The Well Goes Camping
May
24
to May 27

The Well Goes Camping

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join The Well on a Memorial Day weekend camping trip at the nationally famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore! Food, tents, and planned hikes will be handled by trip leaders!

***Very limited spots available so reserve yours ASAP! $60 Subsidized tickets available here.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
-Young adult crowd
-3 nights of tent camping
-Two days of hiking & swimming at top trails at Pictured Rocks

We will be staying at a KOA right outside of Pictured Rocks: https://koa.com/campgrounds/pictured-rocks/

Departure: 8am on 5/24 from Royal Oak
Return: 6pm on 5/27 back to Royal Oak

*Hiking experience strongly recommended; however, this will not be a backcountry trip and will have a "homebase" campsite.

*Subsidized cost of $60/person due to the generosity of donors!

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Enter, Pray, Leave
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Enter, Pray, Leave

Do you want to get your song/pray on and then get on with your weekend? This is for you.

Join us for a quick-hit, 1-hour soul session for young adults, filled with robust singing, private meditation and a chance to unwind at the end of the week before diving into the weekend.

Join us on Friday, June 14th at the Royal Oak Yoga Shelter to simply enter, pray, and leave.

There is no cost to attend due to the generosity of donors, but we ask that you register via the form below.

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Jewish Summer Camp for Young Adults!
Aug
16
to Aug 17

Jewish Summer Camp for Young Adults!

We're taking young adults to summer camp for a very special Shabbat, August 16-17!

Whether you're a veteran camper or a first timer, a Tamarack, Tamakwa, Walden, George, Willoway or any other kind of kid, come relive your glory days (or create some new ones!) out in nature at Tamarack's Camp Maas.

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Campfire Havdallah
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Campfire Havdallah

Join Detroit City Moishe House, Reboot, and The Well for a campfire Havdallah as we unwind, say goodbye to Shabbat, and sing our way into the week ahead. Through contemplative writing, camp-style Havdallah songs, and a short intention setting meditation, we will tie up the week that was and prepare for the week to come. Snacks, drinks, and s'mores will be present!

WHAT TO EXPECT:

-A young adult crowd
-Contemplative writing
-Camp-style singing!
-Short meditation
-Snacks/drinks/s'mores

There is no cost to attend due to the generosity of donors!

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Tot Shabbat: Celebrating Israel's Birthday Edition!
May
11
10:30 AM10:30

Tot Shabbat: Celebrating Israel's Birthday Edition!

Join us on Saturday, May 11th for an extra special edition of Tot Shabbat, where we'll be celebrating Israel's birthday with an actual birthday party!

We'll be meeting in the Teen Center at the JCC in West Bloomfield at 10:30am for our Tot Shabbat service (filled with lots of singing and dancing, as always)! Followed by crafts and games, and of course, birthday cake! To access the Teen Center, park in the main lot, and then enter through the door directly next to the drop off-circle - there will be blue and white balloons!

What to expect:
-An awesome group of young families with kiddos ages 0-4
-Singing, dancing, instruments, and maybe even bubbles!
-Celebrating Israel's birthday (and Shabbat) with the coolest kid-oriented party ever!

Families are asked to please register in advance through the form below.

We’re incredibly grateful to the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation for their support of our Family Ed activities!

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Spiritual Cross-Training: Mindfulness Workshop
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Spiritual Cross-Training: Mindfulness Workshop

Join Rabbi Benjamin Shalva for an experience of celebration, learning, and self-exploration. Using the lessons and techniques gained through years of religious exploration and inward reflection, Rabbi Shalva will offer simple and powerful ways to connect with your spiritual self, whether it be in a place of worship or on the hiking trail, or even while sitting in the car, working at the computer, or kneeling in your garden. By cross-training in three simple exercises—silence, stretch, and song—you can strengthen your spiritual muscles and deepen your personal search for meaning.

No special attire or previous background necessary. All are welcome!

