by Michael Saxe-Taller, Executive Director
Planning is underway for Deepening Our Design, our third bi-annual Kehilla’s Retreat for Leaders, to be held January 31-February 2, 2020 at Walker Creek Ranch. This retreat for leaders brings together many of the people whose energy animates our beloved community to get to know each other, and to build channels of connection and communication between the many pulsing centers of energy and activity that make Kehilla buzz. As Kehilla keeps growing and strengthening, these retreats are helping us build the healthy core that supports us in moving forward together as a community.
The retreat will bring together our staff, board members, committee chairs, spiritual leaders, musical prayer leaders, social justice initiative leaders and others who are investing time and energy in sustaining and growing our community. We’re also reaching out to some newer folks, and to people who bring more demographic diversity to our leadership, including young adults, people of color, and people with toddlers and school-age children.
Based on models that have worked well in other communities, attendance at Kehilla’s Retreats for Leaders has been by invitation. We know that the group we want to convene has a fuzzy edge, and there are many more people who might be part of the retreat than we can logistically accommodate (we have a capacity of between 80-90 people). This year, we have issued invitations as we have in the past, but we are now also welcoming any member who wants to be invited to fill out an application form. We will accept as many people as space allows.
This is a working retreat, and though no decisions will be made for Kehilla at the retreat, its fruits will be reported back to the whole community. As always, our “playing” retreat – the family-friendly Kehilla Community Retreat—will happen in July at Bort Meadow (save the date! It’s scheduled for 7/10-7/12/2020).
If you have questions about the Retreat for Leaders, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rabbi Dev at email@example.com.