: Double Occupancy $650 $175 FREE
Cottage: Double Occupancy $750 $175 FREE


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


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