WHAT TO EXPECT:

-A young adult crowd
-Silent meditation, yoga stretching, contemplative song
Due to the generosity of donors, subsidized tickets are available for $10.

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Service at Keep Growing Detroit!
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Service at Keep Growing Detroit!

Join The Well and Repair the World Detroit to volunteer at the Keep Growing Detroit Farm located in the heart of Eastern Market District as a part of Repair the World’s Spring into Service Weekend! Service is a great way to get to know and support Detroit's urban agriculture community while pursuing the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). This event is meant for young adults.

Please wear clothes that can get dirty and dress for the weather! There is parking in the lot directly across the street from the farm. You will get a ticket if you park on the street by the farm. The entrance to the farm is on Orleans St.

Please sign up via the ticket link here!

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Info Session: The Well goes to Israel!
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Info Session: The Well goes to Israel!

We’re taking an amazing group of 20 young adults to Israel with JDC Entwine November 24 - December 1, 2019, and we want YOU to join us!

Application are due May 15, and all the information is available here. We will be hosting an info session on Tuesday, April 30th at Rabbi Dan’s home in Huntington Woods at 7pm, in order to talk a little more about the trip and answer all your questions!

Please come prepared having read the material available on the website, and register below so we know to expect you. You will receive an email with the address a few days prior to the info session.

See you then!

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Microbrews & Hebrews
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Microbrews & Hebrews

Join The Well and Temple Israel for a two part series on home brewing beer!

We'll be gathering April 18th and May 7th from 7-9 p.m. to hear from Home Brewing Master Rabbi Josh Bennett who will teach us the basics. In addition to brewing, we'll do some Jewish learning around what the Jewish wisdom tradition has to say about fermented beverages and sample some craft beer!

As an added bonus, the beer that we make together will ferment during the holiday of Passover, when we'd be traditionally prohibited from consuming it as it contains yeast.

After our two sessions together, you'll be able to bring home a few bottles of beer!

What to expect:

  • A community of young adult craft beer lovers

  • Bring home your own 6-pack

  • Snacks/beverages

  • Passover themed discussion

  • The potential for a monthly craft beer group beyond these two gatherings!

    Only 25 tickets are available at the subsidized cost of $18 due to the generosity of donors, and includes entry to both sessions of the series! Sign up here!

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A Fresher Passover
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

A Fresher Passover

Young adults are invited to join us on Saturday, April 13th, 8:00pm at Specialties Showroom in Berkley, as we put a fresh spin on Passover with the help of Susan Barocas, guest chef for three Obama White House seders!

Barocas will give a talk about her experiences in the White House kitchen, how she infused a Passover seder with fresh and innovative dishes, and how we can draw from Jewish cuisines around the world for inspiration. We'll then jump into a cooking demo with two versions of Haroset, and conclude with a hands-on dessert recipe!

Your $25 ticket includes a wine and dessert spread, in addition to the dessert we'll make together.
There will be samples throughout the cooking demo, but these are not meant to serve as a meal, so make sure to have dinner beforehand, and then join us for dessert!

Susan Barocas is a writer, chef, cooking instructor and documentary filmmaker. The founding director of the Jewish Food Experience, she was honored to serve as the guest chef for three White House Passover Seders hosted by the Obamas. She has made numerous speaking and broadcast appearances and has written for the Washington Post, Lilith and Moment magazines among others and is a member of the international culinary society Les Dames d’Escoffier.

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Tot Shabbat: Passover Edition! - Being Rescheduled!
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

Tot Shabbat: Passover Edition! - Being Rescheduled!

Due to health and safety concerns around the recent measles outbreak in the area, we will be rescheduling this Tot Shabbat! Please stay tuned for a new date and location! Thanks!

Join us on Friday, April 12th for a special Passover edition of Tot Shabbat! We’ll have our usual Tot Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, with a few fun Passover-themed additions, and then welcome Shabbat together with a pizza party Shabbat dinner!

