Retreat Program

1-3 Adar / February 16-18, 2018 | At the exquisite Vallevue Estate, Morristown, New Jersey

Program Details | Facilitators | Schedule

Torah Wisdom 
The retreat is centered around stimulating Torah study sessions taught by award-winning author and renowned Torah teacher Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum
of Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin in the Holy Land of Israel. Together as women, we will explore Torah teachings about the Torah view on Astrology tuning into the energy of the month of Adar. We will also explore the role of music to restore the soul and achieve a higher level of consciousness. Meditation, visualization, music and even “laughing” yoga will be woven into the textual study for a completely integrated experience.

Song, Music & Dance
Music and song are profound vehicles for moving the spirit.
 We will express ourselves through joyful singing. Before and after Shabbat Rebbetzin Chana Bracha will be accompanying our sing along with her guitar. We will unify as holy Jewish sisters at the drum circle and Lesley Ruder will lead us in exhilarating “Drama Workshop for Sensitivity, Sanity and Simcha!”  Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night).

Based on techniques rooted in our own Jewish tradition,
 you will integrate Torah teachings through guided visualizations, connect to your Divine spark and enter the path of inner spiritual experience.

Meditative Movement 
Kosher invigorating Yoga sessions will facilitate you to observe your breath moving through your body, allowing your life force to awaken.
 You will discover, experience, and enhance the beauty that Hashem has imbued within your entire being.  Developing an awareness of your body-mind-breath connection will help you recognize and express your individual potential.

Based on Torah sources on spiritual healing you will learn to let go and allow Hashem to act,
 in order to open blocks and engender healing and well-being. Steeped in Torah texts, EmunaHealing promotes spiritual growth and closeness to Hashem. Rebbetzin Chana Bracha’s EmunaHealing workshops will teach you practical healing tools through strengthening your emunah and connecting with Hashem’s light inherent in your neshamah. 

Women can bring redemption

Through supporting sisterhood we will heal our lives!

Let us sing and dance our way back to our lost Paradise!


Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum, a native of Denmark, is founder and director of Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin: Holistic Torah for Women on the Land. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Bible and Jewish Philosophy from Michlala Jerusalem College for Women, and a Masters of Art in Jewish History from Touro College. Rebbetzin Chana Bracha creates curricula emphasizing women’s spiritual empowerment through traditional Torah values. In 2010 she published her first book, Women at the Crossroads: A Woman’s Perspective on the Weekly Torah Portion. Since then she has published Ruth: Gleaning the Fallen Sparks, the award-winning The Seven Fruits of the Land of Israel with their Mystical & Medicinal Properties, her first children’s book The Nameless Chicken from Judea and Parasha Meditations for Spiritual Renewal and Strengthening Communication with the Creator. Rebbetzin practices EmunaHealing as a gifted spiritual healer through Emunah, tefillah and energy work. Chana Bracha has a married son and several granddaughters, and lives with her husband and younger son on the land of the Judean hills, Israel.

Rochel Weiman, grew up in Massachusetts and has been creating art since she can remember. She received her BFA in Design & Photography from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She served as Art Director for many years for The Orthodox Union and currently is Senior UX Web designer for B&H in NYC and Marketing Communications Coordinator for EmunahWorld Events. Rochel has been involved in Torah and kiruv in Upper Manhattan for many years. She integrates her design background with her knowledge of Torah to nurture the creative mind. She developed Emunah Art: Trusting Our Creative Self to develop an awareness and appreciation for our emunah-inspired creativity.

Bracha Meshchaninov is both a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) as well as a Certified Yoga Therapist. She received her certifications from Yoga Mountain Inc. and did additional training with Paula Heitzner of The Nyack Yoga Center. She has been practicing yoga since she was a teenager. After over 35 years of enjoying the benefits of a regular practice, Bracha decided the time was right to share the gift of Yoga and meditative movement with others.

Bracha has created her own Yoga Studio in the New Hempstead area, providing a comfortable space where women can practice yoga in a culturally sensitive environment. Tiferet Movement has been called “Yoga with a Kabalistic twist!” Bracha has also been studying and teaching Torah, Chassidus and Jewish Mysticism for as many years as she has been doing yoga. She provides a unique approach to the philosophy and understanding of the mind, body and soul from an integrated and Jewish perspective.

Bracha Meshchaninov is the founder of Tiferet Movement Moving to find harmony in mind, body and soul Women’s Only Yoga studio, where she teaches women to strengthen, stretch, relax, balance, meditate and breathe. Her Yoga classes will help reduce stress and an increase in a sense of balance and inner harmony.

