The Keshet Neshamot/Rainbow Souls Shabbaton

The Keshet Neshamot/Rainbow Souls Shabbaton: A Retreat of Radiant Belonging is a Shabbat weekend retreat dedicated to celebrating the authentic and wonderful spirit of Queer Jews of Color (QJOC), co-lead by the JOC Mishpacha Project and Keshet. This program, is dedicated to celebrating and nurturing joy, healing, and the rich tapestry of QJOC experiences. Through workshops, discussions, self-exploration, and shared narratives, this Shabbaton aims to be a transformative space, amplifying the voices and experiences of QJOC individuals and honoring the intricate layers of their identities


Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2024.

Baltimore, MD area

Free registration. Travel Scholarships available.

Q: Who is this event for?

This Shabbaton is a weekend retreat for those who identify as both LGBTQ+ Jews and People of Color, aka Queer Jews of Color (QJOC). Participants must be at least 18 years of age to attend.

Q: When and where is the Shabbaton taking place?

The event is scheduled for Friday, February 16, through Sunday, February 18, 2024, at a retreat center near Baltimore, MD. The exact location will be shared after registration.

Q: Is there a cost to participate in the Shabbaton?

A: Through the generosity of Keshet’s funders, the Shabbaton is free for all participants, including registration, food, and lodging. Additionally, Keshet can provide travel scholarships on an as-needed basis

Q: Will Kosher food be provided?

The retreat center for the Shabbaton adheres to Kosher dietary laws, and its kitchen and catering services are under OU supervision.

Q: Can my non-QJOC spouse, partner, or friend join?

To ensure the event’s focus on the unique lived experiences of the QJOC community, this event is limited to participants who identify as QJOC. We appreciate your understanding and encourage your loved ones who are not QJOC themselves to support you from outside this particular event space.

Q: What can participants expect from the Shabbaton sessions?

The goal of this event is to create a Shabbat experience for participants that celebrates and fosters feelings of Jewish joy, authenticity, and community. 

The sessions are designed to include mindfulness and ritual exploration, such as challah and Havdalah candle-making classes, community candle lighting, and Havdalah ceremonies. There will also be empowerment sessions rooted in owning your authentic and fabulous selves, including Stories for Liberation, identity mapping, and healing-centered sessions rooted in Jewish text and wisdom.

Ending the Shabbaton on a musical note, participants will be invited to the “Shabba-Tone” a silent disco to empower us all to dance to the beat of our unique Jewish drum! 

We hope participants will leave feeling empowered and celebrated in their queer and JOC identity, eager to participate in Jewish spaces as their full, fabulous, authentic selves.

Q: When is the last day to register?

Registration ends on Feb 9th at 11:59 pm EST. If you have any questions about registration, please reach out to Sage Cassell-Rosenberg, JOC Program Manager, at [email protected].