Women plan reJewvenation retreat at B'nai B'rith Camp in September
By Deborah Moon Seldner
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ReJewvenation, a Sept. 23-25 Women's Retreat at B'nai B'rith Camp, will combine such diverse experiences as outlet mall shopping, mahjong, pilates and financial planning to create an appealing weekend get-away for women of all ages.
Committee members ranging in age from their 20s to 70s are busy planning the diverse weekend retreat at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center's residential camp on the Oregon coast near Lincoln City. Though inspired by the popular Men's Camp, the Women's Retreat will not focus on fund-raising.
"The committee is working hard to create an environment at the camp that is comfortable and welcoming for all ages," said Jordana Feves, one of the event co-chairs.
"This chair has five legs," said Feves, listing her co-chairs Becky Hornsten, Amy Blauer, Michele Koplan and Barb Gordon. "The energy when all the chairs and the committee get together is electrifying. The energy and ideas that come out of our meetings make me feel it's going to be a successful, exciting event."
"When would you ever spend an entire weekend in an informal setting with the women of your community?" asked Hornsten. "We want to provide a relaxing, intergenerational get-away where women can meet the women who live in their community."
Feves and Hornsten suggest that women begin talking to their friends to try to put together a cabin of 10 to 12 women for the event. Invitations will be mailed in mid-July.
While the weekend is still in the planning stages, several activities have been firmed up already. Classes in financial planning, pilates, yoga, mahjong, cooking and various crafts are planned. The ropes course and canoes will be available for use.
Marjorie Sandor, winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will be the guest speaker. Women will also be able to join a shopping trip to the Tanger Outlet Mall in Lincoln City.
While fund-raising is not the focus of the weekend, women will have the opportunity to volunteer either financial or service support to the Jewish camp during a mitzvah moment during the weekend. Women will be able to volunteer to beautify the camp with services such as planting some flowers.
For more information or to receive an invitation to the retreat, contact Hornsten at 503-535-3533 or via e-mail at Bhornsten@oregonjcc.org.