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Shavuot at Pearlstone

June 11 @ 4:00 pm June 14 @ 11:00 am

5425 Mt Gilead Rd
Reisterstown, MD 21136 United States

Join us for Shavuot at Pearlstone

This annual immersive retreat is filled with inspiring Jewish learning, spirited singing, festive farm-to-table meals, and a pluralistic community building experience.

Retreat Details

2024 Pricing and Accommodations

We have two main types of lodging – standard rooms (Lodges 1-3 & 5) feature private bathrooms with one or two queen beds, while the Lodge 4 Dorms have twin beds and mostly shared bathrooms. Youth/teenage rates assume sharing a room with at least one adult (18+), regardless of lodging style. More details about our lodging options can be found here.

  • Standard Room Multiple Occupancy per adult: $635 per person
  • Single Occupancy (one adult 18+): $940 per person
  • Dorm Rooms: $495 per adult
  • Teenagers 13 – 17: $395 per person
  • Youth ages 6 – 12:  $315 per person
  • Youth ages 1 – 5: $125 per person
  • Infants up to 12 months:  free, but must register

For questions, please email Neshama Sonnenschein

Program Highlights

Enjoy multiple learning tracks about Judaism and sustainability, keynotes from guest scholars, delicious, healthy food, music, and activities for people of all ages.  This multigenerational gathering of participants, both local and distant, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience deep Torah learning and collective communal engagement. Mechitza Minyan and Traditional Egalitarian Minyan will be offered.

We are still finalizing our 2024 program. Feel free to view a past schedule below to get a sense of the programming we will offer this year.

Click here for a sample program schedule

Teachers and Educators

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Rav Shmuly is the author of 24 books on Jewish ethics and his writings have appeared in outlets as diverse as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Atlantic among many other secular and religious publications. He has served as speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and a Rothschild Fellow in Cambridge, UK.

Rav Shmuly received a Masters from Harvard University, a Masters from Yeshiva University, and his Doctorate from Columbia University, and was ordained as a rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, along with 2 private ordinations in Israel. He is the President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash, a national Jewish pluralistic adult learning & leadership center, and the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, a Jewish Social Justice organization, Shamayim, a Jewish animal advocacy movement, and YATOM, the Jewish foster and adoption network. His wife Shoshana, and their four children live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have also served as foster parents.

Melissa Klapper

Dr. Melissa Klapper 

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and Director of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rowan University.  She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (2005); Small Strangers:  The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace:  American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940 (2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies.  She has won numerous awards and fellowships for her scholarship and lectures frequently in academic and community settings.  Her most recent book is Ballet Class: An American History (2020). Dr. Klapper is also a 3 day Jeopardy! champion who competed in the 2024 Tournament of Champions.

Noah Gradofsky

Rabbi Noah Gradofsky 

Rabbi Noah Gradofsky earned a BA in Political Science/Economics Cum Laude from Columbia and a BA in Talmud with Honors and Distinction from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998.  From there he attended law school in the evenings, earning his J.D. with honors in 2002 from Rutgers University, and rabbinical school at night, receiving ordination in 2004 from the Institute of Traditional Judaism, part of the Union for Traditional Judaism.  He has practiced law since 2002 and served as a pulpit rabbi in Long Beach, New York for six years.  In recent years Rabbi Gradofsky’s rabbinic work has focused on High Holiday pulpits and other “pinch-rabbi-ing” as well as his service as Vice President of the Union for Traditional Judaism. 

Joel Hecker

Dr. Joel Hecker 

Joel Hecker serves as Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he has been the only orthodox faculty member since 1995. Hecker is the author of Volume 11 and (with Nathan Wolski) Volume 12 of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition; Mystical Bodies, Mystical Meals: Eating and Embodiment in Medieval Kabbalah; and numerous articles in the history of Jewish Mysticism. He received rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University (1990) and his PhD in Jewish Studies from New York University (1996).  

Avram Mlotek

Rabbi Avram Mlotek 

Avram Mlotek is a rabbi, cantor, licensed social worker and writer. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News and nearly every major Jewish publication. A grandchild of Holocaust survivors and noted Yiddish culturalists, Mlotek is the co-creator and librettist of Amid Falling Walls, a new musical featuring Yiddish songs written during the Holocaust, which had its world premiere at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Fall 2023 and which won the 2024 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. A founder of Base, a new model of Jewish outreach now operating nationally in over a dozen cities, Mlotek has been acknowledged by The Forward as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” and a “changemaker” by The New York Jewish Week. He is the author of Why Jews Do That or 30 Questions Your Rabbi Never Answered (Skyhorse Publishing) and Passover in a Pandemic (Yiddish and English – Ben Yehuda). Mlotek currently works as a rabbi in hospice care in New York and therapist for Kav Counseling, a service for artists and creative professionals. 

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. 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 Joey’s latest release on Rising Song Records

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