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IMA LogoOur Mission It is the IMA's mission to promote fellowship and personal growth among Israelite men operating within the guidelines of Torah teachings and principles.

About Us

The Israelite Men’s Association is a membership-based organization. It began as a health initiative in March 2014, when 25 men met at Congregation HaShabah Yisrael, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The mission at that time was to encourage Israelite men to take more responsibility for the management and treatment of their health. The goals were threefold:

  1. Create a culture of cooperation and collaboration.
  2. Develop a national framework and platform for ongoing dialogue.
  3. Draw spiritual strength through Shabbat observance.

As a result of that weekend experience, the group agreed to establish an Israelite Men’s Retreat, beginning March 2015, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The goals for the retreat were the following:

The Israelite Men’s Association annual retreat is an initiative of the Israelite Men’s Association (IMA). The IMA is currently governed by a seven- member steering committee.

The IMA is founded by:
Rabbi Earl Bowen, Jr., PhD
Congregation Temple Beth El
Philadelphia, PA

Sar Aharon
Congregation HaShabah Yisrael
Charlotte, NC

Israelite Men's Retreat 2019

Thur., May 2nd - Sun., May 5th, 2019

Camp Louise
24959 Pen Mar Road
Cascade, MD 21719
Nearest airports: (All within one and a half hours away)
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)
Dulles International Airport (IAD)

We are happy to welcome you to the 4th Annual IMA Brotherhood Retreat! Come and enjoy a weekend of fellowship, praises and personal development with your Hebrew brothers from around the country.

Cost Per Person: $325 (Ages 22 & up)$250 (Ages 15-21)
Suggested Payment Schedule:
  • $75 Due Sept. 1st, 2018
  • $75 Due Nov. 1st, 2018
  • $75 Due Jan. 1st, 2019
  • $100 Due Mar. 1st, 2019
  • $50 Due Sept. 1st, 2018
  • $50 Due Nov. 1st, 2018
  • $50 Due Jan. 1st, 2019
  • $100 Due Mar. 1st, 2019


Activities available include:

Men's Retreat 2017 - Harrisonburg, VA

Men's Retreat 2016 - Virginia Beach, VA

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