August 9-12, 2018

The annual Sicha Shabbaton in the Mountains takes place each year in August at Wildacres Retreat, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.  Our Shabbaton richly confirms a primary goal of Sicha:  to create conditions within which individuals, regardless of background, are empowered to see themselves as worthy conversation partners with Jewish tradition.  In small groups, participants bring their own lived experience into dialogue with Jewish texts that address an annual theme.

Themes from years past include: Doors and ThresholdsHineini: Here I Am; AMEN: The Final Word In Faith; The Binding of Isaac, Abraham, Sarah and the Rest of Us; Elijah Waited For Me At The Door: Stories of Elijah the ProphetAmidah: Standing Up for Ourselves; Berachot and Blessings; From Despair to Renewal; and Naming Ourselves/GodClick here for Shabbaton resources.

The Sicha Shabbaton features learning in the company of ritual, song, prayer, and kosher food.  We always enjoy fine local mountain musical entertainment, clear mountain air and a beautiful setting in which to build community. Click here for a sample of the Shabbaton schedule. The Sicha Shabbaton, attended by Jewish lay and professional leaders from across the region, is a growing resource for Jewish learning and enrichment. 

For questions regarding the Sicha Shabbaton, email

Sicha Shabbaton 2016 Video


Sicha Shabbaton 2015

See our Sicha Shabbaton 2014 Slideshow!
Click for the slideshow of Sicha Shabbaton 2013
Click for pictures and testimonials from Sicha Shabbaton 2012.