Leslie Gold Ruder segued from her long career in professional theatre, film and television –  acting, directing, producing, casting, stage managing and play writing, (her acting training includes the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Company, The Walnut Street Theatre, and New York Theater Workshop), to learning about, and then practicing, Torah Judaism, through Aish haTorah in Los Angeles, where she had gone to seek fame, fortune and an Oscar!  Leslie went on to study at She’arim College of Jewish Studies for Women and at the magnificent B’erot Bat Ayin..  Now a long-time Passaic, NJ resident, wife and mother, Leslie currently teaches acting for women and girls, emcees events and performs now and then, including most recently in (a small part) in the upcoming Episode 5 of the popular comedic web series “Soon By You.”   Leslie’s latest projects are creating a podcast for women and writing the first for-women-only Broadway show.  Leslie’s Acting & Improv workshops for women 18-80+ are sought after around the US and Israel, and have been called  “Transformative,” “Better than any therapy I’ve ever had!” and “The highlight of the Retreat!

Miriam Shaw earned a B.S. for Graphic Design in 1979 and a second B.S. for Information Systems Management in 1981, both at Buffalo State College. She majored in graphic art, pottery, jewelry, drawing, painting, computer programming and systems analysis. Miriam who is an accomplished artist also expresses herself as a singer/songwriter. Her most famous song called How, is a popular camp song found in Chabad camp songbooks. She has performed for Women’s groups and Bas Mitzvahs since 1986 in the USA, UK, Holland and Israel. Miriam will guide us with a musical tefillah during the Shabbaton as well as a women’s drum circle motzei Shabbat.

Esther Sara Weiner is an intuitive healer who helps her clients break through internal – often hidden– blockages to achieve emotional and spiritual growth.  She has developed her own unique style of utilizing different healing modalities, including intuitive guidance, touch, visualization and hypnosis.  The courses she has taken in EmunaHealing have further enriched her practice and benefited her clients with new insights.







Friday Yom Shishi 1 Adar (February 16)

12:00 – 12:30 PM Arrival / Registration
12:30-1:30 PM Settling into your room / Getting Acquainted / Personal Shabbat Preparations
1:30-2:10 PM Fun Interactive Icebreakers
Leslie Ruder
2:15-3:15 PM Torah Class: Spiritual Insights on the Month of Adar
Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum
3:15-4:15 PM Late Shabbat Preparations / Rest
4:15- 5:00 PM Healing with Light & Candles / Candle-lighting Meditation
Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum
5:14 PM Candle-lighting followed by Kabbalat Shabbat with Dancing
Miriam Shaw & TBA
6:30-8:00 PM Dinner Simcha Sharing Circle / Z’mirot singing
8:00 -8:30 PM Parasha Meditation The Mishkan – A Spiritual Healing Structure
Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum
8:30-9:30 PM Manifesting Happiness in Hashem – as a Pathway to Overcoming Depression and Finding Inner Peace
Esther Sarah Weiner
9:30-10:15 PM Spiritual Tiferet Movement 
Bracha Meshchaninov

Shabbat Day, 2 Adar (February 17)

7:30-8:00 AM Spiritual Messages of Tiferet Movement
Bracha Meshchaninov
8:00-9:00 AM Gentle Tiferet Movement (Yoga inspired)
Bracha Meshchaninov
9:00-9:30 AM Optional Breakfast Snack
9:30-10:30 AM Communal Morning Tefilah / Meditation Circle 
Miriam Shaw & TBA
10:30 AM -12:30 PM Kiddush Followed by Shabbat Seudah (Second Meal)
1:00-2:15 PM Emunahealing Workshop: Torah, Music & Mindfulness
for Overcoming Depression and Achieve Higher Consciousness

Rebbetzin Chana Bracha
2:15-4:00 PM Siesta
4:00-4:45 PM Refreshing Herbal Hike or Gentle Tiferet Movement Stretches
Bracha Meshchaninov
5:00-6:15 PM Seudat Shelishit (Third Meal)

Motzei Shabbat Night 2 Adar (February 17)

6:15 PM Havdalah
7:00- 8:00 PM Drama Workshop for Sensitivity, Sanity and Simcha!
Leslie Ruder
8:00- 9:00 PM Soul Stir Sefirot Dance
Shelley Dembe
9:00- 10:00 PM Drum Circle & Dance
Nechama Tarlow

Sunday Yom Rishon 3 Adar (February 18) 8:00-10:30 AM

8:00-9:15 AM Breakfast
9:30-10:15 AM Closing: Sharing / Healing
Rebbetzin Chana Bracha & Esther Sarah Weiner

Sunday Yom Rishon 3 Adar (February 18) 10:30 AM-4:30 PM

Adar Celebration of Women, Torah & Art / Mothers & Daughters /Wholesome Food Fair / Arts & Crafts / Vendors / Mini Workshops / Live Music
Open to Women of all ages, daughters from age 14 and up

10:30 – 11-30 AM Open Vendors / Gallery Show
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Opening Torah Teaching: ‘Women Art & Emuna
Rebbetzin Chana Bracha
12:30 PM Light Lunch Snacks
1:00 – 2:45 PM Concurrent Workshops –  SoulStir Creative Movement  | Creative Writing | Art Acrylics
3:00 – 4:15 PM Women’s Concert & Open Mike
4:15-4:30 PM Closing Blessing Circle


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