What to expect:
-An awesome group of young families with kiddos ages 0-4
-Songs, dancing, stories and more! 
-Passover themed craft station
-Pizza party Shabbat dinner!

Families are asked to please register in advance through the form below.
We’re incredibly grateful to the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation for their support of our Family Ed activities!

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Shabbat Together: Song, Spirit, Sustenance
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Shabbat Together: Song, Spirit, Sustenance

Join Rabbis Jen Lader, Matt Zerwekh, Nate DeGroot, Yoni Dahlen, and Dan Horwitz, along with Hazzan Daniel Gross, special guest Laura Williams, and community musicians, for a beautiful, alternative Shabbat prayer experience in the round filled with song, chanting, and energy, designed especially for young adults. After the service, join us for a delicious 'farm-to-table' meal.

Subsidized Cost: $15, tickets available here.

What to expect:
- Young adult crowd
- Awesome alternative service
- Delicious food
- Exceptional company

In partnership with:
•Adat Shalom Synagogue
•Congregation Shaarey Zedek
•Hazon
•Temple Beth El
•Temple Emanu-El
•Temple Israel
•The Well

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Re//Turning: A Jewish Spirituality Retreat
Mar
22
to Mar 24

Re//Turning: A Jewish Spirituality Retreat

  • Butzel Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you a seeker looking for a space to gaze inward? Are you a creative looking for a weekend of play? Perhaps you are looking to rejuvenate your Jewish practice with contemplative influences?

This retreat, hosted at the beautiful Butzel Conference Center, offers the opportunity to pause, look inward, engage in creativity, and play without the constant need to achieve. In the flow of everyday life, it can be difficult to grant ourselves permission to explore our inner selves. Join The Well in exploring various means of creativity and spirituality, while practicing how such means can be incorporated into Jewish practice! Get excited for mindfulness meditation, yoga, song, experiential writing, art projects, nature walks, Jewish mysticism chats, and alternative prayer experiences!

We are blessed to be welcoming Rabbi Benjamin Shalva as our Scholar-In-Residence. A rabbi, writer, meditation teacher, and yoga instructor, Benjamin Shalva regularly leads seminars in Spiritual Cross-Training, Kabbalah Yoga, Jewish Meditation, and Mindfulness Meditation. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary and his yoga teacher certification from the Yogic Physical Culture Academy in Los Cabos, Mexico. He is the author of two books -- Spiritual Cross-Training: Searching through Silence, Stretch, and Song and Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within.

Tickets are available at the subsidized cost of $100 due to the generosity of donors and also with gratitude for the generous subsidy from Moishe House, who is serving as a sponsor for this event.

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Whiskey Tasting and Purim Spiel
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Whiskey Tasting and Purim Spiel

Join The Well and Temple Israel for a special whiskey tasting by Traverse City Whiskey Company followed by Temple Israel’s adult Purim Spiel: No Haman; No Cry. (Whiskey and snacks will be available from 7:00 to 7:30pm.) After the spiel, we will enjoy a performance by the Foster Brooks Band. Further details can be found here.  

Due to the generosity of donors, there is no cost to attend.  Please register using the form below so that we know that you will be joining us!

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Silent Reading Party
Mar
2
3:00 PM15:00

Silent Reading Party

Join us for an afternoon of silent reading at Brandon's home on the National Day of Unplugging. Bring a current read (or pick from a library of books spanning multiple disciplines), enjoy some snacks, unplug, and dive into the beauty of silence. The entire home will be open and available for silent reading - so pick the spot that suits you the most!

WHAT TO EXPECT:
-Young adult crowd
-Opportunity to unplug
-Reading in silence
-Snacks and nosh

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Tot Shabbat: Rock and Roll Edition
Mar
2
10:30 AM10:30

Tot Shabbat: Rock and Roll Edition

Join us for a very special Rock and Roll edition of Tot Shabbat at Third Man Records in Detroit!
A serious Shabbat jam sesh awaits!

