Travel Information

IJS is not able to arrange transportation to and from the retreat center, but we encourage participants to coordinate travel directly with one another. You can find a ride share board here in which you can share information about travel to/from the retreat center. 

Please plan to arrive at Wisdom House between 3:00-5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 13 to register and get settled. The retreat will begin with dinner at 5:30 pm and an opening session at 6:30 pm. 

The retreat will end at 12 noon on Sunday, August 18. Participants are welcomed to stay through lunch at this time (or take it to go).  

Dietary Information

The Wisdom House kitchen is not kosher. All of our meals will be vegetarian, with chicken and fish options at some of the meals. If your observance of kashrut requires more stringency, please reach out to Firkins Reed ([email protected]) so we can work to accommodate your needs. 

Please share other dietary information below.

Additional Information





Covid-19 Protocols

IJS is focused on the health and safety of our community. In regards to COVID-19, we are currently requiring the following:

- Each participant should purchase and take two rapid tests for Covid-19 in the week before the retreat. Both tests must be negative for you to take part in the retreat.

- The first of these tests will be three days before the retreat starts. For our retreat starting Tuesday, August 13, this means we ask you to take a test on Saturday, August 10.

- The second one will be taken on Tuesday, August 13, before the start of the retreat. You can do this at home before you leave for the retreat or, if necessary, before you register.

- Our retreat will be mask-optional in public spaces. It will be possible to dine outside for those who choose to do so.

- We ask that our of care for the well-being of our community while on retreat, please wear a mask if you will be attending any large indoor gatherings in the week prior to retreat and while traveling on public transportation to retreat.

- If you begin to experience symptoms while on retreat, we will ask you to please quarantine in your room and will support you in receiving nourishment and care.

Your safety is our priority. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and consult with our medical advisory group as necessary. We may need to make adjustments to this plan and will keep you updated.

By putting your name in the box below, you are indicating that you have read and agree to these protocols.



Media Release Form:

I authorize the Institute for Jewish Spirituality to record my image, voice and performance (“Performance”) and all rights to use the recorded images, voices and performance and/or use and publish any photographs and video taken by an Institute for Jewish Spirituality representative (“Photographs”) and my name for such purposes as the Institute for Jewish Spirituality may deem proper, including but not limited to publicity, promotional and educational purposes. In granting such permission without compensation or royalty, I hereby relinquish my right, title and interest in the Performance and/or Photographs and grant the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (and its assignees) the perpetual right to use, publish and reproduce the Performance and/or Photographs in any manner without compensation, royalty or other charge.


Retreat Costs and Financial Support

We understand that the costs for a retreat can be prohibitive. To help with this, we are offering three payment options for this retreat. Level 1 covers the actual cost of your participation.

If you need financial assistance, please request support using this form. Please request support before registering for the retreat. We will review your request promptly and be in touch with you about the level of support we are able to provide and how to register.

If you are a college student, we will ask that you first be in touch with your school's Hillel to inquire about funding for summer programs.


  • This tuition level gives you a private bedroom with a private, ensuite bath.

  • This tuition level gives you a private bedroom with a shared hall bath.

  • This tuition level gives you a shared double bedroom with a shared hall bath.

Financial Commitment: By entering my name in the box below, I acknowledge that I will not be able to attend this retreat if the Institute for Jewish Spirituality has not received my payment by July 15, 2024.

Paying with a credit card: Please follow the prompts below.

Paying with a check: If you, or someone else on your behalf, is paying by check, be sure to select the Payment Method below that indicates you are paying by check. Be sure the check indicates your full name and the program (Shevet Young Adult Retreat) in the memo section. Please send your check to:

Institute for Jewish Spirituality, P.O. Box 95000-2602, Philadelphia, PA 19195-0001 

Please type your name below to acknowledge the above financial commitment.


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