We are looking forward to what many call the most meaningful B’nai Emunah tradition, the 34rd Rabbi Kenneth Zwerin Memorial Retreat! As a community, we carry on the tradition of gathering together in the wine country at the Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn, from Friday, November 11, to Sunday, November 13, 2011. Our schedules may be busy, but at this time of year we set aside precious time to simply be together and to enjoy each others’ company – and, of course, to schmooze, discuss, daven, sing, celebrate, and learn. Whether this will be your 34rd year or your first, we are excited to invite you to this year’s retreat. Since Friday November 11 is Veteran’s Day, we will need to book the rooms and make the other arrangements as quickly as possible.
Through the great generosity of Rabbi Zwerin’s family, we are able to enjoy this year’s scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Elijah Schochet. The Rabbi of Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills, California, from 1960 until retirement in 1999, Rabbi Elijah Schochet did his graduate studies in Psychology at Columbia University and received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Studying under Professor Saul Lieberman, Rabbi Schochet was also awarded a Doctorate in Rabbinic Literature, from JTS. He is an Adjunct Professor of Rabbinic Literature at the University of Judaism as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor and was the founder of Kadima Hebrew Academy in the San Fernando Valley. Rabbi Schochet is the author of six books on rabbinic studies, and is considered a world-renowned expert on the origins of the Hasidic Movement, having authored the definitive book on the subject, The Hasidic Movement and the Gaon of Vilna (Jason Aronson, 1994). His other publications include Animal Life in Jewish Tradition: Attitudes and Relationships (K’Tav Publishing House, 1984, reissued 1991) and Amalek: The Enemy Within (Tara
Rabbi Ted and Gertrude, Rabbi Mark and Hayley, Kinneret, and Geffen can’t wait to see you in Sonoma! We all look forward to spending the weekend together with you, and to enjoying some quality time with the community.
Please let us know that you are coming by sending your form, along with your check, to the office by Friday October 28th. As you may know, participation is limited to 40-45 people.
See you in Sonoma,
Rabbi Mark Melamut
The cost of the weekend including all of the wonderful meals is:
$325 per person (double occupancy)
$405 per person (single occupancy)
Children staying in their parent’s room will pay $55. Teens will pay $180