I had such a positive and memorable experience meeting new friends and mentors, engaging with deep and nuanced ideas, and learning new Jewish texts (and moving poetry!).
Comfortable, but challenging. Relaxing, but thoughtful. Open, but tight-knit.
Beyond the Tent was refreshing, fascinating, and optimistic. You’ll never regret getting out of DC and your routine thinking.
This weekend was everything to me. First, the people were all incredible. I like how there was so much opportunity to talk to different people, through exercises, meals, rec time. I really hope we continue to get together in the real world. The content was mind blowing to me. I have so many more questions than I went in with, which I think was the point. I feel wonderfully confused about my Jewish identity and am doing my best to let that feeling sit. I thought of myself as very secure in my Jewish identity, which I think was not the case for a lot of the participants. Now, I’m questioning everything, but not at all questioning that I want to be a Jew.
I entered the weekend with the expectations of meeting some interesting people while exploring theirs opinions and my own opinions about how we feel about Judaism in our current stage of life. My expectations were met and exceeded, and I have developed close relationships with people and a better understanding of Judaism and what it means to me.
Beyond the Tent gave me the opportunity to re-think my Judaism in a positive and enlightening manner. I met some incredible people, shared some great experiences and really felt like I came away as a different person.