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Annual Meditation Retreat

led by Rabbi Olivier BenHaim

One of the three ancient Pilgrimage Festivals—besides Passover and Sukkot—is the holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot means “weeks,” and is the celebration at the end of the 7 weeks of our counting the Omer of the Feast of the [spring] Harvest. In Temple times, Jews would walk to Jerusalem to celebrate this festival of the first fruits. With the Temple burned to the ground by Rome, the rabbis shifted the center of Judaism onto the Torah and recast Shavuot as the celebration of Z’man Matan Torateinu – The Time of the Giving of our Torah; the celebration of Revelation at Sinai to which, it is taught, all the souls of Israel—past, present and future (including all converts)—were present. Rabbi Olivier invites you to enter into the energies of such unfathomable Encounter with Source steeped in meditation.


One of the three ancient Pilgrimage Festivals—besides Passover and Sukkot—is the holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot means “weeks,” and is the celebration at the end of the 7 weeks of our counting the Omer of the Feast of the [spring] Harvest. In Temple times, Jews would walk to Jerusalem to celebrate this festival of the first fruits. With the Temple burned to the ground by Rome, the rabbis shifted the center of Judaism onto the Torah and recast Shavuot as the celebration of Z’man Matan Torateinu – The Time of the Giving of our Torah; the celebration of Revelation at Sinai to which, it is taught, all the souls of Israel—past, present and future (including all converts)—were present. Rabbi Olivier invites you to enter into the energies of such unfathomable Encounter with Source steeped in meditation.

Our afternoon will alternate between 50-minute-long meditation sessions, short teachings from our rabbi as well as the opportunity to ask questions about your meditation practice. We will break for dinner—a traditionally dairy meal—and come back together in the evening lighting our holiday candles and immersing ourselves in Torah and the deeper meaning of Revelation.

Rabbi Olivier is making this retreat available to all—Jewish or not, Bet Alef member or not, near or far—at no cost. We hope, if your heart so moves you, that you will make a donation to support this sacred work.

Please note—as you decide for yourself which platform to join in—that though the retreat will be live-streamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages, Rabbi Olivier will only be able to interact live with participants on Zoom.