In our 70th year!

The Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis proudly presents:

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The Rabbinic Kallah at Wildacres
August 3-9, 2023

The Rabbinic Kallah at Wildacres has been occurring for over 70 years! The Kallah features an outstanding Jewish scholar for a six-day rabbinic seminar attended by Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Traditional rabbis and their families. We join together for study, prayer, discussion, debate, relaxation, and camaraderie. Rabbis and family members come from all over the country to enjoy the learning, kosher cuisine, egalitarian minyanim, and joyously observe Shabbat together. Participants are able to lead the davening, give divrei-Torah, and offer workshops. The program includes evening entertainment, arts and crafts for family members, and children’s activities. Included in the schedule is free time for touring, relaxing, and schmoozing with family and friends.

The Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis waits for you
as we welcome our 
Scholar Rabbi Ebn Leader,
Director of the Bet Midrash and an instructor in Talmud, Jewish law, and Jewish mysticism at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

Click here for his biography

The Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis (GCAR) has been meeting annually at Wildacres Retreat since 1951. We are rabbis, spouses, and families that hail from across the continent and every branch of Judaism. A week at Wildacres is a week like no other. Mark your calendar to join us on the mountaintop in western North Carolina for high level cholarship, chevreh, spirituality, peer-led learning, and great Jewish conversation. Programs for spouses and children will also be available. Reasonable prices include lodging and kosher meals. 

Register Here

For more information about Wildacres

The Wildacres Interfaith Institute
July 31-August 3, 2023

The Wildacres Interfaith Institute has been meeting at Wildacres for over 25 years. The Institute brings together clergy and lay people of all faiths to gain understanding towards the Wildacres goal of “betterment of human relations.” Our annual Interfaith Institute at Wildacres Retreat Center off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina, is open to clergy and interested lay people from all religious traditions.  Come and join us for fellowship, discussion, and fun on the mountaintop. Wildacres provides a magnificent vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including stately Mt. Mitchell across the way. Our study sessions are supplemented by plenty of good food (strictly kosher and halal), a daily happy hour, evening entertainment, morning prayer services, and opportunities to explore the area.

This retreat, held for over forty years, took a two year breather due to the Covid Pandemic, but now we can once again meet together in person.  

We can breathe at last. Our 2022 theme: Breath of the Soul

This gathering is open to clergy and lay-people of all faiths.  We invite seminarians and students of religion, as well as other people of faith who are interested in learning and sharing on a mountaintop in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  (Check out Wildacres website for details:

Once again we will offer a writing workshop during the retreat for those interested.  We will hear some local entertainment one evening as well as the creations of our writers presented another evening. We will be staying in Wildacres lodges and enjoying meals in their dining hall under Kosher supervision.  There will be opportunities to gather informally on the patio and in the canteen as well as time to explore the hiking paths and many local attractions.

We are grateful to the Blumenthal Foundation for subsidizing this program and making it more affordable for participants.  The cost for adults for the three-day event is $375/person if paid before June 15. After June 15 the cost increases to $400/person. If you choose to bring your children, there is a reduced fee, but you are responsible for providing adequate supervision for them. 

To register, click the link to fill out the registration form. 

Interfaith Institute Registration

Registration payment is by check or Zelle (224-234-4221), Please make checks payable to Marilyn Katz, 208 S Western Ave, Aurora, IL 60506

See you on the mountain,

Rev. Dr. Amy Laura Hall, program coordinator,

Rabbi Edward Friedman, chair,

Marilyn Katz, registrar

Each summer the Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis (GCAR) sponsors The Rabbinic Kallah at Wildacres and the Wildacres Interfaith Institute in the magnificent setting of western North Carolina. Join us for one or both of these events. And be sure to join our mailing list to keep up to date on our annual summer events!

Wildacres is a 1,600-acre retreat founded in 1946 and located atop a mountain off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina, near Asheville. The view is breathtakingly beautiful and the time spent at Wildacres is like no other…..