CBI “Family Reunion” Retreat


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Teen Retreat Registration — Please contact Sarah Jew, sjew@bethisrael.org

All CBI members are invited to share in a fun and meaningful weekend with your temple ‘family’ at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas beginning on Friday evening, November 18th at 5:45 pm and ending at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 20th, 2016. See our new and improved schedule below!

Young adults, empty nesters, retirees, families with young children, singles, and everyone in-between are encouraged to join in the fun! We’ll have plenty of activities for everyone, including ropes course, yoga and meditation, hiking, sports, games, arts and crafts, campfires, musical Shabbat services, late-night movies, and more.

Get to know your fellow temple family members, as well as rabbis and professional staff, while enjoying the beautiful camp setting. Babysitting and kids’ activities will be available for ages 2 – seventh grade, led by qualified and experienced staff.

Cost is $150 per adult, $90 for students Kindergarten through Seventh grade, and 4 & under are free
This includes all accommodations (which have both heating and AC), meals, activities, and babysitting/kids’ activities.
Join us for this amazing weekend of community and fun!

Questions? Please contact  Rabbi Rebecca Epstein. We can’t wait to see you there!


Teen Retreat Registration — Please contact Sarah Jew, sjew@bethisrael.org


CBI 2015 Retreat Promo from Steven Folberg on Vimeo.

Schedule (Subject to change)

Friday, November 18

2 PM               Check-in Available at GFC
2-8 PM            Welcome table open for nametags, registration, etc. 
5:45 PM          Shabbat blessings
6:00 PM          Shabbat dinner
7:00 PM          Musical Shabbat Services

8:00PM           Dessert Potluck and Shmoozing

9:00PM           Board Games for Kids! and Jammin’ and Drinkin’ with Dave B (BYOB)

Saturday, November 19

7:00 AM           Early Morning Run with Sarah Avner

7:30 AM           Breakfast available
8:00 AM           Morning Activities: Yoga with Rabbi E., Stroller-Friendly Hike, Hiking Challenge, Walking Group, Running Group; Outdoor Games for Kids!
9:45 AM           Shabbat Morning Service (Shacharit)
10:30 AM         Torah Study with Rabbi Folberg, Rabbi Epstein, and Torah Study for Kids with Carly
11:20 AM         Torah Service
12:15 PM         Shabbat Lunch and Greene Family Camp Presentation

1:30-5:30 PM   Afternoon Activities: “Ask Me Anything” with Rabbi Rose, Challah-Making with Rabbi Epstein, Zip-line, Arts and Crafts, Tour of GFC, Happy Hour Torah Study with Rabbi Rose, Basketball, Mah Jong, Game Room, and more! Or, just relax and enjoy Shabbat!

6:00 PM           Dinner

7:00 PM           Group Picture!  Havdallah, Campfire, and Smores 

8 PM               Finding Dory!  Popcorn and Movies for the Family (Babysitting available)
                      Wine Pairing with Rabbi Epstein and Sarah Avner – Enjoy different types of delicious wines paired with yummy treats! 

9 PM                Optional overnight in the Chadar Ochel for kids ages 7 and up, with counselors.  Bring your sleeping bag!            

Sunday, November 22

8:30 AM           Breakfast Available

9:00 AM           Babysitting and Packing Up; Morning Walk and Run

10:30 AM         Depart Greene Family Camp

Packing List for Family Retreat

  • Tallit and kippah (optional)
  • Dessert to share
  • BYOB – whatever you like to drink
  • At least two pairs closed-toed shoes with backs that are good for walking in different kinds of weather.
  • At least two pairs of socks for each day.
  • Long Pants & Long Sleeve Shirts
  • The Usual – underwear, socks, pajamas, etc.
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.
  • A Jacket & Layers – extra t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. – It can be cold at night and warm during the day. The cabins are heated and air conditioned, but we will be outside on our way to and from activities, etc.
  • Your own towels.
  • Your own pillows and pillowcase.
  • Your own sleeping bag and/or blankets to make up as many twin beds as you will need for your family.
  • Any rain gear that you want to bring – jackets, hats, etc.
  • Yoga mat (optional)
  • Sleeping bag for kids ages 7 and up if they want to sleep overnight on Saturday in the Chadar Ochel