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The Details

BEYOND THE TENT: An immersive Jewish retreat experience for DMV 20s & 30s

What is Beyond the Tent? GatherDC's Beyond the Tent Retreat is a creative and interactive weekend retreat that brings together Jewish and Jew-curious 20s & 30s from across the DMV at a retreat center outside of Washington, DC. Over the course of three days, you'll explore what it means to be Jewish today, unpack 21st century American Judaism, and dive into alternative models for expressing that identity. You'll build deep relationships with other Jews from the DMV, and of course, have a ton of fun doing it.

Who is Beyond the Tent for? Jewish 20s & 30s across the DMV region who are open to exploring new and alternative paths of Jewish expression with their peers.

When is it? Friday, July 29th - Sunday, July 31st, 2022. A bus will take you to the retreat center, leaving from a central location in DC around 1 p.m. on Friday and returning around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

Where is it? Am Kolel Sanctuary Retreat Center in Beallsville, MD (30 miles from DC).

Application deadline: May 27th, 2022. 

Cost: Early bird pricing is $75 through June 17th. Regular cost is $99 through June 24th. This cost is all-inclusive of transportation, meals, lodging, and facilitated workshops throughout the weekend. Financial assistance is available upon request - if cost is a barrier, please email Julie Thompson at

COVID safety measures: Beyond the Tent is an in-person, immersive retreat. GatherDC requires all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will require proof of vaccination from all accepted applicants. All participants will have to show proof of a negative PCR test prior to the retreat. Taking these precautions will allow members to experience the retreat to the fullest without social distancing or wearing a mask since we will be the only ones at the retreat location. Learn more about GatherDC's COVID policies here.

Ready to apply? Click the button below to start your application*!

*Acceptance to Beyond the Tent is application-based; not all participants who apply will be accepted.

GatherDC welcomes the participation of people of all abilities, backgrounds, levels of religiosity, gender identities, and sexual orientations. GatherDC fosters inclusive community and strives to accommodate all needs whenever possible. If you require special accommodations or have questions, please contact us at (202) 656-0743 or and we will make every effort to meet your needs.

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