What to expect:
-An awesome group of young families with kiddos ages 0-4
-Songs, dancing, stories and more!
-A rockin’ craft and yummy snacks!

There is no cost to attend due to the generosity of donors, but we ask that your family register in advance below. Space is limited!
We're incredibly grateful to the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation for their support of our Family Ed activities!

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Pride Shabbat
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Pride Shabbat

NEXTGen Detroit Pride, OneTable and The Well Present:
PRIDE SHABBAT
A Friday Night Shabbat Experience for Detroit’s Young Adult LGBTQ+ Community

Celebrate Shabbat with fellow members of the Jewish LGBTQ+ community and be a part of a space where we can be both queer and Jewish. Queer-identifying Rabbi Rebecca Walker will lead us through an inclusive service before we dive in to a delicious catered vegetarian Friday night dinner. This is a 21+ event intended for young adults ages 21 to 45. Allies are welcome.

Register at: https://bit.ly/2HUI6xZ by Wednesday, February 27th.
Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged!
Due to the generosity of donors, tickets are available for $10.
(Kosher certified meal available upon request - email marisa@meetyouatthewell.org)

About the partners:
NEXTGen Detroit Pride’s goal is to serve as a welcoming gateway into the Jewish community for LGBTQA young adults (21-45) looking for connections and a supportive atmosphere to explore everything that Jewish Detroit has to offer.

The Well is an inclusive Jewish community-building, education and spirituality outreach initiative geared to the needs of young adults in Metro Detroit. By cultivating relationships and empowering participant-planned gatherings, we are growing and sustaining a Jewish community that is innovative, inclusive, intentional, and relevant. Our belief is that Jewish community, ethics, values, and spirituality can and should be directly applicable to our lives, and should drive us to positively impact the world around us.

OneTable is Friday night magic. We’re a national nonprofit. We offer ritual guides, cards, and 1-on-1 support to make Shabbat dinner accessible and habitual. OneTable empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable. The OneTable community is funded to support people (21-39ish) looking to find and share this powerful experience. We make it easy for hosts to welcome people to a Shabbat dinner at home, for guests to savor a Friday meal and for all to experience unique events for Shabbat dinner out. Join us for slowing down, joining together, and sharing stories.

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Sun Down, Climb Up
Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

Sun Down, Climb Up

Join The Well at Planet Rock for some incredible community rock climbing!

Climbing is on you (upon your arrival), dinner is on us!
(Visit planet-rock.com in advance for pricing)
Register using the form below

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WHAT TO EXPECT:
-A young adult crowd
-Rock climbing with community!
-Catered Shabbat dinner

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Shabbat Together: Song, Spirit, Sustenance
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Shabbat Together: Song, Spirit, Sustenance

Join Rabbis Jen Lader, Nate DeGroot, Megan Brudney, Yoni Dahlen, and Dan Horwitz along with community musicians, for a beautiful, alternative Shabbat prayer experience in the round filled with song, chanting, and energy, designed especially for young adults. After the service, join us for a delicious 'farm-to-table' meal.

Subsidized Cost: $14, tickets available here.

What to expect:
- Young adult crowd
- Awesome alternative service
- Delicious food
- Exceptional company

In partnership with:
Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Hazon, Temple Beth El, Temple Israel, The Well, Detroit City Moishe House, Moishe House Royal Oak

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Tot Shabbat: Peace Edition!
Feb
2
10:30 AM10:30

Tot Shabbat: Peace Edition!

  • Gerry Kulick Community Center/Ferndale Rec Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for Tot Shabbat: Peace Edition at the Ferndale Rec Center!
Singing, dancing, snacks, and crafts await!

What to expect:
-An awesome group of young families with kiddos ages 0-4
-Songs, dancing, stories and more!
-Yummy snacks and a fun peace-themed craft!

There is no cost to attend due to the generosity of donors, but we ask that your family register here via the form below.

We're incredibly grateful to the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation for their support of our Family Ed activities!

