Mikvah: Immersion in Collaborative Judaism
Wednesday, August 14 – Sunday, August 18, 2013
Elat Chayyim and Limmud NY invite you
to immerse yourself in the waters of collaborative Jewish community.
Every participant is a volunteer-leader
Lead a workshop, a song, a prayer service, or a conversation.
Teach a text, share a skill, or lead a dance, a hike, or a yoga class.
See below for a list of examples from last year.
Gift-economy fee structure
Pay what you can, and pay it forward for others.
Choose your own adventure
The creative programming model allows you to shape your own experience.
Pluralistic, inclusive, diverse community
Everyone is welcome, all religious practices will be supported.
In 2012, MIKVAH was featured in Tikkun Magazine. For more information about what this is all about, check out the article on The Gift Economy: A Model for Collaborative Community.
If you're new to Isabella Freedman, check out our Frequently Asked Questions for information about where we're located, arrival and departure times, what to bring, etc.
Shabbat with the Eden Village Tribe
Daily "What Does the Talmud Say & Why Should We Care?" with Arthur Kurzweil
Daily Authentic Movement / Embodied Spirituality Sessions with Simona Aronow
Challah-Making Party with Chef Richard Neff
Large-Scale Art Collaborations (including Mural!) with Lynn Gottleib and Jared Wood
"Creating Customized Jewish Rituals for Your Life" with Necha Sirota
Barefoot Boogie with DJ Mobius!
Learner's Minyan with Reb Yaakov
3 offerings by Daniel Sieradski:
- "Jeuromancer: Transhumanism & the Dystopian Jewish Future"
- "The Forbidden Tree of Knowledge: Psychedelics & the Bible"
- "Occupying Judaism: Occupy Wall Street, Jewish Values, and the Jewish Community"
Fabric Art Midrash with Ris Golden-Sieradski
Exploring the Blessing After Meals with Jeremy Sher
"American Jews and the War of 1812" with Robert Shaprio
Make your own pickles, cheese, and jam with Adamah Fellows!
Biblical Hebrew study with Sarah Chandler
Swim in the Falls Village falls!
"Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Science" with Janna Berger
"How to Buy a Car" with Susan Goodman
"Noah, Farming, and the 3rd Way" with Shamu Sadeh
"Nonviolent Communication" with Roberta Wall
"Conflict Rocks!" with Suzi Finklestein
"GaGa for GaGa" with David Weisberg
"Sacred Chanting" with Roberta Wall
"Free-Writing as a Tool for Self-Exploration" with Meredith Levick
"Recipe Swap" & "Freedom Song-Share" with Abby Bellows
"Dream Interpretation Group" with Arlene Bruskin
"Conflict Rocks!" with Suzi Finklestein
Open Poetry Reading
"Torah Study through Game Design" with Owen Gottleib
"Art in the Bereavement Process" with Jo Hudaly
3 offerings by Yoseph Ibn Mardachya:
- "Niggunometry: Your song becoming Ours"
- "Shalos Shudis: History, Meaning, and Context are One at the Ancient of Days"
- "Introduction into Ishbitz and the Shlomo problem: the mystery of responsible ecstatic charismatic Torah"
"Shmitta & the Gift Culture" with Yigal Deutscher
"Magic Show!" with Arthur Kurzweil
"Beatles Guitar Concert" with Seth Livingston
"Hiking the [Jewish] Appalachian Trail" with Basya Parham
Immersion in Elat Chayyim MIKVAH is an experiment in the New Gift Economy. We are asking that you pay what you can, as a tzedakah donation—"paying it forward" to allow others to have transformative experiences yearround. Let's show the world that this can work! Click here to learn more about the Gift Economy.
During the registration process, you will have an opportunity to tell us what offering you would like to share during Mikvah.
Click the purple button to the right for information, rates, and to register online. Online registration is for full credit card payments only. If you would like to pay in installments, pay by check, or apply approved financial aid, please call 800.398.2630 x4. Please review our lodging options and rates prior to calling.
You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered and made a payment online or by phone. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, please call us at 800.398.2630 x4.
aims to celebrate Jewish life and learning in all of its diversity by bringing together Jews of all backgrounds and all ages for a multi-day retreat experience. We are driven by the belief that diversity of perspective, dedication to learning in its broadest sense, and a strong sense of volunteerism are keys to mobilizing and inspiring Jewish individuals and community.