Friday, January 20, 2017
Chai, y'all! Have you signed up for the eighteenth annual Anshei Darom retreat?
Hey, Guys! The eighteenth annual Anshei Darom Retreat will begin just four weeks from today... which means this is a good time to review some Basic Information for this year's Retreatniks. If you're a first-timer, this is good stuff to know! (And even if you're a Repeat
How do I sign up?
If you haven't signed up yet, don't worry - we still have room for you. (For now.) Scroll down to the "Payment" paragraph below for more information. You can pay by personal check or by credit card.
When should I get there?
Plan to arrive at Camp Ramah Darom on Friday, February 17 no later than 4 pm. You are welcome to arrive earlier that day to enjoy paradise for the afternoon - if you wish.
What should you bring?
That's the big question everyone asks - especially rookies. Nothing too complicated:
- Your sense of humor
- A desire to meet new people
- Casual clothes for the entire weekend. No ties and jackets required!
(For Shabbat morning, it's not a bad idea to bring a shirt with a
collar... that's as dressy as things get.)
- Sweat hut attire - a pair of shorts and a tee shirt.
- Toiletries: The camp provides towels, soap, and shampoo, but you can bring your own if you prefer, Mr.
Fancy-Schmancy. If you like to wear flip-flops in the shower, by all means bring yours.
- Religious equipment: Tefillin, Tallit, Kipah. The camp will provide all the books, so no need to shlep your own.
- Misc. Equipment: Anti-snoring equipment (earplugs, clothespins, nose strips, CPAP machines). We're serious!
- Flashlight and Camera, if you like.
- Optional - Your favorite pillow and an extra blanket
- Also optional - You are welcome - nay, encouraged - to bring a bottle of your favorite spirit to enjoy and share with group Saturday evening such as: Scotch, brandy, whiskey, beer, wine, root beer, prune juice, or Gatorade™. Also, if you wish to truly raise the testosterone level that evening - bring some cigars.
Sure there will - it's part of being Jewish! But it's nothing to be afraid of.
Please participate in the ritual programs - don't be bashful! There is still time to volunteer to lead a portion of one of the services and/or read Torah. And there are plenty of other things to do, like carrying the Torah scroll during the processional, opening the Ark, leading birkat ha-mazon, etc., etc. If you're interested, please contact Barry Riesenberg - briesenberg [at] gmail [dot] com. We'd like everyone to get a shot at participating... and you'll never find a warmer or more supportive bunch of guys to daven or lehn Torah in front of!
Can you entertain us?
If anyone plays the guitar, harmonica, or tuba, please plan to bring it with you for Saturday night. Be sure you bring your favorite jokes to share with the guys around the bonfire. It's a tradition!
How do I get there?
Camp Ramah Darom is located at 70 Camp Darom, Clayton, GA 30525. Just plug that address into Google Maps or your smartphone's nav software and you're good to go.
Where will I be sleeping?
The Camp is a modern facility in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains. The road is now paved all the way to the camp and cell phones work there (at least in some locations around the camp). There's electricity and running water.
The basic bunkhouse accommodations are comfortable, not fancy. The bunkhouse is heated and has flush toilets and showers... and it's where we spend our social time Friday evening. Those who have booked hotel-style rooms will have a slightly cushier experience. No room service, though.
Will there be beds in the bunkhouse?
Of course!!! The camp will also provide a pillow, linens, a blanket and one towel. If you're staying in the hotel-style rooms, think "Holiday Inn." It's really nice. (Feel free to bring a sleeping bag and tent if you want to "rough it," tough guy.)
What kind of Shabbat experience will it be?
We will create a uniquely spiritual Shabbat experience - together. Our tradition is to observe Shabbat by not writing, smoking, using electronic devices, or taking photographs. We also wash before all meals, say Motzi and Birkat ha-Mazon. There is an eruv around the camp so you can carry and can indulge in various recreational activities... including the all-important Shabbat nap.
Payment can either be by check or by credit card. Contact Steve Krodman at elisson1 [at] aol [dot] com for details as to pricing and making your payment. And don't forget to ask your club whether it offers first-timer or young men's subsidies.
Get ready for a WONDERFUL weekend! We're looking forward to seeing you there.
If you have any questions please contact:
Mark Isbitts (Retreat Committee Chair) - mark [dot] isbitts [at] lexisnexis [dot] com
Steve Dix (Regional President) - dixes [at] yahoo [dot] com
Monday, January 16, 2017
Conservative Judaism Through the Generations -
The 2017 Anshei Darom Retreat
That's the theme of the 2017 Anshei Darom retreat:
Conservative Judaism Through the Generations: What We Learn From Our Parents, What We Teach Our Children
For this year's Retreat, we have made special arrangements to have perfect weather - sunny and temperatures in the mid to low 70's during the day, dropping down to the low 40's after sunset for crisp, cool nights. Of course, your results may vary, and since we're talking about the north Georgia mountains in February, they probably will.
You don't want to miss this year's Retreat - Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19 at Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Georgia. We had a record turnout last year, and we're looking forward to having an even bigger group of men from throughout the Southeast this year.
For the first time, we will offer special breakout sessions for our under-40 attendees. We'll also have an upgraded menu... and this year's Attendee Gift (AKA The Annual Freebie) will be a really nice golf shirt.
We're offering several different housing options:
Bunkhouse accommodations: $245 per person
Hotel-style accommodations: $305 per person (double occupancy)
Hotel-style accommodations: $365 per person (single occupancy)
Steak will be available Saturday night at an upcharge of $25 - otherwise it's the usual (delicious) burgers and hot dogs. Yes, it's all kosher, certified by the Camp Ramah mashgiach!
We'll be posting more information here for first-timers - prior attendees will know what to expect. Meanwhile, please contact Steve Krodman at elisson1 [at] aol [dot] com or Steve Dix at dixes [at] yahoo [dot] com if you have any questions or wish to register.
Looking forward to seeing you at beautiful Camp Ramah Darom!