What available programs are there for someone looking to get away for a few days in an environment focused on learning?

I know of many such programs targeted for Ba'alei Teshuva or potential Ba'alei Teshuva, but I'm looking for something more designed for someone who is already committed to learning and proficient in learning Gemara with Rishonim, but looking to make a vacation out of an environment with minimal distractions for a few days to recharge.

Something in the New York area is preferred, but any information is helpful, as they will know of other similar programs.

  • Something for couples, too, would be good. Dec 25, 2013 at 2:54
  • Are you looking for a yeshiva that allows you to stay and learn for a few days, or are you looking for a trip through the forest, that is isolated from other people?
    – avi
    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:50
  • @avi, a yeshiva environment is fine, but to fit what I had in mind it would have to be bein-hazmanim, or otherwise a bit of a different schedule than just sitting in zal with full-timers. Otherwise, (in NY anyway) there is always a kollel.
    – Yishai
    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:07
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    Limmud? (I've never been, but I've heard good things about it.) Dec 25, 2013 at 13:28
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    @avi, I'm sure, but I was looking for something that is more of an established program, and not a do it yourself thing.
    – Yishai
    Dec 25, 2013 at 14:17

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Agudath Israel of America has an annual convention Thanksgiving weekend. It has big-name rabbis and a good number of other speakers, loosely (and sometimes not so loosely) on one theme; while the theme is never 'pure' Torah study, it is always Torah-based, and the speeches include Torah thoughts. The main speeches are Thursday night and Saturday night; a number of people go only for one or both of those nights. There are also shiurim, 'pure' Torah classes. It takes place somewhere in the general vicinity of New York City (i.e., within driving distance). Audiorecordings of all non-Shabas events are available soon after each year's convention from AIA (I think from its Reshet Shiurei Torah / Torah Projects Commission): +1-212-797-9000. There's also content on http://yourconvention.org.


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