Annual Etz Women's Retreat
with Scholar in Residence Tova Birnbaum
July 26-28, 2019

The theme of this year's Women's Retreat is Out of Line: Challenging and Embracing Limits and Boundaries.

Tova Birnbaum is the Director of Jewish Content at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. She was born in B'nai B'rak in an Ultra-Orthodox home and was one of the founders of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. Tova is an actress and a Jewish performance artist. She is a teacher of Talmudic Rabbinic Literature, a Judaic studies lecturer and a Theater Midrash workshop facilitator. She is also a Secular Jewish lifecycle ceremonies officiant. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master's degree in theater from Tel Aviv University.

This year's retreat will take place at the Jesuit Retreat Center on 38 acres in Los Altos. The center has walking trails and a labyrinth. Each sleeping room has it own bathroom. 

This event is currently sold out.  We are now on a waiting list basis.  But please register anyway if you want to attend.  In the past, we have been able to accommodate everyone on the waiting list who still wanted to attend as space opened up.  People's plans change.  If you are on the waiting list, you can benefit from that.

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