This past Sunday concluded the JLI’s first annual National Jewish Retreat at the luxurious Copper Mountain resort situated in the scenic Colorado Rockies. Declared “five days of pure Gan Eden” by guest lecturer Rabbi Yehuda Leib Shapiro, over 200 participants, consisting of JLI students from around the world, studied and farbrenged together. Participants enjoyed five days bursting with superb Jewish learning and living with brilliant scholars, shluchim and guest presenters including a grand concert and presentation by renowned comedian Wayne Cotter.
A faculty of more than 22 world-class presenters provided over 70 lectures, seminars and workshops. Special guest presenters included the celebrated talk-show host Michael Medved, Professor Lawrence Schiffman, Rabbi Laibel Schapiro and Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky. Rabbis Moshe Bryski and Yossi Jacobson dazzled the crowd with inspirational classes and lectures.
Extensive seminars were led by Rabbis Berel Bell, Shmuel Kaplan, Chaim Block, Dovid Eliezrie, Heshy Epstein, Ted Gelt, and Dr. Seth Ward, and well attended captivating classes were delivered by Rebbetzins Tirtzah Schapiro, Chana Silberstein, Rochelle Kaplan, Chavie Epstein, as well as keynote addresses by Molly Resnick and Dr. Marlene Schiffman greatly enhanced the program.
A special program for Sinai Scholars Society, consisting of university students from several US campuses, was led by Rabbi and Rebbetzin Yossi Serebransky with remarkable success.
The groundbreaking event has generated a never-ending stream of positive feedback and over 80% of the participants have expressed interest to attend next year’s retreat.
Underwritten by JLI’s primary benefactor Mr. George and Pamela Rohr and launched by JLI’s visionary patron Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, the splendid Retreat was coordinated by JLI’s gifted staff: Mendy Weg, Program Coordinator of the National Jewish Retreat who has worked tirelessly for over 6 months planning the Retreat; Yoni Katz, Project Coordinator at JLI Central and spearheaded by Rabbis Hehsy Epstein and Efraim Mintz. Far exceeding all expectations, the Retreat resulted in a unprecedented renaissance of commitment to Torah study and resolutions for Mitzvah observance by the 200 attendees.