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Bitter Herbs: Marijuana, Judaism, and Proposal 1
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Bitter Herbs: Marijuana, Judaism, and Proposal 1

Join The Well and the Jewish Bar Association of Michigan as we learn about the practical implications of Marijuana's legalization in Michigan, hear reflections from a Jewish dispensary owner, and explore the Jewish wisdom tradition's perspective on bitter herb(s).

There is no cost to attend due to the generosity of donors, but we ask that you register through the form below.

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Pistons Game Shabbat!
Jan
18
5:30 PM17:30

Pistons Game Shabbat!

Join The Well for a Pistons Game Shabbat! We will begin the evening with a hosted and catered Shabbat dinner at a downtown Detroit apartment (address to be sent once ticket is purchased). After dinner we will all walk together as community to Little Caesars Arena to cheer on the hometown Detroit Pistons as they take on the South Beach based Miami Heat.

What to expect:
-Young adult crowd
-Catered dinner and drinks
-Ticket to Detroit Pistons game
-A WELLcome message for our group on the Jumbotron!

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Tot Shabbat: Tu B'Shvat Edition
Jan
12
10:30 AM10:30

Tot Shabbat: Tu B'Shvat Edition

Join us for a special Tu B’Shvat edition of Tot Shabbat! In addition to our Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, we’ll make sure to bring in Tu B’Shvat stories and treats!

WHAT TO EXPECT:
-An awesome group of young families with kiddos ages 0-4
-Songs, dancing, stories and more!
-Tu B’Shvat themed snacks and games

We're incredibly grateful to the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation for their support of our Family Ed activities!
There is no cost to attend due to the generosity of donors, but we ask that your family register here:

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Speechless: New Year, New You, New Us
Jan
4
6:30 PM18:30

Speechless: New Year, New You, New Us

Join us as we welcome Shabbat with wordless song, silent contemplation, quality food and excellent company!

We're excited to start the New Year off with something radically different -- a prayer experience that literally has no words (lai lai lai, nai nai nai, dai dai dai, and quiet breathing exclusively)! 

This is the perfect experience for music lovers, for those who find that the words sometimes get in the way (especially when they say things we don't believe), for those who struggle with Hebrew, for those who want to bring some intention to 2019, and for those excited about being part of something that's just plain different! 

6:30pm: Cocktails and Mocktails
7pm: Get our wordless sing/pray on 
Then, dinner!

WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Young adult crowd
- A wordless Shabbat service experience 
- Delicious food and drink 
- Quality company 

Subsidized cost of only $12/pp due to the generosity of donors

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The Office Chanukah Party
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Office Chanukah Party

  • 550 W Merrill Street Birmingham, MI 48009 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Your $18 ticket grants you entry into a super modern office space in Downtown Birmingham, all ready with a live jazz band, trivia station, a catered latke bar, and Hanukkah themed cocktails. If that isn’t enough, we will have Creative Arts Studio on hand leading us in making mosaic menorahs, and as well as a special treat from Hazon Detroit! Wondering what to wear? Go with Hanukkah chic.

What to Expect:
-Young adult crowd
-Trivia/giveaways all night!
-8-9:15pm: Live jazz, food & drink, mosaic menorahs
-9:15-9:30pm: Havdallah & candlelighting ceremony
-9:30-10:30: Hanukkah happenings & surprises

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Tot Shabbat: Chanukah Edition!
Dec
8
10:30 AM10:30

Tot Shabbat: Chanukah Edition!

Join us on Saturday, December 8th for a special Chanukah edition of Tot Shabbat! In addition to our Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, we’ll make sure to bring in all the classic Hanukkah songs and stories!

What to expect:
-An awesome group of young families with kiddos ages 0-4
-Songs, dancing, stories and more! 
-Hanukkah themed snacks and games - who can get their dreidel to spin the longest?!

There is no cost to attend due to the generosity of donors, but we ask that your family register through the form below.

We're incredibly grateful to the Raviv and Acker families for their generous support of our monthly Tot Shabbat series!

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