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Rosh Hashanah with Hadar’s Rising Song Institute

October 2 @ 4:00 pm October 6 @ 11:00 am


5425 Mt Gilead Rd
Reisterstown, MD 21136 United States

A Musical New Year in Nature

This Rosh Hashanah, gather with family and friends at Pearlstone outside Baltimore for a transformative musical New Year and Shabbat experience.

Enjoy the changing autumn season with four days of song-filled traditional egalitarian davening, vibrant community, delicious organic kosher food, and ample outdoor farm space for kids and families.
Joey Weisenberg is an acclaimed singer, composer and multi-instrumental musician of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute

Joey Weisenberg brings ancient and traditional melodies along with his original nigunim to infuse the holiday with the sacred soundscapes of Rosh Hashanah and help participants unlock their spiritual and musical potential this new year.

“Joey Weisenberg’s music is hauntingly beautiful and accessible with a deep sense of authentic Judaism and spiritual power.

Davening led by Joey Weisenberg, Rabbi Aviva Richman, and Rabbi Elie Kaunfer will be complemented by profound divrei Torah and inspiring classes from the Rising Song and Adamah team and our special guest speakers.

Highlights include outdoor nature activities, engaging children’s programming, communal meals, and singing throughout the program.

Immerse in the rich layers of music and meaning that animate the High Holiday season this Rosh Hashanah on the lovely grounds of Pearlstone.

Retreat Details

Adamah is committed to diverse, inclusive, pluralistic Jewish community. Both our retreat centers offer kosher food and serve Jews of all denominations and backgrounds (and many non-Jewish groups as well). In response to strong demand for both our egalitarian and mechitzah minyanim, for Rosh Hashanah we will be providing one large minyan at each retreat center: mechitzah at Isabella Freedman and egalitarian at Pearlstone.

Program Highlights

  • Learning opportunities with guest scholars
  • Delicious and healthy kosher food
  • Inspiring, soulful, joyful prayer and Torah learning
  • Farm tours, plant walks, and tashlich hikes
  • Fun and engaging activities for all ages, including singing and music
  • Personal growth and inspiration through yoga, meditation, sacred song and story circles

This gathering is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Rosh Hashanah in a memorable and meaningful way.

Learn Rosh Hashanah melodies ahead of time so you can add your harmonies. Subscribe to Joey’s High Holiday Master Classes.

Farm-to-Table Seder

Join our Israel Shaliach Avihay Aharoni as he leads us through a traditional Sefardi Rosh Hashanah seder with simanim fresh from the Pearlstone farm! Start the new year with blessings

Tashlich Hike

Hike with us to the Pearlstone creek to symbolically cast away our sins in the tashlich ritual to spiritually prepare for the New Year

Learning Sessions

Teruah: Meditation on Shofar and Divine Friendship with Rabbi Aviva Richman
Who By Fire?: The Most Controversial Prayer in Jewish Life with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
The Deeper Meaning of “Avinu Malkenu” with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
HaYom Harat Olam – Creating Our World through Hesed with Rabbi Aviva Richman

Kids Honey Camp

Drop-off programming for kids ages 2-12 will be offered during the davening sessions and afternoon learning sessions.  Your kids will love the fun combination of nature activities, singing, and Jewish holiday themes.  Stay tuned for more details about Honey Camp 2024!

Israel Meditation Space

Connect with Israel in an interactive meditation space to process the year past and look forward with hope to the year coming.

Leaders & Educators

Joey Weisenberg

Musician, composer, and teacher Joey Weisenberg is the founder and director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, which cultivates grassroots musical-spiritual creativity in Jewish community. Joey works to educate and train communities around the world to make music a vibrant, joy-filled force in Jewish life. He is the author of The Torah of Music (2017 National Jewish Book Award) and Building Singing Communities. L’eila, his eighth album of original music, is his latest release on Rising Song Records.

Rabbi Aviva Richman

Rabbi Aviva Richman is a Rosh Yeshiva at the Hadar Institute, and has been on the faculty since 2010. A graduate of Oberlin College, she studied in the Pardes Kollel and the Drisha Scholars’ Circle and was ordained by Rabbi Danny Landes. She completed a doctorate in Talmud at NYU. Interests include Talmud, Halakhah, Midrash and gender, and also a healthy dose of nigunim.

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is President and CEO of the Hadar Institute. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, he has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. Elie is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010).

Jakir Manela

Adamah’s Chief Executive Officer Jakir Manela, a recognized leader in the Jewish sustainability movement, was trained as a Teva educator, established Kayam Farm at Pearlstone in 2007, and served as the Executive Director of Pearlstone and as a Hazon board member for nine years. In 2022, he became the CEO of Hazon-Pearlstone, leading the merger into Adamah. Jakir is deeply inspired by Adamah’s amazing team and holy work happening every day. He lives just up the road from Pearlstone with his family, coaches youth sports, and loves night hikes and campfires. 

Yoni Stadlin

Adamah’s Chief Program Officer, Yoni Stadlin served from 2008-2021 as founding director of Eden Village Camp, the Jewish environmental sleepaway camp. Yoni’s recognitions include the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize and Jewish Week’s “36 under 36”, and he holds an MA in Informal Jewish Education from JTS. He has traveled extensively as an environmental educator and activist. Yoni lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

Avihay Aharoni

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Avihay is our Pearlstone Shaliach (Israeli Emissary), and enjoys making connections to Israel through songs, stories and music. He will be leading our farm-to-table Rosh Hashanah seder, designing the Israel Meditation Space, as well as leading a session teaching melodies from traditional Rosh Hashanah piyutim (poetry).

Leora Match

Our Honey Camp Director Leora Match is a nature lover, musician, dancer, and Jewish educator, who is also our Adamah Adventure summer camp director. She has over eight years of summer camp experience, worked for four years as the program director for Towson University Hillel and two years in an elementary school in East Baltimore. She loves helping young people cultivate their sense of wonder, curiosity, and, of course, adventure.

2024 Pricing and Accommodations

We have two main types of lodging – standard rooms feature private bathrooms with one or two queen beds, while the Garden Lodge family style rooms have twin beds and shared bathrooms in the hallway. Children’s rates assume sharing a room with at least one adult (13+), regardless of lodging style. More details about our lodging options can be found here.

  • Standard Room Multiple Occupancy per adult: $1,150
  • Single Occupancy adult: $1,725
  • Garden Lodge family style rooms: $925
  • Teenager, ages 13-17: $645
  • Child, ages 5-12: $360
  • Toddler, ages 2-4: $140
  • Infants, under 2 years old:  free

Details about Pearlstone

For more information about accommodations, dining, transportation, and our campus amenities, please visit our Guest Information and FAQ page

Pearlstone Guest Experience & FAQ
Pearlstone | 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136
410.500.5417 | info@pearlstonecenter.org