April 2017 Message from BAW Guest Columnist, Janet Bein
I think that belonging to a large congregation like Beth Am is somewhat similar to being a student at a large university. On the one hand, a large institution has more resources. We have multiple clergy, lots of classes and other activities for you to choose from. On the other hand, it can feel overwhelming or even intimidating when you don’t know anyone.
An excellent way to meet and get closer to other women in the congregation is to spend a weekend together. The upcoming Beth Am Women’s Retreat gives you that opportunity. Even if you don’t know anyone else, we will make sure you feel welcome!
This year is unique in that all the female clergy at Beth Am are participating. It is a great chance to get to know them all personally.
I have worked with two co-chairs, Dominika Blackappl and Francine Ruvolo, on the programming. The program is a mix of organized group activities (mostly led by the clergy), communal meals, and other optional activities, including yoga, hiking, improvisational drama and meditation. You can also choose to just relax, take time for yourself or shmooze.
Dominika Blackappl — who is about the same age as my daughter — attended last year’s retreat and has helped to make sure the program has options that are appealing across the age span.
We still have spaces left. I hope you don’t miss this opportunity.